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Friday, 26 March 2021

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Superman Returns: Kryptonit
Superman Returns: Kryptonit

Superman Returns: Kryptonit

12,5 x 6,5 cm.
Superman Returns, 2006.

Catalogue price€ 1.500 - 2.500 Catalogue price € 1.500 - 2.500  $ 1,800 - 3,000
£ 1,350 - 2,250
元 11,565 - 19,275
₽ 135,435 - 225,725


Kryptonit spielt eine große Rolle in den Superman-Filmen. Das fiktive Material, dessen Name abgeleitet ist von Supermans zerstörtem Heimatplaneten Krypton, tauchte erstmals 1945 in der Superman-Radio-Show auf, um den Stimmwechsel der Hauptperson zu erklären, da der ursprüngliche Sprecher krankheitsbedingt ausgefallen war. (12606824) (13)

Superman returns: Kryptonite

12.5 x 6.5 cm.
Superman Returns, 2006.
Certificate of origin and authenticity.

Kryptonite plays a key part in the movie. The fictional material, whose name is derived from Superman’s destroyed home planet of Krypton, first appeared on the Superman radio show in 1945 to explain the lead actor’s change of voice, as the original voice actor had dropped out due to illness.

Due to Superman‘s popularity kryptonite has become a byword for an extraordinary exploitable weakness, synonymous with “Achilles’ heel”. The mineral known as kryptonite was introduced in the radio serial The Adventures of Superman, in the story “The Meteor from Krypton”, broadcast in June 1943, as a plot device for Superman to discover his origin. In the radio serial, Krypton was located in the same solar system as Earth, in the same orbit, but on the opposite side of the Sun. This provided an easy explanation for how kryptonite found its way to Earth. Kryptonite was incorporated into the comic mythos with Superman #61 (November 1949). Editor Dorothy Woolfolk stated in an interview with Florida Today in August 1993, that she “felt Superman’s invulnerability was boring”. Originally kryptonite was red in color and did not adopt its characteristic green hue until Action Comics #161 (Aug. 1951). Superman Returns is a 2006 American superhero film directed and co-produced by Bryan Singer. It is based on the DC Comics Character Superman and serves as a homage sequel to the motion pictures Superman (1978) and Superman II (1980). During the film Lex Luthor (Kevin Spacey) reveals his grand scheme: using one of the stolen Kryptonian Crystals to grow a new landmass. Superman (Brandon Routh) discovers this landmass is filled with kryptonite, which allows Luthor and his henchmen to beat and torture him. Shards such as this can be seen scattered across this landmass.



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