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August 21, 2014: Does This "Batman v Superman" Newspaper Prop Hint at Kryptonite?Print

Kryptonite? ThePropStop, a site which talks about movie props and costumes, has uncovered a newspaper prop reportedly created for "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice", which contains an article written by Lois Lane, that may hint at Kryptonite.

The Daily Planet newspaper prop article is titled "A City pf Neighborhoods", which talks about a university student who resides in Brick City (described as an "oft-neglected Hob's Bay port) in Metropolis, who gathered soil samples from eight neighborhoods within the city limits and, upon analysis, discovered toxicity levels that were extremely high.

A photo that accompanies the article (pictured), appears to be someone holding a toxic clay sample... or could it be a green meteorite?

View the newspaper prop at The Prop Stop website.


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#1 | borikua on August 21, 2014 8:27am EST
Could it be that Zods tampering with Earths atmosphere and overall eco system created Kryptonite? I mean the World Engine was doing something to Earth.
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#2 | PatrickRichard on August 21, 2014 10:04am EST
Could be, Borikua.

From this article, I assume the university student is Victor Stone? Tampering with alien technology? Sound like a set up? Is everything kryptonian based in the DCMU?
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#3 | DrAwkward on August 21, 2014 12:13pm EST
A City of Neighborhoods

By LOIS LANE

Metropolis is a city known for its neighborhoods-- from the estates of St. Martins Island to the high-rises of New Troy, from Bakerline's row homes to Park Ridge's suburbs, Metropolitans take pride in their neighborhoods. They sit on their stoops on summer evenings to say hello to the neighbors. They pass barbecue condiments back and forth across backyard fences. And most of all, when someone smells gas, or sees a stranger lurking, or finds a runaway dog, Metropolitans check in with one another.

But what happens when the danger isn't something your neighbor can guard against, can warn against? What happens when the danger comes from the very earth below your feet?

DOWN TO ROOTS
Part 1 of a 3 Part Series
RESIDENTS FEAR: Lab results of area soil reveal high toxicity levels

Allison Isenberg is learning, and learning from personal experience. Isenberg, a resident of Brick City in Metropolis' oft-neglected Hob's Bay port district, is a second-year graduate student in the geology department at Metropolis University. Her mentor, Everett Ortiz [watermark] in his praise of his prize student.

"Allison is the sort of student who goes above and beyond [watermark]," says Ortiz.

The idea seemed simple, on the face of it: Isenberg would gather soil samples from eight neighborhoods within the city limits, analyze the chemical and sedimentary makeup of each sample, and contrast the results. The goal was to determine whether Metropolis' natural clay foundation--the foundation first settled upon by Swedish settlers in the 1700s--was still in evidence.

Things seemed fine a first, but when Isenberg sampled the soil from her own Brick City street, she found a surprise.

"Lab results don't lie," says Isenberg, " and the results showed a toxicity level closer to that of a…" She trails off for a moment, thinks, then resumes. "Well," she says, "let's just say you wouldn't want your children to play there."

In the corner of the Isenberg yard there sits a small wooden hut. It's obviously old, from years of sun damage, but one can still make out the crayon sign above the tiny door: "Allison's Clubhouse."

It seems that children have indeed played in this yard. But the time for games may be past.

Continued on Page B1

[Image Caption]
CAROLINE [surname] FOR THE DAILY PLANET


Brick City Residents are fight the toxic danger in their environment.
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#4 | micah on August 21, 2014 3:56pm EST
I hope there's no kryptonite in any of these movies, I'd rather see some concrete writing. PLEASE NO KRYPTONITE!!!! and no taking powers away or making superman forget who he is our be evil or easily controlled. I hate those cop-outs.....hate them.....
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#5 | DrAwkward on August 21, 2014 4:02pm EST
This is a strange alleged leak. I'm curious why the prop retailer didn't provide a full photograph of the paper, including the paper's scroll / title / font and publication date which would be typical to the front-page of a newspaper (where the color photos would be)... but rather arranged in a way that obscures any styling. In fact, what's presented is something relatively easy for a prop maker to assemble without too much effort or graphic design skills (Adam Savage, of Mythbusters, as a really fun online video where he replicates the go-bag from the Bourne Identity). A slight nitpick of the prop, most newspapers provide attribution and captions under every photo / cut... a mosaic is uncommon, unusual, and a prop master might not make that error / choice in reproducing a newspaper. Similarly, in iffy quote towards the end which isn't the way a journalist of Lane's caliber would leave things... you either have your source answer the question, or you report it with detached authority... you don't put "let's just say" when reporting on playground toxicity.

If I were a conspiracy theorist... you could even imagine the store assembling such a prop in order to draw pop-culture-minded eyes to one's prop store during this particularly thirsty period of speculation.

Another interesting thing is that the underlying story in this article doesn't easily jive with the earlier alleged extra leak about Batman stealing kryptonite from Luthor and Luthor having the body of Zod. If (possible) Kryptonite is all around, why does Batman need to get it from Luthor? If the Kryptonite is in the bedrock, why does Luthor need Zod's body? (You can come up with explanations that reconcile these things, but you're starting to get into really expository needlessly complex territory for a film with a lot of moving parts already, without having to make Kryptonite another character in the film with its own tale of birth, refinement, and testing....)

But without bringing the other rumors into the mix, looking at this article alone, I don't see how you fit this into the film in a meaningful way. "Toxic soil... this looks like a job for Superman!" Except it isn't. Nothing in his displayed powerset makes him equipped to answer or address ubiquitous toxic soil. I don't know that anyone has a powerset that addresses that except maybe Luthor and Wayne with lots of money and time... but that doesn't quite jive with the article either. If the soil tests were done shortly after the BZE, then Ms. Isenberg and Lane would hardly be surprised... the alien BZE would be fresh in their minds and naturally be suspected to be the source of the toxicity. But Ms. Isenberg is written as surprised and Lane writes the article as if this is a revelation... one that would only be meaningful if they had all moved on from the BZE, gone about their lives, unawares of an issue like toxicity (compared to actively looking for such an issue). Additionally, in either case, discovering toxicity at a later date doesn't make sense (Isenberg was researching clay foundations, not the impact of the BZE) because naturally the environmental impact of the BZE would have been studied IMMEDIATELY after the BZE, before rebuilding was to begin in Metropolis. We did the same thing after 9/11 and that was without the introduction of an alien terraforming technology... you're saying no one thought to test the ground or earth after the BZE and just merrily started to rebuild around it, only for mere-student to uncover its impact years later?

So she discovers it later... and it isn't a job for Superman and there isn't time enough for it to be a job for Luthor or Wayne... so... what? Where can the story go from there? How does this tie in to Wonder Woman or Morocco? How can this precipitate a grudge match between Batman and Superman? I'm not saying it's impossible, but there doesn't seem to be any natural or logical story hooks into the angle where kids are dying of playground toxin and none of the characters can really do anything meaningful about it. And... if they can... talk about a film plot that's boring as dirt... you have them literally fighting dirt [toxicity]!

So, I'm going to suggest that maybe this is bunk.

As usual, we shall see!

BTW, don't take this analysis as condemnation for posting or supplying rumors; quite the contrary, I really enjoy engaging these and bouncing ideas off of these tidbits because it works as way of putting in writing what I think my expectations are, whether wrong or right, and to be more aware of assumptions I may be carrying around.
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#6 | DrAwkward on August 21, 2014 4:10pm EST
Further proof of fakeness...

The stock photo for "Soil Sample"
http://www.fotose.../k0818316/
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#7 | Steve Younis on August 21, 2014 5:33pm EST
Are movie studios above using stock photos for props that may never actually be fully seen in a film?
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#8 | PatrickRichard on August 21, 2014 5:41pm EST
Why the world doesn't need Superman.
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#9 | DrAwkward on August 21, 2014 6:43pm EST
Are movie studios above using stock photos for props that may never actually be fully seen in a film?
That's the odd thing... if it's not meant to be seen, then no problem with using stock photography, but why actually write a substantive article and not just "Lorem Ipsum"?

If it IS meant to be seen, then its contents arguably reflect upon or impact or relate to the story... but then I'd say up your production so that it looks more like a real paper. Likewise the site presenting the scoop should show the full paper to show whatever craft went into the graphic design of making it look like a Daily Planet cover page (again with color photos)... which would arguably the the interest of someone celebrating a prop (the craft)... as opposed to the alleged story substance being the only bit revealed.

Maybe it's because there is no craft beyond the borders of the photo or because the craft isn't all that great... I don't think I've ever picked up a major newspaper with its cover image being a generic aerial shot of a neighborhood and a generic shot of a hand holding a rock... it lacks veracity.

Considering how much art and craft went into the production of MoS... with actual poetry and phrases carved into Krypton which we may never get to appreciate... and a spoken language we don't even hear on screen... I see this as falling short of that.

So it isn't dispositive... studios will use stock materials (often on a lark, which is why we hear the Wilhelm scream!), but the fact that it's available online also puts it within easy reach of a hoaxer.

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Going back to the story point, though, assuming this is something dangerous to children and Superman's personal friend / coworker / girlfriend is writing about it (so it can't escape his attention)... where does the story go from there? Does Superman start digging up all of Brick City? I don't know what you can do with that for general audiences....
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#10 | DrAwkward on August 21, 2014 6:59pm EST
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#11 | TINKU on August 23, 2014 8:27am EST
Well, I seriously don't like the idea of making Supes totally weak against magic, red sun or Kryptonite. It's boring & it makes the plot very PREDICTABLE & CONTRIVED. Kryptonite weakness was a foolish idea from the start. What do you do with his powers? Lets bring crazy weaknesses! Now any smartass with a chunk of green rock can kick butt of the most powerful hero in DCU. Anyway, if Kryptonite is brought in DCCU, I hope Supes doesn't chicken out completely, but can fight back with 20% of his capacity.
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#12 | PatrickRichard on August 23, 2014 11:28am EST
@TINKU

When it comes to Superman and magic, red son or big K and those elements are in a comic, after awhile to fans like us it can seem boring and predictable. We have read those stories countless times.

But the general public who only knows Superman through movies has never seen magic used against him. They don't know that magic can hurt him. Now they bring in Shazam and Black Adam. There's your magic introduction to the DCCU. And I personally can't wait to see a bolt of lightning chucked at Superman and how he will react to that for the first time. Adam chucks a bolt at him and Superman says "ok, let me show you what my eyes can do."

And the major thing that I express over and over is the one biggest thing that Superman movies and any movie in the industry have in common more so than ever. CGI. Computer Generated Images. It's gonna look awesome when it happens. Isn't that one of the biggest parts of a comic book? The "images"?
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#13 | TINKU on August 23, 2014 3:54pm EST
It's true, Patrick. As fans we have read these ideas over and over. It's different for the general public. Imo, Kryptonite has been overused in various medias, but magic can be really interesting with some well- written stuff, irresistible action & great CGI. I am also dying to see Superman collide with Darkseid on the big screen.
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#14 | TINKU on August 23, 2014 4:32pm EST
Actually the biggest concern for me is to make Supes completely depowered. Some fans may not agree, but the primary fascination of Superman for the audience is that he is the most powerful guy in DCU with coolest powers. From the visual & character aspect it's unexciting to see him become weak, completely powerless & helpless all of a sudden by a small piece of rock or magic. It's okay if you can hurt him badly & we see him bleed, fight harder, but these things shouldn't make him totally ineffective.
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#15 | Scotty V on August 24, 2014 12:59pm EST
Kryptonite, when used properly, doesn't immediately make Superman weak. In "Superman: The Movie," it was clearly a contrivance that they used to cause Superman to become completely inept. It's not supposed to work that way. The Kryptonite will make Superman weaker over time to the point where he may eventually die. During that time, if he could, he'd move away from the danger, gradually recover, and can also fight as he gets weaker. The Kryptonite shouldn't take his powers away immediately and he shouldn't back away with a shocked look and his hand up waiting for someone to sling it around his neck and push him into a pool.

If someone should attach Kryptonite to Superman, he should be able to remove it. A bullet would be different, as shown in "Doom," for if it was fired with accuracy and hit vital organs, it would react in much the same way as a regular bullet against a regular human would. In that way Superman could be incapacitated, though he would still have a greater fortitude and vitality in his ability to survive in his injured state.

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