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I think the difference between Lord Superman in JLU: A Better World and Superman in Injustice: Gods Among Us or, and this is more damning, as it's theoretically the same character, Justice League Beyond's Lord Superman, illustrates pretty well the abysmal differences in writing between those stories.

JLU's Lord Superman was a dictator, but he was the kind of dictator canon Superman would be if he were a dictator, and for the reasons he would be. Justice League Beyond's Lord Superman is a dictator, but he's also a bully, and worse things as well, and in no recognizable way a point B to canon's point A. He's not an answer to how would Superman be a bad guy?, he's just a generic bad guy with Superman's face.

As an aside, Injustice's Superman is not even that. He's just a plot device making whatever bad decision the story requires him to. I understand that the death of Lois and the baby (not to mention Metropolis in toto) twas supposed to crack him, but I don't think that's how his mind works - that's not the way he would crack. Even here, the animated show did it before and better: the world in which Lois died and Superman and Luthor "allied" to protect the city was one in which Superman was a rather oppressive crimefighter, but even then he was still recognizably himself, and the worst of what went on in Metropolis happened without his knowledge, not under his command.

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mithen
Jun. 11th, 2014 09:27 am (UTC)
I haven't been following the JL Beyond series, so I might be off on some of this, but to recap, it seems...

In JL Beyond, Superman is an evil tyrant.
In Injustice, Superman is an evil madman.
In Earth 2, Superman is an evil puppet of Darkseid.
In the future of Futures End, Superman is an evil cyborg controlled by Brother Eye.
In current canon, Superman is (temporarily, I suppose) turning evil due to being infected by Doomsday.

Boy, DC really doesn't like the idea of Superman as a hero, do they?
__marcelo
Jun. 11th, 2014 02:04 pm (UTC)
*winces* Excellent summary, and... Yeah. I don't know. Not "edgy" enough, I guess?

To be fair, there was the whole Scott Summers debacle over on Marvel's, and the current (and periodical) Illuminati storyline, and so on... *clings to Atomic Robo*.
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