Morgan Edge is the former corrupt CEO of Edge Global and the former top real estate mogul of National City. He was arrested and incarceration for his crimes of lead poisoning and the attempted murder of Lena Luthor respectively; after they were exposed to the public.
Morgan Edge became known as the most successful real estate developer of National City through his company, Edge Global, in spite of his questionable methods. Among Edge's business associates were L-Corp.
After the Daxamite invasion, Edge was among those who helped with the rebuilding through Edge Global. During this period, he also began looking into opportunities to expand his company's ventures, such as gentrifying the city's waterfront. Desiring to acquire CatCo Worldwide Media's editorial, Edge also began buying up ex-CEO Cat Grant's shares.
Attacking the unveiling
Six months later, Edge held a conference at his company with the mayor and local corporate leaders to discuss their progress in the city's rebuilding. He noted how capitalists were able to help, personally thanking the mayor, who in turn congratulated Edge. When the mayor mentioned the unveiling of the Girl of Steel statue at the waterfront in honor of Supergirl, Edge retorted that it was going to take a lot more to bring people down to the "slum". He flipped the conversation around to his development proposal for the waterfront, explaining how it would help move out homelessness and crime to make way for revitalization and a larger tax base.
James Olsen and Lena Luthor challenged his pitch, pointing out that the waterfront's current occupants would be forcibly relocated. Edge then accused James of biased reporting at CatCo in favor of aliens. He also openly accused Lena of guilt being the sole reason for her philanthropy, blaming her for bringing the Daxamites to National City in the first place. Edge pointed out that wasn't a good business strategy, to which Lena countered that neither was exploitation. Backing off, Edge claimed he simply wanted a "fair hearing" and invited the attendees for lunch. Lena privately warned Edge that he wasn't that powerful, but he only responded by asking why they were in his office then.
Later that day, upon putting forth an offer to the majority shareholders, Edge announced on the news his intent to acquire CatCo for his company. While playing mini-golf in his office, Edge was visited by Lena. Lena offered to invest more in his portfolio if he backed off of CatCo, citing how Edge should focus on his accomplishments in real estate development. However, Edge interrupted her and revealed his true reasons for buying the media conglomerate; giving himself better press whilst slandering his opponents. Edge warned Lena her own reputation would easily come under fire due to her family history. Once Lena left, Edge met with Robert DuBois, whom he hired to bomb the waterfront during the unveiling - ensuring Edge would get to rebuild the area with high-rise residences.
Enmity with Supergirl and Lena Luthor
After DuBois' attack on waterfront failed, Lena bought CatCo out from under Edge, angering the latter. He stormed into L-Corp to confront Lena, threatening to ruin her. Edge warned Lena that she would regret ever crossing him since she now has all of his attention but Lena scoffed that she couldn't care less, just as Supergirl arrived. The superheroine then flew Edge to a cargo ship in the middle of ocean, where she revealed her knowledge of him orchestrating the destruction of the waterfront. Supergirl pointed out Edge was the only one to gain from it, to which he taunted that she couldn't prove it. Unfazed, Supergirl warned Edge that National City is under her protection and she will be keeping an eye on him. Supergirl then flew off, leaving Edge on the ship amidst his protests.
At CatCo, Lena began conducting an investigation into Edge's dealings, such as obtaining a source at his bank. Several weeks later (presumably in retaliation), Edge filed an anti-trust lawsuit with the Federal Trade Commission in an attempt to thwart a merger between L-Corp and JQB. However, Samantha Arias got Edge's case dismissed.
Edge later appears at a children's hospital owned by L-Corp.
After trying to kill Lena, he is stopped by Guardian, knocked out by Lena and sent to jail.
Morgan is best described as a ruthless, self-righteous business mogul. According to Lena Luthor, he doesn't respect anyone's opinions let alone that of a woman, although this may stem from her own personal hatred of him, for he did state that he does love women, but just not her because of who she is. He also shows a severe dislike for liberals.
When severely threatened, Morgan can become vengeful, and will do anything to destroy his enemies - even if it means hurting innocent people; this is proven when he has a chemical dumped into pools to simulate lead poisoning, hoping to make everyone blame the lead bomb Lena created to repel Daxamites. He also doesn't hesitate to use murder to clean-up his messes and cover his tracks.
Despite Morgan's dislike for Supergirl, he did appear to be unnerved by her defeat; most likely because unlike Supergirl (whose morality stops her from doing evil) Reign would have not problems with killing Morgan for all the evil he has committed.
Behind the scenes
- In the DC comics, Morgan Edge is a media mogul who owns Galaxy Communications, often placing him as an antagonist of Superman, though an ally of Clark Kent.
- Edge's attempt at buying CatCo is similar to how in the New 52, he bought the Daily Planet, which was seen at the beginning of the main Superman title. Him being outbid by a Luthor in the show (Lena Luthor), is similar to how prior to the DC Rebirth relaunch in the final issue of the Justice League New 52 series, Lex Luthor was mentioned to have bought the Daily Planet from Edge off-screen.