Warning! Spoilers ahead for Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #11!One of the most interesting relics from the Superman mythos has finally become DC canon. In Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #11, the Man of Steel reveals he has one of the most interesting contingencies plucked right out of Superman II.
As one of the most popular heroes in the DC Universe, Superman has had a number of film and television adaptations. One film adaptation, Superman II, was created after the phenomenal success of the hero’s cinematic outing in 1978. The film includes a plot where Clark struggles with his feelings for Lois Lane and decides to remove his Kryptonian powers in order to live as a mortal with her. In order to do so, he uses a crystal chamber in the Fortress of Solitude that uses red solar rays to strip him of his abilities. However, Clark later embarks on a journey to retrieve his powers when General Zod makes himself known.
And while Superman II is well over four decades old now, one of its biggest plot points has finally become DC canon. In Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #11 by Mark Waid and Dan Mora, Batman and Superman, along with the Teen Titans, have just rescued Clark’s newest sidekick, Boy Thunder, aka David Sikela. He had been kidnapped by the Joker and the Key and was tortured while their prisoner. After being freed, David used his powers to take revenge on the Joker for nearly killing him. This is the final straw for Superman, who realizes Boy Thunder is too dangerous with his powers and takes him to the Fortress of Solitude. Superman quickly builds a chamber and ushers David inside, informing him that the device will strip Boy Thunder of his powers and make him a normal teenager.
While Superman backs down from his plan to take away Boy Thunder’s power, the Man of Steel falls victim to his own creation when the Key breaks into the Fortress. Superman actually is briefly depowered, though unlike the Superman II, his powers return after a few moments. Still, it’s interesting to have confirmation that this part of Superman’s history is canon, because it shows that Superman has the best ‘worst case scenario’ plan for himself.
While many worry about the possibility of Superman turning evil, the truth is Clark would cede his power before it ever became a possibility. He’s willing given his allies such as Batman silvers of kryptonite, his biggest weakness, in case he shows signs of losing control. If Clark thought for a second that he needed to have his powers removed, he’d freely walk into something like the depowering chamber and not think twice about it. Now that it’s known he has such a contingency at the ready, no one needs to even entertain the idea of dealing with an out-of-control Superman. Fans can see Clark’s greatest contingency for themselves in Batman/Superman: World’s Finest #11, on sale now.
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