Reality names were reused several times. See also New Earth, Earth-Prime. Prime Earth was formed by the temporal merging of the disparate DC, Vertigo and WildStorm universes, in an effort by Pandora and The Flash to restore the Timestream to its intended nature, though it was later revealed to be Dr. Manhattan who manipulated these events.


The New 52

In this newly made universe, costumed crime fighters were a relatively new phenomenon, with Superman being the first super-powered hero to come to public knowledge. Since then, several other heroes came to the fore, with the formation of the Justice League. The success of the Justice League activities inspired the United Nations to create the government-sponsored team Justice League International.


The aftermath of the Darkseid War saw the return of Wally West, who was freed from the Speed Force by Barry Allen. With his return, he revealed that Prime Earth had been robbed of an entire decade of experiences and memories by some unknown force, and this was the reason the universe did not revert to the way it was before Flashpoint, and why everyone was ten years younger.[4]

According to Mister Mxyzptlk Superman had been split into two beings (New Earth and Prime Earth Superman) by a power beyond even his own.[5] At the end of the battle with Mxyzptlk, his son Jonathan remerged his father and mother with their Prime Earth counterparts. Mister Oz revealed that this action caused the New Earth and Prime Earth realities to merge into a new reality both familiar and new.[5]

In the aftermath of his battle with Mxyzptlk, Superman reviewed the records of his life at the Fortress of Solitude, but couldn't shake the feeling that something was wrong. Superman later confided to Batman and Wonder Woman that he believed that his history had been twisted, shaped and reshaped.[6] He also expressed concern that this happened not just to him but to everyone.

Due to the actions of Hunter Zoloman, Wally West and Barry Allen, the force barrier was broken and it affected Prime Earth in currently unknown ways. Also, Barry's grandson Bart escaped the Speed Force.

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The 'Metalverse'

After the defeat of the Justice League at the hands of Perpetua, the original creator of the Multiverse, Batman Who Laughs was rewarded with rule over Prime Earth for helping her. He invaded Prime Earth with his Dark Knights who defeated all the heroes around the world, before using everyone who didn't side with Perpetua during the Justice/Doom War to give her energy from the crisis antennae. He then went about reshaping it into his visions. Places were merged, split apart or turned into their own continents in the nightmarish new world.


  • Despite the similarity in name, this universe bears no relation to the Pre-Crisis universe of Earth-Prime.
  • Prime Earth is opposite Earth 33 in the structure of the Multiverse, and is directly connected to the Rock of Eternity.
  • Prime Earth is one end of the "Axis of Creation" in the local Multiverse with Earth 33.
  • The merging of the New Earth and Prime Earth Supermen created a new continuity that is a mixture of New Earth and Prime Earth history.[5]
  • The history related for Superman in Action Comics #978 and Henshaw's own memories in Action Comics #980 shows that the new Prime-Earth's history is closer to that of New Earth than it originally was.
  • Prime Earth is at least 10 billion years old.[7] This makes it far older than the 4.5 billion years our Earth has existed.
  • According to the Green Lantern rings of 10 billion years ago, Prime Earth was the center of the Universe.[8]
  • The history of the Green Lanterns remains mostly unchanged.
  • Booster Gold's origins seem to be about the same as his New Earth counterpart.
  • Even before the remerging of the Supermen, certain major events, like the Killing Joke and the Blackest Night still happened.
  • Prime Earth has been shown to have had its history changed. First by Doctor Manhattan[9], then by the merging of the New Earth and Prime Earth Superman into one Superman.[5]

Retcons and Continuity

As the New 52 relaunch did not constitute a full reboot, several characters went on with their storylines with little changes.[10] However, there were some notable changes, including:

  • Batgirl is said to have only been crippled for several years after The Killing Joke, and returned to her position as a street-fighting vigilante having recuperated from her condition.[11] She is also the biological daughter of Jim Gordon instead of being his niece, and his first born child.
  • Green Arrow is shown to be a much more corporate figure, running Queen Industries by day and fighting crime using their inventions by night.[12] Also, neither of Oliver's parents died on that fateful safari. Moira Queen became a villain and Robert Queen became the first Green Arrow. He also has a half-sister named Emiko.
  • Wonder Woman is now the daughter of Zeus and Hippolyta; the "molded from clay" story is now described as a false story intended to protect her from Hera. She also has a twin brother named Jason. After the events of Doomsday Clock, her debut is changed so she debuted in WWII and fought along side the JSA.
  • The Justice League's origin story was completely rewritten to involve Batman, Green Lantern, The Flash, Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Aquaman and Superman meeting in one night to fight minions of Darkseid.[13] Also, Cyborg is a founding member instead of Martian Manhunter.
  • Justice League International were put together for the first time.[14] They were later disbanded.[15]
  • Superman's origin story was drastically changed, he visited Metropolis at a much younger age.[16] After the events of Doomsday Clock, his origins changed so he was Superboy as a kid.
  • Barry Allen and Iris West are no longer married. In fact, Barry dated his co-worker Patty Spivot for a while.[17] He later dated Meena Dhawan,[18] but ultimately ended up dating Iris.[19]
  • The West family was heavily affected by the new timeline. Ira West was replaced with William West, who is far darker than Ira. He also has another son named Daniel and a second Wally West.
  • Kara Zor-El recently arrived on Earth at the start of the New 52. Also, her rocket crashed in Kansas this time, not Gotham, and it pierced through the planet until reaching the Siberian steppe.[20]
  • Superboy was now cloned by an organization named N.O.W.H.E.R.E..[21] He also got his human genes from Lois instead of Lex. In the Superman: Reborn continuity, his human genes come from Lex again and N.O.W.H.E.R.E. wasn't involved in his creation.
  • Dick Grayson is said to have been taken in and adopted by Bruce Wayne at age 16.[22] This appears to have been changed by Rebirth.
  • Jason Todd was introduced to Batman by the Joker.
  • Alan Scott (Earth 2) is now gay and had a boyfriend named Samuel.[23] He is now an avatar of the Green (from which he gets his powers) and his ring is the focus of the Green Flame energy (the embodiment of the Green's power).[23] Meanwhile, Prime Earth's Alan Scott never became a Green Lantern; instead, he died in a train crash. This is later contradicted by a video showing Alan with his fellow Society members. After the events of Doomsday Clock, Jon went back and allowed Alan to become the Green Lantern.
  • Black Mask's death at the hands of Catwoman was erased from the timeline. In the current timeline, after being shot by Catwoman, he survived and staggered to Arkham Asylum where he willingly turned himself in,[24] though Jeremiah Arkham still became Black Mask and the Joker as well.
    • On a related note, Magdalene Kyle has not become Sister Zero and is in a mental hospital, dealing with the trauma of what Black Mask did to her.
  • Ted Kord lives to meet his successor Jaime Reyes and acts as a mentor and field support to him.
  • Harley Quinn did not fall for the Joker's lies; instead, she fell for him after he showed her the severed fingers of the drunk driver who killed her father. In addition, she got her toxin immunity from a batch of chemicals instead of an injection from Ivy. Said chemical bath did not give her super strength or the ability to breath underwater.
  • Aquaman and Mera were never married in the new timeline, but they are currently engaged.
  • After the events of War of the Green Lanterns, Hal Jordan was taken off as Green Lantern of Sector 2814 and his ring was passed to Sinestro.[25] However, Hal eventually returned to his post and Sinestro went back to being a Yellow Lantern.
  • Alec Holland was resurrected back to being human after the events of Brightest Day.[26] But he eventually went back to being Swamp Thing.
  • The Legion of Super-Heroes is recovering from a major battle and several members became lost in time. Saturn Girl was trapped in Arkham Asylum, but escaped during the event of Doomsday Clock. She appears to have been erased from existence due the actions of Ozymandias. After the events of Doomsday Clock, the actions of Ozymandias and Dr. Manhattan have allowed the Legion to be revived.
  • The accident where Barry became the Flash now has a witness, August Heart, who would later become the villain Godspeed.
  • The Crime Syndicate now has new members, Deathstorm, Martian and Atomica.
  • The Question's origin have been given a supernatural touch. His origin is connected to the origins of the Phantom Stranger and Pandora. Also, The Question and Vic Sage are completely different characters in Prime Earth. However, Vic Sage seems to have become the Question again after the event of Rebirth. Rene Montoya has also become the Question in Rebirth.
  • Garfield Lynns was never Firefly in Prime Earth; instead, he was murdered by the man who would have been his successor, Ted Carson. However, in The War of Jokes and Riddles (set before the New 52), he is shown as Firefly, not Ted Carson, likely as a change brought by Rebirth.
  • In Prime Earth, Jean-Paul Valley Sr. wanted his son to become Azrael, unlike his New Earth counterpart. Also, he is the leader of the Order of St. Dumas.
  • Highfather and Darkseid are now brothers in Prime Earth.
  • Sam and Lucy Lane never became super villains in Prime Earth.


  • "Prime Earth" is the official name that Dan DiDio uses for this continuity.[27]
  • Prime Earth was possibly destroyed in DC/Young Animal Milk Wars

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