Should Kryptonite Exist? (Great Debate)

The one substance that can cause Superman harm… and even kill him, Kryptonite was first introduced during the 1940s Superman radio series to give actor Clayton “Bud” Collyer an opportunity to take a break from his hectic schedule.

In the latest instalment of our “Great Debate” feature, we ask the question…

Should Krypton exist?

Great Debate - Kryptonite

Who do you agree with?

Many thanks to our Great Debaters – Julian Finn and Marc Lax.

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May 20, 2022 9:27 am

By this point, all Kryptonite in the universe should either be destroyed or Superman should become permanently immune to it.

May 20, 2022 10:06 am

I think that the use of Kryptonite for stories, movies, or tv shows is ok just as long as its not over used. For it to be used by Luthor as a primary weapon against Superman is ok, but if every other villian uses it, than I believe it loses its worth as item for story telling.

May 20, 2022 7:39 pm

I think Byrne was on the right track, but he went just a bit too far. Having just enough Green K around so that you can get it in a galactic black market if you are determined enough, maybe along with a little bit of Smallville-style Red K or Superman and Lois’ X-K, would be just about right. I’m thinking just enough to fill a pickup truck or two, spread throughout the galaxy, with the bulk having been destroyed by the Green Lantern Corps and the like.

May 22, 2022 8:12 am

My answer is the same basic one as with the question about other Kryptonians. For me, it’s not the construct itself but the overuse of it by lazy plotting. The early years of the Post-Crisus era used Kryptonite effectively to tell character-driven stories. And for the other physical vulnerability – magic – Elliot Maggin used it well in the Kingdom Come novelization.

May 24, 2022 10:20 pm

Honestly, kryptonite is overly used. It’s also an easy writing tactic used for characters like the overrated-Batman to use against Superman in a so-called “fight.” Superman can be hurt and taken down in a number of ways without kryptonite. We can see threats from characters like Brainiac, Parasite, The Elite, Mongul and Darkseid who can hurt and kill Superman without any kryptonite. Furthermore, there’ve been a number of episodes from the “Lois and Clark” TV show that showed Superman being hurt without kryptonite such as in Season 3, episode 11 called “Home is Where The Hurt Is.”