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Real Identity: John Corben
Affiliation(s): Legion of Doom
Powers/Skills: Enhanced Strength, Immortality, Impenetrability, and Radiation Projection
Voiced By: Paul Blackthorne
John Corben was almost killed in a car accident. Before an ambulance arrived on scene, a scientist named Emmett Vale saved his life. However to do so, Vale replaced all of Corben's body with that of a robot's with a Plastex material. His heart became a piece of Kryptonite. When Corben awakened, he was horrified at his transformation. Vale re-named him Metallo and explained that he needed a champion to fight against Superman, who he concluded was going to conquer Earth. Metallo concluded that Superman wasn't a menace and choked Vale to death. He decided to use his powers for a life of crime. Operating in Metropolis, Metallo eventually came into conflict with Superman.
Metallo took up Vandal Savage's offer and tried to kill Superman with his plan. In disguise as Henry Ackerdson, a recently fired White House journalist, Metallo threatened to commit suicide and jump off the roof of the Daily Planet. As expected, Superman arrived to talk him out of it. When Superman was close enough, Metallo fired a Kryptonite bullet into him. In the rematch, Superman pounded Metallo from above. As a result, his own body covered up his Kryptonite core, and then Superman shot his head off.