Man of Steel Myths: Lois Shouldn’t Have Fallen / The Singularity Was A Black Hole

Why does Lois fall from the C-17 while debris rises upwards around her? Is Lois heavier than a car? Did the filmmakers make a mistake?

No, the issue is the faulty assumption that the singularity created by colliding two active Phantom Drives together creates a black hole. The word “singularity” is not exclusive to black holes, but imagine if it was a black hole.

We see mass accelerate towards the singularity much faster than 9.8 m/s^2, a gravitational singularity (or black hole) of that strength would lift Lois, yes, and destroy the planet (see Slate’s article below). Dr. Hamilton wouldn’t overlook that. Jor-El wouldn’t condone that. Thus any criticism based on erroneous assumption that the singularity is a black hole is wrong.

Instead, Jor-El and Superman describe a singularity that will take the Phantom Zone criminals “back” and the characteristics of the singularity we see are consistent with a surgical plan that only draws things steeped in Phantom Zone energy into itself: The Kryptonians, the Black Zero, the debris hit by the gravity beam driven by the Phantom Drive, and Superman.

Yet the Phantom Energy Singularity does NOT try to draw in Lois, the Scout Ship, or anything outside the gravity beam’s radius or its own event horizon. The singularity is a doorway that takes Phantom Energy “back” to the Phantom Zone. These things were never in the Phantom Zone nor exposed to Phantom Energy so why would they be drawn towards it? They wouldn’t.

Jor-El’s plan is precise and that the filmmakers knew exactly what they were doing when showing Lois falling.

What if a coin-sized black hole was placed at the Earth’s center?

If you’ve got an idea for a myth that my meager editing abilities might be able to tackle let me know for future videos!

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One Comment

  1. I explained this point to some haters just a day ago, using the term “phantom energy”. 🙂
    I have something to add:
    (1)Had it been a gravitational pull, Lois would have been attracted as well and probably crushed by pressure into Superman’s arms. Instead we see a scared but relatively safe Lois and a Superman infused with crackling energy, clearly pulled by some attractive force (his face is deformed by pressure).
    (2)There is a precedent in the movie: when Zod was trapped in the phantom Zone and we get to see how the phantom portal is supposed to work. The stable portal opens and numerous tentacles infuse the ship with some form of crackling energy before it’s allowed to pass through the “stargate”.
    Long story short: to enter the “phantom zone” (gently or catastrophically), matter must be infused with “phantom energy”.

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