When I talked to Darren Aronofsky, he could not have been more clear. Speaking of the villain Tubal-Cain, he said:
What’s interesting is most of the time when you make a bad guy in a movie, if it’s a religious movie, you make the guy a nonbeliever or something. But that’s not the case. Everyone believes in God in this movie because God is ten generations ago. Adam is ten generations ago, creation was just ten generations ago.
Co-writer Ari Handel added:
In his genealogy, Noah is the first person born after Adam died. So the idea that God doesn’t exist in the universe, it nonsense. So Tubal-Cain has a relationship with God, it’s just a negative relationship with God. He’s angry but he’s also, in that scene, he’s also looking for more. It’s complicated.
Read the full transcript (with some spoilers, so beware) of our conversation here.
Read my review of the film.
Read my letter to Christians: An Invitation to Listen, How Christians Should Think About Noah