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With the coming of man came the illusion of free will. And with that illusion... came chaos. With every choice we make, we literally create a world. History branches in two, creating one Earth where we made the choice and a second where we didn't. That's the secret of the universe, you know. Billions of people, making billions of choices, creating infinite Earths. Some so similar to each other you could spend a lifetime searching for any distinction; others so radically different they defy comprehension.
~ Owlman on Earth Prime.
It doesn't really matter. Nothing matters.
~ Owlman to Batman.
It doesn't matter.
~ Owlman's final words as he allows the QED to detonate and kill him in the process.

Owlman is the main antagonist of the direct-to-DVD animated feature, Justice League: Crisis on Two Earths. He is a founding member of the Crime Syndicate and Batman's Earth-3 counterpart who plots to destroy the multiverse upon discovering it.

He was voiced by James Woods, who also played Hades in Disney's Hercules, Falcon in Stuart Little 2, himself in Family Guy, Lex Luthor in Justice League Action, Dr. Phillium Benedict in Recess: School's Out!, Gloomius Maximus in Rolie Polie Olie, Captain Ahab in The Adventures of Moby Dick, Ned Trent in The Specialist, George Sheffield in Scarface: The World is Yours, Martin Walker in White House Down, Lester Diamond in Casino, Byron De La Beckwith in Ghosts of Mississippi and Maximilian "Max" Bercovicz in Once Upon a Time in America.


Owlman is a member of the Crime Syndicate on a parallel Earth, and he is romantically involved with Superwoman. His backstory isn't made clear, other than the described himself as never having been good due to "being human." He first appeared, along with the Crime Syndicate, before Lex Luthor after he tried to escape after his partner, the Jester, sacrificed himself. After he saw Luthor escaped to another dimension by using a traveling device, he learns about the Multiverse and, due to his misanthropy and nihilism, seeks to destroy the Multiverse by destroying Earth-Prime, in order to make "the only choice that really matters", believing that the other choices that humans make are just meaningless illusions and that lead to "the source of the cataclysm".

He and Superwoman later raided his world's Justice League's headquarters, along with several Made Men (villains they gave power to). Just then, Lex Luthor and the Justice League appeared before them. The Justice League broke into battle with the Made Men, then escaped the headquarters, which it turned out to be a flying aircraft. Owlman chased after the heroes on his jet as the Shazam family arrived. As Wonder Woman landed on top of his plane, Owlman stepped out, firing a gun at her. Owlman managed to safely fly away after Wonder Woman threw him off his plane.

Owlman was later seen having a meeting with the Crime Syndicate. He discussed his plans for the QED bomb. His cohorts believed it was a plan of threat, so they agreed. Little did they know about his true plan to destroy all worlds. With help from the other members of the Syndicate, he is able to construct the Quantum Eigenstate Device (QED). While they were constructing the device, Owlman, along with Superwoman, secretly search for Earth-Prime.

He was later seen waiting for Superwoman, along with the rest of the Crime Syndicate. Ultraman became inpatient and was determined to finish the bomb. Just then, one of Superwoman's men returned from helping her find the Quantum trigger in the alternate world and gave Owlman the Quantum trigger: the QED's essential piece.

As the Justice League arrives at the Crime Syndicate's moon base, they broke into battle with their dimensional selves as Luthor tried to stop the QED bomb, but failed.

Owlman is eventually able to find Earth Prime after taking out Batman, so he teleports both himself and the QED there. With help from Johnny Quick, Batman teleports to Earth-Prime to confront Owlman. The two fight, during which Owlman questions why Batman decides to protect humanity despite the two of them being very similar to one another. Batman replies that, while they are both similar, there is one difference: Specifically, when the abyss gazed back at them when they looked into it, only Owlman "blinked" in response. In the end, Batman teleports both the QED and Owlman to a frozen, uninhabitable Earth before the QED detonates. Owlman has the option to abort the explosion, but instead, he calmly states "It doesn't matter." As the QED detonates, both Owlman and the frozen Earth are wiped out.


Batman: If we really are alike, you know this is wrong. You must have been a good man once.
Owlman: No. Not "good." Never. Good. After all, I'm only human.
~ Owlman stating who he is and denying Batman's attempts to stop what he's doing.

Owlman proves throughout the movie that he is a selfish monster with a cold and soft-spoken mannerism who would do anything to live in a world that he wants. Unlike most of his fellow members, he is even willing to destroy a universe to get what he wants-even showing he has no regard for his own life given he didn't even care when Batman foiled him and let himself die.

While he is romantically involved with Superwoman. It is shown Owlman never showed even the slightest care for her, even though Superwoman was interested in him, even if for the wrong reasons (his violence, not actual personality).

Powers and Abilities

  • Genius-Level intellect: Owlman has an extremely high intelligence like his dimensional counterpart Batman. He has also proven to be a highly efficient criminal strategist and organizer, being one of the heads of the Crime Syndicate. He could easily grasp concepts that are foreign to his worlds such as Existential Nihilism or the Multiverse. He could even locate the Prime Earth, which he desired to destroy to collapse reality itself. Also unlike his counterpart, he has knowledge of other worlds. Given his lack of regard for life, his intelligence makes him one of the most dangerous versions of Batman to date,
  • High-Level Martial Arts Expert: He has the same martial arts skills as his dimensional counterpart, Batman. These skills, combined with his enhanced exoskeleton, made him a powerful and dominating opponent. He managed to beat Batman with little effort and would have won if not for him getting cocky. Owlman is also a highly skilled combatant which is shown when he fought his counterpart, Batman, to a standstill. He fights with a more brutal style than Batman.
  • Owlsuit/Enhanced Exoskeleton: Unlike his counterpart, he wears an enhanced exoskeleton which not only greatly improves his strength, stamina, and durability, but did not even slightly hinder his mobility, speed and agility as well as had highly advanced weapons built into it. Owlman's suit allows him to glide through the air. This puts him far beyond Batman who despite being as skilled, lacks any superhuman powers. Owlman's armor appears to give him greatly enhanced strength since he is able to directly trade blows with Wonder Woman for brief periods. During his final battle with Batman, he states if Superman fought him he would be evenly matched.
  • Quantum Trigger: Lex and The Jester stole a battery that is used to power the QED (Quantum Eigenstate Device) bomb. Due to it being made of pure energy it cannot be destroyed, so Lex hid it on the Justice League Watchtower. When Owlman found it on the Justice League's earth he sent Superwomen and her Made Men to retrieve it, once it was delivered it shown to glow and he then attached to the QED and intended on blowing up Earth-Prime.
  • Trans-Dimensional Teleporter Device: Lex designed a device that looks like a special gun but, actually, allows him to travel to other Earths. While ram shacking one of Lex's League hideouts Owlman stole the designs and creates another one with some improvements which Superwomen used to track and retrieve the Quantum Trigger. While fighting Batman, Superwomen tried to think of sending him to parallel earth with one of them full of monsters and another that is snowy and uninhabited. During his final battle with his counterpart, Batman was able to snatch it from his belt and send Owlman to uninhabited earth that would have frozen him to death if it weren't for the QED weapon killing him first.
  • Stealth Plane (formerly): Owlman had a stealth plane he used during his battles with Lex Luthor's Justice League. Owlman always drove Luthor crazy due to its cloaking device. During his battle with Wonder Women, she knocked him off and took control of it allowing the Justice League to escape. Superwoman's Made Men created a storm that short circuit the plane's chameleon circuit while it was still invisible leaving it permanently cloaked. After their adventure on the opposite Earth, Wonder Woman took it back to their earth and used it as her Invisible Jet.



  • Technically, Owlman's declaration of the source of the cataclysm on Earth-Prime being man as it always was in his final confrontation with Batman is incorrect, because one of the alternate Earths he mentioned when explaining his nihilistic motivations to Superwoman was explicitly stated to have occurred because fish never became brave enough to crawl onto the surface and thus prevented the evolution of man as a species, meaning man couldn't have been responsible for that reality as man didn't even exist during that time-although it's possible that when Owlman referred to man as the source of the cataclysm, he was also referring to the species from which man evolved.
  • Owlman's true name and identity is never stated in the film, but he appears to be a rough equivalent to Bruce Wayne, when dialogue between himself and Batman indicates the same tragedy drives them. In some continuities, Owlman is Bruce Wayne of his Earth; in at least one other, he is Thomas Wayne Jr., Bruce's older brother, who witnessed the loss of his mother and younger brother at the hands of corrupt police, after which he was raised by Joe Chill.
  • Owlman could be considered just as much of a threat to the Multiverse's existence as the Anti-Monitor as both share the same goal; cause a Multi-universal Armageddon.

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Justice League: Doom: Legion of Doom (Vandal Savage, Bane, Cheetah, Ma'alefa'ak, Metallo, Mirror Master, & Star Sapphire) | Royal Flush Gang (King, Queen, Jack, Ace, & Ten)
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See Also
Justice League Dark Villains | Justice League International Villains | Justice Society Villains | Young Justice Villains