SPOILER WARNING: The following article contains spoilers for Dark Nights: Metal #1, by Scott Snyder and Greg Capullo.
Dark Nights: Metal is packed full of twists, turns, reveals and surprises, with characters coming out of the woodwork from all over the DC Universe. Thanks to some early previews, it was little surprise to see long lost fan-favorites like the Challengers of the Unknown, Red Tornado and more make themselves known, but others were genuine surprises. Of course, the biggest surprise — possibly of the year — was the final page, which revealed Batman has caught the attention of Dream of The Endless, who warned him that things were going to get far more dangerous from there.
Though the character is part of Vertigo's biggest property, this particular version of Dream isn’t the most-well known (that would be Morpheus who was the titular Sandman for the majority of Neil Gaiman’s groundbreaking series of the same name). Instead, this incarnation was once a boy named Daniel Hall, who succeeded Morpheus as The Lord of Dreams. But while Daniel may not be a household name, his connection to the DC Universe stretches right back to the Golden Age of comics with links to some of the most important and iconic DC heroes.
To Infinity, And Beyond
To understand Daniel, we need to stretch back to DC’s original version of Earth-2, where he originally resided. Earth-2 was where the Golden Age heroes such as Jay Garrick, Alan Scott and Carter Hall lived, and was a world where time ticked along concurrent with the real world. Thus, by the '80s, the original JSA members were getting on in years. As such, many of them had children of their own, offspring who went on to form their own team — Infinity, Inc — after being denied membership to the JSA.
Hector Hall was the son of the Golden Age Hawkman and Hawkgirl, but because of the curse placed on them which caused them to reincarnate into new lives, Hector was born without a soul. He grew up alongside the other children of the JSA, but felt overlooked by his parents in favor of their godson, the winged Northwind. Hector created the Silver Scarab armor out of Nth Metal and helped form Infinity, Inc., but the curse of his birth came back to haunt him as his soulless body was used as a host for the ancient being also known as the Silver Scarab. Unwittingly, Hector Hall nearly destroyed the world. He was ultimately stopped by Infinity, Inc., but unfortunately died in the process.
Hippolyta “Lyta” Trevor was the daughter of the Golden Age Wonder Woman and Steve Trevor and inherited Amazonian powers from her mother. As she grew up — like many of her fellow children of heroes — she sought to follow in her mother’s footsteps as the superhero known as Fury, and was a founding member of Infinity, Inc. As members of the team, Lyta and Hector fell in love and got engaged, but Hector died before they were able to marry. However, moments before he died Lyta told Hector that she was pregnant with their child which contained the purity and goodness of Hector Hall, which was part of the reason the Silver Scarab was able to be stopped.