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Real Identity: Kal-El
Affiliations: Justice League
Appearances: Shazam Slam (Power Outage, Night of the Bat, and Abate and Switch), Follow That Space Cab!, Nuclear Family Values, Galaxy Jest, Time Share, Under a Red Sun, Play Date, Repulse!, Luthor in Paradise, Plastic Man Saves the World, Field Trip, Rage of the Red Lanterns, Inside Job, The Trouble with Truth, Battle for the Bottled City, Garden of Evil, The Fatal Fare, and Mxy's Mix-Up
Appearances (Webisodes): Beep Beep, Good Cop, Bat Cop, and It's a Trap!
Powers/Skills: Enhanced Strength, Enhanced Speed, Enhanced Vision, Flight, Invulnerability, and Unarmed Combat
Voiced By: Jason J. Lewis

Superman has super-everything: strength, speed, flight, invulnerability as well as his renowned X-ray vision and heat vision. Superman derives his super powers from the yellow sun but exposure to a red sun in turn depletes him.

Superman responded to a distress call at the Stryker's Island Penitentiary and learned Parasite was absorbing roaches to get his strength back. Parasite attacked Superman but he exhaled and used his super breath to knock him into the railing outside his cell. Wonder Woman lassoed him and bashed him into the ceiling. Jimmy Olsen arrived to take some b-roll footage but Superman insisted he let the police do their job. Suddenly, Calythos crashed into the police van and integrated Parasite into his body. Superman grabbed the officers and shielded them from harm. While he helped restabilize the prison, Wonder Woman went after Calythos. Superman joined the battle in Mid-City Park and decked the djinn. Calythos absorbed his flight ability and disabled a Metropolis 6 News helicopter. Superman caught the copter before it crashed into a crowd at a live concert and safely placed it on a nearby roof. With no other options, Superman used his heat vision on Calythos but he stole the ability as well and blasted him back.

In the end, Superman was so weak he barely had enough strength to leap a building in a single bound. He made his way to Wonder Woman on the roof of the Daily Planet. Jimmy Olsen informed them Calythos was using Parasite's power. Superman and Wonder Woman came up with a strategy to bait Calythos into absorbing Martian Manhunter's powers and weakness to fire. In essence, Calythos would defeat himself as he tried to finish activating his volcano. The plan worked and the djinn released Parasite. Superman held Calythos' flaming schimitar and forced Parasite to immediately surrender. Once his powers returned, Superman used his freeze breath to neutralize Calythos' volcano. Superman, recalling the difficulty with Calythos, sent Green Arrow to back up Batman in his pursuit of another Djinn, Uthool. Superman and Wonder Woman suspected something was wrong when Batman contradicted himself then smiled creepily. Superman punched the power core room's steel door into Batman but didn't harm him. Uthool revealed himself and transformed.

Superman ordered Green Arrow to get the injured Cyborg to safety while he dealt with Uthool. The two juggernauts traded blow after blow and rocked the Hall of Justice. Eventually, the Hall collapsed as their battle took to the skies. Wonder Woman intervened and threw the Hall's power core into Uthool. The explosion freed Batman. Uthool declared he could not be beaten but Superman suddenly stomped him and silenced him finally. Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman chased the last three of the Djinn as they flew towards Calythos' second volcano. Nyorlath cast a spell that took Superman and Wonder Woman's powers away temporarily. Batman turned his cape into a glider and made a hard landing with them. With no other choice, he activated the distress signal on his belt. Constantine answered the call and opened a portal. They found themselves in Constantine's House of Mystery. Batman explained the situation and stressed they needed to stop the Brothers from reopening Calythos' fissure. He didn't care for Green Arrow's plan and went through a portal to go get back up.

Superman pretended to be Green Arrow and vice-versa. Green Arrow's plan worked and the Brothers were defeated. However, Black Adam came out of the fissure stronger than ever. Once Batman and Shazam arrived, Adam transformed the Brothers into monsters. Superman tried to help Shazam against Black Adam while the others took care of the Brothers. The League banded together and locked Adam in place, allowing Shazam and Superman to clock Adam together and he went flying into Constantine's portal. Superman attended Mister Mind's trial at the Galactic Court. The villain was found guilty and remanded to Superman's custody. He was serve out his sentence at the Justice League's headquarters but two bounty hunters Lobo and Jonas attacked Superman in space. Superman took a hit from Lobo's Red Sun Energy Blaster and was drained of his powers. Luckily, he crashed into the back seat of a Space Cab. Superman used the cab's CB radio to send out a distress call to the Justice League and requested back up.

Hawkman responded but Superman suspected Lobo would lure him into a trap and asked Cabbie to follow them to the nearby Abandoned Anthracite Mine. Superman recharged himself off a yellow sun and joined the battle against Lobo. Superman, Hawkman, and Cabbie eventually found their way to the Watchtower and placed Mister Mind's remains in a prison dome, anticipating his regeneration. In order to pay Space Cabbie, Superman crushed a piece of anthracite Hawkman found in his wings and turned it into a diamond. Cabbie accepted and took a photo with them. During the attack on the Hudson Nuclear Power Plant, Superman was a couple galaxies away and told Batman it would take him several hours to get back to Earth. At the conclusion of the incident, Firestorm spared the Nuclear Family but made sure they weren't a threat anymore by placing them in a glass dome that simulated their dream home. Superman invited Firestorm to become a candidate for Justice League membership.

Superman and Wonder Woman flew into space to extract the Joker from Mongul's cruiser while Batman searched Gotham City for his Gutbuster bomb before it went off at midnight. Superman intercepted Mongul at an airlock and blasted him with heat vision before he could throw the Joker out for humiliating him with a joy buzzer. Superman alerted Wonder Woman he had the Joker but Mongul tore through a floor and attacked. The battle made its way to an arena. Superman quickly used his X-Ray vision to locate the cruiser's engine room. He dodged Mongul's mace, lasered it off its hilt, then tossed it at him then decked him into the rear of the ship, setting off a chain of explosions. Superman returned to Gotham City and inhaled the 50,000 tons of Super Laughing Gas. He flew back to the cruiser and exhaled all of it. Mongul and his warriors couldn't stop laughing. He returned to Earth and only told Batman he gave the gas to someone who needed a good laugh.

Superman and Wonder Woman were on-scene when Chronos was arrested by the Gotham City Police Department. Superman didn't believe it at first when he heard Batman tell Blue Beetle he did a good job. Superman shook Blue Beetle's hand and told him it was nice to have him in the Justice League. He assumed Beetle must have really impressed Batman. Superman, Batman, and Big Barda fought a squadron of Parademons in a warehouse. Superman announced he took down 59 of them. Steppenwolf fired a shot at Superman who pinned him to the ceiling, crushed his gun, then tossed him to the floor. Superman questioned Steppenwolf's motives. Steppenwolf held out his Mother Box and tackled him through a Boom Tube. They arrived on a planet orbiting a red sun. Superman's powers began to dwindle. Steppenwolf attacked and encouraged Superman to burn off the last reserves of his power. He proclaimed he would forever be the warrior who bested Superman and imagined even Darkseid would be impressed. Superman ran behind a pillar. Steppenwolf fired on it but Superman leaned into it, sending towards him.

Superman fled into the canyon and used the local flora to make a bola, rope, and to rig some boulders. Superman chided Steppenwolf for bringing two Parademons with him. He threw his bola at one Parademon, sending it plummeting into the forest then set off one of his boulders, crushing the other Parademon. Steppenwolf, on his Astro Harness, blasted Superman in the back. Superman swung into a cavern but Steppenwolf saw a tripwire. He shot it and a boulder fell on the cavern entrance. Steppenwolf was enraged and blasted the boulder then sent a drone inside. Superman was discovered as he climbed to a hole in the ceiling. Steppenwolf detonated the drone but the explosion only sent Superman up through the opening. He ran and jumped off, landing on top of Steppenwolf. As they struggled, the Astro Harness spiraled out of control. They encountered a giant Sand Worm then fell down to the lake below. Superman hurt his right leg in the fall. Steppenwolf emerged from the lake and readied his axe. Superman saw a piece of the Astro Harness and threw it into the lake.

Steppenwolf was electrocuted and fainted. Superman used his cape to wrap his leg and used a stick as a cane. He gathered some vines and tied up Steppenwolf. Batman and Barda arrived. She was surprised Superman defeated Steppenwolf in half a day's time under a red sun. Superman asked what the final tally was. Barda replied she and Batman were tied 2 to 2. Superman won, citing his 3. Barda couldn't believe he beat them. Superman answered that's why they called him Superman. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman responded to a break-in at the Watchtower and fought off an army of deadly toys. Superman correctly suspected his old enemy Toyman but was wrapped up in a super putty version of Kryptonite. They were forced to fight each other in Toyman's take on the popular "Blvd Brawlers" video game. Toyman called dibs on Superman. He flew past the Daily Planet and landed on the Moon near the American flag then proclaimed, "Truth, Justice, and the American Way!"

Cyborg and Batman knocked him out and won the match with the latter's Super Move, a Kryptonite Ring Punch. Superman was dismayed that Batman kept some in his belt. Cyborg eventually got everyone free by using one of Toyman's toys against him. As Toyman tried to flee, Superman took out his mech suit's right leg with a heat vision blast. Superman agreed to go on a dinner date with Wonder Woman in Metropolis in their respective civilian alter-egos. She admitted Steve Trevor was only in love with Wonder Woman while Diana Prince was as invisible to him as her jet. Clark Kent admitted Lois Lane saw right through him. Dessert and a kiss were interrupted by the appearance of a new menace calling himself Repulse who could repel any attack. It turned out to be Lex Luthor who lured Superman into battle to infect him with his Repulse nanobots. Now posing a danger to the world, Superman flew to space. The nanobots continued to feed on his body's solar radiation and replicating. The millions of nanobots produced an ever geometrically increasing repulsive electromagnetic charge. The power of a black hole was decided on to drain the nanobot's power. Superman flew near Black Hole XT-357 and resisted its pull. It worked and the Repulse energy was starting to drain but Luthor attempted to blast Superman all the way into black hole.

Luthor, himself, fell in after a meteor collision. Superman went after him and pulled him into the Repulse's field. They observed the center of the black hole thanks to the protection of the Repulse but it would expire soon enough. To make matters worse, Superman was unable to fly out. Wonder Woman threw her lasso inside and pulled them out. As they emerged, the last of the Repulse was drained. Hawkman scanned him and confirmed he was free of Repulse. Once their date resumed, Diana declined to kiss him after smelling the garlic risotto on him. Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman chased Luthor across the planet. Superman and Batman landed on Themyscira and discovered Wonder Woman was trapped in a pair of giant hands made of earth. Superman punched a dent into a hand then Batman threw a exploding Batarang into it. Hippolyta was surprised to see her daughter was friends with two men. Wonder Woman insisted they were her sidekicks. Superman apologized to Hippolyta for the intrusion and explained they were in search of Luthor.

Hippolyta did not take to being addressed directly by them then performed a ceremony to open a portal to the Fallen Realm. Superman and Batman were speechless when Wonder Woman slapped a giant serpent and it ran off like a scared dog. Superman wasn't impressed with Luthor's newfound godhood after he took on Zeus' powers with the Oculus of the Argo. He recalled having taken on an immortal or two before. Luthor decked him twice then hit him with a lightning bolt. Circe decided to turn the heroes into trees as a warning to those who dared to oppose them. Despite their predicament, Batman and Superman got Wonder Woman her lasso. Superman then blasted Circe away with his heat vision. Wonder Woman used her lasso to force Luthor to admit he was going to betray Circe all along. Circe removed the Oculus from Luthor and zapped him in the butt repeatedly. Once she was done, Circe released the heroes. Superman immediately apprehended Luthor. Hippolyta gave Superman and Batman the Amazons' most sincere thanks then quickly told them to get off her island. Batman wasn't surprised.

Superman provided back up to Batman, Cyborg, and Vixen against Brainiac. Superman took out several Brainiac Orbs at once but Brainiac had his ship fire a Kryptonite laser at him. Superman emerged from a cafe as Batman landed. Batman pointed out they needed someone to slip into the ship undetected and take it out. Plastic Man tried to volunteer but Batman wasn't having any of it. Superman tried to let him down easy and stated they needed someone who took the mission more seriously. Superman went after Brainiac but he couldn't make a dent in his force shield. He shoved Brainiac into the street and charged. Superman was happy to see Plastic Man survived after fatally sabotaging the ship. More so when Plastic Man revealed he brought the 9,999 stolen cities with him. Superman congratulated Plastic Man. Superman and Batman were the first to respond to Gorilla Grodd's attack on the United Nations Building. Stargirl was brought along to mostly observe. While Batman was stern, Superman reminded her every Leaguer had their first day and it was important to enjoy the work, too.

Superman plucked several gorilla soldiers off the face of the United Nations Building and threw them on top of Grodd. Grodd didn't take kindly to the battle being referred to as a "routine situation" by Superman. Batman prompted Superman to execute "Caged Heat" then threw smoke balls into Grodd's open mouth. While Grodd gagged, Batman tossed him atop a pile of his soldiers. Superman threw down flagpoles around them and used his heat vision to super heat it. Mr. Mxyzptlk suddenly appeared in protest of the battle's quick end. Mxyzptlk didn't like that Stargirl had no idea who he was nor Batman's assessment of his perchance to chaos. He emphasized mischief then released the gorillas. Stargirl then "inspired" him to mix their minds and bodies up. Stargirl's mind was in Superman's body and Superman was in Batman's body. Superman kept hurting himself trying to use Batman's gadgets or throwing a punch. Superman tried to fly after Stargirl after she hit the United Nations Building but he fell on the ground. He noticed Batman's boots were too tight.

Superman accidentally fired the grapnel gun and crashed into a balcony then hurt himself punching a gorilla. Stargirl came to his rescue but she accidentally fired heat vision. Superman instructed her to think cold thoughts to shut it off. He tried to use a Bat Bomb but covered himself in soot. Afterwards, Batman warned him of the hair trigger. He noticed Batman was used to fighting multiple foes in any body but he was not ready for the volatile emotions of a teenage girl. He tried to throw a Batarang at Grodd but missed. He sifted through the belt pounches for something else but the Batarang returned and hit him in the forehead. Superman wanted to shift focus on dealing with Mxyzptlk. Stargirl suggested calling back up then specifically named Firestorm. Batman believed she deduced Firestorm's dual personality would be a key to defeating Mxyzptlk. He radioed the Justice league and requested Bravo Squad to be sent to his location then emphasized they bring Firestorm.

Grodd had his soldiers surrounded them and prepare to fire. Bravo Squad arrived and Mxyzptlk mixed up their minds, too. Superman thought it was a disaster but Batman directed him to observe. Mxyzptlk soon realized Professor Stein was stuck in his head. Agitated by Stein's constant psychoanalysis, Mxyzptlk accidentally said his name backwards and was banished back to the Fifth Dimension. The League was restored to normal and defeated Grodd. Batman commended Stargirl for her quick thinking and left. Superman knew something was up and that wasn't her plan. She confided in Superman she just wanted to meet Firestorm. Superman promised to keep her secret then flew away. Superman started giving tours of his Fortress of Solitude to Leaguers after it was selected as the League's secondary headquarters. While showing Firestorm, Blue Beetle, and Stargirl the Phantom Zone Projector, Superman was pulled into the Phantom Zone by accident after an alien kitten jumped on the console.

Firestorm and Professor Stein fixed the Projector after Zod, Faora, and Quex-Ul were recaptured. Superman was liberated. Zod became annoyed with Firestorm's recap. Superman indulged him and sent them back into the Phantom Zone then asked his allies to proceed with cleaning up after the battle in the Fortress, starting with the giant alien kitten. Superman was present at the Watchtower during the Spider Gauntlet incident involving Lobo and the Red Lanterns. Knowing the Red Lanterns were "touchy," Superman showed restraint and civility with Atrocitus, their leader. Superman waited in the skies for Lex Luthor after he broke into S.T.A.R. Labs. Luthor was annoyed Superman thought it was over and launched what he stole. A green gas threatened to blanket the city. Superman inhaled all of it and flew into space to expel it. However, in the process, Superman was infected with nanites programmed to drain him of the solar energy stored in his cells. He returned to the battle but soon lost consciousness and fell on top of the Batjet.

Red Tornado and the Atom studied Superman back at the Watchtower. The Atom, Wonder Woman, and Batman shrunk down and went into his body as a surgical team. Luthor deduced the Atom was helping and breached the Watchtower to expedite Superman's death. After electrocuting Red Tornado into submission, Luthor fired Kryptonite rays at Superman as he lay helpless. The Atom exited Superman's mouth and distracted Luthor while Wonder Woman and Batman took down the queen nanobot. They didn't have enough time to escape so Batman forced Superman to sneeze them out with explosive charges. They landed right on top of Luthor. Superman came to and had no idea what happened. He demanded to know what was going on. Atom told him Gesundheit and handed him a handkerchief. While H.I.V.E. threatened to destroy Metropolis with a Cobalt Fusion Bomb, Superman was preoccupied with a mission on New Genesis. He was concerned with the news but watched as Athena arrived with news Wonder Woman was to be the goddess of truth. They departed with Athena, leaving Superman alone on comms.

Superman was excited for his first trip into the Bottle City of Kandor. With just enough Kryptonite to weaken him, Atom then used his white dwarf tech to shrink Superman successfully. Atom reminded him to bring back the requested tissue samples to test for molecular stability and he would be powerless under Kandor's artifical red sun. Superman flew down to Kandor and was greeted by Chancellor Al-On. They embraced and Al-On proclaimed to the Kandorians that a son of Krypton had returned. They watched in shock as Brainiac appeared outside and stole the bottle. Superman activated his rocket pack and flew to the top and punched the cork in vain. After some effort, Atom was able to open the bottle. Superman emerged, ditched his rockets and bathed in the Sun's yellow rays. He fired his heat vision at the B-3 robot holding Kandor, flew under the bottle and safely landed it on the ground the punched the robot into submission. After Brainiac flicked Atom away, he was turned and found himself face to face with the still tiny Superman. Superman punched him around then lifted his left arm up and tossed him. Superman retrieved the cork and resecured the bottle then used his heat vision to restore Kandor's standard weather. He joked if you don't like the weather in Kandor, just wait five minutes.

Superman provided back up during an outbreak of giant plants in Gotham. While Vixen was talking to Batman on comms, Superman arrived and destroyed a vine monster with heat vision. Superman speculated Poison Ivy was behind it. Suddenly, Swamp Thing slammed Superman to the ground. He confirmed it was Ivy and struggled to tell them Ivy was controlling him since he was a plant. Batman hailed Vixen and Superman on comms and informed them Ivy was hiding out at the Kanaghier Building on Sheldon. Superman told Vixen he would meet her there then flew off to aid a tactical team being attacked by giant cacti. He flew in front of an officer at the last second and was covered in needles. After dealing with them, Superman flew to the hideout and ordered Ivy to turn herself in. She held out her wrists in mockery then Swamp Thing surfaced and attacked him. Swamp Thing eventually grabbed hold of him. On Batman's signal, Superman fired his heat vision at a vial and spilled the antidote all over Ivy. It neutralized her powers and ended the crisis.

Superman provided back up to Batman on a mission to capture Deadshot in Gotham. He arrived and took the brunt of Deadshot's arm mounted blasters as Batman predicted he would use upon being attacked. Deadshot was taken back to the Watchtower for interrogation. Superman asked Batman if he could be the bad cop for once. Batman agreed to switch roles. Superman demanded a name and slammed the door so hard, it cracked the observation glass. He apologized to Batman but caught himself and told Deadshot that was nothing compared to what he was going to do to him. Deadshot was confused. Superman asked Batman to step outside then shined the ceiling light in Deadshot's face. After Deadshot squirmed, Superman apologized and asked if it was too bright. Batman stared at him. Superman stated it was nothing compared to his heat vision. Batman creepily offered coffee. Superman stated he would need it after he was done with him. Batman offered him a doughnut. Deadshot had enough and promised to tell them everything.

Superman received a message from Lex Luthor who kidnapped a woman named Brie Gruyere. Superman realized that was two types of cheese put together and suspected Luthor set a trap for him. He played along with the ruse and took an electric shock after triggering a floor panel. He tackled Luthor into another building and asked where Gruyere was again. Luthor was pinned under a girder and still refused. Superman tossed the girder through the hole in the ceiling he created and asked again. Luthor directed him to his victim. Superman walked over but it was a dressed mannequin. It sprayed Kryptonite gas on him. Superman kept him talking under the hole and questioned the specificity of Luthor's plan. Just as Luthor prepared to beat him with a Kryptonite-modified baseball bat, the girder fell back down on top of Luthor.

The Justice League learned from informants that Darkseid was planning to invade Earth with a massive Boom Tube. Superman, Wonder Woman, and Hawkman traced the armada's location but they were already beginning to boom. Superman refused to let Earth get invaded and flew into the lead ship, venting out several Parademons in the process. He punched his way into the cabin, tossed Desaad, then planted Atom into the Mother Box. Kanto blasted Superman with a Kryptonite ray but Atom managed to take out the Boom Tube network and the armanda was stranded on the Third Moon of Graxos IV. Superman was placed in a containment tube and tortured with a field of energy generated by Kryptonite. Superman refused to give up the way to restore the Boom Tubes. Space Cabbie was drawn into the conflict when Darkseid became his latest fare. Cabbie discovered what was really going on and used his wits to trick Kanto into taking a ride to Earth where the Justice League ambushed him.

Cabbie returned to the moon with Swamp Thing and Hawkman. While they fought the Apokoliptian forces, Cabbie used Jack to extract the Kryptonite source. Superman shattered the glass enclosure. Not back to full strength, Superman was unaffected by Darkseid's Omega Effect and tackled him into a wall. Superman tossed Darkseid to the ground then landed on him and signaled Atom to reveal himself. The Boom Tube generator went back online. Superman revealed a standard Mother Box and opened a tube. He kicked Darkseid in and sent him to the acid lake planet Schlough. Superman thanked Cabbie for his help and offered him a lift but Cabbie declined as Jack was hard at work on the Space Cab.