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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 Superman Returns universe. This article only contains information relevant to the Arrowverse. For information regarding that universe, please see Kal-El (Superman Returns).

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


"Hope is the light that lifts us out of darkness."
—Clark Kent to Lois Lane[src]

Clark Kent (born Kal-El) is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet. He is the husband of the Lois Lane and the father of Jason. He became the superhero known as Superman and operated in Metropolis. During the Anti-Monitor Crisis, he was revealed to be the Paragon of Truth.

As a Paragon, he was supposed to be one of the seven surviving individuals in the multiverse before Lex Luthor of Earth-38 rewrote reality and replaced him. He was resurrected when Oliver Queen and the Paragons restored the multiverse, including Earth-96.

Biography


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Original multiverse

Early life

Clark once went "nuts and fought himself", and also faced Lex Luthor. He also at some point married Lois Lane and had a son, Jason. After a reject from Gotham believed the Daily Planet wasn't covering him enough, he played a "practical joke" and gassed the building, killing nearly everyone inside, including Lois and countless friends and coworkers of Clark’s. Despite this great tragedy, Clark held on to hope, as he believed it would shine through the darkness, a belief which he symbolized by embracing a black and red crest.[1]

Anti-Monitor Crisis

Superman (Earth-96)

Clark being recruited

After the Monitor found a Kryptonian who felt great tragedy to be the "Paragon of Truth", Clark was visited by Clark Kent and Lois Lane of Earth-38, and Iris West-Allen, who explained the situation to him; the Paragons were needed to save the multiverse, but Lex Luthor was out to kill all of its Supermen. Luthor promptly arrived and used the Book of Destiny to make Earth-96 Clark attack Earth-38 Clark. They briefly fought, but after Lois knocked Lex out, they were able to get through to Earth-96 Clark and stop him. They returned to their base of operations, the Waverider, where Clark met his Earth-38 counterpart's son, as well as Clark's Earth-1 doppelgänger, Ray Palmer. They attempted to use a machine to locate the other Paragons, but only found one; Kate Kane, who was in the room with them.[1]

Clark then teamed up with J'onn J'onzz to defend the remaining quantum towers, but they were ultimately unsuccessful as every Earth was lost to the antimatter wave. They were forced to return to the Waverider in the Earth-1 universe, the last one remaining.

Once back on the Waverider, the heroes are greeted by Harbinger, who had returned after mysteriously disappearing. Pariah also appeared and the heroes realized that Harbinger's return was a trap by the Anti-Monitor, who proceeded to incapacitate the heroes, kill Mar Novu and destroy Earth-1. Realizing what the Monitor wanted him to do, Pariah managed to send the 7 Paragons to the Vanishing Point where the Anti-Monitor couldn’t reach them as the Waverider was destroyed and remaining heroes killed by the antimatter wave. At the Vanishing Point, the Paragons witnessed as Clark slumped over, disappeared and was replaced by Lex Luthor, who had used the Book of Destiny to make himself the Paragon of Truth, switching places with Clark and succeeding in his mission of killing all Supermen.

New multiverse

After the end of the Crisis and rebirth of the multiverse, including the restoration of Earth-96, it appears no great tragedy occurred to Clark, as he now still wears his classic red and yellow crest as Superman.[2]

Personality

Clark Kent (Earth-96)

Clark in his civilian persona.

"Um, do you have a second?"
"Sure. For a citizen of Metropolis, always."
Clark Kent (Earth-38) and Clark Kent (Earth-96)[src]

Clark has the same personality as Ray Palmer and Barry Allen. Clark was kind of reclusive when he lost his friends and his wife Lois.

Superman (Earth-96) flies above Earth in the new multiverse

Clark as Superman.

"They would want your memories of them to lift you up, not drive you to darkness. That's the truth, Clark, and the truth means everything to you. Remember who you are."
Lois Lane to Superman[src]

When Clark found out that he might be the key to saving the multiverse, he immediately suited up, prepared to face Lex Luthor. Lois Lane noted him for his caring attitude, despite his selfish claims (while under Lex Luthor's influence) that he did not care about their universe because he failed to protect his loved ones.

After Lois and Iris West-Allen freed Clark from Lex's control, he regained his hopeful optimism and sense of humor. He expressed his notions of hope to Lois Lane and Mar Novu aboard the Waverider, believing that hope cuts through even in the darkest of times.

Powers and abilities

Powers

  • 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. Having spent his whole life under a yellow sun and decades as a highly experienced, veteran superhero, Clark is also one of the most powerful beings in the entire multiverse, holding levels of physical power and abilities even beyond those of Superman of Earth-Prime, Kara Danvers noting Clark for "looking jacked".[1]
    • Extended longevity: As a Kryptonian, Clark's lifespan is considerably longer than normal humans and likewise ages much slower.[1]
    • Superhuman strength: Clark possesses immense superhuman strength, he is even proven to be much stronger than Superman and Supergirl of Earth-Prime; the two latters who are still in there prime, probably due to the fact that Clark has spent more time under the Earth's yellow sun than Earth-Prime Clark and Kara have. He has used it to toss Superman of Earth-Prime around, also nearly choking him to death with one hand, with his counterpart being barely able to resist his attacks. More notably, when Mobius (through Harbinger) manipulated gravity to incapacitate all the heroes on Waverider, Clark was the only one able to actually make any movement, by attempting to get up.[1]
    • Invulnerability: Clark is virtually invulnerable to nearly all forms of physical harm, possibly even more so than than Superman of Earth-Prime; probably due to the fact that Clark has spent more time under the Earth's yellow sun than Earth-Prime Clark has. As such, Clark was able easily withstand hits and a powerful collision from the younger Earth-Prime Superman without any visible discomfort. He was also able to take a hit from Harbinger (while possessed by the Anti-Monitor) without being incapacitated, who was much stronger than himself.[1][3]
    • Superhuman speed: Clark is able to change into his Superman suit exceptionally fast, much faster than the human eye is capable of processing. He also easily kept up with his primary counterpart during their fight in the skylines of Metropolis.[1]
      • Self-sustenance: Clark's physical needs are greatly reduced or completely removed, as he does not need to eat, sleep or even breathe in order to survive (although, more than likely, he does eat and sleep as a habit) his ability to survive without the lack of oxygen enables him to fly into outer space without any ill effects, potentially giving him the ability of performing interstellar travel under his own power. This is a feat the most Kryptonians (or at the very least, Kara) do not share.[2]
    • Flight:
      Earth-96 (Prime)

      Clark flying through space.

      Clark is able to manipulate his own gravitational field to generate thrust and propel himself through the air at tremendous hyper-sonic speeds, much faster than he can travel by foot. As such, he is able to levitate and fly past Earth's atmosphere and into outer space if he so desires.[1]
      • Levitation: Clark can levitate using his flight abilities.
    • Heat vision: Clark can project beams of intense heat from his eyes that are powerful enough to injure other solar-powered Kryptonians. Unlike Superman and Supergirl of Earth-Prime, Clark's heat vision is red instead of blue in color.[1]

Abilities

  • Expert investigator: As one of the best, if not the best reporter of Daily Planet, Clark is an exceptional investigator, as he follows every lead and rumor to discover the truth behind any story.
  • Master hand-to-hand combatant: Clark is a highly skilled hand-to-hand combatant, as he was able to contend with and even overpower Superman of Earth-Prime; the latter who is still in his prime. Clark is also one of the most, if not the most deadliest combatant in the entire multiverse.
"My friends, my wife. I lost everyone in one fell swoop."
"Almost as if you've been through more loss than any mortal man could endure."
—Clark Kent and Lois Lane[src]
  • Indomitable will: According to Mar Novu, Clark is the Paragon of Truth (a being "of the purest will")[1] having been through more loss than any mortal man could endure. When he put on his suit, he made a promise to keep fighting no matter what. Even when he failed to save a universe, Clark maintained his fighting spirit, leading Lois Lane to note him for never quitting, like his other counterparts.[3]

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]
    • Green Kryptonite: Green Kryptonite not only physically hurts Clark, but also it weakens his physical attributes; making him equivalent to that of a normal human. If he is exposed to enough green kryptonite for too long, it will eventually kill him.
    • Red Kryptonite: If exposed to Red Kryptonite, it gradually destroys Clark's inhibitions and turns him into a corrupt version of himself. Left without morality, compassion, rationality or any cares whatsoever, Clark will become malevolent and prone to hostility and aggression, making him a danger to everyone around him.
    • Silver Kryptonite: If exposed to Silver Kryptonite, it will cause Clark to go in a deep and frightful hallucination where nothing from the outside world can stir him out of it until it leaves his system.
  • Red sun energy: Clark is powerless when exposed to the energy of a red sun.
  • Blue sun energy: Clark is powerless when exposed to the energy of a blue sun, it's radiation is also fatal to him and anyone else with a Y chromosome.
  • Solar energy depletion: If Clark using his powers to it's maximum for an extended period can significantly drain his solar energy to the point where Clark loses all of his powers and is rendered more human-like for at least a day. This renders him as weak as a human, allowing Clark to get injured and killed as easy as killing a human.
  • Solar energy overload: If Clark absorbs too much solar energy; it will act as a poison and kill him.
  • Lead: Even with Clark's X-ray vision; he cannot see through lead.

Equipment

Original multiverse

Lois asks Earth-96 Superman why he put black on his crest

Clark wearing his Superman suit.

"...even in the darkest times, hope cuts through."
—Clark Kent to Lois Lane[src]
  • Superman suit: Clark wears a protective suit as his super-hero alter-ego, Superman, to hide his identity from his enemies, when he goes out fighting crime. After his loved ones were killed by the Joker, Clark changed the yellow background of his crest to black to symbolize that hope cuts through even in the darkest of times.
  • Glasses:

New multiverse

  • Superman suit: Clark wears a protective suit as his super-hero alter-ego, Superman, to hide his identity from his enemies, when he goes out fighting crime.

Appearances

Batwoman

Season 1

The Flash

Season 6

Arrow

Season 8

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Season 5

Black Lightning

Season 3

Comics

Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant

Gallery

Promotional images

Crisis on Infinite Earths

Behind the scenes

  • Brandon Routh previously portrayed Superman in the 2006 film Superman Returns.
    • Earth-96 Superman is the same character that Routh had previously portrayed in the film,[4][5][6] with his pre-Crisis suit and tragedy story inspired by the Superman of the Kingdom Come comics.[7]

References


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