James Gunn and Peter Safran announced their plans for Chapter 1 in the DCU titled “Gods and Monsters.” By the look of it, we’re in for an exciting ride as they aim to bring fan-favorite characters to the big screen again and some less-known ones. One of the upcoming movies announced is “The Authority,” following a superhero team from the WildStorm universe. Even though the team and its members are classic and popular among the fans, it will introduce some iconic characters to the broader masses.
One of the most popular members of The Authority is Midnighter, a clone of Batman. We will use this opportunity to tell you about Midnighter’s origin, powers, and abilities. So if you’re interested, stay with us as we look at this character’s interesting history shrouded in mystery.
The origin of Midnighter
Midnighter’s origin is shrouded in mystery, and his real name is unknown. He was created as part of a secret government project to create a group of superpowered beings. He was genetically engineered and trained to be the perfect warrior. The character itself was created by Warren Ellis and Bryan Hitch and debuted in Stormwatch vol. 2 #4 in 1998.
Midnighter was created to be a part of StormWatch, a team led by the first Weatherman, Henry Bendix, known for his brutality and manipulative nature.
StormWatch was originally a United Nations-sponsored organization tasked with monitoring and responding to both supernatural and extraterrestrial global threats. The team consisted of superhuman and technologically advanced individuals with unique skills and abilities. StormWatch was later reimagined as part of the “The Authority” series, where its members took on a more proactive and often controversial approach to protecting the world. The team has had several iterations and remains a popular and enduring aspect of the WildStorm universe.
Midnighter’s powers & abilities explained
Midnighter was among the core members of the StormWatch. With every iteration of the famous superhero team, we know that he is a mysterious figure and that his comic-book identity is closely linked to his relationship with his fellow team-member Apollo. But those are not the aspects of the character that we’re going to focus on today. Instead, we’ll bring you a more in-depth look into his powers and abilities, so we can see why he is such an important team member and has been a fan-favorite character for a long time.
Midnighter has super strength and superhuman speed
Since Midnighter was created as a part of a secret program that aimed to create superpowered beings, super strength, speed, and durability are among his core qualities. Henry Bendix designed and created him with close combat in mind, and his strength reflects that.
Midnighter can exert 1000 kg/cm2 of force with each fingertip, according to official sources, which makes him highly deadly for close targets. His speed also makes him lethal since Midnighter can often, during combat, move at speeds faster than what the human eye can track.
His enhanced physiology granted him extra responsive nerve endings, which translated well regarding his reflexes and the time needed to respond to threats and opponents’ attacks. Even though Midnighter can move (and react) extremely fast, he cannot sustain such speeds for a long time. He is still quite the deadly opponent and extremely difficult to take down due to extra hard tissues, which make him near-invulnerable.
Midnighter is extremely durable and has a rapid healing factor
Midnighter’s enhanced physiology and altered tissues grant him near-invulnerability. He is highly resistant to most human calamities, such as viruses, poisons, and other illnesses, no matter the cause. He can employ self-sustenance and survive in the most extreme environments imaginable. He once caught AIDS and healed himself fully.
He survived in an environment void of air and even walked on the surface of Mars without any extra equipment. Midnighter has two hearts. One is a backup if something goes horribly wrong with his first heart. This rarely happens since his healing factor can repair even the most severe damage in a matter of minutes. He recovered fully from a broken neck, being burned alive, and being shot in the chest.
His most famous ability is his battle precognition
We’ve already mentioned that Midnighter is a clone of Batman, and one thing that Batman excels at despite being surrounded by superpowered beings is his planning and preparation. Midnighter brings planning and tactical thinking to a whole other level, as his superpower is not the fact that he can recover from near-death situations or tear a man limb from limb. It’s the fact that he can predict the outcome of almost every situation.
Midnighter’s mind works as a simulator for every scenario that he imagines. He can perfectly visualize the outcome of certain scenarios, and analyzing it step-by-step in his mind, he can adapt to the scenario and find a way to prevail. He is considered the greatest tactician in the DC universe, with the ability to process information instantly. He is extremely smart and adaptive to almost every combat situation. Pair this with his enhanced senses and genius intellect, and you’re up against a super-genius gifted with the strength of gods that can move faster than sound.
With everything stated, it’s obvious that Midnighter is not someone opponents can ignore lightly. It takes considerable force and even greater intellect to take him down. If he sees the fight coming, it’s most likely that he will manage to prevail. Even if someone by pure luck manages to take him down, it’s a matter of minutes, if not seconds, when he recovers.
What are Midnighter’s weaknesses?
Midnighter is vulnerable to everything that can mess with his mind, which makes him highly sensitive to mental attacks such as psionics, telepathy, and mind-control. He also cannot predict the outcome of his opponent’s situation and is not exactly sure what he’s doing. If the fight is more based on instincts and spur-of-the-moment decisions, Midnighter has nothing to counter this.
His ability highly depends on his speed to process information; if he cannot process the input faster than it plays out, this leaves him in a vulnerable position. Still, he can always fall back on his healing factor, super speed, and strength.