Fan Theory: ‘Superman And The Authority’ Team-Up On Warworld Sets Up The League Of United Planets

FAN THEORY

In 'Superman #28', the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman's fight with Synmar.
In ‘Superman #28’, the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman’s fight with Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.

TEAM-UPS

IN ‘FUTURE STATE: SUPERMAN: WORLDS OF WAR’, SUPERMAN FIGHTS IN GLADIATORIAL COMBATS ON WARWORLD

In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #1, a powerless Superman fights in gladiatorial combats on Warworld. Superman is absent from Earth and groups of worshippers have gathered in Smallville to worship and remember him. Sadie, a young girl from Gotham City, arrives in Smallville. She meets with a group of people that were saved by Superman. As the people recount Superman’s superhuman deeds, Sadie reveals to them that the one that saved her was not Superman, but Clark.

In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #2, Superman attempts to free the slaves on Warworld. In his latest combat, Superman loses his right eye and fails to protect a slave called Eyiitsha. Attracting Mongul’s attention, Mongul kills Superman. Imprisoned in a room, Mongul reminds Superman he is Mongul’s slave and that he has killed him many times in the past. He wants Superman to become his soldier and massacre everyone on Earth. However, Superman vows to free all the slaves on Warworld and have Mongul pay for every life he has taken before he returns to Earth..

In 'Future State: Worlds Of War: Superman' (2021) #1, Superman fights in gladiatorial combats on Warworld.
In ‘Future State: Worlds Of War: Superman’ (2021) #1, Superman fights in gladiatorial combats on Warworld. AP Photo/DC Comics.

‘SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY’ TEAM-UPS TO FREE SLAVES ON WARWORLD

In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #1, Superman has enlisted Midnighter’s help on Warworld. As he attempts to help Superman, he receives a “mystery box” from a familiar voice. The voice tells Midnighter Trojan Solutions is developing an isotope similar to Kryptonite capable of eradicating all life. Midnight accepts the mission to save Superman and the galaxy. Midnighter attempts to teleport with the Door, but it will not work. The mysterious voice helps Midnighter get on the Chrysalis space station and infiltrate Trojan Solutions.

In ‘Future State: Superman: Worlds Of War’ (2021) #2, Midnighter has infiltrated Trojan Solutions. 10 years into the future, in the control room, he meets an Apollo facsimile. In reality, Apollo turns out to be a cyborg called Andrej Trojan, founder of Trojan Solutions. His hatred for organic life, caused him to evolve into a cyborg. Using Warworld waste, he synthesized a mineral called Nirhodium in order to eradicate organic life. Using his supercomputer and his past self, Midnighter defeats Andrej. He returns to the present on Warworld and manages to blow up the Chrysalis orbital station.

In a solicit, DC Comics revealed the purpose of the upcoming ‘Superman and The Authority’ mini-series.

Superman And The Authority #1 (Of 4)

  • Written by GRANT MORRISON
  • Art by MIKEL JANIN
  • On Sale July 20
  • If Superman is to free the prisoners of Warworld, he’s going to need help, the kind of help that doesn’t scream “Justice League.” Fortunately, multi-Eisner Award-winning writer Grant Morrison (Wonder Woman: Earth One, The Green Lantern) and fan-favorite artist Mikel Janín (Batman, Future State: Superman: Worlds of War) have the solution in the form of a new four-issue limited series, Superman and The Authority.
  • Launching July 20, this new team will be led by Manchester Black, and combine original members Midnighter and Apollo with new members Enchantress and Natasha Irons, as well as new versions of Lightray and O.M.A.C. This new team will have to learn to work together, and fast, as the Ultra-Humanite has formed his own team of villains to take out the Man of Steel.
  • This new limited series will help launch an all-new status quo for Superman, setting up story elements that will impact both Action Comics and Superman: Son of Kal-El in the months to come.
'Superman And The Authority' (2001) #1, teams-up Superman with the Authority.
‘Superman And The Authority’ (2001) #1, teams-up Superman with the Authority. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FAN THEORY: ‘SUPERMAN AND THE AUTHORITY’ SETS UP SUPERMAN AS AMBASSADOR TO THE UNITED PLANETS

In 'Superman #28', the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman's fight with Synmar.
In ‘Superman #28’, the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman’s fight with Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.

THE SYNMAR UTOPICA BATTLE PROVES SUPERMAN IS THE TRUE PROTECTOR OF THE GALAXY

Bleeding Cool reported a year ago on the ‘Superman and the Authority’ scoop. DC wanted to shake the Superman status-quo and showed Superman at the head of a more violent and brutal form of superheroing as featured on Warworld. The article hinted at Superman becoming King of The Earth in relation to the United Planets. This is also a reference to the “Mythological” storyline that ran in ‘Superman’ #25-28.

In ‘Superman’ (2020) #25, we are told the origin story of the Synmar alien Eisno Alkor. The aliens on Synmar watched the destruction of Krypton and Kal-El rocketed to Earth. They understood that a Kryptonian exposed to a yellow sun could become a light-god. Some Synmar wanted to destroy the child but they were stopped by President Dreti who told them the Lords of Light, deities worshipped on Synmar, strictly forbid the murder of an innocent child.

In 'Superman' (2020) #26, Superman attempts to communicate with Synmar in the Phantom Zone in human and alien languages.
In ‘Superman’ (2020) #26, Superman attempts to communicate with Synmar in the Phantom Zone in human and alien languages. AP Photo/DC Comics.

Eisno Alkor was a young soldier chosen by the Synmar as a protection against Superman. President Dreti had a conversation with Eisno and told him he would represent the Synmar across the galaxy. Eisno accepted the duty. Back from a successful space mission, the people celebrate Eisno and declare Synmar Utopica. That night, the officials at the Synmar Palace are murdered with images of Superman hanging there. In ‘Superman’ #26-27, Synmar and Superman battle at the Daily Planet and in the Phantom Zone.

In ‘Superman’ (2021) #28, Synmar brings Superman to Synmar in order to inspire the people. Galana, Synmar’s light partner, connects Superman to the light of Synmar. Galana explains to Superman that Synmar Utopica was meant to protect Synmar against Superman. However, Eisno or Synmar Utopica became a conqueror and murdered his people. Superman offers his help. Since Synmar orbits an orange sun, Galana equips Superman with a suit to fight evenly. Superman emerges victorious from his battle with Synmar.

In 'Superman' (2021) #28, Superman battles Synmar.
In ‘Superman’ (2021) #28, Superman battles Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.

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WHAT IS THE UNITED PLANETS BRIGADE?

The United Planets is a governing body active in the 30th and the 31st centuries. They are defended by the Legion of Superheroes and the Science Police. In the 21st century, the United Planets were created by Superman’s son, Jonathan Kent, soon afterward being offered a place among the Legion of Superheroes.

The United Planets Brigade are a powerful cosmic force that intervene in the inter-galactic conflict between Superman and Synmar. After Superman and the Synmar military have ended Eisno Akor’s rule, the United Planets intervene to cease the battle. The fan theory is that, ‘Superman and the Authority’ on Warworld foreshadows Superman becoming the protector of the Milky Way galaxy.

Though the other members of the brigade are completely unknown, readers will recognize the provenance of several members. Earlier in the series, it was revealed that the Synmar have a history of conflict with the winged Thanagarians, so the presence of a leader in traditional Hawkman armor isn’t surprising. Then there’s Prince Zerep of Tamaran, a completely new character from the homeworld of popular Teen Titans member Starfire. Sharing Tamaranean physiology, Zerep possesses the same power set as Starfire, including energy absorption and channeling, flight, along with superhuman strength and durability. This gathering represents some of the supreme powers of the DC Universe offering up their delegates – there’s even an armored Dominator near the front of the group.

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In 'Superman #28', the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman's fight with Synmar.
In ‘Superman #28’, the United Planet Brigade puts an end to Superman’s fight with Synmar. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FOOTNOTES

Superman Vol 5 28 in DC Database.
Future State: Superman: Worlds of War Vol 1 1 in DC Database.
Future State: Superman: Worlds of War Vol 1 2 in Comic Vine.
Superman Is About to Set Up a Very Different Authority in the DC Universe in CBR.com.
Superman And The Authority By Grant Morrison and Mikel Janin For DC in Bleeding Cool.
Superman Vol 5 25 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 5 26 in DC Database.
United Planets in DC Database.
DC’s Newest Team Could Be Its Most Powerful in SCREENRANT.

Super Power: The DC Hierarchy Of Intelligence From 12th Level Intellect And Down According To The Races

SUPER POWER

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IN POWER LEVEL

THE DC HIERARCHY OF INTELLIGENCE HAS COLUANS AS ITS STANDARD

Coluans. AP Photo/DC Comics.

The DC hierarchy of intelligence includes alien races, gods, metahumans, cosmic beings and humans. At the top of the classic DC hierarchy of intelligence are the Coluans. The DC hierarchy of intelligence stems from the intelligence system from the planet Colu.

Coluans are aliens from the planet Colu. Their political system is as advanced technarchy where machines rule the everyday lives of Coluans. In fact, Colu is ruled by the Computer Tyrants, sentient machines that regulate every aspect of Coluan life. This is different from Krypton’s former system of government where an advanced state of science and technology was used in order to create a caste system. In both regimes, however, genetic engineering has reached a very advanced state where disease is eradicated and the lifespan is prolonged. Coluans through genetic manipulation are able to live up to 3600 Earth years.

Coluans being a very advanced state of technology and science, the average citizen on Colu has an 8th-level intellect. Colu’s intelligence system is the product of its super-science and of a world ruled by logic, not emotion. In fact, on Colu, life is conserved in immortal cybernetic forms.

THE DC HIERARCHY OF INTELLIGENCE

Since the Silver Age, Brainiac has been recognized as the most intelligent being in the DC Universe. By Coluan standards, Brainiac is a 12th level intellect. After Vril Dox I escaped Colu and Vril Dox II liberated the planet from the Computer Tyrants, Vril Dox I’s psyche inhabited a robot and became Brainiac. His programming was to convert all life in the Milky Way galaxy to digital information in a matter of hours and bottle it on his Skull Ship.

IN “SUPERMAN’S TOP 10 MOST WANTED,” BRAINIAC IS LISTED AS A 12TH-LEVEL INTELLECT

In “Superman’s Top 10 Most Wanted”, Brainiac is listed as a 12th-level intellect. AP Photo/DC Comics

FEATS:

POST-CRISIS
  • Shrinking entire cities into bottles.
  • Creating impenetrable force-fields.
  • Sending armies of Brainiac probes to invade planets.
  • Telepathic attacks on the Justice League.
  • Converting life into digital information on his Skull-ship.
  • Creating a solar aggressor in order to detonate a sun.
  • Displaying superhuman strength to hold his own against Superman.
  • His Coluan brain can process the knowledge of “seventy times seven octodecillion beings.”1
VISIT FEAT: BRAINIAC, ‘ACTION COMICS’ #868.

THE ENTIRE 31ST CENTURY EARTH IS A 9TH LEVEL INTELLECT

In ‘Legion Of Superheroes’ (2020) #3, Robin visits 31st century Earth with Superboy. AP Photo/DC Comics

SEVERAL KRYPTONIANS OF THE HOUSE OF EL ARE LISTED BY THE COLLECTOR AS 8TH LEVEL INTELLECTS

JOR-EL

In 'Action Comics' (2012) #3, Jor-El warns Lara to leave the party in Kandor with baby Kal-El.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2012) #3, Jor-El warns Lara to leave the party in Kandor with baby Kal-El.. AP Photo/DC Comics

FEATS:

POST-CRISIS
  • Predicted the destruction of Krypton.
  • Created Superman’s birthing matrix and rocketed him to Earth.
  • Discovered the Phantom Zone and housed Kryptonian criminals there.
  • Member of the Kryptonian Science Council.
REBIRTH
  • Survived the destruction of Krypton.

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SUPERMAN

In 'Action Comics' (2012) #7, the Collector identifies Superman as an 8th-level intellect.
In ‘Action Comics’ (2012) #7, the Collector identifies Superman as an 8th-level intellect.In ‘JLA’ (1997) #3, Flash (Wally West) uses the Infinite Mass Punch in order to knockout Zum. AP Photo/DC Comics

FEATS:

POST-CRISIS
  • Built the Fortress of Solitude.
  • Built the super robots.
  • Built the Vanishing device to open wormholes to Metropia, a pocket dimension in the Phantom Zone.
  • Can operate the Phantom Zone projector.
  • Built Jimmy Olsen’s signal watch.
  • Memorized the entirety of the Miracle Machine in an instant.
  • Can calculate air pressure when flying.
  • Creates a serum to heal Mon-El of lead poisoning.
POST-FLASHPOINT
  • Memorized a library of medical information in seconds.
  • Articulated the Unified Field Equation.
  • Located Krypton with his radar sense.

IN THE 21ST CENTURY, LEX LUTHOR IS THE HIGHEST RATED INTELLECT, BETWEEN A 7TH AND A 9TH-LEVEL INTELLECT

In 'Action Comics' (2013) #15, Lex Luthor imprisoned at a military facility, states Superman's mind is second to his.
In ‘Superman’ (2013) #15, Lex Luthor imprisoned at a military facility, states Superman’s mind is second to his. AP Photo/DC Comics.

FEATS:

POST-CRISIS
  • Creates the Warsuit, a high powered mech armor/suit designed to take down Superman.
  • Outhacked Brainiac.
  • Turned the sun red in order to kill 100,000 Supermen.
  • Created an alternate timeline with the Worlogog where Darkseid enslaved the Earth with the Anti-Life Equation.
  • Created JLA duplicates with the Worlogog.
  • Cured an incurable disease.
  • Split Supergirl into Good Supergirl and Evil Supergirl.
VISIT FEAT: LEX LUTHOR, ‘SUPERMAN: WAR OF THE SUPERMEN’ #2
POST-FLASHPOINT

IN THE 21ST CENTURY, THE ENTIRE EARTH IS AT A 6TH-LEVEL INTELLECT

Metropolis. AP Photo/DC Comics.

The 21st century Earth is connected by a network connecting machines and computers called the Internet.

Some pieces of technology more advanced than the Internet:

  • The Batcomputer.
  • The Justice League Watchtower.
  • The Justice League Teleporter.
  • Mister Terrific’s T-spheres.
  • The Atom’s Bio Belt.
  • Steel’s Steel Power Armor.
  • Lex Luthor’s Warsuit.
  • Flash’s Cosmic Treadmill.
  • Batman’s Brother Eye.
  • Superman’s Phantom Zone Projector.
  • Wonder Woman’s Purple Healing Ray.
  • Dr. Will Magnus’ Responsometer.
  • The Thanagarian Absorbascon.
  • T.O. Morrow’s Computer Forecaster.

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GENIUSES ON 21ST CENTURY EARTH

The DC hierarchy of intelligence uses the Coluan system of intelligence. However, Earth continues to use the term “genius” to denote individuals with tremendous or superhuman intellectual capabilities. On Earth, there are different geniuses by category, specialty and capability.

NEAR SUPER-GENIUS:

These are individuals that are the apex of human achievement and have the resources to conquer the Earth, stop alien invasions and destabilize other planets. Their achievements in science, technology, business and politics involve power over a planet or the ability to conquer other alien races, and plan against/for universal catastrophes.

LEX LUTHOR

Lex Luthor in his Warsuit.
Lex Luthor in his Warsuit. AP Photos/DC Comics.

INVENTORS AND SCIENTIFIC GENIUSES

These individuals display tremendous scientific and technological achievements. They have specialties in robotics, engineering, physics, weaponry, science and invent advanced technology, weaponry and make contributions to science.

MR. TERRIFIC, THE ATOM, STEEL

Mr. Terrific flying with his T. spheres in space.
Mr. Terrific flying with his T. spheres in space. AP Photo/DC Comics.

POLYMATHS

These individuals are experts in multiple fields and are able to create revolutionary technology, solve problems at the local all the way to the universal scale, and also have enough planning to conquer the world, or the universe. They are experts in fields such as engineering, medicine, science, physics, chemistry and various forms of human skills such as planning, strategy, management and business.

BATMAN, VANDAL SAVAGE, JOKER

VISIT FEAT: BATMAN, ‘JLA ANNUAL’ #3.
VISIT FEAT: BATMAN, ‘BATMAN: GOTHAM KNIGHTS’ #64.
VISIT FEAT: BATMAN, ‘SUPERMAN/BATMAN’ #12.
Batman in the sewers of Gotham City.
Batman in the sewers of Gotham City. AP Photo/DC Comics.

INVENTORS IN SPECIALIZED FIELDS

These individuals are extraordinary geniuses in their fields of expertise. They are inventors that made ground-breaking or revolutionary inventions and discoveries furthering human technology such as artificial intelligence, engineering and mathematics. They are geniuses in the true sense and are able to think in creative ways.

PROFESSOR IVO, DR. WILL MAGNUS, T.O. MORROW, HIRO OKAMURA, CYBORG

Professor Ivo.
Professor Ivo. AP Photo/DC Comics

RESOURCES

VISIT QUORA

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SOURCES

Legion of Super-Heroes Vol 8 3 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 2 3 in DC Database.
Action Comics Vol 2 7 in DC Database.
Superman Vol 3 15 in DC Database.
9 Questions About Lex Luthor, Answered in CBR.com.

FOOTNOTES

  1. Action Comics #868.