Nothing is more notorious than Superman‘s massive heel turn in the video game series Injustice: Gods Among Us produced by NetherRealms Studios and published by Warner Bros. in 2013. Since then, the game has gone on to spawn a sequel as well as a long-running series of comic books depicting a world where Superman rules humankind with an iron fist.
Not only this, but the man of steel often brutalizes those who resist him some of the worst ways, proving that Kal-El will stop at nothing to achieve his quest of absolute domination. Just how brutal does the last son of Krypton get? Here are the 10 worst things Superman has ever done in Injustice: Gods Among Us (ranked).
10 Dropped Atlantis In The Middle Of A Desert
In issue #12 of Injustice: Gods Among Us Aquaman unleashes his vast armies on the coastal cities of the world. The gesture serves as a message to Superman and his regime, a warning to leave the city of Atlantis alone in the Kryptonian’s quest for global domination.
Despite counter-warnings from Batman, however, Aquaman refuses to back down, inciting the man of steel’s wrath. The end result is shocking. In retaliation, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern lift Atlantis out of the ocean and relocate it deep into the heart of the Sahara Desert – the furthest place from water imaginable.
9 Punched A Hole Through Joker’s Chest
CBR would be remiss to bring up Superman’s misdeeds and not mention the murder that started it all: the killing of the Joker. While one could argue this was an act of true justice, it was a character choice that ultimately sent Superman down the dark path of domination, coercion, murder, and oppression. In short, it is the foundational crime that begets all crimes!
Superman’s conversion to sith lord occurs in Injustice: Gods Among Us #1 after Joker kidnaps a pregnant Lois Lane and then uses Scarecrow‘s fear gas to trick the man of steel into murdering his wife. After realizing the truth, Superman captures the Joker and punches a hole through the middle of his chest, killing him instantly. From that point on, life on Earth One would never be the same.
8 Inspired The Death Of Alfred Pennyworth
Perhaps one of the worst things the man of steel has ever done was incite the death of Alfred Pennyworth, the longtime butler, sidekick, and conscience of Bruce Wayne aka Batman. It all goes down in Injustice: Year Five (Chapters 23-24); Superman is on the hunt for the dark knight — the primary leader of the resistance against Kal-El’s regime.
In order to procure information on Batman’s whereabouts, Superman sends supervillain Victor Zsasz to interrogate Pennyworth, but when the wisened butler refuses to betray his employer and friend, a fierce battle ensues between the two men. After putting up a good fight, Zsasz not only obtains Batman’s location but kills Alfred in the process.
7 Doxed Batman On Social Media
Getting away from murder-death-kill for a moment (but sticking within the realm of terrible deeds), Injustice: Gods Among Us #10 features Superman actually revealing Batman’s secret identity to the world. Up until this point, the regime has played into the caped crusader’s hands time and time again, and now the Kryptonian is ready the shake things up for a change.
Going on the offensive, Superman publishes a tweet using four simple words, ones that will soon be heard around the world: Batman is Bruce Wayne. The post immediately goes viral, scoring over three million likes and retweets globally.
6 Made Minority Report Real
Injustice Vs. Masters of the Universe #1 examines another heinous act committed at the hands of Siegal and Shuster’s iconic creation. Following the events of the Injustice 2 video game, the man of steel finally achieves his goal of capturing the dark knight. However, instead of killing the leader of Earth’s resistance, Superman finds a more sinister use for old Bats.
Using tech confiscated from the defeated villain Brainiac, Superman brainwashes Batman, transforming him into a crime-preventing, Robocop-like precog. Superman labels his program ThoughtCrime — an initiative designed to predict and then thwart crimes before they occur. In this instance, Superman literally realizes Philip K. Dick’s dystopian future as seen in the movie Minority Report.
5 Melted Shazam’s Face Off
Another dastardly deed perpetrated by the man of tomorrow is the cold-blooded murder of Billy Batson aka Shazam. And while it might be hotly debated as to whether or not a canonical Shazam could have withstood Clark Kent’s heat vision at any range, the crime is still no less heinous.
Injustice: Ground Zero #20 depicts a mentally unstable Superman pushed totally over the edge. Looking to raise Gotham and completely level Metropolis, Shazam stands up to Supes hoping to dissuade the Kryptonian’s lust for carnage. As a result, Superman burns a hole in Batson’s head, killing him on the spot.
4 Burned Normal Humans Alive In A Warehouse
In response to Regime Superman, Gotham City detective Jason Bard starts his own opposition movement, Joker Underground, named after the deceased supervillain who set the man of tomorrow off on his path of death and destruction.
Despite warnings from Harley Quinn and Batgirl, however, the group continues with its plans to resist Superman with acts of terrorism around the city. But the moment is short-lived when Superman arrives and burns them all alive in a warehouse using his heat vision. The murderous mayhem can be found in Injustice: Year Five #16.
3 Incinerated Martian Manhunter (With Wonder Woman’s Help)
Injustice Vol 1 #10 (digital #29) showcases another one of Superman’s most terrible moments: the killing of J’onn J’onzz also known as Martian Manhunter. The skirmish occurs between Superman, Wonder Woman, and Manhunter when Superman confronts the alien over his allegiance to Batman (leader of the primary opposition against Superman’s regime).
After telling Superman it’s because he fears what the Kryptonian could become if left unchecked, Martian Manhunter attempts to give Kal-El a flashback of Lois Lane and happier times. A trick that would have worked if Wonder Woman didn’t break the vision by grabbing J’onzz from behind, allowing Supes to incinerate the Justice League alum with a heat vision blast.
2 Snapped Batman’s Back Bane-Style
Nothing spells ultimate humiliation quite like that time the man of steel snapped Batman’s back Bane-style. Injustice: Gods Among Us #35 is where the deed goes down, a nasty callback to the events of Batman #497.
Herein, Superman flies to the Batcave where he confronts Bruce Wayne face to face, declaring that it’s time to rid the world of Gotham’s original madman – the caped crusader himself. Batman, who has just synthesized a pill replicating Superman’s powers, rushes to ingest the drug before Kal-El executes an attack. Bats nearly pops the pill, too, but Superman is just too fast, pressing Bats over his head and breading him over his knee.
1 Hurled Ganthet And Mogo Into The Sun
Perhaps the most outrageous kill perpetrated by Superman in the Injustice comics is that time he shoved Ganthet, one of the guardians of the universe, and Mogo, the living planet, into the sun.
These dramatic deaths played as the main culmination of the ongoing war between Regime Superman and the Lantern Corps, the first major opposition to the last son of Krypton. Unfortunately, however, the two proved impotent against the man of steel, resulting in Ganthet being driven into Mogo’s surface and then cast together into the blazing furnace of the sun.
Injustice: Gods Among Us has shown fans a much darker side of Superman we didn't know existed. Find out the worst things the man of steel ever did!