Warning! The following may contain spoilers for the latest episode of Superman & Lois "Man of Steel" on May 18. Read at your own risk!
Jordan was left off in a bad way at the end of the latest Superman & Lois, and it looks like his manifestation of powers has come with some awful side effects. Jordan's migraines and seizure were definitely cause for concern about how his human body is adapting to his previously dormant superhero powers but is it possible that Jordan never had powers at all?
After the latest reveal that Morgan Edge's interest in Smallville was tied to a supply of X-Kryptonite underground, which was said to be the largest supply of the mineral known anywhere, Lois Lane discovered the truth from Captain Luthor, who lied about his identity and led her to the mines for the discovery. This rare Kryptonite variant is pretty special in the Superman universe and can give non-Kryptonians Superman-like powers. The only downside is it's incredibly unstable and can cause severe side effects and even death to those exposed to it.
Given Jordan's recent string of health issues and streaky ability to use his powers, could it be possible that he was exposed to Kryptonite-X? Let's remember that when Superman first took Jordan to the Fortress of Solitude to be evaluated by Jor-El's A.I., the analysis didn't reveal Jordan's powers to be anything spectacular. He went on to say that Jordan didn't even have one-hundredth of Superman's strength and that his human DNA was too limiting perhaps for his abilities to develop further.
Despite Jor-El's naysaying, Jordan has gone on to further manifest his powers, and up until recently, consistently use them. Now in the latest episode, he was having migraines and then a seizure, and I have to wonder if his powers weren't just brought on by some exposure to X-Kryptonite.
Tag, the speedster teen in town who has been losing control of his powers, blamed Jordan for what happened to him. Again, this feels like another nod that Superman & Lois may be teasing that Jordan's powers are a result of X-Kryptonite exposure and that Clark and Lois don't see it because he's technically half-Kryptonian. After all, Jonathan didn't get any powers, which could be further evidence that the human DNA limits their half-Kryptonian genetics.
If Jordan's powers aren't legit, it doesn't seem like it will be revealed in next week's episode. A synopsis for the following episode, called "Man of Steel," has been released, and it teases Jordan may get stronger before he gets any weaker.
Clark (Tyler Hoechlin) struggles to help Jordan (Alex Garfin) who is grappling with a new power. Meanwhile, Lois (Elizabeth Tulloch) enlists Clark's help which leads to a surprise encounter.
Arrowverse veteran David Ramsey directed the episode, and while it's confirmed he won't appear in the upcoming episode, Diggle is coming to Superman & Lois. Perhaps his intuitive mind and ability to knock sense into heroes could expose the truth about Jordan's powers? Either that or I'm totally off base, and Jordan's struggles are just a way of keeping the story fresh until Captain Luthor strikes next against Superman. We'll see in the coming weeks!