Why Man of Steel won't feature any Kryptonite (and why that's OK)

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Apr 11, 2013, 12:53 PM EDT (Updated)

When Superman returns this summer in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, he’ll be facing a lot of adversity. From Zod to humanity’s distrust, he’ll have his hands full. But there’s one threat he apparently won’t have to worry about.

Snyder has confirmed to Entertainment Weekly that there is “no Kryptonite in the movie,” meaning Superman’s biggest weakness will not be present in the film. The green rocks that rob the hero of his powers have featured prominently in most major Super-stories, but Snyder says it wasn’t a good fit for his take on the character.

Why? Because his Clark Kent will be dealing with emotional trauma, and after duking it out with Zod to provide ample action set pieces, he’ll have enough problems without being rendered physically helpless.

Here’s how star Henry Cavill explained it:

“Although he is not susceptible to the frailties of mankind, he is definitely susceptible to the emotional frailties.”

Makes sense, especially considering what we’ve heard about Snyder’s approach, and it’s encouraging to see he’s not throwing everything and the kitchen sink into what is essentially an origin story for a potential franchise. 

Are you glad to hear we’ll get a break from Kryptonite, or does this make it seem a little less Super?

(Via Entertainment Weekly)

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