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Superman (real name William "Bill" Dunn) was a character that appeared in the short story The Reign of the Superman. Despite acting as the initial version of the DC Comics hero that's well known, this Superman, was in fact intended to be a villain protagonist.

Biography

Bill Dunn was initially merely a poor man who was waiting in a bread-line each and every day. However, he was singled out by a misanthropic scientist named Professor Smalley, and took him for a hot meal. He then recruited Dunn to be part of an experiment regarding a strange meteorite. The exposure resulted in him gaining powers of telepathy, mind control, and telescopic vision. However, it came at the cost of corrupting the man, turning him into a supervillain and renaming himself the Superman.

He then aimed to conquer the world with his new powers upon experimenting with his powers. As preparations for the conquering of the entire world, he then proceeded to sow discord in the world via his mind manipulation abilities.

Professor Smalley, however, desired to gain those powers, causing them to have a final battle. Superman proceeded to kill his "creator.".

Unfortunately, the victory was Pyrrhic at best, since it resulted in his powers being drained and the formula for retaining said powers being gone for good. Now back to Bill Dunn, he is forced to go back to the bread-line.

Trivia

  • As noted above, this is the first Superman incarnation, with most later incarnations being heroic.
    • Unlike the mainstream Superman, who was of alien origin and was more physical in his strength, this Superman was an enhanced human and more mental-based. Ironically, this rendition of Superman resembles the iconic Lex Luthor in terms of physical appearance.
    • The concept for Superman becoming a global dictator via his powers, however, did end up reused for his Justice Lords incarnation and his Injustice self, although for different reasons.
  • Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster, the men who wrote and drew the story and later the Superman character when he was reinvented as a superhero, conceived of the character and story initially as a criticism towards German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche's idea of the ubermensch (which translates from German into either "Overman" or, in this case, "Superman") that was voiced in his work Thus Spoke Zarathustra.

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Theatrical Movies
Superman: Lex Luthor | Otis | Eve Teschmacher | General Zod | Non | Ursa
Superman II: General Zod | Non | Ursa | Lex Luthor | Otis | Eve Teschmacher
Superman III: Ross Webster | Corrupted Superman | Vera Webster | Lorelei Ambrosia
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace: Lex Luthor | Nuclear Man
Superman Returns: Lex Luthor
Man of Steel: Sword of Rao (Zod, Faora-Ul, Nam-Ek, Jax-Ur, Tor-An, Car-Vex, Nadira & Dev-Em II)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh | Joe Chill | Zod | Steppenwolf

Direct-to-video Movies
Superman: Brainiac Attacks: Brainiac | Lex Luthor | Mercy Graves | Mister Mxyzptlk
Superman: Doomsday: Lex Luthor | Superman Clone | Doomsday | Toyman | Mercy Graves
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor | Major Force | Metallo | Amanda Waller | Toyman | Solomon Grundy | Gorilla Grodd | Killer Frost | Lady Shiva | Giganta | Mongul | Captain Cold
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: Darkseid | Female Furies (Granny Goodness, Gilotina, Mad Harriet, Lashina & Stompa) | Doomsday
All-Star Superman: Lex Luthor | Solaris | Parasite | Bar-El & Lilo-El
Superman vs. The Elite: The Elite (Manchester Black, Coldcast, Menagerie & Hat) | Atomic Skull
Superman: Unbound: Brainiac
The Death Of Superman: Doomsday | Lex Luthor | Intergang (Bruno Mannheim) | Mercy Graves | Cyborg Superman
Reign Of The Supermen: Cyborg Superman | Darkseid | Parademons | Lex Luthor | Mercy Graves
Superman: Red Son: Superman | Brainiac | Lex Luthor | Batman | Joseph Stalin | Superior Man

Video Games
Superman Arcade: Emperor Zaas

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