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"The multiverse has a way of aligning fates...It's written in the stars and in this book, or I wouldn't know that on this Earth, Clark Kent is Superman. Where I come from, that would be ridiculous. He can't see past his glasses."

Lex Luthor[src]


This article is about the character set in the Smallville universe. This article only contains information relevant to the Arrowverse. For information regarding that universe, please see Clark Kent.

For other uses of "Superman", see Superman (disambiguation).


"Sounds like a job for... us."
—Clark Kent to Lois Lane[src]

Clark Kent is a Kryptonian who operated as the superhero known as Superman. Sometime after, he willingly gave up his powers and retired from vigilantism to live a normal mundane yet satisfying life with his wife, Lois Lane and their daughters.

Biography

Original multiverse

Early life

Superman (Earth-167)

Photograph of Clark as Superman.

Clark became a hero known as Superman. At some point, he and Lois Lane had children which led him to give up his vigilantism and powers, and live a regular life.[1]

Anti-Monitor Crisis

During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, Clark was chopping wood on his farm when the Clark Kent and Lois Lane of Earth-38 and the Iris West-Allen of Earth-1 appeared to warn him that the multiverse was in danger and that Lex Luthor was planning to kill him. He dryly said he didn't know the President was in town. Before they could explain further, the Lex Luthor of Earth-38 appeared and made them disappear with the Book of Destiny, then introduced himself.[1]

Unimpressed, Clark said he wasn't Lex. Lex said no matter the universe, Superman would always be his enemy. The Book of Destiny told Lex that his true name was Clark Kent, but he believed that was only true in this universe and that the Clark Kent in his universe couldn't possibly be Superman, to Clark's amusement. Lex declared that he would kill him and every other Superman in the multiverse. Lex pulled out a piece of Kryptonite, but because Clark had given up his powers, it had no effect and Clark snatched it out of his hand and threw it into a field. Lex was incredulous that Clark would give up the powers of a god, so Clark explains that he did it to have a family. When Clark was distracted by Lois calling for him, Lex angrily tried to punch him, but Clark easily caught the punch and decked him. Lex said killing a powerless Superman would be no fun and left through a portal, saying Clark and his world were doomed anyway.[1]

Lois walked up and asked if he was talking to himself. Clark explained everything that he learned, but Lois laughed and thought he was joking. She said their daughters had just made a mess, so they joined hands and walked back into their home to deal with it.[1]

Later, Earth-167 and all other universes were wiped out by waves of antimatter from the Anti-Monitor, leaving the seven Paragons the only survivors of the multiverse.[2]

New multiverse

When the multiverse was recreated, Clark and his Earth were restored. He still lived happily married with Lois, and they have two daughters.[3]

Powers and abilities

Former powers

"You gave up your powers? You were basically a god. You could fly. You could see through walls. You had super strength."
Lex Luthor[src]
  • Kryptonian physiology: Normally, like all Kryptonians, Clark's capabilities are no greater than a normal human of his physical conditioning. However, once charged by the energy spectrum of a yellow sun, he becomes able to perform various inhuman feats. While generic for his race, having grown up essentially his entire life with these powers have allowed him to store up energy in greater quantities and metabolize it into his body with greater efficiency; this combined with a lifetime of experience and practice with these abilities allows him to use them with far greater control and an equally greater levels of raw power compared to other Kryptonians, leading Lex Luthor to compare him to a god. Though Clark has given up his powers to have a family with Lois, he is still a Kryptonian, comparable to a human male at peak physical condition.[1]
    • Solar energy absorption: While Clark's powers are dependent on the energy spectrum from a yellow sun, the stored up energy allows him to use his powers without constant exposure to the solar radiation until finally depleted. Yet, as his body is near-constantly exposed to such energy and able to passively absorb it, this essentially keeps his reserves fully charged near-constantly. Direct exposure to sunlight will also accelerate his recovery from any injuries he does manage to sustain.[1]
      • Flight: Clark can manipulate his gravitational field to generate thrust and propel himself through the air at tremendous hypersonic speeds, much faster than he can travel by foot. As such, he can levitate and fly past Earth's atmosphere and near the planet's orbit.[1]
      • Superhuman strength: The greatest display of Clark's abilities lies in his super strength - his chief superpower, with his muscles empowered by Earth's yellow sun coupled with the raw energy this conditioning causes to surge throughout his physiology, Clark's full strength is virtually incalculable.[1]
      • X-ray vision: Clark is able to see through solid objects; except for lead.[1]

Former weaknesses

  • Kryptonite: Like all Kryptonians, even while empowered, Clark is vulnerable to the exposure of Kryptonite, a radioactive mineral from his home planet Krypton. Depending on the nature of the said Kryptonite, it will cause a different adverse effect on him.[1]

Equipment

Former equipment

  • Superman suit: Whilst fighting crime as Superman, Clark wore a protective Kryptonian suit.

Appearances

Batwoman

Season 1

Trivia

  • When revealing to Lex that he removed his powers, Lex was shocked. This caused Clark to say "Can't say I missed these chats". This is a nod to the series finale of Smallville where the Lex of Clark's Earth felt Clark hid from his abilities and didn't embrace his destiny.
  • Just like in the series itself, Clark's farmer clothes are similar to the iconic Superman colors. With him having yellow gloves and a red flannel shirt.

Behind the scenes

  • A few Daily Planet newspapers are hung on the wall. One features an image of Clark's shirt rip from the Smallville series finale.
  • Clark giving up his powers might reference Clark saying, "I'd give anything to be normal," in the first "Pilot" episode of Smallville, written by Alfred Gough and Miles Millar.
  • Clark choosing to give up his powers to live a peaceful life is reminiscent of the ending of the story "Whatever Happened To The Man Of Tomorrow?" in which with the Silver Age Superman, having had his secret identity exposed and having suffered through the deaths of many of his friends and allies, giving up his power via Gold Kryptonite to live a peaceful life with his family under a new name.[4]
  • This incarnation of Superman as portrayed by Tom Welling is that of Smallville, set a year after the flashforward in the series finale.
  • Showrunner Marc Guggenheim stated that the Clark and Lois from Smallville still had their happy ending.[3]
  • He is a doppleganger of Cain of Earth-666.

References

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