SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains major spoilers for Doomsday Clock #3 by Geoff Johns, Gary Frank, Brad Anderson and Rob Leigh, on sale now.
One of the most intriguing aspects of Doomsday Clock has nothing to do with the Watchmen characters. The Supermen Theory, a conspiracy theory that has swept through the DC Universe, posits that there’s a reason why 97% of all superhumans are American. Those who subscribe to it believe the American government made an active effort to create as many superhumans as it could, under the cover of freak accidents and quirks of birth. With the theory taking over the world, it’s led to a metahuman arms race that has every other country rushing to catch-up to the USA, with some bizarre and deadly results.
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According to The Supermen Theory, both Metamorpho and Man-Bat were results of a concerted effort by the US government to create superhumans as a response to the arrival of Superman, in order to have the most superpowered beings on the world while making it seem like accidents and coincidences.
Doomsday Clock #3 reveals that a third person has come forward to claim involvement with the program: Sondra Fuller AKA Lady Clayface, a character who first appeared in Mike W. Barr and Jim Aparo’s Outsiders in the late-eighties. Originally, Fuller was turned into Lady Clayface by the terrorist organisation Kobra, a decision she willingly accepted due to her hatred of her own face. It’s not a far cry to believe the same thing happened in Rebirth continuity, but due to the actions of the Department of Metahuman Affairs instead of Kobra.
It may be a coincidence, but so far the three characters associated with the conspiracy all have links to Batman and his extended operations. Man-Bat is, of course, a Batman villain, while Metamorpho is a longtime ally of the Dark Knight as a member of The Outsiders. Sondra Fuller was introduced as an enemy of The Outsiders who later fought Jean-Paul Valley/Azrael during his tenure as Batman.
It’s almost as if someone is trying to turn the public against Batman, and perhaps through association Bruce Wayne and Wayne Enterprises. It’s highly suspicious that Lex Luthor and LexCorp is currently attempting a hostile takeover of Wayne Enterprises, and it would not be surprising to discover Luthor is responsible for The Supermen Theory as part of his ploy to lower public trust in Wayne and superheroes in general.
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