I stumbled upon this fan-made image:

Urinals of Justice League

It got me wondering if Superman's urinal would really work. Can only one organ of Superman be made weak using Kryptonite or Red Sun rays? Only canonical answer please.

  • I can't even.... – Buzz Oct 12 '18 at 8:49
  • Maybe if you removed the cod-piece from this dc.wikia.com/wiki/Kryptonite-Suit – Longshanks Oct 12 '18 at 9:32
  • @Langshanks But, the question is: Would exposing only one organ of Superman to harmful radiation weaken whole Superman or only that organ? – Umbrella Corporation Oct 12 '18 at 15:25
  • Given the characters included, and the look of the art, this would presumably be discussing the Justice League when they operated out of a cave in Happy Harbor, in the 1960s. Do you want information based on the silver-age Superman, or the present-day Superman? – RDFozz Oct 12 '18 at 18:07
  • Why would Superman need to be weakened at all just to pee? I mean, are his molecules so tightly packed that they block the flow otherwise? – Remy Lebeau Oct 12 '18 at 19:27

I don't know that we have enough source material to definitively answer, because the broader question of can Superman be weakened by red light is kinda vague. Other than War of the Supermen and one DCAU entry that's pretty much it, and both involved totally blotting out the yellow sun so only the red remained.

My general thought here is that the answer would be "No". Every time this has happened (either total sun blockage or red-only), it resulted in Superman losing all his powers. So it's more of an all-or-nothing way to get at him.

If you want to damage just one organ, your best bet would be a Kryptonite knife.

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The joke is based on a slightly outdated interpretation of the red sun "weakness". In silver-age stories, exposure to a red sun (or "red sun radiation") would immediately leave Superman no more powerful than a normal human.

Superman absorbs solar energy from our sun, acting as a solar battery. A red sun does not generate the amount of power that he needs to remain super-powered.

In current continuity, putting Superman under a red sun lamp will not instantly render him unpowered; it will render him unable to replenish his energy. So he'd get progressively weaker as he used his powers, and his energy store.

So if it were a REALLY LONG pee...

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