This is an in-universe article with out-of-universe material.
Superman, birth name Kal-El and adopted name Clark Kent, is Earth's premiere superhero and a founding member Justice League. The exact details of his early superhero career are unknown but it is safe to assume they are similar to his Prime Earth counterpart.
Origin of the Justice League
Superman first appears as a red and blue blur crashing into buildings while in mid-battle against a Parademon that attacked him. He defeats the creature, but is then forced into conflict with Green Lantern and Batman, whom he accuses of working with the parademon due to their having a box-shaped bomb in their possession, something the monster had before it "blew up". Superman is completely unharmed by every attack, device, and weapon Batman throws at him and the arrogance of Green Lantern causes him to grossly underestimate the Man of Steel's power. Angered, he chases the two across Metropolis while simultaneously punching them around while they are encased in Green Lantern's shield, which ultimately bursts. Superman then looks as if he is ready to deliver a fatal blow, but Batman claims that he only bruises, never kills prior to calling the alien superhero "Clark". In shock after hearing that, Superman immediately stops right in front of Batman, realizing he isn't the enemy and using his x-ray vision to identify the Dark Knight as "Bruce Wayne". When Batman tells Superman that he believes the bomb is extraterrestrial in nature, the latter agrees but tells him that the technology isn't of Kryptonian origin; also adding that there are countless alien species out in the universe. Via a sewer system, the three men journey to an abandoned building a few blocks away from the Daily Planet, where they analyze the bomb. Batman then states that the bombs were strategically planted, and that there is the potential of a full-scale invasion. Green Lantern then disregards the idea. However, within moments, the box “activates” and opens a portal, causing a horde of Parademons to appear and attack the heroes. The three battle against them furiously with Superman making the quickest of work. However, after using his super-hearing to become aware of an attack on air force one, Superman leaves the battle to go help.
Superman manages to keep the air force one craft from falling due to being attacked by a massive horde of parademons and simultaneously fights back by blasting them with heat vision. He then meets Wonder Woman, who was also there to fight off the parademons, and develops a mutual attraction to her.
Along with Wonder Woman, he later regroups with Batman and Green Lantern while also meeting The Flash, Shazam, and Cyborg just before the arrival of the invasion's mastermind and the ruler of Apokolips, Darkseid. While all of the heroes engage the enemy, they are all quickly overpowered; even Superman himself. When Darkseid fires his omega beams at both Superman and The Flash, the latter manages to avoid it, but the former is struck and knocked unconscious before being carried away to Apokolips by a parademon.
Desaad begins experimenting on Superman, intending to brainwash and turn him into a "Super-parademon" until Batman, who infiltrated the room in order to rescue Superman, overpowers Desaad and frees Superman. Unfortunately, the Man of Steel is blinded by rage and the effects of his partial experimentation, which causes him to accidentally kill Desaad and attack Batman, who attempts to talk him down and remind him that the world needs him.
Finally recovering, Superman returns to Earth with Batman and attacks Darkseid, briefly managing to get the upper hand. When the heroes work together to force Darkseid and his cohorts back to Apokolips via a wormhole generated by Cyborg, it is Superman who forces the injured tyrant through with one final punch. Later, Superman is among the other heroes who are honored at the Capitol for their roles in stopping the invasion and has a brief, flirtatious conversation with Wonder Woman. He is also one of the other heroes to groan at Shazam's suggestion for calling "their team" the "Super Seven".
At some point after the foundation of the Justice League, Superman and Wonder Woman begin dating.
Superman finds Wonder Woman overlooking a Greek city, noting that they might not be like the gods they are often compared to, but they are not like the humans they protect. Clark decides to take Diana to a diner for a date. While having dinner, Clark shows her the benefits of having a secret identity. Their dinner is humorously interrupted by Lois Lane, Clark's co-worker at the Daily Planet. Clark introduces Lois to Diana, but the date is interrupted, this time more seriously, by Cyborg and Shazam, who teleport to their location and request they come to headquarters.
Once there, the Justice League investigate the mysterious sinking of the USS California submarine. Checking the raised wreckage, they realize the enemy is not related to Darkseid but warriors from Earth's origin. Thanks to Diana's knowledge, she reveals these warriors are from Atlantis with the theory of war related to the missing missiles. Using Shazam's suggestion, Superman and Batman decide to meet Atlantis-expert Dr. Shin, while the others are tasked in finding Atlantis.
Superman and Batman enter enter Dr. Shin's home discovering that his work is destroyed. Superman recreates a photograph of Arthur Curry and a letter from his father revealing that his son is half-Atlantean. From that information, Batman tells the Justice League to converge at Arthur's home, a lighthouse in Mercy Reef. The Justice League finds Arthur and her friend Mera under attack by the Trench, savage creatures from beneath the sea. Fending off their foes, the Justice League accepts to accompany Arthur and Mera to Atlantis and end hostilities between humans and Atlanteans.
Arthur, Mera, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and Cyborg arrive at Atlantis and learn of Queen Atlanna's death and are defeated by Orm, Arthur's half-brother and the supervillain "Ocean Master". The group is sent to be consumed by the monstrous Dark Trench, but the heroes defeat the monster and escape back to the surface. Orm's army is already attacking Metropolis and the League scrambles to stop the fight. During the confrontation, Superman saves construction worker John Henry Irons from Atlantean soldiers. Mera and the League attack Ocean Master but are unable to gain an advantage over him due to the magical trident he wields. Batman and Cyborg broadcasts Ocean Master's confession all over Metropolis for Atlantis' soldiers to see and Arthur uses the distraction to defeat Ocean Master. He then convinces the soldiers to stand down and declares his desire to bring Atlantis and the surface world together in peace.
After the battle, Superman and his friends visit Atlantis to witness Arthur's coronation and induction in the Justice League as Aquaman. In the celebration, Superman and Wonder Woman express their plans to go on another date.
- Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Superman possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian. These include:
- Solar Energy Absorption: Under optimal conditions, this is the main source of Superman's super powers as they are contingent upon exposure to solar radiation from a yellow sun star system. His biological make up includes a number of organs which lack analogues in humans and whose functions are unknown. It is believed that between one or more of these and his bio-cellular matrix, "yellow" solar energy is stored for later use. This allows for the use of these powers to fade when yellow solar radiation is not available instead of immediate failure.
- Heat Vision: Superman can, as a conscious act, fire beams of intense heat at a target by looking at it. He can vary the heat and area affected.
- Super-Hearing: Superman' hearing is sensitive enough to hear any sound at any volume or pitch. With skill and concentration, he can block out ambient sounds to focus on a specific source or frequency.
- Enhanced Vision Superman's vision processes the entire electromagnetic spectrum as well as allowing vast control over selective perception and focus.
This umbrella ability includes the following:
- Electromagnetic Spectrum Vision: Superman can see well into most of the electromagnetic spectrum. He can see and identify radio and television signals as well as all other broadcast or transmitted frequencies. Using this ability, he can avoid detection by radar or satellite monitoring methods. This also allows him to see the aura generated by living thing.
- Telescopic Vision: This is the ability to see something at a great distance, without violating the laws of physics. Though limited, the exact extent of the ability is undetermined. In function, it is similar to the zoom lens on a camera.
- X-Ray Vision: This is the ability to see through any volume of matter except lead. Superman's can see things behind a solid, opaque object as if it were not there. He can focus this ability to "peel back" layers of an object, allowing hidden image or inner workings to be observed. The exact type of energy perceived - such as x-rays, cosmic rays, or some other energy invisible to normal humans - is unclear. This ability perceives an ambient energy source though, it does not involve the eye projecting a concentrated, possibly toxic, beam to be reflected back from objects.
- Microscopic Vision: This is the ability to see extremely small objects and images down to the atomic level.
- Infrared Vision: Superman's can see with better acuity in darkness, and to a degree in total darkness.
- Flight: Superman is able to manipulate graviton particles to defy the forces of gravity and achieve flight. This ranges from hovering to moving in any posture, in any direction.
- Invulnerability: Due to the interaction of his dense molecular structure and supercharged bio-electric aura, Superman is nigh-invulnerable to extreme energy forces. In addition, his extends this protection against toxins and diseases.
- Superhuman Stamina: Superman is able to maintain continuous strenuous physical action for an indefinite period of time. This based on his body converting yellow solar radiation directly to energy, but is limited by physiological and psychological needs to eat, drink, and sleep.
- Superhuman Strength: Superman's strength is augmented by yellow solar radiation interacting with the greater than human density, resilience and biological efficiency of his musculature. His strength is more an act of conscious will on energy fields than actual physical strength. It is this act of conscious will that enables him to perform physical feats that are beyond the mere application force, such as moving a mountain top without said rock crumbling under its own mass.
- Superhuman Speed: Superman is able to move at incredible speed by sheer force of will. This extends to his perceptions and allows for feats such as catching bullets in mid flight as well as covering vast distances in little or no time.
This also confers:
- Super-Breath: Superman is able to create hurricane force winds by exhaling air from his lungs. He can chill the air as it leaves his lungs to freeze targets. He can also reverse the process to pull large volumes of air or vapor into his lungs.
- Expert Combatant: During combat situations, Superman makes use of an improvised fighting style that relies on overwhelming force and speed.
- Indomitable Will: Superman has shown to have a powerful spirit, free of corruption and temptation. Having been raised by a kindly Kansas farmer and his wife, he was taught to protect life and help others. He is very optimistic and never gives up, even when things look bad.
- Journalism: Clark is one of the best reporters on the Daily Planet, rivaled only by Lois Lane.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the animated direct-to-DVD movies beginning with Justice League: War. It is an adaptation of Clark Kent/Superman. The original character was created by Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster and first appeared in Action Comics #1.
- Superman was voiced by Alan Tudyk for Justice League: War and Jerry O'Connell for Justice League: Throne of Atlantis.
- 3 Appearances of Kal-El (War)
- 30 Images featuring Kal-El (War)
- Quotations by or about Kal-El (War)
- Character Gallery: Kal-El (War)
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