Working with Lex Luthor in running the United States of America, Brainiac aided in blackmailing Wonder Woman, Superman, and Captain Marvel by holding the bottled city of Kandor hostage and in check via a Red Sun lamp.

As Batman's resistance continued to make a name for themselves, Brainiac enacted a plan to disgrace the usefulness of superheroes by destroying a city while ordering Superman to run away. When the hero refused to fight nor run, Brainiac continued to destroy the city anyway, prompting Wonder Woman and Captain Marvel to fight Brainiac instead. Brainiac's body was then destroyed by Superman and Wonder Woman's daughter Laira, with their heat vision which decimated a large part of the city.

With Laira's existence revealed, Brainiac once again threatened Kandor to lure her to him, with the goal of digitizing her, falling under his control. Due to planning by Batman, Laira secretly deployed the Atom into the miniature city, who destroyed the Brainiac probes within, freeing the Kandorians.

With their combined might, the freed Kryptonians, Laira, and the Atom finally defeated Brainiac.


  • Despite being an alien robot who is supposedly only bent on logic and collecting information, this universe's Brainiac showed concern for the money he would need to rebuild a body.



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Characters AbnerAlfred PennyworthAtomBartholomew WolperBatgirlBatmanBat-MiteBig BardaBlack CanaryBrainiacBrunoCaptain MarvelCarrie KelleyCatwomanCreeperDick GraysonDonEllen YindelElongated ManFlashGreen ArrowGreen LanternGuardianHawk and DoveHawkboyJames GordonJason ToddJimmy OlsenJocko-boy VanzettiJokerJustice LeagueKara Zor-ElLana LangLaraLex LuthorMartian ManhunterMutant LeaderMutantsPlastic ManQuestionRick RickardRobSarah EssenSaturn GirlSons of BatmanSuperchixSupermanTwo-FaceVicki ValeWonder Woman
Comics Batman: Year OneAll Star Batman and Robin, the Boy WonderSpawn/BatmanBatman: The Dark Knight ReturnsBatman: The Dark Knight Strikes AgainDark Knight III: The Master Race Vol 1
Creators Frank MillerDick GiordanoKlaus JansonLynn VarleyDave MazzucchelliTodd McFarlaneJim Lee
Television "Legends of the Dark Knight" (The New Batman Adventures) •

"Artifacts" (The Batman)

Film Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 2
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