Since Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has been announced one of the main questions is how does Batman stand a chance in a fight against Superman? A very viable question. Batman is a human with very neat gadgets and is as smart as anyone in the DC Universe but Superman is an alien with the power of a god that can break Batman in half as easily as he can break handcuffs without trying.
Let's not forget I let you handcuff me
Well during an interview with Entertainment Weekly director of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, Zack Snyder, recently answered how Batman will have a fighting chance by confirming Kryptonite would be used by Batman against Superman.
“If you’re going toe-to-toe with the son of Jor-El, you better come correct. For his climactic rooftop brawl with Superman, Batman outfits himself with a reinforced mech-suit equipped with strength-augmenting armor and, yes, kryptonite. The design resembles the one used for the confrontation between these two in Frank Miller’s ‘The Dark Knight Returns’.”
For those that don't know Kryptonite is a material from the Superman mythos, specifically the ore form of a radioactive element from Superman's home planet of Krypton; Superman is susceptible to its radiation making him weak and in fact it is Superman's number one weakness.
Everyone knows that Batman never goes into any fight not prepared and knowing the weakness of his opponent; I mean he is Batman. So it is not a surprise that Batman figured out that Kryptonite is Superman's weakness. With the resources that Bruce Wayne has it is also not a surprise that he got his hands on the radioactive rock that could possibly make Superman bleed.
Batman talking trash to Superman
But where the heck did Bruce find Kryptonite and how did he figure out that it was his weakness? In previous Superman movies and mythos the radioactive rock flew across the universe after Krypton exploded and just so happened to land on earth. This could be the exact same way Kryptonite appeared on earth in this new DC Cinematic Universe as well but I have another theory.
In Man of Steel when Zod released the World Engines the military, Lois Lane and Superman came up with a Earth saving plan that included Superman taking out the World Engine that was released in the Indian Ocean. Superman was game to do his part; however, Lois was worried that Superman would be hurt because the World Engine was making Earth more like Krypton and on Krypton Kryptonians do not have super strength. Superman agreed that he would be vulnerable but being the hero that he is he insisted that he had to try. And of course Superman successfully took out the World Engine but at what price?
Superman destroying the World Engine
As you can see Superman wasn't so super after destroying the World Engine. In fact he was drenched in sweat and looked to be very human. He had to reach out to the sunlight (the source of his power on Earth) to gain his strength back. And this is were my theory begins to get juicy.
The World Engine was designed to terraform Earth into Krypton. Yes, Superman destroyed the World Engine before this could completely take place but some terraforming still took place. So before Superman could destroy the World Engine it changed some of Earth into Krypton thus also creating Kryptonite. Bruce Wayne being one of the smartest people in the DC Universe realizes this and logically thinks that Superman would be weakened by rocks from Krypton since he would not have super strength on his home planet. So he sends his resources out to collect all the radioactive Krypton rock they can find so he could study it and find a way to use it against Superman if he needs to. I also believe Bruce Wayne could be teaming up with fellow billionaire Lex Luthor to do study on Kryptonite but of course Lex is unaware that Bruce is Batman.
Now I believe this is a very logical theory that could very well be true. It is also a way the events from Man of Steel could tie into Batman v Superman. But I'm curious to hear how you feel about my theory. Do you think that Zod's attempt to terraform the Earth into Krypton is responsible for Kryptonite in the DC Cinematic Universe? Please share your thoughts below.