Jordan Kent (born 2007[1]), nicknamed Superboy by Jonathan Kent, is the son of Clark Kent and Lois Lane and the twin brother of Jonathan.

Biography

Early life

"Clark, I need you to get to Metropolis now; it's the boys."
" The boys?
"
Lois Lane and Clark Kent[src]

As a result of the merging of Earth-38 with Earth-1 and Earth-TUD5, the timeline was changed, resulting in Lois and Clark having twins instead of just one son. They were born in 2007 instead of 2019.[2]

Young Jordan.

Jordan had destructive outbursts and tantrums that were eventually diagnosed as social anxiety disorder, while Jonathan was a happy, athletic kid.

As a child, Lois and Clark took Jordan and Jonathan to spend a summer in Smallville, where they met Sarah Cushing. There, Jordan was quiet writing in his notebook.

In Jordan's teenage years, he started therapy.[3]

Discovering Clark's secret

Jordan plays in his room.

One night, after having dinner with Jonathan and Lois, Jordan went to his room to play video games, when Clark returned home, he went into Jordan's room and apologized for missing the day's therapy, Jordan said that his mother had already said that he was working, his father also said that Jordan was a great Superman in the game, with Jordan responding that Superman was boring and he was playing as Raiden, Clark said that if he needed to talk, he was there. When he was leaving, Jordan told him to turn up the music.

Jordan at Martha's funeral.

The next morning, when Jordan left his room, Jonathan questioned him about his outfit, with Jordan answering him sarcastically. Then they went to school. When Jordan's grandmother, Martha Kent died, he went to her funeral in Smallville, there, when Jordan was eating, Jonathan asked him if he had taken his pills from him, Jordan said he was not his mother, with Jonathan saying that someone had to look after him, when Jonathan saw Sarah and her family arriving, he warned Jordan and they went over to meet them with his parents, Sarah said she was sorry for his loss of him, when his parents left, they talked about the summer they met.

Jordan and Jonathan take Sarah to the barn.

Then Sarah asked what had in the Kent farm barn, so he and Jonathan accompanied her there. While in the barn, Sarah said that almost anything there could kill them and that Smallville sucks. Sara then asks for Jordan's phone. Sara then picks up the phone and says that there will be a bonfire tomorrow and he can go. Jordan tries to impress Sarah by climbing on the scaffold without a ladder to reach the router, but he falls hard on the ground when the straps that hold the steel beams are broken. Jonathan then tries to save his brother from the steel beams by jumping in front of him, but Jordan manages to turn them over and save them both. Sara alerts Clark, who finds the boys, and quickly takes the steel beams off them.

Jordan and Jonathan are examined.

Then, a doctor examines them and says that they only have mild concussions. Then they go to their rooms. Jonathan says he missed training for the week and Jordan asks him if he really cares about it now. Jonathan said that if he wants to stick to something, it must be Sarah Cushing. He takes Jordan's cell phone and mocks the message the other one sent to Sarah, calling him freaky and Jordan says they need to find out what happened in the barn.

Jordan and Jonathan find Kal-El's pod.

The next morning, Jordan and Jonathan investigate the barn; he finds it strange that they are not dead. Their search reveals a spaceship, which scares Jon. Jordan takes a crystal from the ship and Jonathan asks what it is, with Jordan responding that whatever it is, it is not from Kansas.

Jordan and Jonathan discover that their father is Superman.

When Lois and Clark return home, the twins confront their parents and Clark reveals his origins; to prove his alter ego, he lifts his car over his head while flying, surprising the twins, who feel they have heard lies all their lives and angrily leave. Later, they go to Sarah's party.

Jordan kisses Sarah.

While they talk, his attraction to her becomes overwhelming and he kisses her passionately. Sara reveals that she has a boyfriend, just as he appears to fight. Jonathan steps in front.

But soon several boys are beaten up, until Jordan accidentally uses his heat vision and explodes the bonfire. At Kent farm, Jonathan asks what will happen to Jordan and Clark says he doesn't know. Jordan explains what it was like to use the powers and Jon then says that Jordan can control, which is like learning to drive, if the cars were indestructible and with giant lasers, infuriating Jordan, who leaves the salt and goes to his room. He then has a conversation with his father on the porch, who says that everything will be fine. The next morning, the twins talk to Sarah about what happened the night before. He gives them privacy for them to talk alone. Sarah says she knows about his secret and will keep it, so she gets in the car and leaves.[3]

Moving to Smallville

Jordan and Clark in the Fortress.

Later, Lois and Clark decided to move to Smallville with their children, to be closer as a family and allow Jordan to explore his powers. His parents also decided to keep Jordan out of school until he could control his powers. In the next day, Clark took Jordan to the Fortress of Solitude, so Jonathan went to the new school alone. In the Fortress, the hologram of Jor-El talked about the destruction of Krypton and its cities. The tests at the Fortress indicated that his displays of superpowers were random occurrences and he would never be able to use them at will or be like his father. When they returned to Kent farm, Jordan was distraught that he was not apparently special and got into a shouting match with Jonathan, who was angry at his life being disrupted for Jordan’s benefit. The two started to argue until Lois appeased the situation and the two went to their rooms. Then they went to the Cushing family barbecue, where they met Sarah and Sophie Cushing. That night, the brothers made up and he thanked Jonathan for agreeing to move to Smallville and for always protecting him. The next morning, Clark allowed him to go to school.[4]

The next morning, they were trying to paint the house until Clark heard something and had to leave. Then they went to school, where he talked to Sarah until Sean and other members of the football team intimidated him, despite Jonathan's efforts to protect him. Then his father suddenly showed up at school, making the bullies go away and making the twins angry. He also heard Sarah and Sean break up and was interrupted by Timmy. Jordan decided to participate in football training. Secretly using his powers, he took down all his opponents, imprecating the trainer and making Jonathan angry. They also chatted with Sarah at a diner, until Lana came out and yelled her out. When his parents learned that Jordan had joined the team, they forbade him to play. Later, Jonathan convinced Clark to let Jordan play for the team, telling him how his confidence and social skills had improved while playing on the team.[5]

As Jordan became the star of the team and popular with his colleagues, his mental health improved considerably, stopping him from having anxiety attacks. Jordan participated in his first game with the Smallville Crows and defeated all his opponents, being applauded by his family and friends. After the game was over, he and his brother went to a party at Corey Wellnitz's lake house, where they met Sarah. The next day, Sam Lane told the twins not to distract their father from duties as Superman. Later, Jordan and Jon followed Tag Harris when he ran off alone into the forest. They found him suffering immense pain due to the uncontrollable vibration. As Tag had been injured by the bonfire explosion, Jordan believed that he is the culprit.

Jon wanted to call Clark for help, but Jordan reminded him of Sam's warnings, and blaming himself for Tag's situation, he tried to help him. Tag threw Jordan away, knocking him unconscious, so Jon used the signaling device to call their father. Back at home, Jonathan assured Jordan that he was not responsible for Tag’s condition, which was proved true when Sam explained that government scientists had determined Tag’s powers came from being exposed to an nearby yellow phosphorescence in the mines. When Clark asked why the two of them didn't call for him as soon as they learned about Tag, the brothers revealed that Sam had told them not to bother Clark with their problems, to their parent's joint fury.[6]

Jordan is working on the farm with his family to prepare for the upcoming Smallville Harvest Festival. Later, he and Jon go to school, where Jon receivs a call from his girlfriend Eliza and she breaks up with him. When they return home, Jordan tells his parents what had happened. Sarah asked Jordan to go on a date to Smallville’s Harvest Festival with her, which was Jordan’s first date. At the Festival, they talked and got closer, however the moment was ruined when Jon arrived with Timmy Ryan and another boy, and drunkenly made fun of them both. Disgusted with his behaviour due to her father’s alcoholism, Sarah stormed off. The next day she told Jordan she was not ready to date anyone at the moment, but asked that they stay friends, which he agreed to. As Jordan was walking home, he was ambushed by Tag Harris, demanding to know what had happened to him.[7]

Personality

Jordan suffers from social anxiety disorder, as a result he has been shown to lash out when stressed as both a child and a teenager, he is best described as a loner, not socializing much with kids of his own age and a lack of interest in what others think of him. He also has a small sense of self-confidence that was further shaken when he learned from Jor-El's AI that he wouldn't amount to being as special as his father. Yet, it has started to grow when he joined the football and started to become friends with his fellow teammates. Despite trying to remain closed off to others, he has shown an instant connection with his childhood crush, Sarah Cushing and a strong bond with his twin brother, Jonathan Kent, seeing him be attacked by kids at the bonfire is what caused Jordan to activate his heat vision for the first time.

Jordan seems to be closer to his mother, Lois Lane than to his father, Clark Kent as she has been more present in his life while Clark was saving the world as Superman, she was able to comfort him during an anxiety attack and Jordan felt particularly betrayed by her knowing about his father's secret identity and not telling him, Jordan has grown distant from his father because he was always traveling for "work" and this has caused resentment to build towards him. However, this rift has possibly began to heal as Clark was able to comfort Jordan after the emergence of his powers and promising to be there for him.

Powers and abilities

Powers

"It was a strength I'd never had before. I felt... control."
—Jordan Kent[src]
  • Human-Kryptonian hybrid physiology: Because of Jordan's human-kryptonian hybrid genetic structure under the effects of a "yellow" sun, he possesses the same potential powers as any kryptonian.[3]
    • Solar energy absorption: While Jordan's powers are dependent on the energy spectrum from a yellow sun, the stored up energy allows him to use his powers.[3]
      • Superhuman strength: While Jordan's strength is not as tremendous as his father's due to his limited solar energy capacity, his strength is still elevated by human standards. He is a natural football player, as he was seen stopping other members of the team with ease.[5]
      • Superhuman durability: With Jordan's cells supercharged with solar energy, his body is considerably more invulnerable than that of a normal human; he only suffered a mild concussion from badly falling 30 feet and having multiple large metal beams falling directly onto him. However, its consistency is unknown as he is seen to be knocked down, beaten up and bleeding from punches and kicks from normal humans, which calls into question the length of his ability to store solar rays in his cells.[3]
      • Heat vision: Jordan can emit red energy beams of intense heat from his eyes. Jordan first used the power when under stress over being bullied and his brother being beaten up by Sarah's boyfriend for a mistake.[3]

Weaknesses

  • Social anxiety disorder: Jordan has severe anxiety, which first manifested as tantrums and night terrors as a child. He takes benzodiazepines as medication and he is in therapy for his anxiety. However, it has been implied that these outbursts have been his superior senses sporadically appearing. His mercurial temperament and social anxiety limit his interactions with individuals.[3]
  • Power Instability/Mixed DNA: Due to being half-human, Jordan doesn't have constant access to kryptonian powers. According to Jor-El's A.I.; Jordan may have spontaneous instances of power like heat vision, but he will not be able to manifest anything beyond enhanced physical condition just above that of normal humans; as his cells cannot properly store solar energy. However, it is possible that his age is associated with this, as he has not yet fully matured.[4]

Appearances

DC's Legends of Tomorrow

Season 5

Superman & Lois

Season 1

Gallery

Promotional images

Superman & Lois

Trivia

  • Jordan is a fan of "Flake" by Fidlar.[3]
  • Jordan's name is derived from "Jor-El", the name of his biological paternal grandfather. Like his brother, Jonathan Kent was named after their adoptive grandfather, Jonathan Kent Sr..[4] Jordan was also the alias assumed by Clark after quitting his powers in the famous story arc Whatever Happened to the Man of Steel?.
  • The video game Jordan is playing in "Pilot" is Injustice 2. A DC Comics fighting game where Superman is one of the antagonists who took over the Earth with his Regime, which was composed of The Flash, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, who turned Yellow, Shazam, etc., after the Joker had tricked him into killing Lois & their unborn child in Injustice: Gods Among Us. Batman, with help from a Justice League from a different Earth, defeated him. But Superman is freed in Injustice 2 when Brainiac began attacking. Supergirl is a playable character in that one.

References

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