Here's the remarkable cover to the first issue of Superman's Girlfriend Lois Lane, published in 1958. Lois is yet another of these early Christian names of "uncertain" origin. Me, I always look a little west of the Holy Land for clues when trying to figure these names out. Knowing the complex strands of religious syncretism in antiquity - especially in cosmopolitan Roman Palestine- I sometimes wonder if Eloah-Isis ("the goddess Isis") is at the root of this mysterious name. You'd been stunned at how many names have much more complex roots. Did you know, for instance, that "Polly" is a pet form of "Mary?"
Indeed, Lois Lane's role as Superman's Isis was made abundantly clear in the death and ressurrection of Superman, which was adapted for animation on the Superman: Doomsday DVD. Alien/multiple Anne Heche ("An He-She") voiced Eloah-Isis Lane in this production.
But The Death of Superman was 1992 and this is a new age altogether. We're looking for new archetypes- Hathors, to be exact - and Bryan Singer's Superman Returns offers us Ka-Athyr-Ein Bosworth as Eloah-Isis Lane. As it should be.
Remembering the importance of Saint Ka-Athyr-Ein to the Knights Templar, it's no surprise to see the younger, more supple Kate posing next to a Templar cross. Kate grew up on the water in Cohasset, Mass, where another Eloah-Isis Lane, Dana Delany, filmed House Sitter with Steve Martin and Goldie Hawn (mother of Ka-Athyr-Ein Hudson).
Superman Returns followed hot on the heels of Christopher Nolan's Batman Begins, which had Scientology queen Ka-Athyr-Ein Holmes in some vague type of Isis role. This shot makes for a fascinating tribute to an iconic shot of Batman and one of his Robin's, the dying/ressurrecting Jason Todd.
Who takes us back to another archetype altogether, that we'll take a look at in the near future.
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