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Can a Super Flare Defeat a Black Hole?

‘Superman #38’, 2015

In Superman #38, Superman in his battle with Ulysses unleashes the super flare, that releases all the energy stored in his cells and makes him human for 24 hours.

From IGN:

In the pages of today’s Superman #38, Superman’s discovered he has a new “super flare” power where he expels all of the energy in his cells to create a bright, powerful blast capable of incinerating everything within a quarter mile. The downside — aside from the mass destruction — is that using the super flare ability depletes his cells, essentially making Superman human for 24 hours.

– ‘Superman’s New Super Flare Power and Costume Revealed’, IGN

During his fight with Ulysses, a meta-human who can absorb energy, Superman blasted Ulysses with heat vision that Ulysses absorbed which resulted in Superman unleashing his Super Flare, as he started to glow. (Superman’s New Super Flare Power and Costume Revealed)

The fight resulted in the destruction of Superman’s armor costume in the New 52 multiverse which was created as a Kryptonian nano-tech armor that would cover his body, and the creation of a new costume.

At the end of the comic book, Superman reveals his secret identity to Jimmy Olsen: “I’m Superman Jim.”

‘Superman #38’, 2015

Can a Super Flare Defeat a Black Hole?

JLA #77, 2003

In JLA Vol 1 #77 (2003), Superman holds ” a black hole no bigger than a speck of dust that is contained by a magnetic field”. The black hole is named Mnemon, it steals memories and causes the Justice League to fight among itself. Superman contains the black hole and with the help of Green Lantern John Stewart flies it “to a desolate stretch of space and hurl[s] it away.” (JLA Vol 1 77)

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What super power do you want?

Today, we take a look at super strength. In DC comics, there what is called the “superhero brick type”, an assortment of Superman-type characters that have various powers such as super strength, super speed, flight, invulnerability, and energy projection.

These characters include Superman, Captain Marvel/Shazam, and Martian Manhunter, as well as members of the Captain Marvel family.

In the case of Captain Marvel, his super strength is a gift of the Olympian gods. He is blessed with the powers of the gods by speaking the name SHAZAM which stands for the Wisdom of Solomon, the Strength of Hercules, the Stamina of Atlas, the Power of Zeus, the Courage of Achilles and the Speed of Mercury.

Captain Marvel owes his super strength to Olympian magic, derived specifically from the demi-god Hercules. He is on par with Superman physically, and able to perform similar feats such as in Superman Beyond #1 lifting with Superman in Limbo the Book of Limbo, a book with infinite pages.

SUPER FEAT: Captain Marvel helped by Superman lifts the Book of Limbo, a book with infinite pages

Super feats of super strength are par for the course in comic books and they are displayed everyday by everyday people. We must always remember that we are all super strong, or at least, strong enough to overcome any challenge. We simply have to work at it! And apply our God-given talents!

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Justice League (2017) released to mixed reviews and performed mildly for a movie of its caliber on a $300 million budget with a box office of around $650 million. It was less financial profitable than Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice though less divisive. Critics on Rotten Tomatoes gave it a “rotten” score of 40% while audience score was around 72%.

Despite its apparent shortcomings and its failure in establishing the DC Extended Universe, a vision of a shared universe of characters spearheaded by Zack Snyder and Deborah Snyder and godfather by Geoff Johns and Christopher Nolan, Justice League made some interesting developments.

One notable character development is that of Cyborg. Cyborg is portrayed by Ray Fisher. Justice League centers around Batman recruiting Wonder Woman, the Flash and Cyborg in his superhero fight team, “an alliance” to fight the alien invasion of Steppenwolf, a general of Apokolips’ armies, with the three mother boxes. During mythological times, Steppenwolf’s armies are fought off by the heroes and the gods of Earth – for the first time – and the three mother boxes are enthrusted to the Amazons, the Atlanteans, and the tribes of man.

Cyborg, is at the center of Steppenwolf’s conquest of Earth. Upon the death of Superman, darkness overcomes the Earth and Steppenwolf decides to invade the Earth: He hears the Mother Box’s call to invade the Earth possibly as a response to Superman’s passing, the over-bearing darkness on Earth, and the creation of Cyborg by scientist Silas Stone with the Mother Box. In DC comics science-fiction, mother boxes are sentient computers used by the New Gods in order to connect to the Source and grant them highly advanced and technological abilities.

Cyborg is presented as the breakout character in Justice League. Though Superman and his death figure as the prominent centers of the movie, in fact, the heart of the movie, and the motivation to revive him, to restore hope to the world, Cyborg is the one who actually moves many of the story plot points forward.

Cyborg might be the only character who truly develops throughout the movie. He goes from being a complete loner, presumed dead, and who isolates from society to being part of a superhero team, and learning how to work with others and trust others. He is the true genius of the team and though Batman makes the executive decisions and Wonder Woman the tactical and the battle field decisions on the team, Cyborg is the technological genius of the team, the one who orchestrates everything. An interesting theory is the fact that the creation of Cyborg by Silas Stone and not simply the signal sent by Lex Luthor to Steppenwolf in Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice is the signal that attracts finally Steppenwolf to Earth.

Cyborg may be considered in this fact, an agent of Apokolips, Steppenwolf calls him “a child of chaos”. In the resurrection of Superman, Cyborg is the one that actually attacks Superman first though due to his armor’s defense systems over-powering him. It can be stated that, Cyborg is the character who is the most mysterious since we do not know how much of his allegiance lies with Apokolips, how much control the Mother Box has on his mind, and how much he is willing to commit to the Justice League.

Justice League paints Cyborg as heroic who intervenes at pivotal points in the film plot. He is instrumental in the formation of the Justice League, in locating Steppenwolf and the Parademons under Gotham Harbor, in resurrecting Superman, in locating Steppenwolf and the Parademons’ base in Russia, and in ending the threat of the Mother Boxes by helping to separate all three, despite the “blowback”. Cyborg’s only flaw or hubris in the movie, is his link to the Mother Boxes, to an Apokoliptian technology that in theory should have killed him from his fatal injuries but that ended creating him with “cybernetic enhancements”, a Cyborg. He is veritably “a child of chaos” who is able to solve the problems that the Justice League is facing: the absence of Superman and an alien invasion from Apokolips.

In the end, Cyborg is the breakout character. The fact that he is African-American is consistent with the comics, that he is a genius and capable of solving crises shows that the DC Extended Universe is able to portray diverse characters in a positive light. And this, is a sign of hope.

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BY FEATS (Post-Crisis and Flashpoint)



Sundipped Superman pushes Warworld against Faster-Than-Light thrusters

Throws a small sun and mini solar system


Stops a rock from falling in mid-air

Lifts The Spectre with Superman, the infinite weight of eternity



Superman can detect and easily see things moving Faster-Than-Light

Superman can race with speeding photons/light


Wonder Woman moves with Hermes speed

Wonder Woman speed blitzes



Superman fixes a time-space rift with heat vision


Wonder Woman unleashes Zeus’ lightning



A mind-controlled Superman by Maxwell Lord punching Wonder Woman from the sun to Earth at Faster-Than-Light

Superman’s punches can shatter planets


Wonder Woman restrains Power-Girl

Wonder Woman holds back against a Superman mind-controlled by Maxwell Lord

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