The Everyman Project was initiated by Lex Luthor with the goal of granting super-powers to non-metahumans. The first recipients of the treatment became the founding members of Luthor's own super-hero team, the new Infinity, Inc.. John Henry Irons was also granted powers through the process, against his wishes. Luthor also had the ability to strip the powers away from those he had granted them to. The main goal of the project however was to test, check and recheck user compatibility, to ensure the safety of the treatment before Luthor himself was to undergo the empowerment process.
Luthor was initially led to believe that testing showed he was incompatible with the Everyman Exo-Gene treatment. This was later revealed to have been a deception by Dr. Dennis Laughlin, the project's head researcher who feared the consequences of Lex Luthor gaining the powers and abilities of Superman.
In a fit of childishness over the supposed incompatibility of the Everyman genes and his own DNA, Luthor killed many of the Everyman Project subjects by deactivating their powers in mid-air on New Year's Eve with an electro-magnetic signal. Fearing her uncle was right all along, Natasha Irons went about digging into the project and was nearly caught in the blast Dennis used to kill himself and his findings. All to cover his falsifying Luthor's ineligibility, hoping that immolating his research in an exothermic explosion would bury the truth.
After the various deceptions were brought to light, Luthor went ahead with his original plan to undergo augmentation via the Everyman process. Steel led a group of heroes to rescue his niece from the Everyman Project and Luthor. During their one-sided fight, Natasha found a way to duplicate the signal Luthor had previously used to depower the Everyman subjects, using it to strip away his Superman-lite powers.
Some time after the dissolution of the Everyman Project, the former members of Luthor's Infinity Inc. began to manifest bizarre powers stemming from their original Everyman Project augmentations.
The project was shown to grant the following abilities (not all in one person):
- Steel skin
- Plant Control/Manipulation
- Digestive Metamorphosis
- Energy Projection
- Spike Growth
- Size Control
- Light Manipulation
Note: This list does not list all of the abilities granted by the Everyman project.
Equipment: None known.
Transportation: None known.
Weapons: None known.
- No special notes.
- Exo-Genes were used by Superman in All-Star Superman to give Lois Lane super powers for twenty-four hours.
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- 2 Appearances of Everyman Project
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- Organization Gallery: Everyman Project