Faster than a streak of lightning!
More powerful than a supernova!
The embodiment of truth, justice and freedom for all!
An astonishing force of good from the planet Krypton, gong smash SUPERMAN!
Welcome back for another round of action packed adventure Superfans! This week, we’re taking a look at stories focused on Superman’s greatest weakness: Kryptonite.
How did the Man of Steel overcome this lethal substance in two different tales of his first exposure to it? Read and watch to find out!
Here’s what’s on deck for this week’s multimedia potpourri:
-Superman Confidential #'s 1-5 and 11, the “Kryptonite” arc by famed writer Darwyn Cooke and master illustrator Tim Sale
-Superman: The Fleischer Cartoons, episode 8: Volcano
-Superman: The Animated Series, season 1 episode 5: “A Little Piece of Home”
Have you read the Kryptonite arc of Superman Confidential before?
What are your thoughts on the character Bridgewater and his evolution throughout the story?
Artist Tim Sale is no stranger to the Superman franchise, having pencilled the acclaimed mini-series Superman: For All Seasons and a story in the Superman/Batman: Secret Files and Origins one-shot (both written by Superman and Superman/Batman scribe Jeph Loeb).
Have you read Sale’s other work involving Superman and if you have, where do you rank Kryptonite?
- In the Fleischer animated short, Superman has to save a town from being wiped out by a volcano. Conversely, the stopping of a volcano comes up during Kryptonite as well.
What are your thoughts on two different Supermen’s approaches to stopping two different volcanoes in two different stories from two different mediums?
- The episode “A Little Piece of Home” was full of menaces to Superman: a criminal voiced by Tom “Biff Tannen from Back to the Future” Wilson, a mechanical dinosaur, Kryptonite of course and upon discovering Superman’s weakness to it, Lex Luthor’s machinations to weaponize the substance.
What are your thoughts on this episode, it’s characters (Lois sure knows how to get a to-go order in and fast, doesn’t she?) and how it introduced the DCAU to Kryptonite?
As always, you’re absolutely welcome to discuss anything else that comes to mind regarding this week’s content. This spoiler friendly chit-chat runs until next Friday, August 9th.
It’s time for action! It’s time for adventure! It’s time for… Superman!