Comic-book geeks across the world will be punching the air with glee today, after it was announced that geologists have discovered a mineral matching the properties of kryptonite, as described in the Superman Returns script.
All right, so it didn’t come from outer-space - it was discovered during a mining expedition in Serbia - it’s not green, it’s not radioactive and it’s missing a key component - fluorine - but who’s nitpicking!
Dr Chris Stanley, a mineralogist brought in to research the mysterious discovery, explains: "Towards the end of my research, I searched the web using the mineral's chemical formula - sodium lithium boron silicate hydroxide - and was amazed to discover that same scientific name written on a case of rock containing kryptonite stolen by Lex Luthor from a museum in the film Superman Returns. The new mineral does not contain fluorine and is white rather than green, but in all other respects the chemistry matches that for the rock containing kryptonite. We will have to be careful with it - we wouldn't want to deprive Earth of its most famous superhero!"
We certainly wouldn’t, Chris. TF suggests Brandon Routh doesn’t go anywhere the Natural History Museum on 25 April at 12.30 or 13 May at 12.30 and 14.30, when kryptonite can be viewed, for free, by the general public.
Keep watching the skies, and keep watching TF.com, just in case boffins find Venom's symbiote, Ghost Rider's bike, or Batman's shark repellent spray.