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Superman, birth name Kal-El and adopted name Clark Kent, is Earth's premiere superhero and the stalwart protector of Metropolis. Over the years, he has become famous over the world because of his heroic actions, earning the scorn and hatred of industrialist Lex Luthor, who becomes obsessed in seeking ways to destroy the hero. Superman is in a romantic relationship with fellow reporter Lois Lane, but he does not inform her of his secret identity until much later.

Clark was sent by Daily Planet editor Perry White to cover news going on in Afghanistan. In reality, he was using that as a cover for himself to have a private getaway with Lois at his Fortress of Solitude. Although Superman and Lois loved each other, Lois was unsatisfied that Superman would not share his secret identity with her. She already figured out that Clark and Superman were one and the same, but wanted Superman to admit it in person as a sign of commitment and trust. Unfortunately, their getaway was interrupted when Superman received news that an alien creature of unknown origin, a "Doomsday machine" was wreaking havoc as he was heading toward Metropolis. Superman took Lois back to Metropolis, dropping her off someplace safe before he confronted the creature who proved to be just as strong as he is. With relentless determination, Superman did all that he could to stop the creature, even to the point of flying him into space and then pushing him back to Earth where he finally died, no longer a threat. However, this also took a toll on Superman, who collapsed in Lois' arms, apparently dead.

Superman was laid to rest at a memorial set up for him in Metropolis Park. However, some time later, Lutor he tunneled his way into Metropolis Park and stole the real Superman's body, placing it in one of LexCorp's labs. One of Superman's robots from the Fortress of Solitude, detecting a faint bio-signal from Superman's body, used an electromagnetic pulse on the LexCorp security cameras and took the body out of the lab, bringing him back to the Fortress where it helped Superman recover. He learned that his fight with Doomsday did not cause him to die, but actually caused his life signs to slow to a crawl to help him recover.

While Superman engaged in a training regime in the Fortress to replenish his powers, his robotic servitor alerted him to news of a clone created with his DNA had taken brutal actions in protecting Metropolis, including an attack that had left Luthor in critical condition. Realizing that the clone needs to be stopped despite his own strength levels not yet returned to its peak, Superman donned a special black suit that can absorb yellow solar energy while arming himself with Lex's Kryptonite cannon to even the odds against his counterpart.

Superman encountered the clone, who had already laid waste to the National Guard. When the Man of Steel attempted to shoot the clone with the Kryptonite cannon, the clone threw it out of his hand, starting a long dragged-out battle across Metropolis and ending at the site of Superman's memorial. Lois retrieved the Kryptonite cannon and struck the cloned Superman with it, but he quickly destroyed it, leaving only the cartridge containing the Kryptonite intact. Superman stuck the cartridge onto the clone's bodysuit and ignited it with his heat vision, enveloping the clone in a thick cloud of Kryptonite that ended up killing the clone. Superman then assured Lois that he is really back from the dead by giving her a kiss in public.

Later on in her apartment, after he has showered and trimmed his hair, Superman revealed to Lois that he truly is Clark Kent. As they kissed, Lois reminded Clark of calling his mother.

Powers

  • Kryptonian Physiology: Under the effects of a "yellow" sun, Clark possesses the same potential powers as an average Kryptonian. These include:
    • Solar Energy Absorption: Under optimal conditions, this is the main source of Clark'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: Clark 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: Clark'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: Clark'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: Clark 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. Clarks 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: Clark can see with better acuity in darkness, and to a degree in total darkness.
    • Flight: Clark 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, Clark is nigh-invulnerable to extreme energy forces. In addition, his extends this protection against toxins and diseases.
    • Superhuman Stamina: Clark 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: Clark'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: Clark 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: Clark 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: In combat situations, Superman makes use of an improvised fighting style that relies on overwhelming force and speed.
  • Genius Level Intellect: Superman possesses incredible intelligence and computational abilities.
  • 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 reporters on the Daily Planet, rivaled only by Lois Lane.

Weaknesses

  • Vulnerability to Kryptonite: Kryptonite can weaken Superman to the point of killing him. In Superman: Doomsday, the fight with Doomsday weakened Superman to the point of near-death.


Weapons

Kryptonite cannon that uses Kryptonite ensconced in a lead-lined cartridge.

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