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Real Identity: Corben
Appearances (Movies): The Death of Superman (Hologram)
Appearances (Comics): The Death of Superman Chapter One
Powers/Skills: Enhanced Strength, Invulnerability, Kryptonite Emission, and Unarmed Combat
Voiced By: Not Applicable
Corben was the perfect soldier in the U.S. military but suffered a fatal blow in the line of duty. General Lane decided to save him and contacted Lexcorp. Lex Luthor agreed to help. Corben was rebuilt as a cyborg soldier powered by Kryptonite. Then it became something else, he would be the first of a new kind of hero. Lane thought it was a good idea at the time, giving those injured in combat a second chance and to make someone who could stop Superman if he went on a rampage. The power was too much for Corben and he went crazy. Lane put a stop to "Metallo" and he was imprisoned. After Superman recovered Terri Henshaw amid satellite wreckage in space and took her back to NASA in Florida, he overheard a particular scream. At Fort Carlin, an army base on the Texas border, Metallo became agitated during a relocation to new quarters upon hearing Lane's name. Metallo broke free of his restraint and punched the Jeep Lane was seated in. Metallo vowed to kill him and ordered him to surrender or he would kill everyone on base.
Lane ordered everyone to stay back. Since Metallo was a model prisoner until then, Lane thought he could still be salvaged and tried to reason with him. Metallo saw himself as a guinea pig for a trial run of cyborg soldiers only to be targeted for destruction by Lane. Metallo vowed he was going to stop Lane from doing the same thing to anyone else. Superman blasted his arm with heat vision. After taking a Kryptonite blast to the ribs, Superman grabbed Lane then quickly flew him out of state to Louisiana but he collapsed. Superman was recharged by the Sun back to nearly full power. Lane pleaded with him to stop Metallo. Metallo caught up and got even more agitated then promised to blast Lane into molecules. Superman flew up and used heat vision to melt the ground around Metallo as he tried to hit him with Kryptonite blasts. Metallo angrily shouted he was invulnerable and couldn't be melted. He thought it was a joke he would live forever. As he sank further, the retractable dome automatically activated to shield his brain.
Metallo realized he wasn't like Superman and asked him how he handled the power without going crazy. Superman replied he learned over a lifetime. Metallo sank down so that the top of his head was only visible then Superman used freeze breath to harden the slag around him. Lane asked if that would keep him trapped. Superman admitted it was just to buy some time for him to create a more secure prison before the energy from the Kryptonite built up in him again. Superman found it ironic he saved Lane from the monster he created. Lane wondered if being frozen would give Metallo the time to learn control or if he could be saved. Superman replied there was always hope. Lane admitted he never meant it to go so wrong and thanked Superman for saving him and the fort. A crane was brought to the site to extracate the frozen slag from the ground. The televised battle set off Parasite in Belle Reve Prison and he broke free.