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Real Identity: Clark Kent
Affiliations: Justice League
Appearances (Movies): Justice League: War, Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, Justice League vs. Teen Titans, and Justice League Dark
Appearances (Comics): The Death of Superman Chapter One Power: Blowing Hot and Cold, Chapter Two Power: Containment!, Chapter Three Power: The Harder They Fall, Chapter Four Power: Slugfest!, Chapter Five Proof: Pitch, Chapter Six Proof: Shots, Chapter Seven Proof: Into The Fire (photo), Chapter Eight Proof: Focus!, Chapter Nine The Wake: Picking Up the Pieces, Chapter Ten The Wake: Flashback, Chapter Eleven The Wake: Clyde, and Chapter Twelve The Wake: Show Me!
Powers/Skills: Enhanced Physical Attributes, Enhanced Senses, Heat Vision, Flight, and Unarmed Combat
Voiced By: Alan Tudyk (War) and Jerry O'Connell
Superman is a powerful alien residing in Metropolis. He is originally from the planet Krypton around 26 years ago and goes by the alias of Clark Kent. He was raised in Smallville. Currently, he lives in Metropolis and works as an investigative reporter. Sometimes, he shares a bi-line with fellow reporter Lois Lane who nicknamed him "Smallville."
After Batman and Green Lantern secured a Mother Box, they decided to talk to Superman and see if he knew anything. Superman, himself, fought a Parademon near the Daily Planet until it exploded. Green Lantern suddenly appeared and Superman punched him into a distant LexCorp tanker. Green Lantern and Batman continued to battle Superman at a LexCorp Demolition Zone but Lantern managed to enrage him. Superman punched Lantern's protective bubble across the city until it shattered. Batman managed to get Superman to stop by calling him "Clark." Superman paused and used his X-Ray vision on Batman, realizing he was Bruce Wayne. Superman knew nothing of the Mother Box but the three were surrounded by police helicopters. They descended into the sewers and hid at an abandoned printing press. Superman admitted he chalked up the kidnappings in Metropolis to standard crime in the big city. The Apokoliptian invasion began soon after but Superman had no difficulty in destroying multiple Parademons at a time.
Superman suddenly heard a distress call near the capitol and flew off without informing Batman and Green Lantern. He located Air Force One and stabilized it while blasting Parademons with heat vision. Wonder Woman appeared from a wheel bay. The two were smitten with each other. Superman landed back in Metropolis just in time to stop Green Lantern from attempting to flirt with Wonder Woman. He didn't take kindly to Cyborg accidentally shooting her but Flash vouched for him.
Superman didn't think much of Darkseid but in the midst of the opening battle, he was rendered unconscious by the Omega Effect. A Parademon flew him to a Parademon Hive and delivered Superman to DeSaad's personal laboratory on Apokolips. DeSaad went to work attempting to splice Superman's DNA and turn him into a Super Parademon, programmed to lead the invasion on Earth. Batman infiltrated the laboratory and attempted to free Superman. Superman, however, was in a state of rage while trying to fight off the artificial intelligence attempting to assimilate him. Once Cyborg reopened Boom Tubes across Earth, Superman emerged - back to normal and sporting an Apokoliptian chest plate. He ripped it off and joined the fight against Darkseid. As Cyborg inititated Boom Tube closure, Superman uppercuted Darkseid and the portal sealed up. At the U.S. Capitol building ceremony, Superman didn't think they were a team but admitted it was nice to meet some peers who understood him. Wonder Woman even admitted she had never met anyone, mortal or god, like Superman.
Superman visited Athens with Wonder Woman, who was struggling with living among humans. Superman reassured her he had learned a way to. They arrived in Metropolis and went on a date in their civilian identities. Diana was impressed they could blend in. Clark Kent thought it was more like being them. They were interrupted by Lois Lane. Once she learned it was a date, Lane chided Kent for not going somewhere posh and wondered why women dated him in the first place to his amusement. Cyborg and Shazam suddenly emerged from a Boom Tube outside the Greek cafe they were eating in. Knowing they were searching for Superman and Wonder Woman, Kent asked the staff if they could wrap their food to go. The Justice League met at S.T.A.R. Labs and went over the S.S. California. After Atlantis came up, Batman decided he and Superman would go question Dr. Stephen Shin, a professor who believed in the fabled city's existence. Superman wondered when Batman was voted team leader. They found Shin's office ransacked and his work destroyed.
Superman noticed debris in Shin's aquarium and retrieved them. Superman quickly pieced them together on the glass exterior and Batman had Cyborg remotely run his facial recognition program and extrapolate text from a letter. The League converged on Arthur Curry and found him overrun by the Trenchers. Superman arrived last and took down many in his landing. He activated his heat vision and told the remaining Trenchers to retreat. They promptly left. Curry was unsure of the sudden revelation that he could be king of Atlantis and lead its people into the next century. Superman stepped forward and told him how he was the sole survivor of his planet. If he had a chance to save his world and meet one of his own race, even for a moment, that would be enough. Convinced by Superman's words, Curry agreed to go to Atlantis. Superman remained on the unit to escort him and Mera to the royal city. Ambushed by Orm, they fell prey to the magic of the Trident. Even, Superman was wounded. They were encased in pods and left to die in the dark trench.
Arthur Curry utilized his royal blood to disintegrate his pod and freed Superman. Superman quickly used his heat vision to save his comrades from a giant monster trying to swallow them. While Curry got them to safety, Superman took on the monster alone. After being slammed around, Superman turned the tide and clocked the monster with an uppercut then rammed him into the cliffside. Superman gathered enough force and dislodged debris onto the monster. During the Atlantean invasion of Metropolis, Superman came upon a construction site and saved two workers from Atlantean soldiers. He waived to one of the workers, John Henry Irons, and flew off. After the majority of the League fell to Orm, Superman arrived and used his heat vision. Orm's trident absorbed the blast and redirected it back to Superman. He shrugged it off and flew right into Orm, blasting him across the street. Orm recovered and stabbed Superman in the chest, electrocuting him. Arthur Curry stepped in and defeated Orm with some help from Cyborg and Batman. Superman suggested Curry for membership into the Justice League to which he accepted.
Mr. Mxyzptlk was defeated by Superman when he tricked into saying his name backwards. Some time later, King Brpxz, ruler of Imp World, and Mr. Mxyzptlk got into an argument about who was faster - Flash or Superman. They teleported to Earth, took the heroes and interleaved Metropolis and Central City on Imp World. They were forced to participate in a foot race but Mxyzptlk stipulated flying was banned. Mxyzptlk added refusing to race or stepping off the path would result in a loss and their city would stay. Brpxz revealed he winner would any wish he wanted. They were given a non-sensical city map by Mxyzptlk and instructed to follow the "Yellow Trick Road". They encountered challenges along the way crafted by Mxyzptlk as a test of using more than physical speed. The first challenge was an area of heavy gravity. Brpxz didn't think either would have an advantage but Mxyztplk countered Superman had his super strength to push ahead. Brpxz then blew Kryptonite dust onto Superman.
Mxyzptlk didn't think that was fair but Brpxz countered he said to exploit any weakness. Mxyzptlk contended it would kill him. Brpxz didn't think it was enough to. After Flash and Superman entered an area of absolute zero temperature, Brpxz didn't think either would get ahead. Mxyzptlk believed it was a test of speed of thought as well as action. Superman started using his heat vision. Mxyzptlk predicted Superman was running on fumes in absolute darkness but Flash couldn't see whereas Superman still had his super vision abilities. Near the finish line, they were encased in diamonds. Flash vibrated his molecules out of phase and created a pulse that shattered the diamond. Flash wished for both cities to be returned to Earth exactly how they were before they were taken, including people's memories, and for both imps to leave. Brpxz ordered Mxyzptlk to grant the wish, give Flash his trophy, and leave Superman and Flash their memories. Mxyzptlk hoped Flash would display the trophy in a place of honor where everyone could see and ask about Superman's humiliating defeat.
Aquaman and Superman responded to a reported attack of a deep water oil platform on the Gulf of Mexico and sighted giant squid. Refraining from using energy blasts, they transported the platform's workers to a nearby supply ship. Aquaman's telepathy failed against the squid. Superman used his freeze breath to stabilize the rig, immobilize the squid, and prevent a massive oil spill in the gulf. Aquaman detected a cry for help on the ice shelf and they found an octopus with two of his tentacles sliced off. Superman carefully used his heat vision to warm the octopus up and named him Clyde. Aquaman made telepathic contact with Clyde and learned Ocean Master was the cause of the attack. He directed them to Ocean Master's last known location. Aquaman and Superman reversed course to stop more squid from attacking a ship but Ocean Master called out a challenge. Aquaman and Ocean Master fought a mental battle for control of the monster sea life. Aquaman took advantage of Ocean Master's implusiveness and taunted him with Superman.
Ocean Master fired a spell at Superman to transform him into a monster but Clyde suddenly swam in front and took the blast. He transformed into behemoth octopus and distracted Ocean Master long enough for Superman to grab the trident then Aquaman decked him. Aquaman sent the remaining animals to the deep ocean then took Ocean Master to be imprisoned in Atlantis. Clyde chose to stay with Superman. He was put in an aquarium at the Hall of Justice. During rush hour one day, the West River Bridge finally started to sag due to cracks in the span. Clark Kent heard about bridge from Jimmy Olsen then slipped away. Superman attempted to hold up the bridge while civilians evacuated their vehicles. He was weakened by Kryptonite dust planted by Lex Construction just as Lex Luthor planned. Luthor arrived in a new Lexcorp War Suit and took Superman's place holding up the bridge and began spouting off rhetoric about how humanity should depend on their own ingeniuity rather than aliens. Superman fell into the river below.
Several men pulled Superman to shore and he noticed trace amounts of the dust on his hands. He used x-ray vision and saw the dust on the bridge as well as a crystal embedded in the War Suit's chest plate behind a metal mesh. Once the evacuation was over, Luthor backed off and the span crumbled into the river. Superman caught up to Luthor and accused him, pointing out he could have arrived too late or his suit could have failed. Luthor implored him to prove his claim. Superman got angry then used heat vision to melt the metal mesh into slag and the Kryptonite fell out into the river. Superman retrieved it with a lead lined box. Distrubed by his behavior, Superman met with Batman a few days later. He gave Batman the box and Kryptonite and asked him to use it on him he ever went out of control and crossed the line.
During the unveiling of the Hall of Justice, Superman battled Lex Luthor, who was wearing a Lexcorp warsuit, while Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash and Cyborg fought other members of his Legion of Doom. After Luthor pinned Superman under his foot, Superman punched him into a nearby parking lot then into another building. Luthor asked if this was how he treated his guests. Superman remarked he crashed the party and called them even. Luthor uppercut him into the air, flew up, punched him twice, then threw him into the Hall. Back outside, Superman and Luthor locked hands. Superman noted to Luthor he was smarter than conducting a brazen assault. Luthor insisted superheroes attracted supervillains and he was just an innocent industrialist caught in the middle. Superman wasn't amused and emitted precise heat vision blasts all over the warsuit. He ripped the suit's arms off and the suit itself powered down and fell to pieces. Luthor vowed he would pay. Superman remarked he probably had the suit insured.
At the conclusion of the attack, Weather Wizard ran away but ended up possessed by one of Trigon's Corruptor demons. Superman elected to go after him but he was knocked clear across into a building, narrowly missing Robin. Superman was surprised to see his nose was bleeding. Wonder Woman knew they were now dealing with magic. Superman grabbed a car and distracted Wizard while Flash and Batman helped evacuate civilians to safety. Wizard soon blasted him into the bay. Robin ignored orders and flew the Batplane into Wizard. As he fell to the ground, Wonder Woman lassoed him and inadvertently forced out the Corruptor. Superman insisted on cutting Robin some slack but no one else agreed with the idea. The next night, while doing laundry, Clark Kent talked to Diana over the phone and suggested going to a movie. A Corruptor demon ambushed him in the apartment's laundry room and attempted to possess him. The next night, Diana and Kent went to a theater participating in the Metropolis Film Festival. After their movie got out, Kent began to lose control.
Kent stared into a store display and saw a vision of Trigon's realm. Diana tried to inquire what was wrong but he told her to stay away from him and ran into an alley. He stopped at a construction site and bashed his head against a slab repeatedly. The Corruptor took control and noticed a fire in the distance. Superman found Atomic Skull breaking into a vault and nearly beat him to death. Batman pulled out a piece of Kryptonite and attempted to drive the demon out with Superman's weakness but it wasn't enough. He stated the "rising" could be stopped and they would have their parts to play then "the girl" would be taken. He flew off. Steve Trevor tracked him with military satellites but they lost him 55 miles off the coast of Metropolis. Flash searched for him in vain. Superman flew to the Middle East and stopped above a section of desert 60 miles north of Kahndaq City. He unearthed the Infernal Shrine, a magical structure built by Satanists. He stood guard until the other Corruptors and Raven arrived to activate the shrine.
24 hours later, a Boom Tube appeared in the sky. Cyborg, Starfire, and Blue Beetle emerged and unleashed an onslaught on Superman. As Superman drew near, they scattered. Beast Boy flew at him with Robin in tow. Robin stabbed Superman in the ribs with Kryptonite. The Corruptor left his body and he fell into the desert. He was back to normal and asked Robin to remove the Kryptonite. Superman admitted to Starfire it was good call then went after the possessed Flash. He broke Flash's run by exhaling at him then tried an arm lock but he vibrated away. Superman apologized and broke Flash's left leg. The Corruptor left. Superman battled the possessed Wonder Woman last. He snatched the Lasso of Truth and captured her. He comanded her to say who she was. Wonder Woman broke free and declared she was Diana of Themyscira. Superman, Wonder Woman and Flash attacked Trigon as he marched on Kahndaq City but nothing worked, not even Superman's heat vision. The League watched as Raven trapped Trigon in a shard of the crystal he was original imprisioned in.
Superman aided the Metropolis Police Department in a stand off between a man named Steve holding his wife Gloria and two children at gunpoint in their home. Steve suffered the nightmare visions affecting many across the planet and believed monsters took his family and neighbors. Superman flew through the ceiling and shielded Gloria and the children just as Steve fired. He grabbed the shotgun, bent it, and threw it aside. A SWAT team stormed the home and converged on Steve, who keep insisting he was right. Steve led them to his shed where he stored the bodies of his neighbors. Superman blew the door out with heat vision and was horrified by the body count. Superman and Wonder Woman presided over a League meeting about the outbreak. Superman admitted they had no idea what the cause was. Batman spoke up and leaned towards ruling out magic. Wonder Woman cited past encounters with Circes, Trigon, and Felix Faust while Superman pointed out Shazam's powers were based in magic. Batman countered the criminally insane didn't need magic as an excuse then left. Wonder Woman and Superman exhanged looks.
Superman responded to Batman's alert about Destiny appearing in Washington D.C. but instantly fell prey to the Dreamstone. Driven insane, Superman flew at Batman. Zatanna incanted just in time and paralyzed Superman in mid-air. Batman turned around and saw he narrowly avoided a direct punch from Superman. Clark Kent slipped away from his desk at the Daily Planet, changed into Superman, and flew to Metropolis City Hall. He easily dispatched Intergang and saved the Mayor and his wife. Bibbo Bibbowski, Superman's greatest fan, got Superman's attention and struck up a conversation. Bibbowski revealed he started a bar and grill called Ace O'Clubs then asked for a photo op. Jimmy Olsen jumped the police barrier and took the photo for him. The Flash and Cyborg arrived and surveyed the damage. Superman suspect a hi-tech ally supplied Intergang. Cyborg verified Apokoliptian tech in their suits to Flash's chagrin. Clark Kent returned to the Planet and overheard Jimmy Olsen pitching an Intergang story to Perry White.
Before Kent could answer where he disappeared to, White told Olsen to talk to him or Lane about following up on his idea. Olsen was adamant about following his gut instinct like Lane always talked about. Kent became alarmed when Olsen mentioned Intergang and warned him not to go anywhere near them. He noticed Lane was back. Olsen decided to talk to her after lunch when she wasn't busy writing about the dock fire and left to deliver Bibbowski's photo.
After a meteor shattered a manned NASA satellite, Superman flew into space and looked for the bodies. He retrieved the body of Terri Henshaw and landed at NASA headquarters in Florida. A scientist thanked him and asked about Henshaw's husband. Superman reported he didn't see any sign of him and speculated his body was destroyed during the strike. Superman was about to check on the meteor but he overheard the name "General Lane" and "Metallo" being spoken on an Army fort on the Texas border. Metallo vowed he was going to stop Lane from turning anyone else into a cyborg soldier. Superman blasted his arm with heat vision before he could kill Lane.
Superman took a Kryptonite blast to the ribs, but 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. 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. Superman suddenly heard Parasite from Belle Reve Prison. Parasite vowed to drain everyone in the prison and invited him to try and stop him. Superman reckoned it was going to be one of those days. Superman deduced Parasite was making a commotion to draw him close enough to drain. Superman tackled the two dying guards he held hostage up into the air but Parasite hung on. He released a guard and pulled himself up, then palmed Superman's face. Luckily, Parasite was overwhelmed by the sudden unfiltered input of sound, rapidly shifting overlapping x-ray, telescopic, microscopic, and infrared vision, and building heat energy.
Superman grabbed both guards and held tight as they fell back to the ground. Parasite landed on his back and released a heat vision blast in panic. Superman's powers were restored by the sunlight but he cautioned the guards to stay back. Superman planned to keep Parasite's attention on him and trick him into thinking he was still weak. Superman led him on a chase then went for a passing train. He lifted a container off and dumped its scrap metal payload over Parasite. He planned to trap Parasite under the container. To Superman's surprise, Parasite countered with heat vision. It melted the metal into slag and rained over him. Superman froze the slag into a hardened shell and trapped him. With his x-ray vision, Superman confirmed Parasite was still alive. Guards lifted the frozen slag onto a flatbed. Superman couldn't wait to return to Metropolis but he heard Ma Kent's scream. He flew back to Metropolis at super-speed and observed a giant full-size version of the Blastfyre toy. It declared Superman wasn't going to stop it.
Superman was surprised it recognized him but his scans indicated there was no one alive inside controlling it. Superman carried Ma Kent to safety. It declared Mannheim must die and fired disintegration beams at the Toy Hospital. Ma Kent was just as lost as Superman, even thinking the toy conjured the monster robot. Superman fired his heat vision but it bounced off Blastfyre. It declared he wouldn't defeat him again, to Superman's dismay. Hearing the police approaching them, Superman led the Blastfyre to Centennial Park since it would be empty due it being mid-week, mid-afternoon, and from the rain. Superman froze some rain puddles with his breath and tried to knock Blastfyre on its back but its core auto-gyro kept it upright. No longer moving, Blastfyre's internal power built up again and fired. Superman remembered his toy's end and grabbed Blastfyre by a leg, lifted it into the air, and dropped it on its head. Blastfyre's head cracked open. He discovered Toymaster inside, tangled in the wires and circuits, that made up the robot's brain.
Toymaster realized he was just a robot built by his father to get revenge on Bruno Mannheim, told Superman about his past, then expired. Ma Kent was beside herself that a robot built a robot. Superman asked her to check the manufacturer of Blastfyre. She read off from the toy that it was a "Mannheim-Schott Production". Superman deduced Schott figured out what Mannheim was up to and built his "son" to be his revenge. He asked her why she had the toy in the first place. Ma Kent revealed she found the toy in the attic and remembered how much he loved it as a child until Bessie the milk cow damaged it. She planned to get it fixed up to surprise him and show to Lois Lane. He promised she would see her again soon. He thought the situation with Toymaster and Blastfyre was such as waste and wanted to hit something. Almost on cue, Lobo flew over them on his Spacehog. Superman asked Ma Kent to tell the police everything for him then took off after Lobo.
Lobo stopped at a small island and, with the element of surprise, took aim at the creature, masking itself as a child. Superman was ignorant of the situation and couldn't believe even he would shoot a child. He yelled out and kicked Lobo off the Spacehog. They traded blows while Lobo claimed he was on a bounty. Superman was skeptical a child was an interstellar criminal. Superman tackled him into a house but Lobo decked him with a buoy but took an uppercut and was tackled into the air. To prove his words, Lobo knocked Superman towards the child. It revealed its true form and swallowed Superman whole. Its hide was nearly invulnerable and resisted his heat vision and punches. He simply flew back out its mouth and knocked out some teeth. Superman admitted he was a bit too hasty and deferred to him. Lobo explained the sea creature had destroyed oceans on thirty worlds and ate countless local lifeforms and could shape shift.
To take away its speed, Lobo told Superman to hit it with freeze breath. The creature was slowed down and Lobo fired his equipment at it. The creature shrank then Lobo stuck it in a small capsule. He was relieved he ran into Superman and didn't have to chase it underwater and get his hair wet or damage the Spacehog. He stated they would split the capture fee. Superman declined and told Lobo to keep his half as an apology. 15 minutes later, Lobo departed Earth. Superman flew back to the Hall of Justice for Justice League combat practice with Wonder Woman then a meeting of the members and lunch with Lois Lane. He still wondered if he should or shouldn't tell Lane about his secret identity then focused on the match with Wonder Woman. During lunch at Ace O'Clubs, Kent and Lane were interrupted by a phone call from Olsen. Superman flew off into the city, past the Planet's helicopter, to help fight a monster.