In the dark and twisted world of Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, a peculiar element called Gold Kryptonite plays a pivotal role. Now, this may not be common knowledge for all players diving into the game's immersive universe. As the title suggests, Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League follows Task Force X on their daring mission to bring down the iconic heroes of the DC universe, who have fallen under the control of the nefarious supervillain Brainiac. Needless to say, this isn't a walk in the park for a band of misfits, especially when it involves taking down the nearly invincible Man of Steel himself.
Ah, Kryptonite, the famous substance that has haunted Superman's existence since time immemorial. It's the ultimate weakness of the mighty superhero, draining him of his powers and potentially spelling his demise with prolonged exposure. Kryptonite has become so iconic that it's entered everyday language as a metaphor for vulnerability, like a modern-day "Achilles' heel" plucked from Greek mythology. So, naturally, Kryptonite comes into play when facing off against Superman in Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, but with a twist.
Now, one might assume that the obvious solution to deal with Superman would be good old-fashioned Kryptonite. However, things take a slightly more complicated turn. In the midst of an intense battle in Metropolis, Wonder Woman plunges a shard of Kryptonite into Superman's chest in a desperate attempt to weaken him. Alas, it proves futile as the Man of Steel reveals his newfound immunity, retaliating with a devastating blast of heat vision that leaves Wonder Woman teetering on the edge of death. Talk about a shocking Suicide Squad: KTJL moment!
Enter Lex Luthor, the brilliant mind from Earth-2. He theorizes that Brainiac has altered the molecular structure of the corrupted Justice League members, rendering Superman resistant to his traditional weakness. Luthor believes that studying a live sample, in this case, Batman, might provide the key to finding a solution. Crafty Captain Boomerang, pretending the idea is his own, relays this information to Amanda Waller and Rick Flag, leading the team to devise a plan to capture Batman and exploit his knowledge to defeat Superman once and for all.
And so, this plan pays off, leading Luthor to develop the formidable Gold Kryptonite as Task Force X's ultimate weapon. While this concoction may be new within Rocksteady's Batman: Arkham universe, it's not the first time Gold Kryptonite has graced Superman media. This variant of Kryptonite, unlike its green counterpart, has irreversible effects. Even a mere brush with Gold Kryptonite could forever alter Superman's fate. Talk about a game-changer!
Unfortunately for Batman, once Gold Kryptonite comes into play, Task Force X has little use for him other than as bait to lure Superman. Harley, ever the charming one, ends Batman's role with a swift gunshot to the head. But toppling Superman himself proves to be a daunting task. Exposure to Gold Kryptonite weakens the Man of Steel, making him susceptible to Task Force X's assault. The battle against Superman becomes a monumental boss fight, requiring strategic maneuvers and expert use of the Gold Kryptonite.
Deadshot, armed with his trusty sniper rifle, becomes a valuable asset in taking down Superman. Keeping their distance allows the squad to dodge his devastating attacks and strike from afar. It's a battle of wits and skill, with the fate of the world hanging in the balance.
Now, Gold Kryptonite first made its grand debut in the comics, appearing in a 1962 issue of Adventure Comics. In that non-canon story, young Superboy encounters a Gold Kryptonite meteor that permanently strips him of his powers. Since then, it has made appearances in TV shows like Super Friends and Smallville, and even found its way into the world of video games through Injustice 2. In the Injustice series, Superman takes on the role of the antagonist, forcing Batman to employ Gold Kryptonite as a threat and, ultimately, as a means to strip him of his powers entirely.
Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League presents a unique take on Gold Kryptonite by portraying it as a man-made compound, deviating from the meteor origin in the original comics. Lex Luthor refers to it as a "metamaterial," a term usually reserved for artificial composites with extraordinary properties. However, before Luthor's introduction, Deadshot humorously dubs it "glowsticks," while Harley comically fumbles for the word "gauche" to describe its undeniably tacky appearance.
Gold Kryptonite is just one of the many iterations of Kryptonite in Superman lore. Over the years, comic book writers have experimented with different variations. Red Kryptonite, for example, brings unpredictable effects that make it asource of chaos and temporary alterations to Superman's abilities. Blue Kryptonite affects Bizarro, Superman's imperfect clone. And then there's Black Kryptonite, which has been known to split Superman into two separate beings, one good and one evil.
In Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, Gold Kryptonite takes center stage as the key to defeating the corrupted Superman. Its introduction adds an intriguing twist to the familiar dynamic between Superman and Kryptonite. It showcases the resourcefulness of the Suicide Squad, a team of villains typically seen as outcasts and misfits, who find a glimmer of hope in this unique substance. With Gold Kryptonite in their arsenal, they stand a fighting chance against the invincible Man of Steel.
As players embark on their journey through Suicide Squad: Kill the Justice League, they'll discover the true power of Gold Kryptonite and witness its impact on the world of DC. Will the Suicide Squad succeed in their mission to kill the Justice League? Only time will tell, but one thing is for certain - Gold Kryptonite has become the shining hope of misfit villains, offering a ray of light in their darkest hour.