After you see “Man of Steel,” consider taking your kids out for a burger or an ice cream . . . and then talk about the film. Here are some questions (and some tips) that might help you get a conversation going . . .
What are some of the ways that Superman reminds you of Jesus?
He came from “out there”
He has human parents, but his father is not from this world
He has to decide whether to sacrifice himself for humans
When he was a kid, he always “turned the other cheek” and never fought back
He was misunderstood by those around him
His life would be an example. Remember, his dad, Jor-El, tells him, “You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.”
Does Clark have a choice about whether or not to fulfill the purpose for which he was sent to Earth? What do you think about your purpose for being here? Do you have choices?
How was Superman’s birth on Krypton different from the other Kryptonians? What consequences did the Kryptonians have to deal with because of the way they propagated their race?
His fellow Kryptonian Faora tells Superman, “You have a sense of morality and we do not. And that gives us an Evolutionary Advantage. And if there's one thing that History teaches us, it’s that Evolution always wins.” Was she right? How does Superman respond?
Do you think if General Zod had defeated Superman, he could have succeeded in establishing a new Krypton? Why or why not?
What were some of your favorite scenes? Least favorite?
The priest tells Superman, “Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith. Then the trust thing comes afterwards.” Do you think Superman heeded his words? What leap of faith did Superman have to take?
What are some of the memorable lines from the movie? Why did they stick in your mind? What were the characters trying to say?
“A good death is its own reward.” (by Faora and the Air Force Colonel)
“You’re scared of me because you can’t control me. But that doesn’t mean I’m your enemy.” (Superman, to the American General)
“You are my son. But somewhere out there you have another father, and he sent you here for a reason. And even if it takes you the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is.” (Jonathan Kent to Superman)
Even after Superman saves humanity, humans are suspicious of him (remember, the Air Force was tracking him with a drone). Why?
Would you recommend “Man of Steel” to friends? If so, why?