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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 Superman.

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

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"...even in the darkest times, hope cuts through. Hope is the light that lifts us out of darkness."
—Clark Kent on why he changed his symbol to black[src]

Clark Kent (born Kal[1]) was the editor-in-chief of the Daily Planet. He is the husband of the late Lois Lane and the father of Jason. He became the superhero known as Superman and operated in Metropolis. During the Crisis of 2019, he was revealed to be the Paragon of Truth.

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.


Early life

Clark once went "nuts and fought (himself)", and also faced Lex Luthor. He also at some point 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.[1]

Crisis of 2019

After the Monitor found a Kryptonian 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, further explaining Lex Luthor to be out to kill him. Luthor appeared, using the Book of Destiny to make Earth-96 Clark kill Earth-38 Clark. They briefly fought, but after Lois knocked Lex out, they were able to get through to Earth-96 Clark. They returned to their base of operations, the Waverider, where Clark met his Earth-38 counterpart's son. His doppelgänger, Ray Palmer, attempted to use a piece of technology to locate the other Paragons, but they only found one, that of Kate Kane, who was in the room with them.[1]


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)

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


  • 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. His primary counterpart's cousin has noted Clark for "looking jacked".
    • Extended longevity: As a Kryptonian, Clark's lifespan is considerably longer than a normal human and likewise ages much slower.
    • 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 kept up with his primary counterpart during their fight in the skylines of Metropolis.[1]
    • Superhuman strength: Clark possesses superhuman strength, and has used it to toss Superman of Earth-38 around, also nearly choking him to death with one hand.[1]
    • Flight: Clark can fly through the sky, notably using it in his fight against Earth-38 Superman.[1]
    • Heat vision: Clark can shoot beams of heat that are red in color, being able to injure Kryptonians with their intensity.


  • Expert 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-38; the latter who is still in his prime.
"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.[2]


  • 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;
    • 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.
  • Extreme energy: Extreme amounts of energy; can be enough to kill Clark.
  • 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 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 still cannot see through lead.


  • Superman suit: Clark wears a protective suit as his super-hero alter-ego, Superman.



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Crisis on Infinite Earths Giant


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,[3][4][5] with his current storyline inspired by the Superman in the Kingdom Come comics.[6]


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