Follow

    Superman

    Character » Superman appears in 17009 issues.

    Rocketed to Earth as an infant from the doomed planet Krypton, Kal-El was adopted by the loving Kent family and raised in America's heartland as Clark Kent. Using his immense solar-fueled powers, he became Superman to defend mankind against all manner of threats while championing truth, justice and the American way!

    Who is Superman's Joker? We ask Greg Pak for Clues

    • 56 results
    • 1
    • 2
    Avatar image for gmanfromheck
    gmanfromheck

    42524

    Forum Posts

    259238

    Wiki Points

    192723

    Followers

    Reviews: 472

    User Lists: 2

    Edited By gmanfromheck

    Superman has had his share of powerful enemies to deal with. There's always been a line they haven't crossed, no matter how evil or bent on revenge they might be. Superman is now facing a different twist. Someone has targeted everyone Superman loves. They're going to kill everyone he's ever tried to save. As Superman and Batman try to figure it out, the big question is, who is Superman's Joker? Who is willing to raise the stakes and become this brutal?

    We spoke to BATMAN/SUPERMAN writer, Greg Pak to find out more about the story and some clues about the list of suspects.

    No Caption Provided

    COMIC VINE: Where did the idea come from for "Superman's Joker?"

    BATMAN/SUPERMAN ANNUAL #2, on sale April 1, 2015
    BATMAN/SUPERMAN ANNUAL #2, on sale April 1, 2015

    GREG PAK: The glory of writing this book is that my job is to find new ways to mix things up for both Superman and Batman. And pushing each hero into the other guy's milieu can be a fantastic way to shed new light on both characters. So I was looking for a story that could force Superman to operate in Batman's world, stepping into Batman's mindset in a way that's deeply uncomfortable to him. Because the best thing we can do as writers is make trouble for our heroes. And the idea of a Joker-like character who could actually challenge the power of Superman seemed like a very scary and very fun thing to explore.

    CV: BATMAN/SUPERMAN #17 deals with 'investigating' Lobo. Will upcoming issues focus on different suspects?

    GP: That and much, much more. Huge revelations are coming in #18, with major pay offs in #19 and #20.

    CV: Can you tell us when we'll discover the identity?

    GP: Issue #19, which I'm finishing even as we speak! It'll be a shocker -- with major ramifications for Superman moving forward. Do not miss this issue!

    CV: What would Superman do if these suspects banded together to try to take down Superman?

    GP: Never, ever, ever give up.

    Also, he might try stepping back for a few minutes to give them time to turn on each other and finish the job for him. ;-)

    CV: Will dealing with an enemy willing to go to such extreme means change the way Superman looks at his foes since normally they only target Superman and not innocents?

    GP: Excellent question. One of the glories of the New 52 is that even now, a few years in, Superman is still relatively early in his career and absolutely can still be shocked and shaped by his experiences. So every new adventure in these books has the potential to affect his worldview and tactics in major ways that reverberate through his ongoing stories.

    As always, keep on reading!

    BATMAN/SUPERMAN #16
    BATMAN/SUPERMAN #16

    List of Suspects

    We also asked Greg to share some thoughts on the suspects that might be Superman's Joker.

    Hector Hammond

    No Caption Provided

    "Hector Hammond may be the most powerful psychic on the planet. And he's tangled with Superman recently -- and lost. He might be motivated to finish the job. You'll find out more in "Batman/Superman" #17."

    Lex Luthor

    No Caption Provided

    "Lex Luthor absolutely makes the list as one of the few people on the planet who might be smart enough to create the kinds of untraceable attacks Superman's dealing with. But Luthor's actually on the Justice League now -- is he really the kind of sociopath who would murder innocents just to toy with Superman? And when confronted by Superman in issue #16, Luthor pointed out that the attacks threatened to cost him billions. Or is that all just Luthor's diabolical scheme to throw suspicion away from himself?"

    Lobo

    No Caption Provided

    "Lobo's hugely powerful and he has access to all kinds of alien tech and weaponry. Sure, he's charming and the hero of his own book -- but he's also an assassin. Keep your eye on this guy -- and see what happens in "Batman/Superman" #17!"

    Metallo

    No Caption Provided

    "During the events of DOOMED, Metallo was redeemed and was most recently seen hanging out with Krypto, defending Metropolis. But you could see a genius psychopath playing that kind of game in order to strike at the most opportune moment..."

    Zod

    No Caption Provided

    "In issue #16, Superman's enemy breached Luthor's armor. And Luthor said that made him suspect Superman himself, because cracking that armor requires Superman-level strength. That could make another Kryptonian like Zod a prime suspect."

    Brainiac

    No Caption Provided

    "As a 12th level alien intellect who's one of Superman's biggest enemies, Brainiac would seem to have the motivation and ability to pull off this kind of attack. But Superman recently dragged Brainiac through a black hole. Could he be back already?"

    Hiro

    No Caption Provided

    "In the New 52, we know Hiro as the Toymaster, a young game and toy designer who's made trouble for but also become a friend to Superman. But in times past, Superman fought the Toyman, a straight-up villain. Is there a chance Hiro's getting ready for a heel-turn in the New 52?"

    BATMAN/SUPERMAN is on sale today. Who do you think Superman's Joker is?

    Avatar image for captain13
    Captain13

    4811

    Forum Posts

    1020

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 1

    User Lists: 3

    #1  Edited By Captain13

    Betting Lobo.

    What Superman needs is a Two-Face or a Winter Soldier though--someone to rescue morally.

    Avatar image for theamazingimmortalman
    TheAmazingImmortalMan

    4628

    Forum Posts

    1419

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 2

    I think it's Lobo, but man if it's Hiro that would be pretty cool too

    Avatar image for arkay74
    arkay74

    101

    Forum Posts

    312

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    Been thinking LOBO before reading the article!

    Avatar image for guru_crack
    Guru_Crack

    11950

    Forum Posts

    33356

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 1

    User Lists: 746

    hmmm not too sure could be interesting.

    Avatar image for senglord
    senglord

    2813

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    Hank Henshaw is the only candidate that remotely comes close.

    Idk if he was featured in New 52, but he could and has gone there on several occasions.

    Avatar image for tensor
    tensor

    8976

    Forum Posts

    179

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 4

    Who could it really be I am going on a wild guess and these are my pics

    Dr.XA-DU

    Vyndktvx

    Only 2 other person would be on the money that would be shocking and there are

    Hiro

    Dr. Shay Veritas.These 2 would be able to come up with the tech.

    Avatar image for saren
    Saren

    27947

    Forum Posts

    213824

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 14

    User Lists: 12

    I think the solicits may have given part of it away (it seems the "bullets that leave no trace" are actually Kandorians flying through the targets).

    Avatar image for sealife
    sealife

    593

    Forum Posts

    4543

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #8  Edited By sealife

    @tensor said:

    Who could it really be I am going on a wild guess and these are my pics

    Dr.XA-DU

    Vyndktvx

    Only 2 other person would be on the money that would be shocking and there are

    Hiro

    Dr. Shay Veritas.These 2 would be able to come up with the tech.

    I love the Dr. Veritas idea. And it could set up a strong female villain for Superman something he terribly misses.

    Avatar image for captainmarvel4ever
    CaptainMarvel4Ever

    9920

    Forum Posts

    1337

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 2

    User Lists: 0

    Just read the latest issue, some good good stuff.

    Avatar image for fuzzylittlerodent
    FuzzyLittleRodent

    2087

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 4

    At first I thought that it could be Lobo, but once you think about it the whole "targeting loved ones" thing isn't really his style. He's sadistic but he is still an assassin and a real professional, who doesn't really waste his time on personal vendettas and doesn't play with his food. While it could be somebody like Hiro or Hammond or even Metallo, I'm pretty sure that they are going to create a new villain for supes.

    Avatar image for omega_ray_jay
    Omega Ray Jay

    8421

    Forum Posts

    50508

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 18

    User Lists: 5

    Sounds ace, would be nice if it was a new character

    Avatar image for amazing_webhead
    amazing_webhead

    10675

    Forum Posts

    1019

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 13

    User Lists: 19

    One Joker has apparently been too much for DC to handle so far, and now there's another?

    Avatar image for holyserpent
    HolySerpent

    13762

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 7

    @saren: that's sounds ridiculous

    Avatar image for nightfang3
    NightFang3

    12394

    Forum Posts

    354748

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 3

    Could it be Mister Mxyzptlk?

    Avatar image for mutant_god
    Mutant God

    3957

    Forum Posts

    2496

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    I say either Luthor, Toyman, or Bizarro

    Avatar image for rubear
    Rubear

    4819

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    Bizarro or some kandorian.

    Avatar image for al_capown
    Al_capOWN

    646

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 1

    Livewire

    Avatar image for jorgeareizaga
    jorgeareizaga

    483

    Forum Posts

    21

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    i love when Superman suffers and is destroyed

    Avatar image for kagato
    kagato

    263

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 9

    User Lists: 2

    Has anyone considered that it might actually be The Joker? Sure he wouldn't have the tech...but its not like he hasn't teamed up with intergalactic criminals before..

    Avatar image for mak13131313
    mak13131313

    1601

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 7

    Just read the latest issue, some good good stuff.

    Yes it was! And on an unrelated note, I have been seeing you post a lot about Supergirl and the new creative team that took over and how you were loving it. You got my curiosity peaked so I bought issue's 36 and 37 and had it added to my pull list today. And you were right! Excellent reads! I'm glad that you kept recommending it to people.

    Avatar image for captainmarvel4ever
    CaptainMarvel4Ever

    9920

    Forum Posts

    1337

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 2

    User Lists: 0

    @mak13131313: Well I felt not enough people were talking about her book, so I figured I'd make up for it by never shutting up about it :) The new creative team worked very hard to deliver a new fresh very good take and I felt they deserved some hype. Glad you enjoyed it, and glad your reading.

    Avatar image for superguy1591
    Superguy1591

    7539

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 2

    User Lists: 0

    Lobo doesnt kill for fun. Lobo kills for a bounty or because someone disrespects him, not because he's pyschotic.

    Avatar image for superguy1591
    Superguy1591

    7539

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 2

    User Lists: 0

    #26  Edited By Superguy1591

    It's either Winslow or Myxy.

    Myxy and Bizzaro have a relationship in the p52, don't they?

    Avatar image for mak13131313
    mak13131313

    1601

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 7

    Avatar image for comicking7
    ComicKing7

    155

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 13

    Is it definitely one of these suspects?

    Avatar image for the_stegman
    the_stegman

    41626

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 1

    #29 the_stegman  Moderator

    I hope it's Mr. Mxy.

    Avatar image for darkseid_prime
    Darkseid_Prime

    247

    Forum Posts

    533

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 1

    #30  Edited By Darkseid_Prime

    LOBO's face on the cover is what actually gives it away.. and the description given is also a red flag..

    Avatar image for hyperfalcon0507
    hyperfalcon0507

    6

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    Well...Lobo has been "ruled" out as of #17, but this is Lobo...we'll see. I'll admit, I've got no idea.

    Avatar image for boynerdgeek
    Boynerdgeek

    2733

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 1

    User Lists: 0

    Batman - Superman new story arc have been awesome

    Avatar image for buttersdaman000
    buttersdaman000

    23713

    Forum Posts

    60

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    The solicits gave it away last week

    (His 'Joker' is actually a group of pissed off miniature Kandorians. The bullets most likely leave no trace because they're just plowing through their targets. It also explains how they're able to talk to both Superman and Batman directly yet remain unseen. I imagine Superman will use his vision power and accidentally catch a glimpse of one of them next month)

    Avatar image for shadowswordmaster
    ShadowSwordmaster

    19974

    Forum Posts

    10454

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 19

    User Lists: 13

    This was a great article/interview.

    Avatar image for bigggheadtj
    BIGGGHEADTJ

    88

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    I THINK ITS TOYMAN

    Avatar image for tparks
    tparks

    12582

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 1

    User Lists: 1

    It's gonna be an M Night Shyamalan twist.

    It was Batman the whole time.

    Avatar image for kennybaese
    kennybaese

    1241

    Forum Posts

    1

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 12

    User Lists: 0

    I mean, I think that Superman's Joker will always be Lex Luthor because he's the anti-Superman just like the Joker is the anti-Batman. The Joker isn't important because he's a psychopath, he's important because he's Batman's polar opposite.

    That said, the idea that Superman has to learn to deal with a true psychotic from Batman is cool. I might have to give the book another shot. I wanted to like the first arc, but found it to be a bit of a confusing mess.

    Avatar image for starscream_vs_you
    Starscream_Vs_You

    242

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    The least likely is ALWAYS the suspect.... So that said either it's Hector Hammond or Hiro "aka" Toymaster.. Not Lobo because he isn't psycho...

    Avatar image for kilowog52
    kilowog52

    858

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    @captainmarvel4ever: But I wish they hadn't taken Bedard of Supergirl so abruptly. I like Bedard.

    Avatar image for reactor
    reactor

    5074

    Forum Posts

    2

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    @buttersdaman000: Idk why, but that first sentence made me lol so hard, I about pissed myself

    Avatar image for boynerdgeek
    Boynerdgeek

    2733

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 1

    User Lists: 0

    @kilowog52: Supergirl new creative team is awesome :) really enjoy the story

    Avatar image for boynerdgeek
    Boynerdgeek

    2733

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 1

    User Lists: 0

    @kennyshat: you should read Batman Superman issue 16 first then Batman Superman issue 17. Seriously this start to become a great book

    Avatar image for sanohibiki
    SanoHibiki

    4271

    Forum Posts

    17

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #43  Edited By SanoHibiki

    I’m sure that this isn’t gonna be anyone from this list. Lobo – nah, it’s way too obvious plus he doesn’t have any big grudge against Superman; Hammond – “Lobdell used”, don’t think that we’ll see in Supes’ comics for some time; Hiro – might be for purely shock value, but doubt that. Hiro’s awesome as he is now, no need make him evil.

    Indirect hint imo

    "In issue #16, Superman's enemy breached Luthor's armor. And Luthor said that made him suspect Superman himself, because cracking that armor requires Superman-level strength. That could make another Kryptonian like Zod a prime suspect."

    , which confirms what buttersdaman000 said:

    His 'Joker' is actually a group of pissed off miniature Kandorians. The bullets most likely leave no trace because they're just plowing through their targets.

    Avatar image for machomustachio
    MachoMustachio

    303

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 2

    @sanohibiki: if that's true, then that is really stupid but also kinda clever too

    Also, there is only one Joker

    Avatar image for sanohibiki
    SanoHibiki

    4271

    Forum Posts

    17

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    #45  Edited By SanoHibiki

    @machomustachio:

    if that's true, then that is really stupid but also kinda clever too

    In case that it’s true (cause I might be wrong) – this is one of reason why I like Pak’s writing; he’s not afraid to try some new stuff.

    Avatar image for muyjingo
    MuyJingo

    2862

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    How are Superman fans not just frustrated by the idea of giving Superman a joker?

    Surely with as powerful as Superman is, he could simply search every where on earth almost instantly, and bring this wannabe clown in?

    I mean, why does he need Batman at all?

    Avatar image for fastestmanalive
    Fastestmanalive

    232

    Forum Posts

    0

    Wiki Points

    0

    Followers

    Reviews: 0

    User Lists: 0

    @mak13131313@captainmarvel4ever Totally agree with u guys. Supergirl was great last month and was good again yesterday. Really glad I decided to check out the new direction.

    Only issue that was better than it from yesterday was Batman/Superman which was just amazing imo.

    This edit will also create new pages on Comic Vine for:

    Beware, you are proposing to add brand new pages to the wiki along with your edits. Make sure this is what you intended. This will likely increase the time it takes for your changes to go live.

    Comment and Save

    Until you earn 1000 points all your submissions need to be vetted by other Comic Vine users. This process takes no more than a few hours and we'll send you an email once approved.