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(Warning - improbably but theoretically possible SPOILERS for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice lie below... Proceed with whatever level of caution that embiggens in you...)

Now, when it comes to ridiculously over-powered superheroes, they don't come much more mindbogglingly god-like than Superman. Whether he's single-handedly beating the snot out of dastardly space-gods, flying fast enough to turn back time, or simply not dying in the face of overwhelming odds, it's fair to say that Superman's about as tough as it gets. His only weakness? Kryptonite...

Or, at least, that's what we've always believed...

According to Henry Cavill - who plays the hero in Man of Steel and the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - however:

Superman Only Has One Weakness - and it ISN'T Kryptonite

As Cavill recently told the Guardian:

"People think Kryptonite can beat him. No. The only thing that can really beat Superman is Superman. His own noggin messing with him. His own moral choices..."

Or, in other words, he can only be beaten by his own moral compass and self-doubt - and not an extraterrestrial green rock.

Which, when it comes to the soon-to-arrive Batman v Superman, might just give us an intriguing insight into just how Batman could stand a chance against the physical might of Superman. Is it possible that we're set to see the Man of Steel be so beset by doubts and self-recrimination that (the fundamentally driven) Batman can beat him through simple force of will?

Well, perhaps - but if the comic-book Superman is any guide, Cavill might just be missing out a few other possible ways of beating Superman...

Here are five of the most novel:

5. Telekinesis

After all, if you're able to move matter with your mind, there's always the chance you could just...kind of...rearrange Superman's brain (as the anti-heroic Manchester Black, above, once did), causing some sort of stroke or similar.

Now, of course, that didn't really work when Black tried it, but get Jean Grey in there, and who knows what you could work out?

4. Nuclear Weaponry

After all, if The Dark Knight Returns taught us anything, it's that a nuclear explosion could, theoretically, kill Superman - seeing as he only just about survived that one above by magically absorbing the sun's energy from a plant...

Similarly, it seems you could probably kill Superman by...

3. Taking Away His Access to Sunlight

As DC's Flashpoint event proved, if you keep Superman away from the light of the yellow sun, it seems to take away his power. Do that for long enough, and there's a good chance you could kill him.

Suddenly Monty Burns' sun-blocker from The Simpsons doesn't seems like such a terrible idea after all, eh Lex?

2. Punching Him Really Hard

That, of course, being the preferred method of Superman's killer back in the infamous Death of Superman - though, admittedly, the Man of Steel didn;t really die quite as totally as we initially thought.

Get the Hulk in there to give Doomsday some back-up and tag-team him, though? Well, then you just might have a shot...

And, finally:

1. Batman


What do you reckon, though?

via The Guardian


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