K-Pow! Schwack! Sh-Zam! Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is much more than a story of two meta-humans vying for top-dog status. It’s an eye-popping, precisely-crafted, 151-minute brawl of cultural ideas and questions that are extremely relevant for us as Christians, Americans, and champions of life. We’d do well to watch, wrestle, and engage with these questions (that is, with people asking these questions) with gospel-saturated grace and truth.
As a barometer of American cultural angst, few current movies rival this new offering from Warner, Atlas, RatPac-Dune, and DC Comics. In many ways, it seems that these entertainment studios are doing a better job than many Christians and churches at explicitly and honestly wrestling with the deepest challenges plaguing our modern hearts. As observant and culturally-engaged life-affirming Christians, we can learn from this film more about how people everywhere are yearning for answers to some of life’s most profound questions:
No doubt there are many more things about this movie that we can debate. They range from the superficial (How come Superman’s hair seldom gets mussed up?) to the moderately meaningful (Are we alone in the universe?) to the profound (see the first list, above). I went to see the movie my friend Rod, and besides just enjoying the flick, we had a great conversation afterward. It even extended to include his wife, Pam, after we returned from the theater. So, I’d encourage you to get a group together (your Life Team, perhaps), go watch the movie, and use this guide as a starting place for some meaningful conversation about a very relevant and well-crafted work of art.
*God’s “common grace” is a biblical-theological concept that affirms that God is generally good to all His creation and to all His creatures, including all human beings. It affirms that every human being bears the image of God, no matter how marred with evil that image may have become. It affirms that the law of God is written on everyone’s heart, and that God sends His rain on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45, Romans 2:15).