I am not sure if this has been mentioned before, but last Fall, when I was shooting into the Sun with my T2i, the camera simply shut down during one of the shots (I was lazy and using one of the auto modes). It took about a minute, and it was back up taking pictures.
I trained my film camera at the sun, composing the same shot, and as always, had no issues. I have frequently shot with my film camera - at bright, mid-day sun sometimes, to get lens flares and such and I have had no issues.
Even in full manual mode, the DSLR is unable to expose the Sun without trying to mangle the Sun, except at dawn or dusk under manual mode (some of that might be my lack of knowledge owing to a recent, partial transition to digital). Just yesterday, it was tough to expose the Sun as a disk even when it was behind clouds. For all such uses, I would recommend going on with Film, especially as someone alluded, for peace of mind.