In the comics or DCAU, have we ever seen Superman stabbed with a kryptonite knife?

I've seen Metallo shoot him with a kryptonite bullet, but I don't think I've ever seen anyone attack him with a kryptonite knife.

I think it might happen in Smallville, but I'm not interested in that.

  • I believe the novelization of The Death and Life of Superman mentions that Luthor had paid Deadshot to shoot Superman with a kryptonite bullet at one point. I don't have my copy on-hand to reference, though.
    – Jeff
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 14:23

3 Answers 3


Superman: War of the Supermen

As the series opens on the heels of the conclusion to Last Stand of New Krypton, Superman is furious that General Zod is moving forward with his plans to make war with Earth. He punches his way into Zod's underground military installation and confronts him. Superman declares his intent to shut down Zod and his war machine. He punctuates his remarks by landing a hard right fist to Zod's jaw.

Rather than retaliate personally, Zod has his minions, Ursa and Non, do his dirty work. Ursa attacks Superman with a Kryptonite knife, which draws blood. Superman damages the knife with his heat vision, but does not completely destroy it. Then Non attacks from above, descending feet first and landing hard on Superman. Non and Ursa restrain Superman while Zod gloats.

enter image description here

  • 1
    I think this picture link might work. At a work computer so sites of this nature are blocked.
    – Firebat
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 14:10
  • Great find, thanks a lot!
    – Ingu Shama
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 18:29
  • 4
    Technically speaking, more of a slash than a stab, but close enough, eh? :)
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 18:44

In Superman Returns, Lex Luthor stabs Superman in the back with kryptonite. Superman then falls into the ocean with the shard through his chest.

The stabbing:

Lex Stabbing Superman

  • 5
    He's specifically asking about "comics or DCAU", not the movies. But otherwise, it's a good answer. :)
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 14:25
  • 1
    I tried to emphasise comics or DCAU.
    – Ingu Shama
    Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 18:28
  • 3
    As a life-long superman fan, I deny the existence of Superman Returns. Meaning this answer is completely made up :P Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 18:55
  • 2
    @WizardKnight I hear a lot of people say how they hated the movie, but I've never really heard an explanation for why. Personally, I enjoyed it, and I thought Kevin Spacey made an absolutely chilling Lex Luthor. What's with all the hate for Superman Returns? Commented Sep 8, 2015 at 20:05
  • 2
    @WizardKnight: joyreactor.com/post/1658983
    – FuzzyBoots
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 12:21

An almost example from the DCAU:

In the finale to Justice League Unlimited and the DCAU as a whole, "Destroyer", Darkseid immobilises Superman with the "Agony Matrix" and pulls out the hilt of what is either a retractable knife with kryptonite blade or a lightsaber toasting knife. (See: Hitchhiker's Guide, Futurama, etc. :P)

He threatens to carve out Superman's heart but is interrupted by Lex Luthor before he can.

The blade is never explicitly identified as being made of kryptonite, nor is Superman actually stabbed... So what I'm saying is that this is a terrible answer. However, it's green and glowy, and made to kill Superman, so you figure it out.

  • 3
    So he's threatened with a possibly kryptonite blade? This should really be a comment
    – Daft
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 15:07
  • 1
    @Daft Great, just give me 50 reputation and I'll oblige. Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 15:10
  • 1
    Alas... there are trolls everywhere on the interweb.
    – Ingu Shama
    Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 15:19
  • I'm being unnecessarily snarky. What I meant to say is that this is the closest example from the DCAU. There doesn't appear to be an official source, but all the wiki's refer to the weapon as a kryptonite knife. Commented Sep 9, 2015 at 16:01

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.