Jesus favored somewhat less tight clothing, though.
The Zack Snyder movies continued and expanded this tradition. In Man Of Steel, he at one point makes Superman look like the traditional image of Jesus (minus the long hair), and then frames him in front of an church window depicting the real JC. Yes, Snyder thinks you're a moron.
DC Comics banned long hair on Superman after the '90s.
Then, in Batman v. Superman, an entire montage is dedicated to Superman slowly descending from the heavens to help people ... which just makes him look like an asshole for taking so long. The Christian symbolism is so blatant it's hard to call it symbolism.
"Five more minutes, this backlighting is too good to pass up."
But at least the character sort of fits the profile. He is an all-powerful being full of goodness sent by his father to save humanity. So what's the excuse for shoving the same symbolism into Spider-Man 2 (the first one)? Late in the movie, Spider-Man fights Doc Ock on top of a train. One thing leads to another, and Spider-Man has to stop the runaway train while contorted into a particularly Christlike pose:
"Uncle Ben, why have you forsaken me?!"
Just so you don't think that's a coincidence, the next scene shows an exhausted Spidey being carried through the train by its passengers, all while maintaining excellent cruciform, before being laid down. The passengers gather around him, fearing he is dead, but rejoice when he awakens. Self-sacrifice, crucifixion, death, and rebirth all in one scene -- it's efficient, at the very least.
Good thing this movie takes place in the early 2000s, or Peter's face would have been Instagrammed 150 times.
All of this "Superhero as Jesus" analogies wouldn't be so insulting if the rest of the films weren't spent rendering it pointless. In Superman Returns, Clark Kent abandons Lois Lane and his sick son, Spider-Man 2 makes it very clear that Peter Parker is some dopey kid who can't even deliver a pizza on time, and Superman in the Snyderverse is responsible for so much destruction that he has more in common with the Angel of Death than the Lamb of God. You know, it's almost as if they didn't think through the symbolism at all beyond a couple of cool shots. Weird!
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