Sometime early in his life Booster was a football player, who started to bet on his games, and even lost on purpose in order to gain the bet money. As his life began to fall apart, he stole a Legion ring from the Legion and Skeets from a museum. Using the Legion ring he traveled back to Metropolis to try and replace Clark Kent in history as "The World's Greatest Hero".
Although he promoted himself as a fighter of justice, in reality, he left the future in pursuit of mega-fame and fortune. Arriving in downtown Metropolis, Booster arrives on scene just in the nick of time to save Jaime Reyes from a car accident before Clark has a chance too. Booster immediately begins to win the city over with his flashy costume, powers and charming personality to the media, however he knows the only way he can really make it big is by getting an exclusive one-on-one interview with Lois Lane, whom he calls a "hero-maker." Booster attempts to charm Lois into giving him an interview, he even tries to use the lure of temptation on Lois for a secured guarantee on nailing the Daily Planet job promotion she up for but Lois turns him down instantly at the same time Cat Grant who's become a supporter of Booster tries to get interview with him but he's not interested.
Clark discovers that Booster made an agreement with Ted Kord to find a missing extraterrestrial technology that went missing during Booster heroic save of Jaime Reyes in exchange Booster would be handed the key to the city of Metropolis from the mayor. So he can re-write history and take Clark Kent's destiny as "The World's Greatest Superhero". Booster meets with Clark and reveals he knows his secret. He tries and get him to reveal himself to the world public at the key to the city ceremony, But Clark refuses and give booster inspirational advice about what it truly means to be a hero. Booster shows he is unconcerned with the details of heroism and explains as long as he arrives just in the nick of time to save the day everything will be fine. Clark notices the Legion ring on his finger and Booster reveals he's from the future. Clark warns him that by coming back in time he's alter history. Booster reassures Clark that his partner Skeets is equipped with information him of impending accidents. He also says that he won't be needing the glasses or the suit because the world has the "Man of Gold" now. However Booster's presence has altered events and during the rehearsal he's attacked by Kord's armored weapon that's using Jaime as a vessel. Booster was at first afraid to fight the out of control Jaime, but Skeets convinces him to "Go big or go home", so Booster takes action. Unfortunately, the Scarab armor overpowers him and begins to choke the life out of him. Luckily, Booster gets through to Jaime, encouraging him to fight it, which allows him to take control of the armor and morph back to himself.
After, Booster tells Clark that he is regretful of his actions and explains how he missed that feeling of being a hero and that's why he came back to the past to become a hero. Booster reveals his past to Clark and that he stole the suit, the ring and even Skeets and that his own sister told him the suit doesn't make the hero. Clark encourages Booster to be a true hero and take Jaime as his protege, to which Booster agrees. Before he leaves, he comments on Clark's current superhero name, The Blur, saying that he should change it into something more "super".
Later, he upgraded the systems in Watchtower based on his and Skeets' knowledge of technology from the future.
- This version of the character is exclusive to the continuity of the television series Smallville and its tie-in and comic book series, Smallville and Smallville Season 11. It is an adaptation of Booster Gold. The original character was created by Dan Jurgens and first appeared in Booster Gold #1.
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