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Why do Green Lantern rings recharge every 24 hours if they don't originate on earth?

Generally, Green Lantern rings require recharging every 24 hours. Why is this? The rings don't originate on earth, so it seems very coincidental that they require recharging every time the earth ...
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What Batman stories follow on from “Skulduggery” by Brian K. Vaughan, with the 'Skeleton' character?

At the end of 'Skulduggery' there is a short character introduction for "Skeleton" that came from "Batman: Gotham City Secret Files and Origins". It is just a small couple of pages to introduce the ...
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What material is Batman's suit made of in Dawn of Justice?

Does anybody know what is his suit made out of? I saw the tech guide and I didn't get anything.
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How could a normal razor/scissor cut Superman's hair? [duplicate]

As the title suggests, my question is simple here, how Superman was able to cut his hair using normal razors and scissors? As no Earthly material is strong enough to cut Superman's any body part. ...
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Does the catchphrase “Why so serious?” come from a previous Batman property?

Just watched the Dark Knight and was wondering if Joker's catchphrase "Why so serious?" comes from a comic or was it invented specifically for the film?
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Plastic Man peeping on Wonder Woman?

I read that Plastic Man once sneaked into Wonder Woman's room and watched her undress and from that point on the two don't work together often. Can someone tell me the name of the comic book/series?
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In what comics do the Gog Wars take place?

I've seen people talk about "Gog Wars" where Superman meets an intelligent version of Doomsday that's been fighting an army of Gog clones for years. In what comics (specific issues) does this take ...
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Does any version of Bruce Wayne give him a Jewish background?

Part of my long-running series of calling out TV Tropes. The TV Tropes page for Ambiguously Christian says this (emphasis mine): The Batman films from 1989-1997 take place in a Christian world, ...
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How did Batman develop genius-level intellect?

In the DC universe (whether it's post Infinite Crisis Multiverse or New 52) Batman is not a metahuman. However despite that, Batman has almost always been described as the world's greatest detective ...
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How did Batman know Zatanna wiped his memory?

In 'Identity Crisis' (Jun-Dec 2004), we learn that Zatanna wiped Batman's memory a while ago. In 'OMAC Project' (Jun-Nov 2005), we learn that Batman knew what happened and has a satellite set up to ...
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Why does Green Arrow hate Batman?

In the 'Under the Hood' arc, in Batman #639, Batman goes to Star City to ask Green Arrow about his resurrection. Green Arrow displays hostility. After their conversation, Batman says something like: ...
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What happened to the Justice League before the events of JLA #10: Rock of Ages?

I've been reading Grant Morrison's JLA, and I'm a bit confused. After 9 issues, the roster suddenly changes without much explanation. Questions: What's up with the blue-faced Superman? How did he ...
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Is there a death penalty in Gotham? [duplicate]

Every time you hear of Batman catching the worst of psychopaths, it seems like the worst that happens to them is being sent to Arkham Asylim. Does that mean that Gotham has no death penalty? If so, ...
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Between Batman and Superman, which one of them learned of another's existence first?

In continuities where both are present, does Batman learn of Superman's existence first, or vice versa? (I don't necessarily mean meeting personally, nor knowing the secret identity - just being aware ...
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First appearance of Batgirl?

Sometime ago I read the first appearance of Batgirl was on the TV show starring Adam West. Only afterwards she found her way into the comics. It this true? I know there was a character named Bat-...
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How long has Batman been “The World's Greatest Detective”?

One thing I noticed from the real-world aftermath of the Batman vs. Superman movie is a bit of a generational divide. In particular, I see a lot of younger (post-Gen-X) Batman fans have a huge problem ...
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Does Batman ever say “Because I'm Batman” in-universe?

"How It Should Have Ended" has a shtick about "Because I'm Batman" that turned into a meme by now. But did HISHE invent it, or does Batman actually say that exact phrase in any canon, comic or film? ...
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Who is older? Batman or Superman?

Assuming we count Superman's age as the age of Clark Kent in Earth Years, how does his age compare to Bruce Wayne in-universe? Any answers are preferred to be from the same continuity if possible; ...
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Why wasn't Bruce Wayne shot too? [duplicate]

How come Joe Chill killed Bruce Wayne's parents and he didn't kill Bruce? And why did he kill Bruce's parents?
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Are the actions of the same character in different multiverses linked?

Do the actions of one superhero affect those of the same superhero on another Earth? For example, does the action of Flash on Earth 2 influence the actions of the other Flash on Earth 1?
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Do Free Comic Book Day comics from DC or Marvel contain important plot?

If they do, will they sell them in the future? I'm asking because I'm worried that there might be an important plot point in a series I'm following, and I might not be able to get the free comic. I ...
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How does flash travel faster than the speed of light? [duplicate]

Like in the show he is running so fast that he goes back in time. How does that happen?
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Can Beast Boy mate with animals?

Can Beast Boy mate with any animal? He can fully transform into any animal, with the exception of having with green skin, scales, feathers, hair, etc. Is it possible for him to mate with an animal of ...
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How fast is flash? Is superman faster than flash? [duplicate]

Can you please tell me who's faster and what is speed force?
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Birds of Prey (TV Show) - Messed up timeline?

So I am in the middle of a Birds of Prey marathon. Watching all the episodes in order I am confused by the timeline. Am I missing something or did they just really mess up? In the "Lady Shiva" ...
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Was Comic Book Guy correct about Green Lantern?

In The Simpsons Movie, the following conversation occurs: Grampa Simpson: [in video] Twisted tail! A thousand eyes! Trapped forever!!! EPA!!! EPA!!! Marge: EPA? What could that be? Comic ...
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What Films and TV make up the Current DC Universe?

Unlike Marvel who has a well defined and established shared universe, DC seems to differ on what material belongs to what universe. I know that Arrow, Flash, Supergirl, and Legends of Tomorrow have ...
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How important is it for Superman to see the light of day? [duplicate]

As we all know, Superman is supposed to get his super powers from Earth's yellow Sun. It almost sounds like he needs exposure to daylight every so often to keep them. How important is it for Superman ...
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superboy/girl and the legion of superheroes

Superboy and Supergirl sometimes travel to the 30th Century to work with the Legion of Superheroes. Aren't there any potential descendants they may meet, and if so do they ever meet (I don't think in ...
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First instance in the comics of The Flash's trailing lightning as literal rather than a visual effect?

There are many ways to portray speed through illustration: speed lines, after-images, a blurred background, etc. Some of these are simply artistic license upon a visual effect, rather than something ...
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Are there faster dead men?

The Flash's title is "The Fastest Man Alive." The modifier "Alive" implies that there was at least one faster man, but he is no longer alive. In the main comic continuities, are there men faster ...
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What is the reason behind the superhero righteousness of beating people silly?

Most of the superheros from comics (and now their movies) believe very strongly that they mustn't kill. They all believe in it so strongly that they go to any extent to prove that to the antagonist (...
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Can Superman focus his heat vision to a microscopic level?

If Superman can turn off Manchester Black's powers, can he focus his heat vision to a microscopic level?
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Comic identification

I came across this comic book page on the Internet, I would like to know which comic this page belongs to.
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Superman: why so many “LL” initials? [duplicate]

Why are there so many significant characters in Superboy, Superman with the same initials LL? For instance Lana Lang, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, Lena Luthor, Linda Lee, ....? For Batman all I can recall ...
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Do all the DC live action heroes from movies and TV universes exist in the same universe but as different earths in the multiverse?

There have been hundreds of live action DC heroes and villains played by multiple actors in TV and movies, for example in some old serials, The 1950s George Reeves "Adventures of Superman, "1966"s ...
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Have Superman or Supergirl ever tried to change history?

Superboy once ventured into the past and tried to make some changes to history, but found that compensating effects seemed to be at play and history was put back on track. Have Superman or Supergirl ...
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What is the difference between the Justice Society and the Justice League?

At the end of the Legends of Tomorrow episode Legendary (S01E16), a character arrives and introduces himself as a member of The Justice Society of America. I've seen and heard both names mentioned in ...
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Jim Gordon's past in Year One

In Batman: Year One, the animated adaptation, there is a point where Jim Gordon is beating up Flass, and as that about to go down, he gives him a baseball bat. The voice-over says something along the ...
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Which martial arts styles has Batman been said to use?

When I saw The Dark Knight Rises, I was perplexed by the fighting style Batman uses against Bane - specifically, his reliance upon elbow strikes. I did some ...
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The Flash - Do these metahumans match up with real comic versions?

At the end of Season 2 Episode 21, Here are a few screenshots: Are these metahumans pulled directly from the comics? Put another way, do they correspond to actual DC comic characters or are ...
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Did the events of Convergence have any importance for The New 52?

After I read Justice League #50, I noted that DC Comics Rebirth will be the continuation of The New 52. I did not get to read all of The New 52, but I thought that after New 52: Future Ends, the ...
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How many Time Remnants can one have at any given … time?

Zoom has made repeated use of Time Remnants, sacrificing them as needed. In The Race of His Life: Now:
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Why was this person not affected (Arrow)

Some spoilers may appear. How come in green arrow people who are injected with the mirakuru die. But Slade and Roy survived. Why did these people not die and how?
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Can a speedster move fast enough in a room to be unnoticed by people in it?

In Invincible (The Flash 2014 S02E22), Caitlin hallucinates Zoom appearing in front of her. I think it is a hallucination, but I wonder: Can a speedster move fast enough that they can remain unnoticed ...
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Does Captain Marvel only transform if the lightning strikes him? [duplicate]

I was showing my son who Captain Marvel / Shazam was, and I noticed something in this clip from Justice League Unlimited. When he's fighting Superman, he says "Shazam!", but holds Supes in front of ...
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In The Flash (CW), what is the Time Wraith?

I have done extensive research, but in the DC universe, I have found nothing on time wraiths. When I watched the episode, I saw the time wraith was wearing a hood much like the one Barry Allen wears. ...
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The Flash S02E20 : What does 'Barry Allen is trapped in speed force' means?

In reference to The Flash TV Series Season 2 Episode 20: In the end, we see that Barry Allen doesn't exist in physical World anymore. But his soul is trapped in Speed Force (Got this from YouTube ...
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Why is Desire (almost) always portrayed as a villain?

While the Endless are beyond human morality, it is quite easy to notice the general characters of them: Destiny is cold and formal, Dream is moody, Delirium is happily childish (and really, really ...
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Relevance of Joe Chill to succession of Batman?

From The Big Bang Theory Sheldon: I am asserting, in the event that Batman’s death proves permanent, that original Robin, Dick Grayson, is the logical successor to the Bat Cowl. Stuart: Ooh,...