The new Superman film, starring The Tudors' Henry Cavill, opens in theatres Friday and has some people debating which religious figure he represents — a question that has been pondered since the hero was created in the 1930s.

Over the years, he has been claimed by Buddhists and Christians, Muslims and even atheists. But one Superman specialist thinks the answer is obvious — Superman is Jewish.

The Calgary Eyeopener spoke with Superman expert Larry Tye about why so many religions identify with Superman and claim him as representing the tenets of their faith.

Tye is the author of Superman: The High-Flying History of America's Most Enduring Hero.

He says the character's creators have left hints throughout the narrative that back up his interpretation of Superman being Jewish.

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