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- Well, as of #2, we know Kord Industries has a gun that shoots super-concentrated sunlight, we know Ultraman is deathly averse to sunlight, we know Tom Kord died as a direct result of Ultraman's actions and we know Tom Kord had a son. Origin stories have been built from less.
- Confirmed. Ted Kord will make his New 52 debut in issue seven.
Therefore, the Final Battle for Forever Evil will be the Justice League facing against some of their most classic, iconic rogues. Obviously, the Justice League will win, but the Legion of Doom will probably escape. The good guys will notice that, even though the Legion of Doom technically saved the day first, they didn't change at all because they don't want to, because this is who they are and will always be. Forever evil.
- Jossed, The Final Boss is Mazahs, AKA Alexander Luthor of Earth 3. The Justice League have little involvement in the final battle
- Confirmed Power Ring is killed by Sinestro.
- Interesting, but jossed. He's going to be a secret agent now.
- Thomas Wayne of Prime Earth; last seen adopting the name Owlman, now taking his presumed dead brother's mantle.
- Dick Grayson; having been unmasked as Nightwing, Dick takes up the anonymity and mantle of Batman once again following Bruce's assumed death
- Thomas Elliot/Hush
- Jason Todd/Red Hood
- Owlman of the Crime Syndicate, creating a unified resistence which will be hard to beat but easy to fight, as part of his plan to kill Ultraman and give his child the world.
- Someone new
- None of the above. It's just plain old regular Batman.
- Their leader will be Alexander Luthor, who will be just as much of an egomaniacal Magnificent Bastard as Lex, but with a key difference: he doesn't let his ego get in way of being genuinely heroic. While the prisoner the Crime Syndacite is heavily implied to be Alex Luthor, I wouldn't put it pass any Luthor to have a Thanatos Gambit on hand. We may even get to meet the new version of Alex Luthor Jr.
- Up until the second comma, the description fits Alexander Luthor/Mazahs down pat. In fact, you can make a point that it's his ego that drives him into thinking of himself as a hero, simply because he opposes the Crime Syndicate who take their villain cards everywhere, when in fact he's pretty much every bit of a bastard as they are.
- The Jokester, who will be Crazy Awesome like The Joker and The Lancer of the group. While Batman fears the Joker and recognizes that his craziness is a threat, Owlman will dismiss the Jokester as being a harmless hero. Cue The Jokester beating him Looney Tunes style.
- This one is jossed as Earth-3 Joker died at the hands of Owlman a.k.a. Earth-3 Batman.
- The Cat who will be sort of a mother figure like Batman is/was a father figure for the Robins. And like Catwoman, she does what she does because she finds it exciting, only she feels doing good instead of stealing things is more entertaining..
- White Hand, the undead defender of his Earth. Able to live thanks to a white ring fueled by his willpower, he is naturally immune to Power Ring's fear powers. Unfortunately, his larger-than-life determination comes at the expense that he is extremely emotional and thus easily distractable, bouncing from rage to hope to love to greed like something out of a shonen anime.
- There's no good counterpart to the Legion of Doom in Earth-3 simply because there is no good in Earth-3, period. Also, there's no information whether there actually are Earth-3 versions of Catwoman and Black Hand.
- What? Ridiculous! Why would a member of the Black Lantern Corps be interested in tormenting a version of Hal Jordan - oh.
- Impossible. The Blackest Night event was stated to still have happened to some capacity in DCnU, yes, but before the start of New 52; in the new continuity, however, Firestorm doesn't even exist before the start of New 52. He didn't exist in the previous years, when Blackest Night happened; therefore, it's impossible for Deathstorm to have existed too. It's just a reference.
- Deathstorm is actually Earth-3 Martin Stein, in a corrupted Firestorm Matrix.
- One thing to notice: Ultraman, Superwoman and Johnny Quick, at least, have had the same behavior since back before the New 52 (possibly even before the Crisis), but none of this ever stopped the Crime Syndicate from operating as a team in a professional manner. It's probable that they tolerate each other long enough to get the job done.
- Probably not serious but still, Jossed.
Maybe they get closer to killing Batman and it's a only Joker gets him situation, or maybe they're about to conquer the universe and the clown just drops in. Either way I'm guessing that the Joker returns, his face inexplicably restored, and deliberately destroys the Syndicate, with Owlman dying of Joker venom.
- Owlman isn't, by far, the problem. He even wants to take the Syndicate down too. There is no reason to shoehorn the Joker into the plot.
Darkseid. Either the true one (in which case his reach extends across alternative universes) or a reverse aligned "good" Darkseid that destroys evil planets like Ultraman's Krypton and Earth-3.
- I'm starting to think it's the Anti-Monitor, possibly with a different name. After all, didn't he destroy Earth-3 in Crisis on Infinite Earths? And the whole universe-destroying thing fits him more.
- Confirmed - it's the Anti-Monitor, with the same name as before.
They labeled that she would appear in Forever Evil and now that Power Ring is dead it seems likely that she is going to be the new candidate.
- Confirmed by Word of God
- Confirmed for the first part. Not sure of the second.
- If it is Alex Jr., then I hope to god that this time his plan works.
Darkseid destroyed the Anti-Matter Universe. We know he remembers the previous continuities, so he knows about Crisis on Infinite Earths. The Anti-Monitor is one of a few entities more powerful than him thats a direct threat, and being the only one (asides from maybe Nekron) whos stuck around after more than one mini-series. So what does Darkseid do to neutralize the threat? Neutralize it at its weakest.
Crisis on Infinite Earths hasnt happened in the New 52, so the Anti-Monitor hasnt gotten the chance to devour whole universes yet. And while theres the distinct possibility that he may remember whats happened (which given hes sporting his pre-got-the-crap-punched-out-of-him-by-Supergirl armour seems unlikely), the universes he devoured never existed and thus may not have their power. He somehow survived, and is currently trying to get revenge on Darkseid.
We're never given a reason why his team traveled back to this essential moment in history, and just what they'd want from the Maltusians. Perhaps it's to deliver a vital cargo? That, or Volthoom had ambitions on his own and planned something with Pandora's Box in the distant past, which got back the long way around. Eventually he gets transformed, dominates the universe and seals them away. This begins the Maltusians/Guardians of the Universe creating the Manhunters, then the Green Lanterns and the massive echos it'll leave in history. Pandora's Box ends up on Earth, and after 10 billion years it finally lines up with the CSA's timeline.
Why sent this far back in time? It might go to explain why the Outsider stated that Earth 3 is "the origin of evil". While Krona started the ball rolling since his actions created the Antimatter Universe at the very least, Volthoom's actions caused the future Guardians to close their heart; an action which would lead to a lot of trouble in future. And of course, Pandora's Box which would eventually be opened by Pandora and release the Seven Deadly Sins upon the world.
As for the Ring of Volthoom, it could be that what he became and going through The Slow Path for so long meant his spirit didn't act normally. Instead of passing on, it ended up returning home but in another time. That, or someone else called Volthoom made that ring and the Volthoom we knew took his name.