Thursday, 27 June 2013
I think it’s drawing on all mythology; comic book, religion, ancient, philosophical.
I recently watched the latest edition of the age old Superman story ‘Man of Steel’ and wasn’t surprised to encounter themes that relate to world domination and the take-over of Earth by an outside force that yet again is looking to rescue its own source of power, its ‘own world’ by trashing another planet, in this case our home – Earth. It’s the largest article I’ve posted to date, so I’d make a cup of tea (and a snack), because we are going off planet and back again.
First a brief history
The original story of Superman
created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, both from Jewish migrant families, tells of an alien child (a god) born to Earth from a distant planet called Krypton. In fact the original ideas for the story were more about the ‘reign of the Superman’ from the comic The Advance Guard of Future Civilization
#3, a fanzine
published by Siegel in 1933 (below). No connection to the German Nazi obsession for ‘the Supermen’ I am sure? Of course long before Superman was a comic book concept, the ‘arch black magician’ Aleister Crowley was writing about ‘Supermen’ in 1917 in his work Moon Child
. Just like Superman, Crowley seemed to get all over the world
at the turn of the 20th
Centruy. The character Lex Luthor (played by Kevin Spacey) in the not yet released Man of Steel 2
looks a bit Crowley-like. Maybe the fact and the ficition have merged somewhere here? More on that another time.
|The Magician, genius, arch villain, scientist and of course interested in the Superman
According to the story Superman, or Kal-El
, was born on the planet Krypton
, before being rocketed to Earth as an infant by his scientist/Leader father Jor-El, (more on EL
later) moments before Krypton’s destruction. The latest depiction of Jor–El (played by the actor Russell Crowe) and Krypton’s high council are visually symbolic of the Ruling El
-ite that we find on ancient Earth, from Sumeria to Egypt and beyond. The regalia and thrones of the High elders of Krypton are no doubt inspired by the imagery and history of the ancient El
-ite bloodlines on Earth.
Krypton and the Genesis Chamber
The film starts on the Planet Krypton, where Lara LorVan, the wife of Jor-El (Ayelet Zurer) has just given birth to a son. She and her husband have birthed their son naturally, in violation of the basic laws of the planet, where babies are to be bred through genetic engineering with a planetary ‘Codex’ that imprints just what a person’s place in life is to be (leader, scientist, general, etc). Mmm, sounds like they wrote the script for a future Earth? Similar themes can be found in the Matrix movie where machines harvest humans as an energy source and how humanity is kept in illusion – the Matrix. Here we have the connections to the obsession in our world with genetic purity, trans-humanism and the ‘Brave New World’ theme that speaks of an El-ite’s desire to take over planet Earth (humanity). The gas Krypton comes form the Greek word ‘Kryptos’ meaning ‘the hidden one’ and I am sure this is significant in terms of the symbolism and science relating to Earth’s atmosphere and how it is ‘being changed’ today. It’s not just in the movies you know? I’ll come back to this is later.
|The Genesis chamber and the embryonic pods in the Matrix movies (same symbolism) and speaks of ‘machines’ that create life forms to suit the’ machine mind’.
After the birth of his son, Jor-El appears before the Kryptonian Leaders, pleading with them to allow him to save the planet’s Codex, and to search beyond Krypton for their survival. However, even with destruction imminent, the council will not abandon its ways. They sound like our ‘Councils’ and governments on Earth, wait a minute.., maybe our ‘rulers’ get their instructions from Krypton ? The truth is stranger then Science Fiction eh?