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U.S. Army

    Calvin Swanwick 

Secretary of Defense (formerly Lieutenant General) Calvin Swanwick

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"The shockwaves are getting stronger. Every time we hit it we make it more powerful. We can't attack..."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): U.S. Army, U.S. Department of Defense

Played by: Harry Lennix

Dubbed by: Jorge Badillo (Latin-American Spanish), Akihiko Ishizumi (Japanese), Daniel Njo Lobé (European French), Jean-Marie Moncelet (Canadian French)

Appearances: Man of Steel | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

"We have legitimate security concerns. Now, you revealed your identity to Miss Lane over there. Why won't you do the same with us?"

The American general in charge of taking custody of Superman in Man of Steel and dealing with the crisis Zod and his crew caused on Earth. By the time of Batman v Superman, he has become Secretary of Defense of the United States.


  • Aborted Arc: In the original draft of Justice League, he was going to be revealed as J'onn J'onzz, a.k.a. Martian Manhunter.
  • Badass Baritone: Courtesy of Harry Lennix's deep voice.
  • Big Brother Is Watching: He tries to find out where Superman lives by sending out drones. It fails.
  • The Brigadier: Skeptical of Superman's intentions at first. When he realizes that he's the only chance Earth has, he trusts him.
  • Canon Foreigner: He doesn't exist in the comics. The original script of Justice League, however, revealed he is the Martian Manhunter.
  • Character Development: In Batman v Superman, he's developed genuine respect for both Superman and Lois.
  • Everyone Has Standards: He expresses concern for Superman when the President discusses launching a nuke at him and Doomsday, averting What Measure Is a Non-Human?.
  • Expy: One for General Sam Lane (Lois' father), who has a prominent role in one of this film's sources, Superman: Secret Origin. It can be said that Swanwick is basically Sam Lane with a Race Lift, his family ties to Lois Lane removed, and being much more reasonable.
  • Good Counterpart: To General Zod, being a military leader who seeks to preserve peace rather than conquer.
  • Large and in Charge: He's even taller than Superman.
  • Put on a Bus: He doesn't appear in Justice League, despite the movie featuring a global-level threat. He was intended to have a small cameo that would reveal his true identity.
  • Rank Up: He has been promoted Secretary of Defense between Man of Steel and Batman v Superman.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Pretty much everything he says and does is exactly what a real military official would do when faced with superhuman aliens.
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    Colonel Rick Flag 
See Task Force X Officials And Agents for his character page.

    General Edwards 

General Edwards

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): U.S. Army

Played by: Aidan Devine

Dubbed by:

Appearances: Suicide Squad

"You're not putting those monsters back out on the street in our name!"

A 4-star General in the United States Army, as well as the Chairman of the United States government National Security Council. While initially against Amanda Waller's pitch for Task Force X, he would eventually become convinced and supports her idea's implementation.


U.S. Air Force

    Colonel Hardy 

Colonel Nathan Hardy

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"A good death is its own reward."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): U.S. Air Force, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (D.A.R.P.A.)

Played by: Christopher Meloni

Dubbed by: Raúl Anaya (Latin-American Spanish), Masaki Terasoma (Japanese), Jérôme Rebbot (European French), Patrick Chouinard (Canadian French)

Appearances: Man of Steel

An US Air Force colonel initially introduced overseeing the study of an anomaly in Canada.


  • Ace Pilot: He is first seen piloting a fighter jet.
  • Badass Normal: He's a mere human, yet he doesn't fear standing up against Kryptonians. For instance, he's willing to go against Faora with nothing more than his combat knife after he had expended all of his ammo, no matter how futile it is.
    • He even orders his troops to fire on his position, because he is with the enemy and knows that is the only way.
    Hardy: I want you to put down everything you got...This will be Danger Close.
    Pilot: Copy, Danger Close. Good Luck, sir!
  • Bald of Awesome: Balding, but nonetheless freakin' awesome.
  • Canon Foreigner: Has never appeared in anything Superman-related before this film, but is certainly a memorable character.
  • Colonel Badass: He brings the fight to the superpowered Kryptonians without fear or hesitation.
  • Deadpan Snarker: He's quite snarky throughout the film.
  • Defiant to the End: Twice. Once with a knife. Gives the final "screw you" to Faora moments before his Heroic Sacrifice.
  • Did You Just Flip Off Cthulhu?: This quote says it all.
    Faora: Should I tell the General you are unwilling to comply?
    Hardy: I don't care what you tell him.
  • Dying Moment of Awesome: Facing death calmly while taking The Dragon with you? HELL YEAH!
  • Famous Last Words: "A good death is its own reward."
  • Fire-Forged Friends: He treated Superman no differently than he treated Zod and his minions, even willing to fire upon him during the three-way tussle between Supes, Faora and Nam-Ek. However after Superman saved him and his squadron's life, the following line cements what could have been a friendship If not for Hardy's Heroic Sacrifice.
    Colonel Hardy: This man is not our enemy.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: With dropping Kal-El's ship like a daisy cutter out of the question, Hardy sets the C-17 he's in on a collision course with the Dark Zero to deliver the payload, throwing Faora's line right back at her as he does it.
  • Ironic Echo: "A good death is its own reward."
  • Meaningful Name: Colonel Hardy. "Hardy" is a synonym for "tough" and "resilient."
  • Skeptic No Longer: He fully believes Kal-El is on the side of Earth at the conclusion of the showdown in Smallville.
  • Taking You with Me: Hardy was boned no matter what, with Faora standing right next to him with slaughter on her mind. So he nosedives the cargo plane into the mothership and gives his Ironic Echo, and did what had to be done.
  • Worthy Opponent: Of all people, to Faora.
  • Wrong Genre Savvy: He seems to think he is the main character of a Military Science-Fiction story, where Superman is a Defector from Decadence and the Kryptonians can be defeated through humanity's military might. He is in fact in a Superhero story, where Superman is the main character and the only one who can save the day. He snaps out of it when he acknowledges Superman as an ally.

    Carrie Farris 

Major (formerly Captain) Carrie Farris

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): U.S. Air Force, U.S. Department of Defense

Played by: Christina Wren

Dubbed by: Alondra Hidalgo (Latin-American Spanish), Miyuki Kawasho (Japanese), Marie Diot (European French)

Appearances: Man of Steel | Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

"I just think he's kinda hot..."

A United States Air Force officer attached to the operations of United States Northern Command and the assistant to General Swanwick.


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    Captain Steve Trevor 
See World War I for his character page.

U.S. Navy

    Admiral Olsen 

Admiral Mackenzie Olsen

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"These are VILLAINS, Amanda! What makes you think you can control them?"

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): U.S. Navy

Played by: Ted Whittall

Dubbed by:

Appearances: Suicide Squad

"You want to put our national security in the hands of witches, gang-bangers and crocodiles?!"

An admiral in the United States Navy, and an adamant opposer of Amanda Waller's Task Force X project.


  • Fancy Dinner: His meeting with Amanda Waller and Dexter Tolliver to hear the exposition of the former's project happens in a posh restaurant.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: He's understandably more than skeptical when Amanda Waller makes her Task Force X pitch, mainly because it's morally dubious and concerns national security matters.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: He doesn't think that putting national security in the hands of Task Force X ("witches, gang-bangers and crocodiles") is a good idea.

    Lieutenant Edwards 
See Task Force X Officials And Agents for his character page.

Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency

    Dr. Hamilton 

Dr. Emil Hamilton

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (D.A.R.P.A.)

Played by: Richard Schiff

Dubbed by: Ismael Castro (Latin-American Spanish), Hiroshi Naka (Japanese), Philippe Peythieu (European French), Jean-Luc Montminy (Canadian French)

Appearances: Man of Steel

"Sir, you can't expect us to not take precautions. You could be carrying some kind of alien pathogen."

A scientist working with the United States military branch DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency). He studies the alien ship buried deep in the ice on Ellesmere Island in Canada, which happens to be a Kryptonian scout ship.


  • Adaptational Heroism: Hamilton has a reputation of going through the Heel–Face Revolving Door in the comics. This version of him dies a hero, without ever being a supervillain.
  • Badass Bookworm: Even though he's a Non-Action Guy, Hamilton doesn't back down from helping Superman and the army against the attacking Kyptonians. Nor does he back down from dying for the cause if it comes to it.
  • Badass Beard: While he doesn't do anything particularly badass, he gets points for sheer brains.
  • Death by Adaptation: He dies at the end of Man of Steel.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Helps activate Kal-El's ship and stays on Colonel Hardy's plane with it as it crashes into the Kryptonian mothership and gets sucked into the Phantom Zone.
  • Non-Action Guy: Doesn't display any physical abilities, helping solely with his knowledge.
  • The Smart Guy: Why else would a scientist be with a bunch of army commandos to study a humanoid alien life-form? He also quickly understands the science behind the two Phantom Drives' collision after just a few explanatory words from Superman, almost instantly understands the function of the World Engine after seeing it in action, and is able to successfully adjust a crucial panel on Superman's infant starship (making the insertion of the Command Key possible), despite being barely familiar with the sophisticated Kryptonian technology behind it.
  • Two First Names: Per a DC Comics habit.
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Government Representatives

    The President 

The President of the USA

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): U.S. Federal Government

Played by: Patrick Wilson (voice)

Dubbed by: Frédéric van den Driessche (European French)

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (voice only)

"God have mercy on us all..."

The US President, who communicates with Swanwick throughout the Doomsday crisis.


  • God Help Us All: Says "God have mercy on us all..." after authorizing the launch of a nuclear missile at Doomsday and Superman.
  • Invisible President: He doesn't appear onscreen, but he can be heard.
  • No Name Given: His name isn't pronounced.
  • Nuclear Option: He orders to launch a nuclear missile at Doomsday.
  • The Voice: He is heard when Swanwick communicates with him, but isn't seen onscreen.
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Judging by his answer, he is flabbergasted when Swanwick tells him Doomsday is unkillable even after trying nuclear fire against him.
    Swanwick: The shock waves are getting stronger. Every time we hit it, we make it more powerful. We can't attack...
    President: What are you saying, Calvin?!
    Swanwick: I'm saying it's unkillable...

    June Finch 

Senator June Finch

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"You can call me whatever you like. Take a bucket of piss and call it Granny's Peach Tea, take a weapon of assassination and call it deterrence. You won't fool a fly or me. I'm not gonna drink it."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): U.S. Senate

Played by: Holly Hunter

Dubbed by: Gaby Cárdenas (Latin-American Spanish), Gara Takashima (Japanese), Marie Vincent (European French), Lisette Dufour (Canadian French)

Film appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Other appearances: From the World of Batman v Superman

"The world has been so caught up with what Superman can do that no one has asked what he should do."

A U.S. senator from Kentucky, who heads a subcommittee about the potential danger Superman represents. While antagonistic, she is reasonable and certainly incorruptible which earns the ire of Luthor.


  • Canon Foreigner: She doesn't exist in the comics.
  • Deadpan Snarker: When talking to Lex Luthor.
    Finch: You can call me whatever you like. Take a bucket of piss and call it Granny's Peach Tea, take a weapon of assassination and call it deterrence.
  • Farmer's Daughter: Likely, since she mentions that she grew-up on a farm. She also mentions that this growing up on a farm is what toughened her up.
  • Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee: She attempts to pull this on Superman. It was just starting when the bomb Lex Luthor placed in Wallace Keefe's wheelchair exploded.
  • Iron Lady: She stands up to Luthor, hauls Superman before a Senate Subcommittee, and stares the Man of Steel down.
  • Jerkass Has a Point: Her main beef with Superman seems to be the unintended damage his heroics cause on international soil.
  • Not So Stoic: When she sees that jar of "Granny's Peach Tea" on her desk, she becomes extremely flummoxed and remains unable to resume pronouncing her speech for quite a few seconds as a result.
  • Rage Against the Heavens: When confronted by Superman, she doesn't hesitate to scold him.
  • Reasonable Authority Figure: Played with. She wants Superman to he held accountable for the collateral damage his actions sometimes cause. She also sees right through Luthor's bull about weaponizing Kryptonite as a "deterrent" against Superman, knowing he would use it to assassinate him. That said, her belief that Superman's deeds, no matter how heroic, must be subjected to some kind of bureaucracy and/or oversight is rather cynical and makes her come off as a well-intentioned but Obstructive Bureaucrat. Charlie Rose even lampshades this while interviewing her on his show.
    Charlie Rose: Are you, as a United State Senator, personally comfortable saying to a grieving parent, "Superman could've saved your child, but on principle we did not want him to act?"
    Senator Finch: I'm not saying he shouldn't act. I'm saying he shouldn't act unilaterally.
  • Shout-Out: Her surname "Finch" could be a reference to Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird, canonically Superman's favorite book in the comics.
  • Strawman Political: Averted. While the film's narrative isn't on her side, June does defend her position a lot more eloquently than most politicians in fiction.

    Barrows 

Senator Barrows

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"What's your wishlist?"

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): U.S. Senate

Played by: Dennis North

Dubbed by: Pedro D'Aguillón Jr. (Latin-American Spanish), Mathieu Buscatto (European French)

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

"There are ways we can help each other."

A U.S. senator who works with June Finch in her subcommittee.


  • Canon Foreigner: Like June Finch, he doesn't exist in the comics.
  • Corrupt Politician: Although it might be because he is convinced that Kryptonians like Superman must be neutralized, he allows Lex Luthor full access to the Kryptonian ship and full disposal of Zod's cadaver in exchange for some unspecified help (financial, most likely). Whereas someone with principles like June Finch clearly wouldn't do any of this.
  • Hauled Before A Senate Subcommittee: He is part of Senator June Finch's subcommittee and is present when Superman attends the hearing at the Capitol.
  • No Party Given: His political party is not specified.
  • Shout-Out: He is named after Eddy Barrows, a Brazilian comic book artist who has pencilled various DC comics since the 2000s.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: He dies in the explosion at the Capitol.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: He dies in the explosion Lex Luthor caused at the Capitol. As it was he who granted Luthor access to Zod's body and the Kryptonian ship, his death in said explosion is a way for Luthor to get rid of both a potential witness and a debt.

    Purrington 

Senator Purrington

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): U.S. Senate

Played by: Patrick Leahy

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

A U.S. senator attending Superman's hearing at the Capitol.


    Dexter Tolliver 

Dexter Tolliver

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Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): National Security Council

Played by: David Harbour

Dubbed by: Stéphane Pouplard (European French), François L'Écuyer (Canadian French)

Appearances: Suicide Squad

"What if Superman had decided to fly down, rip off the roof of the White House, and grab the President right out of the Oval Office? Who would have stopped him?"

The National Security Advisor. He supports Amanda Waller's Task Force X project, due to its potential assets.


  • Fancy Dinner: His meeting with Amanda Waller and Admiral Olsen to hear the exposition of the former's project happens in a posh restaurant.
  • Necessary Evil: He might be convinced that Task Force X is a good idea since finding a replacement for Superman is quite hard, but it's still essentially criminals Waller is talking about.

CIA

    Jimmy Olsen 

Jimmy Olsen / "Talon"

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"It's OK, Lois!"

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): C.I.A.

Played by: Michael Cassidy

Dubbed by: Alan Bravo (Latin-American Spanish), Makoto Tamura (Japanese), Nicolas Buchoux (European French)

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

"Miss Lane! Jimmy Olsen, photographer - obviously."

A CIA agent passing as a journalist who accompanies Lois in Nairomi to interview terrorist leader General Amajagh. Unbeknownst to Lois, he is part of an operation to find and kill Amajagh.


  • Adaptational Badass: This version of Jimmy Olsen is an undercover CIA agent. He also shows no fear of death.
  • Adaptation Dye-Job: Usually a redhead, he is brown-haired in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
  • Badass Beard: A notable difference from the usual clean-cut, boyish look of previous incarnations.
  • Camera Fiend: Per the course of the character.
  • Code Name: "Talon".
  • Death by Adaptation: A main character in Superman lore, in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice he doesn't make it past his first scene.
  • Demoted to Extra: Usually the closest person to Clark on the Planet next to Lois. In Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, he's killed off in his first scene.
  • Defiant to the End: He basically gives a "Fuck You!" to Knyazev before he gave him a Boom, Headshot!.
  • Face Death with Dignity: The moment the hidden tracker on his camera was discovered, he accepted the fact that he's fucked.
  • Mythology Gag: Keeps a distress signal hidden in his camera, similar to the high-frequency watch he uses to call Superman in the comics. This is the only clue we get in the theatrical cut as to who he is. In the Extended Cut, he introduces himself to Lois.
  • Nice Guy: When he and Lois are held at gunpoint, he tells the terrorists to spare Lois with no concern for his own safety.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Is killed off in his first scene.

    CIA Supervisor 

CIA Supervisor

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"Negative. R.P.H. will engage. Stay down and get black."

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): C.I.A.

Played by: Barton Bund

Voiced by:

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition cut only)

"Python, we have lost our asset on the ground. Repeat, we have lost out asset on the ground."

The CIA officer in charge of an operation to find and kill General Amajagh. He uses the opportunity of Lois travelling in Nairomi to interview Amajagh to carry out the operation, unbeknownst to her. Lois' contact is prevented from coming with her and CIA Jimmy Olsen takes his place to inflitrate the compound.


  • Armchair Military: A CIA version of it. He endangers a journalist's life and doesn't bother fully assessing the situation regarding Amajagh's lair once Jimmy Olsen is unmasked and shot, and orders a drone strike on it immediately without caring about collateral damage.
  • Mission Control: He's in charge of a ground operation and supervises it from a command room.
  • No Name Given: He isn't named in the film.
  • Nuke 'em: A conventional drone missile variant of it. He doesn't mind launching a drone's missile on Amajagh's compound without regard for the civilians present (Lois especially). Thankfully, Superman shows up just in time to destroy both the missile and the drone.

    Python Team Leader 

"Python" Team Leader

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"But there will be friendlies in the blast zone! Call off the goddamn drone!"

Species: Human

Citizenship: American

Affiliation(s): C.I.A.

Played by: Bailey Chase

Dubbed by: Hervé Caffin (European French)

Appearances: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (Ultimate Edition cut only)

"There's still a civilian in the compound, we'll extract her."

A CIA field operative who's part of the operation to kill General Amajagh. His team is stationed not far from Amajagh's compound.


  • Code Name: "Python".
  • Everyone Has Standards: He orders to call off the drone as the missile strike aimed at Amajagh will hit friendlies and civilians (Lois Lane, especially). The operation's supervisor doesn't care and orders the drone strike anyway.
  • Flipping the Bird: He gives his middle finger to his boss as the drone passes by him and films him, since said boss decided to launch the missile without any regard for Lois' life and collateral damage.
  • No Name Given: He's only known by his team's code name.

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