Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Maybe it's the kind that turns Superman into a really mopey deadbeat dad

From the wires:

Kryptonite, which robbed Superman of his powers, is no longer the stuff of comic books and films.

Except, it still is. Unless the comic books and films stopped using Kryptonite.

A mineral found by geologists in Serbia shares virtually the same chemical composition as the fictional kryptonite from outer space, used by the superhero's nemesis Lex Luther to weaken him in the film "Superman Returns".

Really? Does the mineral suck all the joy and heroism out of a character?

"We will have to be careful with it -- we wouldn't want to deprive Earth of its most famous superhero!," said Dr Chris Stanley, a mineralogist at the Natural History Museum.

Hahahahaha! Jackass.

Stanley, who revealed the identity of the mysterious new mineral, discovered the match after searching the Internet for its chemical formula - sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide.

"I was amazed to discover that same scientific name written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luther from a museum in the film Superman Returns," he said.

Yeah. There's your problem. Using Superman Returns as the basis for anything is just plain wrong. Not since Joel Shumacher has a filmmaker so completely misunderstood a character or so misrepresented a mythos. I'm no scientist, but I wouldn't cite Superman Returns as a good source for kindling, nevermind a geological discovery.

The substance has been confirmed as a new mineral after tests by scientists at the Natural History Museum and the National Research Council in Canada.

But instead of the large green crystals in Superman comics, the real thing is a white, powdery substance which contains no fluorine and is non-radioactive.

So, it's nothing like Kryptonite.

The mineral, to be named Jadarite, will go on show at the the Natural History Museum at certain times of the day on Wednesday, April 25, and Sunday, May 13.

So, it's REALLY nothing like Kryptonite.

Weird. Anyone else get the feeling this was some sort of backdoor PR stunt for Superman Returns? Because even though Jadarite sounds nothing like the Man of Steel's infamous weakness, the article can't pass up the opportunity to remind everyone that Bryan Singer made a lousy movie.