Re: Is Superman A Jesus Metaphor?
I'm not sure that they can remove the Christian symbolism. Superman is without a doubt the most Christ-like of all superheroes and the ways in which he is; being in a god-like position of power, having a powerful father who sends him to earth to protect it (also not unlike Moses), even the smaller things like him being raised by humble people and living a mundane life until well into adulthood. All of these things are intrinsic to Clark Kent/Superman and you cannot remove them. It doesn't mean that you should add things to make it more overt like Superman making a crucifix pose or dying and being resurrected. But the very nature of the story is going to have some Christian parallels; that's just the way it is.
O Captain! My Captain! Rise up and hear the bells.
Rise up, for you the flag is flung, for you the bugle trills.
For you bouquets and ribbon'd wreaths, for you the shores a-crowding.
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning.