I will go ahead and qualify this article in a few ways. First of all, I am fully aware of Joseph Campbell’s book The Hero With a Thousand Faces. It is actually a personal favorite. I also hold a degree in Classical Civilizations and have read parts of the Old Testament in Greek and the New Testament in Latin. I have studied many of the hero myths in their original languages and was reared on such books as Edith Hamilton’s Mythology (also highly recommended by the way.) As a child of my times, I also grew up reading comic books and watching movies. The point is that I am well aware (as much as anyone can be) that the themes discussed here are ancient (and in some cases more ancient than Christ) but I am choosing in this article to specifically address how the Resurrection of Jesus seems to be a storytelling staple hidden in modern movies. Believe me, that is more than enough discussion for one article. I will take these in the chronological order in which they were released.
[Warning the following contains medium to high spoilers of the following movies: Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, The Matrix, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, Superman Returns, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2]