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Superman & Lois' Eradicator Could Explain The Arrowverse's Evil Superman

The Eradicator machine in Superman & Lois has an important DC Comics connection that may hint at how the Arrowverse’s evil Man of Steel was born. Somehow, the Kal-El (Tyler Hoechlin) that existed on the Earth of John Henry Irons (Wolé Parks) turned on humanity, and was joined in his crusade by an army of bloodthirsty Kryptonians.

At least some of the events that happened on Irons’ Earth appear to be transpiring on Earth-Prime in Superman & Lois season 1. Over the course of the season, the main characters have learned that Morgan Edge (Adam Rayner) has been building an army of Kryptonians by transferring Kryptonian spirits into the bodies of Smallville residents - a process accomplished via a machine invented by Clark’s biological mother, Lara. In the hopes of undoing the damage Edge had done, the heroes then uploaded Lara’s consciousness into Lana Lang (Emmanuelle Chriqui), who was then able to explain that the machine is called the Eradicator. According to her, she built the Eradicator to preserve their race, but she never intended for people like Edge to use it as a method of invasion.

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It’s now known that the Eradicator was the key to Edge’s plan, but it may also relate directly to why there was an evil, black-clad Superman on an alternate Earth. In DC Comics, the Eradicator was a Kryptonian artificial intelligence programmed to safeguard its culture at any cost. After falling into the hands of Superman, it was used to create the Fortress of Solitude, where it remained for years. Unbeknownst to the Man of Steel, however, the Eradicator slowly began to erase his human side and transform him into a vicious Kryptonian warrior. Fortunately, Clark was able to regain his humanity. Years later, the Eradicator used the power stored at the Fortress to create a copy of Superman’s body, which it could control. As a new, evil Superman-like android, the Eradicator served as a minor DC Comics villain.

Either of these two storylines could be the explanation that the Arrowverse will use when it goes into the origin of its evil Superman. In fact, Superman & Lois may have just set up the possibility of it happening with Earth-Prime’s version of the character as well. At the end of episode 10, Superman – weakened by the use of his solar flare ability – landed in the Fortress of Solitude with the Eradicator. If the Arrowverse finds a way to make the machine comparable to its DC counterpart, it may be that if the machine connects with the Fortress, it can siphon energy from it and potentially develop new capabilities.

The Arrowverse’s take on the Eradicator doesn’t have sentience yet, but that could change depending on what comes next on Superman & Lois. Similar to what occurred in the source material, the machine could turn the Big Blue Boy Scout into a weapon against his own planet. So far, none of the characters seem to understand how or why Superman would change sides, but if the Eradicator is involved – he may not have any say in the matter.

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