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Man of Steel will be missing Superman's greatest weakness

Apr. 10, 2013by: Niki Stephens

Everyone seems to be really excited over the cover photo for Entertainment Weekly, but haven't we seen it before? Indeed we have. I posted the photo in its full glory on here a couple of months ago, but had to removed it because the studio willed it to be so. It was one bad ass cover photo on Facebook. I've included the cover below for you to glance at. If you want to read more about the film and many others coming our way in the near future, the issue will be out on June 14th.

Entertainment Weekly previewed some of the MAN OF STEEL deets from the issue, one of which kind of surprised me. Apparently Superman's number one crippling weakness will not be in the film:

Ill be honest with you, theres no Kryptonite in the movie."

But why? It's mention that the audience should be able to relate more with the character, and not to mention that it has been used in every Supes film.

Snyder on Lois Lane (Amy Adams):

I think shes very transient. Shes ready to pick up and go at a moments notice. I think that definitely could be part of what she sees in Superman not really laying down roots, not developing trust.

So less action and more relatability? Producer Charles Roven (THE DARK KNIGHT) thinks it's about more than the wow factor:

You want to give the audience great spectacle. You want them to go to the movie, be eating their popcorn and be like, Wow! But its just not good enough to give them the Wow. You want them to be emotionally engaged. Because if you just have the wow, ultimately you get bludgeoned by that and you stop caring.

Source: EW

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3:31PM on 04/11/2013

Good

Hopefully there's also no time-reversing or memory erasing kisses involved.
Hopefully there's also no time-reversing or memory erasing kisses involved.
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10:54PM on 04/11/2013
How about ripping off his S-shield and throwing it at Zod? :)
How about ripping off his S-shield and throwing it at Zod? :)
12:20PM on 04/11/2013

Good idea

save it for the sequel when he undoubtedly faces Lex Luthor again.
save it for the sequel when he undoubtedly faces Lex Luthor again.
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12:12PM on 04/11/2013

Okay wait a minute.

So we have Superman- one of the least relate-able popular characters due to his invincibility and super strength and all that. And they want to make him more relate-able by taking away the ONE THING that actually makes him weak?
So we have Superman- one of the least relate-able popular characters due to his invincibility and super strength and all that. And they want to make him more relate-able by taking away the ONE THING that actually makes him weak?
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10:01AM on 04/11/2013
I'm good with this. Every Superman movie could be the same if it was just Superman does a bunch of superhero stuff, mastermind exposes him to Kryptonite, he overcomes its presence, saves the world. That story has been done and gets old.
I'm good with this. Every Superman movie could be the same if it was just Superman does a bunch of superhero stuff, mastermind exposes him to Kryptonite, he overcomes its presence, saves the world. That story has been done and gets old.
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7:59AM on 04/11/2013

perfect!

no way it should be around yet, save it for metallo in the second movie where lex figures out what it does to superman
no way it should be around yet, save it for metallo in the second movie where lex figures out what it does to superman
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10:39AM on 04/11/2013
Completely agree with you. With this really being an origin story of Superman, and he's being matched against someone who is his equal in strength/power (General Zod), there will be plenty of action and moments where Superman will be on the losing end. Introducing kryptonite in the sequel gives the movies somewhere to go or build to.
Completely agree with you. With this really being an origin story of Superman, and he's being matched against someone who is his equal in strength/power (General Zod), there will be plenty of action and moments where Superman will be on the losing end. Introducing kryptonite in the sequel gives the movies somewhere to go or build to.
7:54AM on 04/11/2013

perfect!

no way it should be around yet, save it for metallo in the second movie where lex figures out what it does to superman
no way it should be around yet, save it for metallo in the second movie where lex figures out what it does to superman
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9:58PM on 04/13/2013
I disagree, it should be atleast mentioned in this film so if Metallo comes around, they don't have to explain why kryptonite is bad for Superman, I don't want to be into a sequel before they mention Superman's weakness, and if not for Kryptonite, how can Superman defeat 3 people just as strong as him?
I disagree, it should be atleast mentioned in this film so if Metallo comes around, they don't have to explain why kryptonite is bad for Superman, I don't want to be into a sequel before they mention Superman's weakness, and if not for Kryptonite, how can Superman defeat 3 people just as strong as him?
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6:22AM on 04/11/2013

So how much Kryptonite renders Supes useless...or dead???

I only ask because despite seeing all the live action movies to date…the brilliant animated efforts since the animated series of the 90’s…several seasons of Smallville between seasons 3 and 6 (upon which my only positive lasting memory was the portrayal of the Green Arrow – you know they so made the role with Brue Wayne in mind!)…I can never work out how much kryptonite stops Supes from doing anything???? Despite being stabbed with the darn thing in the last
I only ask because despite seeing all the live action movies to date…the brilliant animated efforts since the animated series of the 90’s…several seasons of Smallville between seasons 3 and 6 (upon which my only positive lasting memory was the portrayal of the Green Arrow – you know they so made the role with Brue Wayne in mind!)…I can never work out how much kryptonite stops Supes from doing anything???? Despite being stabbed with the darn thing in the last movie…he then managed to pick up an entire mountain laced with the damn stuff…after receiving only several minutes of Sunlight as a cure to the stabbing (surely by then…the evil green had contaminated his blood…no???). Despite falling back down to earth…an unspecified amount of time in a coma…he came back out of it. I’ve seen little amounts of the green stuff draped around his neck…pretty much paralysing him …of course …he always finds some way to get away from the stuff…often in time to stop a nuke from destroying parts of the USA. One final question that I’ve never really looked in to …but does get me curious from time to time…is that kryptonite are pieces of the planet Krypton …so how did the Kryptons manage to survive on their home planet before it blew up??? Did they never dig up the soil?

Don’t get me wrong…my mockery of kryptonite might suggest I don’t think much of Superman …I do …but the apparent glaring inconsistencies in just how bad kryptonite has been used in the past always bugs me :o)
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7:59AM on 04/11/2013
you and me both, I dont think theres ever been a definitive amount that can kill him, theres even some comcis set in the future more where it no longer effects him at all, seems like the smallest piece or the biggest piece it doesnt matter all it can really do is hurt him....the krypton angle is a simpler answer, when the planet exploided is when the pieces of it became radio active, probably enhanced by earths yellow sun in the same way superman is....and finally smallvilles green arrow was
you and me both, I dont think theres ever been a definitive amount that can kill him, theres even some comcis set in the future more where it no longer effects him at all, seems like the smallest piece or the biggest piece it doesnt matter all it can really do is hurt him....the krypton angle is a simpler answer, when the planet exploided is when the pieces of it became radio active, probably enhanced by earths yellow sun in the same way superman is....and finally smallvilles green arrow was def a bruce wayne character, but whats more interesting is that smallville itself was originaly supposed to be the young bruce wayne chronicles
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4:18AM on 04/11/2013

Loving This!

Every bit of detail thats released about this film, has me loving it more and more!

Every bit of detail thats released about this film, has me loving it more and more!

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4:11AM on 04/11/2013
Fuck Kryptonite.
Fuck Kryptonite.
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3:44AM on 04/11/2013
Wait, is the article saying Superman is not vulnerable to Kryptonite, or that we simply will not see any Kryptonite in the movie? Those are two entirely different things.
Wait, is the article saying Superman is not vulnerable to Kryptonite, or that we simply will not see any Kryptonite in the movie? Those are two entirely different things.
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11:30PM on 04/10/2013

We don't need it

We don't need Lex Luthor or Kryptonite to make a good Superman movie. Just a good story and bad ass visuals. That's it!
We don't need Lex Luthor or Kryptonite to make a good Superman movie. Just a good story and bad ass visuals. That's it!
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11:53PM on 04/10/2013
And no slow-mo.
And no slow-mo.
11:22PM on 04/10/2013
I would rather a good story over kryptonite any day.

I'm glad there's no kryptonite this time around. Although I'm sure they'll bring it back in the what is looking to be inevitable sequel.
I would rather a good story over kryptonite any day.

I'm glad there's no kryptonite this time around. Although I'm sure they'll bring it back in the what is looking to be inevitable sequel.
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11:14PM on 04/10/2013

About time!

I don't even think we'll have to settle for "less action" to get that more relatability!

"the film has plenty of building-smashing, train-slinging, heat-vision-blasting battles to cut through the emotional heaviness."
I don't even think we'll have to settle for "less action" to get that more relatability!

"the film has plenty of building-smashing, train-slinging, heat-vision-blasting battles to cut through the emotional heaviness."
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11:14PM on 04/10/2013
Good. Kryptonite should be introduced at some point in this universe, but it should never be used as the only means to fight Superman. It should be incredibly rare. Though at some point I'd like to see Metallo, and kryptonite is very important for that character.
Good. Kryptonite should be introduced at some point in this universe, but it should never be used as the only means to fight Superman. It should be incredibly rare. Though at some point I'd like to see Metallo, and kryptonite is very important for that character.
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10:53PM on 04/10/2013
"Man of Steel will be missing Superman's greatest weakness".

So it won't have bad writing this time around and will actually have action? Fine by me.
"Man of Steel will be missing Superman's greatest weakness".

So it won't have bad writing this time around and will actually have action? Fine by me.
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1:04PM on 04/11/2013
finally people give you the thumbs up!
finally people give you the thumbs up!
6:16PM on 04/11/2013
I know right?
I know right?
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10:42PM on 04/10/2013

THANK GOD

So tired of every other Superman movie boiling down to "who has kryptonite?".
So tired of every other Superman movie boiling down to "who has kryptonite?".
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10:04AM on 04/11/2013
They didn't use kryptonite in Superman II.
They didn't use kryptonite in Superman II.
10:41PM on 04/10/2013
Good. Fucking tired of it, always been a cop-out plot device.
Good. Fucking tired of it, always been a cop-out plot device.
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10:38PM on 04/10/2013
This is actually a good thing, imo and continues to point to Snyder looking to explore Superman's character more than anything else. One of the reasons I've always liked Batman more for film than Superman is because Superman's main flaw - kryptonite - is a physical one which does not make for good drama. Relying on it is a bad crutch for a movie. With no kryptonite in the film, we might actually get something a little more interesting.
This is actually a good thing, imo and continues to point to Snyder looking to explore Superman's character more than anything else. One of the reasons I've always liked Batman more for film than Superman is because Superman's main flaw - kryptonite - is a physical one which does not make for good drama. Relying on it is a bad crutch for a movie. With no kryptonite in the film, we might actually get something a little more interesting.
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10:37PM on 04/10/2013
That's good. While I liked Superman Returns, that Kryptonite mountain could probably last through seven more Superman films. Kryptonite has become sort of a crutch, so it's very cool that Man of Steel won't be using it.
That's good. While I liked Superman Returns, that Kryptonite mountain could probably last through seven more Superman films. Kryptonite has become sort of a crutch, so it's very cool that Man of Steel won't be using it.
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10:34PM on 04/10/2013
Since they have a heavy hitter like Zod as the main villain, they don't really need kryptonite in this one. It's smart, save it for the sequel. That way you have somewhere to go, instead of just blowing your wad right out of the gate.
Since they have a heavy hitter like Zod as the main villain, they don't really need kryptonite in this one. It's smart, save it for the sequel. That way you have somewhere to go, instead of just blowing your wad right out of the gate.
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10:33PM on 04/10/2013
Honestly, how many episodes of Smallville involved Kryptonite? If he is going against Zod and Faora, we don't need that mcguffin.
Honestly, how many episodes of Smallville involved Kryptonite? If he is going against Zod and Faora, we don't need that mcguffin.
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10:21PM on 04/10/2013

Neat

I'm cool with this. I'm ready for a fresh new take on Supes and I think this movie will live up to expectations.

" Living in the past, there's no future in it." - Bret Hart
I'm cool with this. I'm ready for a fresh new take on Supes and I think this movie will live up to expectations.

" Living in the past, there's no future in it." - Bret Hart
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