A popular vlogger who was well known for her makeup tutorials and pranks, Leslie Willis attempted to pull her biggest prank yet by rerouting Metropolis’ power grid to spell out a dirty word that could be seen from space. Her device was taken by Superman, but she insisted on attempting to carry out her plot anyways. When it went awry she was electrocuted, and so gained her electrokinetic powers.
Livewire was originally created for the DCAU show Superman: The Animated Series by Bruce Timm, Evan Dorkin, and Sarah Dyer. The character proved so popular that she was ultimately migrated into the mainstream continuity by Gail Simone and John Byrne in Action Comics #835.
In her initial appearances, Leslie was a metahuman who had the ability to control electricity from birth. She worked as a radio shock jock who took particular delight in targeting Superman. She was fired from her position when her station suddenly switched focus to become a country station. Enraged, she sought revenge on the station and Superman, ultimately turning to crime permanently. This version of the character is notable for having inherent abilities and not being composed of pure energy. During this age she eventually reformed.
The New 52 introduced her current origin and powers. This version of the character is notable as the first version of Leslie to not work in radio.
Major Story Arcs
Back in Action
Livewire is one of the many metahumans kidnapped by the Auctioneer. She is able to use her powers to escape along with several other captives. She joins the other escapees in attempting to defeat their captor. With Mr Terrific’s instruction she is able to shut down the dampening field that prevents others from using their powers. Later, she accidentally creates a link between the team and every television on Earth, broadcasting their exploits. She is able to take control of the Auctioneer’s communication systems, enabling them to blackmail the alien into leaving the planet.
Livewire travels to Las Vegas, and takes hostages there. She is confronted by Superman, who puts her into a containment suit that controls her powers. Superman speaks in her defense at her trial, and she is eventually declared reformed. She joins the Supermen of America as a new hero.
Powers and Abilities
Livewire is electrokinetic, which means that she is capable of generating, projecting, absorbing, and controlling electricity. She can use this electricity to a variety of effects, including electrical blasts, flight, and disruption of electrical systems. She is capable of transforming herself into a being of pure energy, and in this form she is able to travel very quickly, and through power lines.
The television version of Livewire appears in several issues of this comic adaptation of the show. She is portrayed as a much more sympathetic character, who acts heroically and eventually reforms.
Livewire is created by Lex Luthor as part of his effort to create beings who can fight Superman.
DC Universe Online: Legends
Livewire is one of the villains working for Brainiac in this comic adaptation of the video game.
Justice League: Gods and Monsters
Livewire appears as a villain who wields an electric beam gun in her fight against Superman. This character does not appear to have any inherent powers. She is voiced by Kari Wahlgren.
Superman: The Animated Series
Livewire was initially created for this television series, making her first appearance in the episode "Livewire." This version of the character gained her powers during a concert in support of her radio show when a lightning bolt hits both her and Superman. She is voiced by Lori Petty.
The New Batman Adventures
Livewire appears as a major antagonist alongside Harley Quinn and Poison Ivy in the episode "Girl's Night Out." Lori Petty reprises the role.
Justice League and Justice League Unlimited
Livewire appears as a member of the Superman Revenge Squad in the episode "Hereafter," and later makes several cameo appearances as a member of Gorilla Grodd's Secret Society of Super Villains. She is voiced by María Canals Barrera.
Livewire appears in "Injustice" as one of the numerous "meteor freaks" created by proximity to kryptonite. She is recruited by Tess Mercer to take on Doomsday. Her powers are taken by Parasite and she is killed by a bomb that has been secretly implanted in her head. She is portrayed by Anna Mae Routledge.
Livewire appears in "Livewire" as a shock jock who is demoted to traffic reporter by Cat Grant after bad-mouthing Supergirl. She is struck by lightning that also strikes Supergirl, giving her electricity-based powers. She is ultimately taken into custody by the DEO. She is portrayed by Brit Morgan.
Superman: Shadow of Apokolips
Livewire is a boss in this game for the GameCube and PlayStation 2. Lori Petty reprises the role.
Superman: Countdown to Apokolips
Livewire appears as a boss in this Game Boy Advance game.
DC Universe Online
A Livewire template appears as part of the Lightning Strikes downloadable content.
Scribblenauts Unmasked: A DC Comics Adventure
Livewire is summoned by Doppelgänger to fight the player. She is a downloadable playable character for the Wii U. She does not speak in her appearance.