Re: Man of Steel does have kryptonite
That's a really interesting way of looking into it -- I thought that the atmosphere explanation was simply another addition to the Superman mythos -- that is, a much more realistic approach where you consider the biological and environmental implications of alien beings.
It has teh same effect as Kryptonite, but I guess it wouldn't become Kryptonite until Batman coins the damn term and creates some.
THE JUSTICE BULLETIN published some of my thematic analysis on the symbolism in Nolan's superhero saga.
I call it Heroic Archetypes
. You can read the parts on Batman Begins
in the following links:
; pt 2
; pt 3
; pt 4
; pt 5
; pt 6
; pt 7