Gal Gadot On If Wonder Woman Could Defeat Superman

Forget Batman v Superman, it’s time for DC Extended Universe fans to start considering if Wonder Woman could take on the Man of Steel.

That question was posed to Wonder Woman star Gal Gadot while the actress was out promoting the new film, which will be in theaters in less than a week. When asked if she could take on Henry Cavill, the actor who plays Superman, she seemed pretty confident.

Sure,” Gadot tells Warner Bros. Brasil in the above video, smiling. “It’s going to be a tight one, but yes.”

While there’s been no official word on whether the Amazon princess will have a reason to battle the Last Son of Krypton, some fans are wondering if Superman – currently dead after his run-in with Doomsday in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – may return in Justice League, but not as the hero he once was. If Superman is somehow turned to the side of Apokolips, it will be up to the Justice League, including Wonder Woman, to stop him.

Wonder Woman currently has a 4.10 out of 5 ComicBook User Anticipation Rating, making it the ninth most anticipated upcoming comic book movie among readers. Let us know how excited you are about Wonder Woman by giving it your own ComicBook User Anticipation Rating below.

Before she was Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot), she was Diana, Princess of the Amazons, trained to be an unconquerable warrior. Raised on a sheltered island paradise, Diana meets an American pilot (Chris Pine) who tells her about the massive conflict that’s raging in the outside world. Convinced that she can stop the threat, Diana leaves her home for the first time. Fighting alongside men in a war to end all wars, she finally discovers her full powers and true destiny.

Wonder Woman is directed by Patty Jenkins, from a screenplay by Allan Heinberg Geoff Johns, story by Heinberg Zack Snyder and Jason Fuchs, and stars Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Elena Anaya, Lucy Davis, Saïd Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner and David Thewlis.

Wonder Woman was created by William Moulton Marston for DC Comics. She made her first appearance in All Star Comics #8 in 1941 and has gone on to become a feminist icon and one of DC Comics’ most beloved and recognizable characters. Though she had a popular television series in the 1970s starring Lynda Carter, the Wonder Woman movie will be the character’s first time headlining a film.

Wonder Woman opens in theaters June 2, 2017.

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DC Comics Rebirth & Superman Reborn Aftermath Spoilers: Action …

Superman Reborn rewrote Superman’s DC Rebirth history restoring Cyborg Superman as Hank Henshaw, deleting Kon-el Superboy from the Death and Return of Superman arc as well as removing the New 52 romance between Superman and Wonder Woman.

However, Supergirl’s dad Zor-el was the Cyborg Superman and Zor-el is referenced as a villain in Rebirth, but not directly as Cyborg Superman.

This was the New 52’s Zor-el as Cyborg Superman.

This was the classic Hank Henshaw as Cyborg Superman.

Looks like the latter is back in DC Rebirth or is he?

DC Comics Rebirth Spoilers with Action Comics #980 Vs. Suicide Squad #19?

In Action Comics #980 we get a revised or tweaked origin for Hank Henshaw and…

…his Cyborg Superman…

…alter ego.

Cyborg Superman and the Eradictor, both part of the classic Death and Return of Superman arc, confront…

…Superman in modern day…

…on their real mission to find General Zod.

This will eventually, it seems, move us to Suicide Squad which will include Cyborg Superman in Suicide Squad #19. However will it be the Hank Henshaw Cyborg Superman as seen on the Tony Daniel cover…

…or the Zor-el Cyborg Superman on the Whilce Portacio variant for the same Suicide Squad #19 issue…

…or do both Cyborg Supermen co-exist in DC Comics Rebirth?

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Action #980 Answers a Major Rebirth Question for Superman

While most of this week’s Action Comics #980 centers on the Superman Revenge Squad and their mission to recover General Zod so they can have a full team, the Man of Steel does manage to steal some time in his own book…and a question that’s been lingering over the title since “Superman Reborn” is answered.

(Photo: DC Entertainment)

As seen in the image above, Jonathan and Marthan (Ma and Pa) Kent are dead in the post-Rebirth version of events, and their death appears to match the one from The New 52.

For much of Superman’s publishing history, the Kents have been dead; it was following John Byrne’s mid-80s reboot The Man of Steel that living parents became a part of Clark Kent’s adult life.

Jonathan and Martha Kent played a key role in the ’80s and ’90s Superman titles, and both survived until Jonathan Kent died during the Geoff Johns-written Brainiac storyline in 2008. Martha survived right up until the events of Flashpoint rebooted the DC Universe again, but in The New 52, a young Clark failed to save his parents from an accident that claimed both of their lives.

Given the prominence of ’90s comics stories — many of which were written by Action Comics scribe Dan Jurgens — in Superman’s post-Rebirth history, some fans had speculated that the Kents may have survived the recent merging of the pre-Flashpoint and New 52 Supermen and their timelines. Not so much, it turns out, as Superman is seen visiting their graves and mourning his inability to save them in Action Comics #980.

You can get a copy of Action Comics #980 at your local comic shop, or buy a digital one here. The official solicitaiton text for the issue can be found below.

“REVENGE” part two! Both Superman and the Revenge Squad must traverse the deadly Black Vault in a race against time to reach General Zod! Amanda Waller’s secret Kryptonian weapon reveals himself to the world, but Cyborg Superman and Eradicator move in to recruit him. Tying directly into the events of this month’s Suicide Squad issues—and no matter who wins in this epic showdown, it spells certain doom for the Last Son of Krypton!

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Is Supergirl Stronger Than Superman? – Comic Book

Spoilers for Supergirl ahead.

Tonight’s episode of Supergirl — ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’ — opened up with the ultimate battle between the shows’ two Kryptonians, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin).

Just prior to the fight kicking off, Rhea (Teri Hatcher) revealed that she had used silver kryptonite to persuade Superman that his cousin was, in fact, the person he feared most — General Zod.

What followed was an epic battle that saw the two fly around National City, destroying several buildings in the process — Supergirl trying to stop her crazed cousin under sway and Superman trying to stop a person who he thought was his archnemesis.

Up Next: Superman’s Reaction To Supergirl Dating A Daxamite

The fight ended with Supergirl delivering the final blow and finally knocking her cousin out, prior to collapsing from exhaustion. 

When the two later woke up at the Fortress of Solitude, Superman revealed that the silver kryptonite doesn’t hinder his strength whatsoever, it simply swayed him.  That means Supergirl defeated her cousin in a fight while he was at his full strength.

Throughout the history of DC Comics, Superman has been the ultimate poster boy for all things strong and mighty, but it’s been a long running debate among fans of the cousins.

While Supes has been largely displayed as the closest thing to perfect in DC Comics lore, that began to change when writer Jeph Loeb took over writing the Supergirl comic in the early 2000’s.

Superman has long been known as a character that places restraint upon himself and prior to Flashpoint, Supergirl was a character known for leaving it all on the field.  She wouldn’t hold back and knew no restraint.

While the jury still seems to be out on which of the characters is stronger in the comics, one thing is for sure.  Supergirl definitely beat Superman in a fight, while he was at full strength, which left the Man of Steel claiming Kara was the “champion of Earth.”


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Distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, SUPERGIRL is executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), Ali Adler (The New Normal), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash, Arrow) and Sarah Schechter (Blindspot, The Mysteries of Laura). Supergirl is based on the characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and appearing in DC Comics, by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family.



Is Supergirl Stronger Than Superman?

Spoilers for Supergirl ahead.

Tonight’s episode of Supergirl — ‘Nevertheless, She Persisted’ — opened up with the ultimate battle between the shows’ two Kryptonians, Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) and Superman (Tyler Hoechlin).

Just prior to the fight kicking off, Rhea (Teri Hatcher) revealed that she had used silver kryptonite to persuade Superman that his cousin was, in fact, the person he feared most — General Zod.

What followed was an epic battle that saw the two fly around National City, destroying several buildings in the process — Supergirl trying to stop her crazed cousin under sway and Superman trying to stop a person who he thought was his archnemesis.

Up Next: Superman’s Reaction To Supergirl Dating A Daxamite

The fight ended with Supergirl delivering the final blow and finally knocking her cousin out, prior to collapsing from exhaustion. 

When the two later woke up at the Fortress of Solitude, Superman revealed that the silver kryptonite doesn’t hinder his strength whatsoever, it simply swayed him.  That means Supergirl defeated her cousin in a fight while he was at his full strength.

Throughout the history of DC Comics, Superman has been the ultimate poster boy for all things strong and mighty, but it’s been a long running debate among fans of the cousins.

While Supes has been largely displayed as the closest thing to perfect in DC Comics lore, that began to change when writer Jeph Loeb took over writing the Supergirl comic in the early 2000’s.

Superman has long been known as a character that places restraint upon himself and prior to Flashpoint, Supergirl was a character known for leaving it all on the field.  She wouldn’t hold back and knew no restraint.

While the jury still seems to be out on which of the characters is stronger in the comics, one thing is for sure.  Supergirl definitely beat Superman in a fight, while he was at full strength, which left the Man of Steel claiming Kara was the “champion of Earth.”


MORE SUPERGIRL NEWS: Lena Luthor and Rhea Square Off in Exclusive “Resist” ClipSupergirl EP On Superman And Cat Grant’s Roles In FinaleSupergirl Hints at BatmanMartian Manhunter And Livewire Concept Art

Distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. International Television Distribution, SUPERGIRL is executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Arrow, The Flash), Ali Adler (The New Normal), Andrew Kreisberg (The Flash, Arrow) and Sarah Schechter (Blindspot, The Mysteries of Laura). Supergirl is based on the characters created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and appearing in DC Comics, by special arrangement with the Jerry Siegel Family.



15 Reasons Superman Is The Biggest DOUCHEBAG In Comics

Superman is one of Earth’s mightiest defenders. With his grab-bag of superpowers and strong moral code, he’s arguably the greatest superhero on the planet. Since his first appearance in 1938’s Action Comics #1 (by Joe Shuster and Jerry Siegel), Superman has been held up as being the best and brightest, the perfect man in mind and body. He’s an icon of strength and morality. So, what’s the problem? Well, he’s kind of a douchebag. There… we finally said it.

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Don’t get us wrong. Here at CBR, we LOVE Superman, which is why we spend a lot of time talking about his movies, TV shows and (especially his new Rebirth) comic books. We’re all looking forward to his future appearances, including in 2017’s Justice League movie. At the same time, we’ve been following him for years, and have noticed a few things about the Last Son of Krypton that drive us crazy. Whether it’s his powers or his secrecy or his personality, CBR felt it’s time to make the case that Superman isn’t the most fun guy to be around, and not all he’s cracked up to be (which, when you think about it, makes him a more compelling character). Here are 15 reasons why the Man of Steel is the world’s biggest jerk.



Clark Kent is the identity Superman adopted to pass as human; a nerdy persona hiding his true inner strength. Isn’t it? What if Clark Kent isn’t just a disguise? What if he’s an insult to all of us?

A scene in Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill: Volume 2 in 2004 spelled out the theory, which starts with the fact that Superman isn’t a disguise. Clark Kent is his disguise to blend in with us, but Clark is weak, clumsy and insecure. Why? Imagine if Batman tried to disguise himself as a Chinese businessman, so he put on huge glasses, buckteeth and wore a Coolie hat. We’d call him a racist for trying to fit that stereotype. Well, Clark Kent is that racial stereotype. He’s an insult to the whole human race.



It seems like every time Superman faces a monstrous supervillain or an amoral criminal, he has to stop to try and talk it out. He’s always giving speeches on how people should be good to each other, respect each other and forgive each other.

The problem is that Superman isn’t some kind of genius philosopher or guru or psychologist. He’s just spouting what he learned from his parents while living on a farm in the Midwest; it’s the same thing you’d find on a motivational poster hanging in your boss’ office. The fact that he’s trying to lecture other people about how they should behave is messed up. He’s trying to impose his values on others. Papa don’t preach? More like “Superman, shouldn’t preach.”


Superman has the power to save the world, but he doesn’t, any more than a firefighter pouring water on a burning building is stopping all houses from burning down ever. Superman should be bringing food to the starving countries of the world, stopping armies from fighting on battlefields and bringing an end to disease.

At the same time, we’ve seen when Superman tries to stop social problems in alternate universes, and it always ends badly. For example, in 1996’s Kingdom Come (Mark Waid, Alex Ross), Superman tried to use his power to stop superheroes who were running amok. In the process, he created a gulag and trampled on human rights. Whether he helps or not, Superman can’t do anything right.


Lex Luthor’s brilliant mind and quest of taking over the world has led him to kill millions in pursuit of his goals. So why is Luthor still around? Superman is the only one on Earth who can take down Luthor, yet he doesn’t.

Sure, you might be saying that Superman doesn’t kill. We’ll get to that in a minute, but let’s just say Superman didn’t kill Luthor. He could put Luthor in the inescapable prison of the Phantom Zone or he could abandon Luthor on a distant planet with no means of escape. Letting Luthor run around free is just a disaster waiting to happen. After the “Crisis on Infinite Earths,” Luthor wore a kryptonite ring so Superman couldn’t get anywhere near him, but Superman doesn’t have that excuse anymore.


Lex Luthor as President

Lex Luthor has a special place in his heart for his hatred of Superman. His reasons vary, including that he’s just jealous of Superman’s fame and power, and that he’s also insane. He’s also kind of right.

Luthor has said that Earth has gotten soft with Superman around, depending on him to stop hurricanes or fight Darkseid. When Superman was killed in 1992’s “Death of Superman,” the world fell into chaos, proving Luthor right. Luthor also believes that Superman can’t be trusted, because he’s so powerful he could destroy the planet if he lost control. That goes back to how Superman always enslaves the world when he goes bad. Batman feels the same way, so it’s not that crazy an idea. These are all good points, and when the most evil man in the world has a good point, that’s something to think about.


The idea that Superman doesn’t kill is what makes Superman seem like such a noble character. In fact, he often seems reluctant to resort to violence at all. For someone as powerful as Superman, who could rip the heads of supervillains with a flick of his wrist, it seems downright noble.

The only problem is Superman has killed plenty of people throughout his long history. You go back to his Golden Age appearances like 1939’s Superman #2 (Siegel, Shuster) where he allowed a war profiteer to choke to death on poison gas while he just watched. You can also use 2013’s Man of Steel as an example, wherein he ended a conflict by killing the rogue Kryptonian General Zod, snapping his damn neck. As for violence, Superman isn’t afraid to punch his way out of any situation. He’s a hypocrite.


We’re going back all the way back to the Silver Age on this one. The Joker is known for his sadistic practical jokes, but he’s got nothing on Superman. During the era, Superman was always pulling weird pranks on people. Granted, this was mainly because DC kept running bizarre covers with crazy scenarios to get people to buy comics, but it still counts.

For example, in 1958’s Superman’s Girl Friend, Lois Lane #1 (Leo Dorfman, Kurt Schaffenberger), Superman used his heat vision to ruin all Lois’ cooking at a restaurant. In 1956’s Superman’s Pal, Jimmy Olsen #13 (Otto Binder, Kurt Swan), when Jimmy saw Clark changing into Superman, Superman tried to convince Olsen he was seeing things by making illusions like turning a house upside down. The only thing worse than a practical joker is a super-practical joker.


Red Son Superman cover

Superman has great respect for authority, and always follows the government and its laws. In the mainstream DC universe, Superman fights for truth, justice and the American Way, which works out to be good for everyone (in America). That’s not always the case, though. When Superman is in a more sinister government, things always take a turn for the worse.

In 2003’s Superman: Red Son (Dave Johnson, Kilian Plunkett, Mark Millar), Superman’s ship crash-landed in the Soviet Union instead of the United States. What followed was a dystopian nightmare where Superman almost succeeded in imposing communism onto the entire world. In 1986’s The Dark Knight Returns (Frank Miller), Superman became a puppet and weapon of mass destruction for an American government that turned fascist. That’s what happens when you don’t question authority.


One of the most important organizations in the DC universe is the Justice League. It’s often made up of the most powerful heroes on Earth, including Martian Manhunter, Firestorm and Superman. With such powerful members, it’s no wonder the JL often tackles the threats no one else could handle, right? Well, there is a big question that lies at the heart of the Justice League: why do they need anyone at all except Superman?

Superman has strength, speed, flight, x-ray vision and is invulnerable. He can move planets. Why does he need other heroes at all? For that matter, what are Batman or Green Arrow going to do that Superman can’t? Is he patronizing the other members of the Justice League or just being lazy? Either way, that’s wasting everyone’s time and his own talents.



There are three major romances in Superman’s life: Lana Lang (his childhood sweetheart), Wonder Woman (his superpowered crush, a relationship with whom was recently just written out of existence) and Lois Lane (his rival at the Daily Planet, longtime love and wife). He’s had a complicated relationship with all of them for decades, and that’s the problem.

When it comes to Lana, Superman should have kicked her to the curb a long time ago. She knows his secret identity and he liked her in high school, but that’s not a reason to pine over her decades later. As for Wonder Woman, he never had the guts to do anything about it until the New 52, and that’s over with. He’s been stringing Lois Lane along for years, and finally got together with her before the New 52 reboot. You could say that he finally got everything together, even having a child with Lois, but it took the end of the world to actually make it happen! Superman’s not afraid of much, but it seems that commitment is another one of his weaknesses.



As much as Superman likes to talk to others about values, he has been lying to his closest friends for decades, and that’s not right. We know you’re probably thinking he has to hide his identity to protect his loved ones, but who is he protecting? He should just move Lois Lane and his parents to the Fortress of Solitude where no one could get to them. And besides, we’ve seen other heroes come out with their secrets and they and their families are fine! If anyone could make it work, it’s Superman, right??

That all notwithstanding, his secret identity isn’t what we’re talking about, though. Even when Superman reveals his secret identity, he still lies. For instance, he lied to Lois Lane about his terminal illness in 2005’s All-Star Superman (Grant Morrison, Frank Quitely). He lied countless times in the Silver Age with those silly pranks. Keeping secrets is his status quo, and that’s kind of a dick move.



Superman’s Fortress of Solitude is another big problem we have with the Man of Steel. It’s his sanctuary, and also his storehouse. It’s where he keeps trophies from his many adventures, a zoo of exotic animals, technology from Krypton and other worlds, and a science lab where he uses his super-intelligence to carry out his own research. So why doesn’t he share it?

For instance, Superman has traditionally kept an army of life-like artificially intelligent robot duplicates of himself at the Fortress. His robots could change the fields of robotics, engineering and computer programming instead of just walking around and getting him coffee. Likewise, his trophies include advanced weapons that could be adapted to creating new technology. Superman’s bogarting that stuff. He needs to share it with the world.



Clark Kent works at the Daily Planet as an intrepid reporter, a career choice that’s kind of a dick move. Yes, it allows him to stay on the front lines to find out what crimes and disasters are going on, but it’s more than that. As an investigative journalist, Clark has reported endlessly on Superman to the point where he’s used it as an advantage. He’s even won a Pulitzer Prize for writing about his own adventures.

Clark is kind of like Spider-Man in that regard, profiting from his superhero exploits, but Parker admits that he’s doing it for the money. Being a reporter isn’t even the best option for a superhero. He could have become a firefighter or a police officer, or even held public office, to help people in his off-time instead of typing on a computer.



Superman is loyal to his friends, but you could say he’s really loyal to a fault. Superman will drop everything and sacrifice the lives of others so he can focus on his friends like Lois Lane and Jimmy Olsen, while countless others suffer around the world. Superman even gave Jimmy a signal watch so he could call for help any time. Why doesn’t anyone else get one?

In the 1978 Superman movie, we saw Superman race around California stopping damage from earthquakes, leaving Lois to die in her car. Superman reversed time to stop Lois from dying. What the movie didn’t dwell on is that he changed history so he never stopped all the other disasters he had stopped the first time. Every time Superman is out saving Lois or Jimmy, other people aren’t being saved.



Superman is also pretty casual about destroying property and endangering innocent people. He’ll often smash through walls, rip apart cars and even occasionally move planets. What usually isn’t talked about is what havoc that’s causing to others. How many buildings have collapsed, killing innocent people trapped inside? What effect does moving the Earth’s moon have on tides and the Earth’s crust?

Lots of superheroes cause collateral damage, of course, but few of them have as many options. When the Hulk smashes a building, he can’t do much to put it back together. When Superman smashes a building, he could use super-speed and heat vision to reinforce or hold it together. Better yet, he could grab and fly his enemies to isolated areas or into deep space to keep the damage to a minimum. And yet, he doesn’t. What a douche!

Do you think Superman is underrated or overrated? Let us know in the comments!


DC TV Watch: Tyler Hoechlin Teases Superman-Supergirl Finale Battle

Welcome to The Hollywood Reporter‘s weekly DC TV Watch, a rundown of all things DC Comics on TV. Every Friday, we round up the major twists, epic fights, new mysteries and anything else that goes down on The CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Legends of Tomorrow and Supergirl and Fox’s Gotham and what it all means. Note: Legends of Tomorrow did not air a new episode this week.


Evil Superman? | Has Supergirl had any better cliffhanger than a surprise evil Superman (Tyler Hoechlin) appearing out of nowhere on the Daxamite ship to knock out Supergirl (Melissa Benoist) with a punch, presumably at Queen Rhea’s (Teri Hatcher) command? The answer is definitely no. Fans knew Superman would be returning for the season two finale, but his appearance in the penultimate episode was a complete surprise. “I can tell you that obviously Queen Rhea is there and we assume that she might have something to do with this. That’s about all I can say about that,” Hoechlin told THR. “It was fun to open up the script and see something different for him. Exploring another part of him, everybody has things that make them angry or make them upset so to find what that was for him was cool to explore as an actor. I had done this character before, so it was nice that I got to do something fresh and new when I jumped back into it. There was even less pressure jumping back into it versus the first time around.”

Rhea and Clark | Because Superman’s story is tied directly with Queen Rhea’s on the Daxamite ship, that meant Hoechlin got to work closely with Hatcher, which lead to some fanboy moments of his own. “Lois Clark was the one that I grew up with, so to me she was always Lois Lane,” Hoechlin said. “The first time I met her was in the suit, so that was a surreal moment. We had a lot of fun up on her ship.” 

Cousin vs. cousin | Kara wasn’t able to get any punches in herself against her cousin because he had the element of surprise in this week’s episode. That will change in the finale, as the two Kryptonian heroes will go head to head in one big battle. “I know they’ve been teasing it as the battle of the century, and they definitely did not hold anything back,” Hoechlin said. “We spent a lot of time on this fight scene and then the stunt people did such a great job. I think everyone will be very pleased with how this looks. It’s going to be an epic battle. Sometimes you do a fight scene and it takes half a day, sometimes it can take the whole day. This took multiple days. I’m really excited for people to see that.”

A new dynamic | Hoechlin was pleased that he got to explore a new kind of relationship between Clark Kent and Kara this time around as adversaries (at least, at first) instead of allies. “The first two episodes that we did, it was nice to do that as family teaming up and taking on the world, but to be able to square off this time was definitely fun,” Hoechlin said. “Melissa and I always have a good laugh with this stuff so it was great to find the humor and face off against each other once they called cut. We get into some things with Clark and Kara, and it’s always nice when you get to step away from the action for a minute and see more of the heart that these people have and how much they care about each other. I’m most proud of his ability to be a part of a team as opposed to having to feel like he’s got to always be the guy to save the day or the one to take credit. It’s great that he’s able to be supportive and not having to, I guess, save the day.”

An answer worthy of Superman | When asked who he would pick to win in a fight between Superman and Supergirl, Hoechlin gave a very political answer. “I would love to see that fight,” he said with a laugh. “I’ve gotten really good at this over the years.”

Get your Superman fix now … | While Hoechlin promises there will be a suitable amount of the caped hero in the finale episode – “I spent quite a bit of time in Vancouver filming the finale so it’s fair to say it will be more than a quick hello and goodbye,” – he revealed there are currently no plans for Superman to return to the series again. “Nothing in the future,” he said. “I think even just jumping in doing the first two episodes, at that time it was just those two episodes. I was excited and happy about that opportunity. I was very open and eager to go back up if that opportunity came up and thankfully it did for the finale. I’m just taking it a day at a time at this point.”

Hoechlin’s wish | However, Hoechlin already knows what he’d want to see from Superman on Supergirl should he ever return. “I’d love to see more about what his relationship with Kara and the rest of her family,” he said. “I think it could be fun to see exactly how much he’s kept up with them over the years. And the Superman/Martian Manhunter [David Harewood] thing is such a fun story arc. And with Jimmy Olsen [Mehcad Brooks] too, there’s still a lot to explore with him and James. Obviously they have the greatest history of anybody on the show, so… now that he’s doing his thing, it would be interesting to see how Clark and Superman feel about what James has been up to [as Guardian].”


Penguin and Riddler reunite | It took a while, but Ed Nygma aka the Riddler (Cory Michael Smith) finally came face-to-face with Oswald aka Penguin (Robin Lord Taylor) when they were both kidnapped by the Court of Owls and held as prisoners in the same dungeon in this week’s episode. The way that the Gotham showrunners decided to show their unexpected reunion was perfect, using complete silence as the two men stared at each other for an extended period of time before Oswald suddenly (and unsuccessfully) tried to grab Nygma through the bars. The tension was thick, and there’s no telling where this former duo will go next. Will they work together to try and escape the Court’s prison? Or will their desire to kill the other win out, leading to a Penguin vs. Riddler face-off round two? No matter which direction they go, finally having these two fan-favorite characters sharing screen time is the right call after keeping them separate for so long. 

The Flash

RIP Iris? | They did it. They actually did it. After a whole half of a season of teasing Iris West’s (Candice Patton) impending death, The Flash played out Barry’s (Grant Gustin) future vision and worst nightmare of Savitar killing Iris in front of his eyes, and he was too slow to stop it. The writers made the right call in going through with what they promised and warned about. It would have been cheap to have any kind of last-minute saves by Barry and the STAR Labs team. But there’s no way that Iris is actually dead. After the way HR (Tom Cavanagh) was blaming himself for revealing Iris’ hiding spot to who he thought was Barry (but was actually Savitar), it’s pretty obvious that he took the Earth-2 tech that transforms a person into someone else to take Iris’ place as a way to finally make himself useful to the team. Remember how HR was supposed to be on the roof using the speed force bazooka, as Barry saw in his future vision? He was nowhere to be seen this time around. All clues seem to point to him utilizing the distraction of Barry using the speed force bazooka on Savitar to swap places with the real Iris, sacrificing himself to save her. That way The Flash can still deliver on its tragic promise while keeping Iris around. 


All the pieces in place | All the news about returning faces and ultimate showdowns coming up in the finale may have spoiled the surprises in advance, but it didn’t make the journey getting to the final season five episode any less exciting. Black Siren (Katie Cassidy), aka Earth-2 Laurel Lance, was broken out of ARGUS prison thanks to some help from Adrian Chase (Josh Segarra). She immediately helped Chase, along with Talia al Ghul (Lexa Doig) and Evelyn Sharp (Madison McLaughlin), kidnap all the members of Team Arrow, leaving Oliver (Stephen Amell) on his own with no allies and nowhere to turn for help. So naturally, if he can’t rely on his team of heroes, his next best choice is assemble a team of villains. He built his team of Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman), Nyssa al Ghul (Katrina Law) and finally, in the last moment of this week’s episode, approached Slade Wilson aka Deathstroke (Manu Bennett) for help in taking down Chase once and for all. With everyone appropriately all on Lian Yu, the final battle is about to begin.

Evenly matched | But at this point, it’s anyone’s fight. The finale battle teams are pretty stacked on both sides. The finale promo promises fights between Canaries as Black Siren faces off against Dinah (Juliana Harkavy). Whose canary cry will prevail? Both are series regulars next season, so it’s impossible to predict. As for the al Ghuls, the sister vs. sister showdown of Nyssa against Talia is also a toss-up. Both women were trained by their father for their entire lives, and we still don’t know their relationship with each other. But if Slade agrees to help Oliver (and doesn’t immediately stab him in the back), my money is on Team Oliver to pull the win. After all, if Oliver didn’t beat Prometheus in the end, there wouldn’t be much to see in season six, would there? Watch the trailer for the finale below:

What do you think of all the shocking reveals on the DC Comics shows this week? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

Gotham airs Mondays at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Fox; Supergirl airs Mondays at 8 p.m. on The CW; The Flash airs Tuesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW; and Arrow airs Wednesdays at 8 p.m. on The CW. Legends of Tomorrow will return for season three on The CW in the fall.

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Superman and Wonder Woman’s New 52 Romance Erased From Continuity

While the recent “Superman Reborn” storyline merged the pre-Flashpoint Superman timeline with the New 52 version in such a way that most fan-favorite stories from both eras will remain intact, there is at least one major exception to that rule: the Man of Steel’s romance with Wonder Woman is no longer canon.

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That’s according to a tweet from Dan Jurgens, writer of Action Comics and the man who most clearly laid out some of the big story elements that do still count in the Rebirth era during the two part “The New World” mini-arc.

The pair started up a relationship at the end of the first year of The New 52 era, and it lasted until the death of the New 52 Superman. During much of that time, they co-headlined Superman/Wonder Woman together, a title which ended when DC Universe: Rebirth reshaped the publisher’s superhero line last May.

The romance was controversial among fans of both characters; both Superman and Wonder Woman have long-term love interests who readers felt were being pushed aside for the story, and there were other reasons as well.

The idea of Superman and Wonder Woman having a romance is nothing new; it’s been explored, discussed, or flirted with for decades. Shortly after the previous big Superman reboot, in the mid-80s, John Byrne wrote Superman as having developed a crush on Wonder Woman shortly after they met. It blossomed into a first date, in Action Comics #600, after which Superman realized that the two were wrong for one another; while Wonder Woman was fundamentally of the gods, Superman was fundamentally a mortal man. There would be nothing to stop Wonder Woman dating a human man, but one like Superman, who is so often seen as a god, created a disconnect neither of them could quite get past.

The idea of Superman and Wonder Woman ending up together “happily ever after” was explored in Mark Waid and Alex Ross’s Kingdom Come, although it was one of a few things that Waid has said he did not ever intend to join the main DC Universe.

“We weren’t saying Lois should die and Superman and Wonder Woman should together for ever and ever,” Waid told “That wasn’t the point of the story; that was unintended consequences. Every once in a while somebody will make a choice and defend it as, ‘Well, it’s the way it was in Kingdom Come,’ to which you just want to go, ‘No!'”

Most of the events of The New 52 are still understood to have happened in the post-“Superman Reborn” timeline, but Jurgens singled out the relationship as something that has not occurred. Given that Jonathan Kent is now ten years old and his parents were married before he was conceived, many fans noted that any relatively recent relationship with Wonder Woman would have had to be either an illusion created by Mr. Mxyzptlk, or an affair — the latter seeming very unlikely considering who the players are.

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The 40 Best Moments From the Injustice Comic Series

One of the more surprising successes from DC Comics’ repertoire in the past couple of years has been Injustice: Gods Among Us, the weekly digital comic that’s acted as a prequel to the Netherrealm Studios fighting game of the same name. Written by Tom Taylor and Brian Buccellato and drawn by the likes of Bruno Redondo, Mike S. Miller, Tom Derenick, and others, Injustice was strong enough to continue on for years despite the game itself falling into obscurity in-between installments.

The first five volumes take place in-between the game’s prologue and the beginning of the game, where the dystopian, Superman-ruled world is visited by heroes from the classic DC Universe. As shown in the game, this all happened because the Joker messed with Superman a little too hard and Superman killed him in a fit of rage. Most of the other heroes and even some villains are on his side in terms of ruling over the world with an iron fist and the only ones interested in taking him down are Batman, Lex Luthor (secretly), and Harley Quinn. With each volume of the comic explaining the events of a different year, we bridge the gap and see what it was that made Superman grow into a cold megalomaniac. How did Hal Jordan lose his way? How come none of the other heavy hitters were able to stop Superman?

After finishing up all five years, the series then became Injustice: Ground Zero, where it retold the events of the video game’s story mode from the point of view of Harley. Now we’re in the middle of Injustice 2, a prequel comic showing what’s happened in-between the two games.

So let’s revisit 40 of the finer moments in this run where what could have been a forgettable tie-in that nobody would remember instead became one of DC’s better titles.


The first four issues of Injustice aren’t all that good, mainly because it’s the Joker doing a mandated killing spree that Taylor had to write based on the in-game history. Having to write Lois Lane’s death never did sit right with Taylor and he’s tried to redeem himself for it in different ways through his various writings. It wasn’t until he was able to move away from the intro story that he could show some real personality and promise.

Green Arrow apprehended Harley Quinn and chose to keep her in his Arrow Cave, since he didn’t like the possibility of Superman needlessly executing her too. What we got was a great dynamic where the snarkier member of the Justice League was silent and belligerent to an optimistic and excited criminal who admired him. It also introduced a couple of running gags, like Harley’s tendency to always carry a fake mustache with her at all times and the fact that Green Arrow really needs to rename his headquarters.


Year One was mostly about the crumbling of the World’s Finest. The friendship between Superman and Batman fell to pieces over disagreements and backstabbing. Superman chose to confront Batman, mostly as an excuse to vent. He felt that Batman was judging him for killing the Joker and imposing peace on the world, but at the same time he ranted about how Batman allowed all of this to happen by not killing the Joker first when the Joker seriously deserved it. The two argued back and forth, leading to Superman insulting Batman’s role as a father and Batman punching Superman in the face.

From there, things calmed down and in one moment, we were reminded that they were friends. Superman inspected Batman’s hand for injuries and Batman admitted the truth: if he were in Superman’s shoes, he probably would have done the same thing. The problem is, Superman is supposed to be better. Superman offered Batman to follow him down his path of making the world a better place, but Batman just couldn’t bring himself to do it.

3. FLASH’S FANBOY (Y1: #13)

In the game’s story mode, the Flash was able to realize that he was on the wrong side, albeit too late. This issue dealt with him second-guessing Superman’s actions for the first time. In Australia, a group of people protested Superman’s insistence to keep countries from going to war “or else.” Superman and Wonder Woman told them all to disperse, but a man calling himself Galaxon stepped forth and challenged them. He got Rock Bottom’d into the pavement in a second.

As Flash went off to go get an ambulance, Batman told him that he already called for one and instead gave him directions to a science research facility. It was the place where Galaxon was engineered. News of his incident hadn’t reached them yet, so a scientist gave Flash the tour, including Galaxon’s room. The walls were covered in inspirational images of superheroes, including a photo of him as a kid when he got to meet the Flash. Realizing that he just watched a man who idolized him get paralyzed for standing up for his people, Flash zipped away to run off this gut punch.

In Year Five, Flash was told by Iris West that Galaxon committed suicide a year or so after the incident.

4. CYBORG’s VIRUS (Y1: #15)

When you get down to it, the comic is like DC’s own little version of Civil War, only we know the ending and we know that Superman is ultimately going to be in the wrong. It would be totally easy to simply have Batman be the paragon of virtue by default to show off just how wrong Superman really is, but Taylor doesn’t do that. Batman is an asshole and does some really scummy stuff.

For instance, there’s a part where Superman and his allies went to Arkham Asylum to steal away all of the inmates without saying where they were going. Cyborg would open the doors and Flash would run off with the prisoners. Batman warned Cyborg to stop and when that warning wasn’t heeded, he pressed a button that shorted Cyborg out. Once he finally came to his senses, he couldn’t understand it. He just updated his firewalls and there’s no way Batman could have infected him.

Then Cyborg realized that Batman infected him with the virus on the first week they met. Just in case. In the background, Killer Croc noted, “That’s pretty evil.”

Batman pulled crap like that a lot in the first year. While Superman was wrong for the right reasons, Batman was terrible at proving why he himself was in the right.


With the Justice League trying to stop all war around the world, that would naturally put them at odds with Teth Adam, ruler of Kahndaq. A man not known for listening to reason, he fought the heroes, who eventually overpowered him. In a moment of, “How did nobody else thing of this before?!” Wonder Woman proved that she is Black Adam’s kryptonite. All she had to do was get him in the lasso and ask him what his magic words are.

Shazam tried to plead with him and asked him point blank if there was any way to stop him. Adam, compelled to tell the truth, angrily said that he would tear apart anyone who tried to hurt Kahndaq, so no. He couldn’t be swayed. In his last moments before being forced to depower himself, Adam desperately begged Shazam to keep his country safe. Then he transformed into a powerless old man and was taken off the table until Year Five.

6. SUPERMAN VS. KALIBAK (Y1: #22-24)

With word that Superman was bringing peace to Earth, Kalibak found the idea laughable and figured it made the planet easy pickings for invasion. With Darkseid’s blessing, he and an endless stream of Parademons attacked Earth during a press conference where Superman was trying to better explain his actions to the frightened public. Kalibak completely underestimated Superman’s mindset in this act and paid for it.

Kalibak doubled down and mocked Superman for caring too much about the lives of his enemies than his people, all while piling on hundreds of Parademons and pointing out that Superman could hear all the people being terrorized from around the world. Vowing this wouldn’t happen again, Superman vaporized the lot of them, then beat Kalibak to death, even when Kalibak tried to surrender. After a brief discussion with Flash, Superman decided that for the greater good, he’d have to reduce every single Parademon on Earth to organic confetti.

He saved the world, but at the same time, Flash was disturbed that he basically gave Superman permission to kill and Batman knew that Superman’s actions were going to get progressively worse.

7. MORAL CHESS (Y1: #26)

Again, Superman and Flash had a conversation about the morality of what they were doing, though this time at their own leisure and not during an intergalactic invasion. In a cute gimmick, Superman had Flash quickly learn the rules of chess so that they could play while talking. This worked out so that any time one of them made a point in their argument, they would suddenly reach checkmate. Superman started off with all the good points, but soon Flash was able to run circles around his conversation and his skills by dropping checkmate after checkmate after checkmate.

8. SUPER TWITTER (Y1: #28)

This bit’s something that’s so stupid that it wraps around and becomes fantastic. Superman had had enough of Batman’s interference, so he decided that he’d just blurt out his alter-ego info to the world. Batman interfered with the satellite’s signal, putting them in the dark and also causing it to spiral down to Earth. Presumably, by the time Superman would have saved everyone in the satellite, Batman would have put some kind of contingency plan that would…do something? I don’t think Taylor thought that far ahead. Anyway, Robin was all, “No way, we’re doing this! Lex Luthor! Cyborg! Get Superman a Twitter account! Or at least an off-brand one that we can use in this comic!”

And so, “Batman is Bruce Wayne” became the most retweeted line in this universe, ruining the Dark Knight’s core level of secrecy.

While goofy, it did lead to a wonderful follow-up scene. Alfred came to Batman to tell him about the many, many news helicopters circling the manor and while he figured Batman had contingencies for his funds and various charities, Alfred had his own special list for just such an occasion. A short list of irreplaceable things to take with him in case Batman’s identity was blown. His mother’s pearls, father’s stethoscope, etc. Batman thanks Alfred and suggested that perhaps he should remain at the mansion, but Alfred refused. After all, he was on the top of the list!

9. GREEN ARROW’S DEATH (Y1: #33-34)

It all led up to this moment. Superman didn’t simply lose his way over night. Various incidents and interactions pushed him in various ways, but it all came to a head in the moment he lost control and killed Green Arrow. Superman and Luthor had created a special pill that would give someone the strength of a Kryptonian (to explain in-game why Harley Quinn and Nightwing could fight Superman and Doomsday) and Batman created a plan to create a diversion to get Superman out of the Fortress of Solitude so that they could sneak in and steal it.

What Batman didn’t count on was that Superman was keeping his parents in the Fortress for their own safety and how volatile that would make him. The incident escalated and it seemed like everything was against Superman, including fate. His friends betrayed him. His government betrayed him. The current love of his life Wonder Woman was critically injured. He was almost killed by Captain Atom. Batman wouldn’t stop trying to undermine him. Then in an act of desperation, Green Arrow deflected an arrow off Superman and it stuck into Pa Kent’s shoulder. Superman snapped and beat Green Arrow to death, but not before Arrow was able to fire the super pill off into the distance and make his sacrifice mean something.

Afterwards, the Kents and the computerized ghost of Jor-El tried to reason with Superman, but he wouldn’t hear it. After he flew off to find Batman, the three moped about their failures as parents. It was one of the sadder moments as the AI Jor-El tried to console the Kents while saying, “I’m sorry I unleashed this on your world.”


Batman put the super pill into the Batcomputer in order to get the data to synthesize it. That meant having to keep Superman busy long enough, which was kind of hard because, you know, he’s Superman. Superman caught him and decided that he wouldn’t kill Batman. Instead, he broke him over his knee, Bane-style. He noticed that the pill was gone and the information was uploaded elsewhere, but when he tried to press Batman (physically) to spill the beans, he just got the harsh truth that no matter how heroic he pretended to be, he was actually resorting to torture. Before Superman could process this, a hand touched his shoulder. It was Alfred.

Then Alfred buried his forehead into Superman’s nose. It was the perfect payoff for a man who sat back and watched his own family get torn apart over these 36 issues. Alfred verbally ran down Superman while stomping him so hard that his own shoe exploded into leather pieces. Once done, he took a second to clean his hands like a good butler and carried Batman off to the teleporter, telling him that there was nothing else in the cave worth saving. Damn.

The moment this issue came out, readers were clamoring for an Alfred Pennyworth DLC in the game.

11. BEST TEAM-UP EVER (Y1 Annual)

Injustice: Gods Among Us Annual is such a great little side-story taking place before Green Arrow’s death. It mainly dealt with Lobo, the downloadable character from the game who otherwise had nothing to do with the main storyline. Due to the whole Kalibak incident, Darkseid hired him to take out Superman. Seeing how screwed he was against a Superman with no moral problems throwing the Main Man into the sun, Lobo instead took a job for Superman to track down Harley Quinn. One thing led to another and soon Harley had ingested one of the super pills.

Harley went to the Arrow Cave, since Green Arrow was nice to her that one time, leading to some hilarious dialogue and facial expressions between the two of them and Black Canary. Lobo eventually tracked them down, but their combined abilities (mostly Harley’s newfound ability to tear someone’s head clean off) helped prevent them from being another three notches on Lobo’s belt. Then Harley used her psychological assets to convince Lobo that she was beneath him and he moved on.


As mentioned earlier, a lot of having to kill off Lois Lane chafed Taylor and it showed in his work. In one instance, he took the original “girls in refrigerators” moment and turned it on its head. Kyle Rayner was off doing space adventures and was on his way to go meet his girl. In this version of the story, Kyle was the one cornered and brutally killed for the sake of plot device.

While the last several years of DC has painted Sinestro as more of an anti-hero, this one sequence solidified him as the true villain of Year Two. The horrifying way he and his Sinestro Corps took Kyle apart was genuinely sad and just a little scary.


As a way to stick it to Batman, Superman decided to have his foot soldiers take martial law on Gotham. This didn’t sit well for Commissioner Gordon. He walked over to one of Oracle’s secret hideouts and told her he knew everything. Once she let him in, she made a brief attempt to play dumb, but then he merely shouted her down. He knew about Batgirl. He knew about Oracle. He knew Batman was Bruce Wayne. He knew from the very beginning because he was a detective and he was damn good at his job.

With Gordon cutting through the lies, he then told Barbara his own sad truth: he was dying of lung cancer. The last thing he wanted to do was save the world from Superman because it was only going to get worse.

14. CH’P VS. SUPERMAN (Y2: #10)

Superman’s megalomania eventually got the attention of the Green Lantern Corps. With Hal Jordan kept imprisoned, the Oans sent a bunch of Lanterns to Earth to pick a fight. Superman had a handful of his allies and a giant satellite laser on his side, but despite the many ring-slingers out to stop him, it was one of the tiniest who almost did the job. Ch’p the space squirrel was able to use his ring to manipulate the energy flowing through Superman’s skull, keeping his synapses from reaching his brain. Without Superman being able to even think right, the Man of Steel was there’s for the taking.

Lucky for Superman, Sinestro was able to convince Lex Luthor that he was there to help and was allowed to enter the fray. Not noticed until it was too late, Sinestro sniped the poor, little squirrel and that was the end of their advantage.


Black Canary found Harley squatting in the abandoned Arrow Cave and the two started fighting it out. Harley stopped once Canary started vomiting, realizing she was suffering morning sickness and was pregnant with Ollie’s child. She casually let it slip that she too was once pregnant and Dinah pressed the subject until Harley relented. Years ago, she was pregnant with the Joker’s kid. In a rare act of sense, Harley kept it a secret from Joker and left him for nearly a year to give birth to Lucy and hand her off to Harley’s sister. Then when she returned to the Joker, Joker acted like he didn’t even notice Harley was gone in the first place, which Harley tearfully explained away as a hilarious joke.

It’s rare to get a good scene that really gets the Joker/Harley relationship without feeling icky. Harley’s dependency on Joker’s abusive nature is shown perfectly here, but there’s none of the usual physical violence to back it up. It’s heartbreaking when Harley describes Lucy’s interests and the little girl comes off as an innocent version of Harley who will be spared the horrors of a clown crime lifestyle.


Year One was about Superman succumbing to all sorts of different factors to the point of losing his way. Taylor made sure that it wasn’t just one thing making his turn to darkness a simple on-off switch. On the other hand, Sinestro spent Year Two stoking the flames of Superman’s psyche while turning Hal Jordan further to his side. The ease in which he was able to do this made it all the more hilarious because, really, Hal Jordan is a total meathead.

Flying in from space, Despero crashed into a populated building in Chicago. Sinestro was on the scene first and made a heroic claim that Despero would not be terrorizing Earth, as that was under his protection. Despero wasn’t sure what the hell he was talking about and over the next few pages, it became pretty apparent that Sinestro had his Sinestro Corps rough up Despero, throw him to Earth, and let Sinestro take care of the rest. Sinestro used his ring to force Despero’s hands onto Sinestro’s throat and with Hal and John Stewart flying over as witnesses, Sinestro yelled, “Don’t make me do this!” before snapping Despero’s neck out of supposed self-defense.

Hal believed every second of it.


Remember about a couple years ago when the big thing was how the Batwoman comic was working its way towards a lesbian engagement and then DC shut it down? Then they went all, “No, we’re not anti-gay! We’re just anti-marriage in general!” when everyone made a stink about it? Fun times.

In this issue, everyone was getting ready for the big fight against Superman, the Justice League, and the Sinestro Corps. Batman took to the radio to give a big speech about sacrifice and heroism and all that. He’d bring up family and we’d see Barbara and James Gordon saying their goodbyes. He’d bring up friends and we’d see Harvey Bullock getting drunk by himself. But most notably, it explicitly showed that in the Injustice: Gods Among Us universe, Batwoman and Renee Montoya were married. That rules.

It was never referenced again.


An argument between Hal Jordan and Guy Gardner escalated once Sinestro and Ganthet arrived. Guy tried to reason with him, but Hal was firmly on Superman’s side. Then as Guy saved Carol Ferris from some burning debris, Hal made the bonehead decision to smash Guy in the face and let Carol fall so he could save her. Ganthet chose that moment to strip Hal of his green ring, which was called for, but also really bad timing because, you know, Carol was falling to her death. Desperate, Hal begged Sinestro to save Carol, but Sinestro refused.

“We need you in this war. Save her yourself.”

With a yellow ring offered, Hal joined Sinestro’s brand and rescued Carol. A few issues later, Sinestro killed John Stewart and told Hal that Guy was accidentally responsible. Feeling that this big space battle between the Green Lantern Corps and Sinestro Corps was Guy’s fault, Hal attacked him and tore his arm off, watching as the powerless Guy fell to Earth.

Sinestro took out three of the Earth Lanterns in one year while turning the other to his side. Not bad.


The less cosmic members of Batman’s resistance took to overtaking the Hall of Justice, all hopped up on super pills. They successfully took out Flash, Robin, and Luthor, but Luthor spoke to Commissioner Gordon and told him that he was really a mole and that Barbara was in great danger. Cyborg was tracing Oracle’s signal and was going to figure out her location in moments. Using Luthor as a hostage, Gordon beamed up to the satellite and fired a warning shot into the metal side of Cyborg’s head.

Even though Gordon was dying, he was still able to overpower Cyborg and knock him out by tearing off his metal face. As he and Luthor discussed, taking the super pill didn’t aid Gordon’s health. It only made the cancer stronger. He enjoyed the peaceful view from above Earth and spoke to Barbara and Batman through his communicator. He said his goodbyes, ending with the joke, “Batman. I guess…I guess I disappear on you for once,” before collapsing.


This is a fight that had been building since the first issue of Year Two. Hell, since the moment Superman snapped and killed Ollie. Superman saw the Batwing flying towards him and figured it was Batman. He lasered it up into oblivion, only for Black Canary to fly out with a bat-jetpack on her back and a super pill in her system. With her sonic scream, she was able to paralyze Superman while spiking him into the ground. When they got up, she shot him in the chest with a kryptonite bullet. Yep, all was looking peachy as she kicked the crap out of him.

What everyone forgot to pick up on was that there were a whole lot of Sinestro Corps soldiers dying around them and Superman was becoming an expert at instilling fear around the world. One of the empty rings flew to him and helped him remove the kryptonite bullet from his chest. He critically wounded Canary with his heat vision and showed off his badass new Sinestro Corps threads.

Still, Canary had the last laugh. She had special contact lenses that allowed her to record the entire fight. No longer would Superman be able to use media smoke and mirrors to play off his actions as heroic. The world knew what he really was. Superman didn’t take it well and we got a dead Mogo and Ganthet out of the deal a few minutes later.


‘Death of Superman’ Sequel Coming From DC?

WARNING: This article contains SPOILERS for Action Comics #979

Strange days ahead for DC’s new Superman, as the stars of the 1990s storylines “The Death of Superman” and “Reign of the Supermen” are back with a vengeance. The Cyborg Superman reborn, the Eradicator returned to his pre-New 52 form, Mongul out for blood, and even Metallo and Blanque thrown in to spice things up. It’s the latest event to spin out of DC’s rewriting of Superman’s history… but could provide even more of an explanation of how Superman erased his New 52 origin story, and bring his previous history back into play.

Those recent “Rebirth” moments may be confusing to readers who have missed just a handful of issues, but suffice it to say that DC’s Superman comic is only going to become more important to the big picture – especially with Superman and Doctor Manhattan’s Doomsday Clock approaching. Before we get to that, though, the Man of Steel will need to withstand the combined forces of the DC stars who once replaced him in death. If he’s lucky, he’ll manage to do it before they recruit their last Kryptonian member to tilt the odds in their favor.

The Return of The Pre-New 52 History

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For fans mainly familiar with the New 52 reality of DC Comics, or those unclear on just how Superman’s history from the 1990s has suddenly been returned to mainline continuity, the answer is actually pretty simple. And by ‘simple’ we mean ‘it’s as uncomplicated as DC wants it to be.’ Long story short? The New 52 Superman didn’t die, as assumed, but was later revealed to have been fractured off of the original Superman (the one that fans knew from the 1940s up to the early 2000s). The two Superman merged in “Superman Reborn” recently, forming a new Superman with a new suit… and the old Superman’s history.

And we do mean most, if not all of that history. When the merge/reunification took place, it was seen as impossible – two distinct realities folded back into one based purely out of love (for Jonathan, Clark and Lois’s son). In the issues that follow, as we mentioned above, it became clear that this new Superman lived through “The Death of Superman” event and the replacement heroes/impostors that followed.

He still couldn’t remember Conner Kent a.k.a. Superboy, leaving us to wonder if that reveal is still coming. But if Clark managed to change the history of the DC Universe itself… would he change the memories or realities of the other characters involved in that past? Thanks to Action Comics #979, we have our answer.

Rebirth’s Eradicator Has Become The Original

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Prior to “Superman Reborn” and its rewrite of the DC Universe, the DC “Rebirth” saw the introduction of a new take on the classic impostor/villain The Eradicator, the Kryptonian sentinel taking the image of the deceased Superman. After threatening the life of Superman’s son, Jonathan – and swallowing Krypto the Superdog whole – the Man of Steel drained him of all the Kryptonian souls that powered him, and buried him for good on the surface of the Moon. But when Superman rewrote history, making the Eradicator first arrive on Earth over a decade earlier… things changed.

He was still buried on the Moon, but when he was dug up by the strange, digitized, omniscient being seen in the image above, the changes became obvious. While the reader didn’t know who this red-tinged computer program freeing Superman’s enemies was, The Eradicator did – despite having only interacted with the Kents on Earth before being killed. In hindsight, it was a major clue. While the flashback sequence showed that the Eradicator remembered by Superman matched the pale-skinned version of the original 1990s arc, it is this Eradicator existing in the New 52 Universe that has… absorbed(?) those memories.

It was this Eradicator who lived through “Reign of the Superman” so many years earlier, who recognizes another disguised hero from the same massive event. Well, not so much ‘disguised’ as ‘looking to return to his true form.’ A form that Superman fans will be thrilled to see return to DC’s Universe…

The Cyborg Superman Is Back!

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That’s right, Hank Henshaw the Cyborg Superman has been restored in all his glory. New 52 fans have gotten to enjoy an alternate take on the character in Supergirl, as the reanimated form of Kara Zor-El’s father, but this version is the real deal. As part of the New 52 reboot, Hank Henshaw has only appeared in his fully human form in the Team 7 comic series, having never undergone the strange experiment and catastrophe that led to his transformation into the Cyborg Superman. Apparently, when Superman rewrote reality, he unlocked Henshaw’s true past as well… leaving the good doctor with a new mission.

Since then he’s set about recreating that past, breaking the psychic villain Blanque out of Superman’s prison, resurrecting Eradicator to recruit Mongul (who once destroyed Coast City), and letting Metallo join in on the fun. Once his lackeys recovered the mystical ‘Oblivion Stone’ (which readers of Superman” Lois Clark will already know), Henshaw can return to his true form – as the half organic, half robotic Cyborg Superman we know and love.

The only thing left to do before killing Superman as he failed to so many years ago is to recruit General Zod. Which could be easier said than done, considering he’s currently serving as a member of the Suicide Squad. So, does this version of Hank Henshaw suddenly remember the rest of his comic book career, fighting as a member of the Sinestro Corps? Only time will tell.

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Action Comics #979 is available now.

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