Batman vs. Superman
“No man in the sky intervened when I was a boy to deliver me from daddy’s fist and abominations! I figured it out way back! If God is all-powerful, He cannot be all-good, and if He is all-good, then He cannot be all-powerful…and neither can you be.”
—Lex Luthor to Superman
If you’ve ever seen the movie Batman vs. Superman, with Jesse Eisenberg playing Lex Luther, then you might have noticed a painting that is on the wall behind Jesse Eisenberg. It sticks out in my mind particularly because of the performance delivered by Jesse as Lex Luther, but also because of the good vs. evil theme brought even more to life by the painting, which had been turned upside down symbolically by Lex.
It seems like I’m not the only one who has noticed it, and the movie has been out for some time now. I didn’t even realize it was a painting of heavenly or hellish things. So people are wondering What-is-the-heaven-and-hell-painting-in-Batman-v-Superman-and-is-it-real ?
To answer this, people online think the most likely candidate for the image in the movie is Gustave Doré’s illustrations for Milton’s Paradise Lost. I agree. Of course the said illustration below is not a painting, so the movie makers might have taken certain liberties.
I encourage you to visit Gustave Doré’s illustrations for Milton’s Paradise Lost to see more of his ideas and art. Keep in mind that many great artists, authors, and poets have tried to recount good vs. evil themes throughout history, like the painting of the Last Supper for instance.
Movie Trivia: Batman vs. Superman
Here is something I didn’t know!! Alexander Luthor Jr is also known as Lex Luthor, and is the son of Alexander Luther Sr. Most people call the son of Lex Luther Sr., Lex Luther, but Alexander is also perfectly fine.
Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps
Now then. I am a fan of Josh Brolin. Who isn’t? I’ve seen the Wall Street movies thus far, and they are timeless. What a blast!
One of the most revealing aspects of Money Never Sleeps is the association the film makes between corporate consumption and cannibalism. Gekko remarks at one point that, “parents are the bones on which children sharpen their teeth”. Elsewhere, Goya’s famous painting, ‘Saturn Devouring his Son’ hangs prominently in an office belonging to a rival business executive.
The actors in the scene to the left, are Shia LaBeouf and Josh Brolin. Josh isn’t visible though. I found this photo at http://paintingsinmovies.com/The title of the URL says it all! I’m grateful that I found such a unique website. Take a look if you can.
The regular size painting of ‘Saturn Devouring his Son’ left, is seen more clearly than the photo from the movie. So there you go. Have a good day.