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Superman, birth name Kal-El and adopted name Clark Kent, is Earth's premiere superhero and a founding member of the Justice League.

Origin of the Justice League

Superman was attacked on Earth by a parademon which he defeated, but was then forced into conflict with Green Lantern and Batman, who he accused of working with the parademon since they were in possession of a box-shaped device much like the creature's. Superman was completely unharmed by every attack, device, and weapon Batman threw at him and the arrogance of Green Lantern caused him to grossly underestimate the Man of Steel's power. Angered, he chased the two across Metropolis. Superman tried to intimidate them, but Batman calmly mentioned that "Clark" never kills. Shocked that Batman knew his secret identity, Superman immediately stopped, realizing he wasn't the enemy and used his x-ray vision to identify the Dark Knight as Bruce Wayne. Batman explained that the bomb was likely extraterrestrial in nature, to which Superman agreed, adding that the technology wasn't of Kryptonian origin. Via a sewer system, the three men journeyed to an abandoned building a few blocks away from the Daily Planet, where they analyzed the device. Batman then stated that the suspected bombs were strategically planted and that there was the potential of a full-scale invasion. Green Lantern disregarded the idea, but within moments, the box activated, opening a portal to horde of parademons. The three battled against them furiously until Superman quickly flew off after he overheard an attack on Air Force One.

Superman managed to save the President's craft from a parademon attack by blasting them with his heat vision, while meeting Wonder Woman, who he developed a mutual attraction to.

Along with Wonder Woman, he regrouped with Batman and Green Lantern while also meeting the Flash, Shazam and Cyborg just before the arrival of the invasion's mastermind; Darkseid, ruler of Apokolips. Superman and the gathering of heroes were no match for the despotic tyrant. Superman was knocked unconscious by Darkseid's omega beams and carried away to Apokolips by a parademon.

Desaad began experimenting on Superman, intending to brainwash him into a "super-parademon" until Batman, who infiltrated the room in order to rescue Superman, overpowered Desaad and freed Superman. The cruel experimentation on the Man of Steel blinded him with rage which led to him accidentally killing Desaad and attack Batman, who attempted to talk him down and remind him that the world needed him.

Finally recovering, Superman returned to Earth with Batman and resumed the assault on Darkseid, briefly managing to get the upper hand. When the heroes worked together to force Darkseid and his cohorts back to Apokolips via a wormhole generated by Cyborg, it was Superman who forced the injured dictator through with one final punch. Superman, along with his fellow heroes, were honored at the capitol for their roles in stopping the invasion.[1]

Atlantis War

After the foundation of the Justice League, Superman and Wonder Woman began dating.

Superman joined Wonder Woman overlooking a Greek city, noting that they may not be like the gods they were often compared to, but they were not like the humans they protected. Clark decided to take Diana on a diner for a date to show her the benefits of having a secret identity. Their dinner was interrupted by Lois Lane, Clark's co-worker at the Daily Planet. He introduced Lois to Diana, but the date is interrupted, this time more seriously by Cyborg and Shazam who teleported to their location and requested their presence at headquarters.

The Justice League were investigating the mysterious sinking of the USS California submarine. Examining the raised wreckage, they discovered the enemy was not related to Darkseid but terrestrial warriors. Diana spoke of Atlantis, theorizing the attack could be precursor to war. With Shazam's suggestion, Superman and Batman decided to meet Atlantis-expert Dr. Shin, while the others were tasked in locating Atlantis.

Superman and Batman arrived at Dr. Shin's home to find his work destroyed. Superman was able to recreate a photograph of Arthur Curry, also salvaging a letter from his father revealing that his son is half-Atlantean. Batman instructed the Justice League to converge at Arthur's home, a lighthouse at Mercy Reef. The League found Arthur and his friend, Mera, under attack by the Trench, savage creatures from beneath the sea. Fending off their foes, the Justice League accompanied Arthur and Mera to Atlantis to try and negotiate an end to the hostilities between humans and Atlanteans.

Superman journeyed with Arthur, Mera, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and Cyborg to Atlantis and learned of Queen Atlanna's death. The outsiders were defeated by Ocean Master, Arthur's half-brother, and condemned to be consumed by the monstrous Dark Trench. The heroes defeated the monster and escaped back to the surface. Ocean Master's army was already attacking Metropolis as the League scrambled to intervene. During the confrontation, Superman saved construction worker John Henry Irons from Atlantean soldiers. The battle ended when Arthur wrested the Trident of Neptune from his warmongering brother.

After the battle, Superman and his friends visited Atlantis to witness Arthur's coronation and inducted him into the Justice League as Aquaman. In the celebration, Superman and Wonder Woman expressed their plans to go on another date.[2]

Powers

  • 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's 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.

Abilities

  • 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.

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