Superman and Lois’ Doomsday Plot Secretly Teases DC’s Hulk Origin

The introduction of a mysterious Dr. Faulkner to the cast of Superman and Lois suggests that the Hulk-like anti-hero Rampage will join the series.

Warning: The following contains SPOILERS for Superman and Lois season 2, episode 2, “The Ties That Bind”.

Superman and Lois season 2 seems to set up the origin story of the Hulk-like Rampage, while also introducing the classic DC Comics villain Doomsday. There’s a sense to that, because Rampage’s power set and source in the comics is similar to Doomsday. However, it remains to be seen whether the Arrowverse Rampage will be closer to Jennifer Walters’ She-Hulk persona or a more monstrous murderer, like the original Hulk.

Superman and Lois season 2, episode 2, “The Ties That Bind”, found Lois Lane interviewing Dr. Faulkner, who was overseeing the removal of volatile X-Kryptonite from the Shuster mines of Smallville. Described as having multiple degrees but having been hired because of her expertise in geology and mineralogy, there was something about Dr. Faulkner’s flippant responses to her questions that made Lois suspicious of her intentions and the company for which she works, AmerTek. His paranoia stemmed from the episode’s final scene, in which a cheerful Dr. Faulkner noted that “something happened and it’s even more powerful than we hoped,” in reference to a gigantic figure digging its way out of the mines. Although the figure has yet to be named on the show, it would be easily identifiable by most Superman comic book readers like the titanic villain called Doomsday.


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Although Dr. Faulkner has yet to be given a first name, she appears to have been inspired by Dr. Karen Lou “Kitty” Faulkner. Created by John Byrne and Karl Kesel and first appeared in 1987 Superman #7, Dr. Faulkner was an environmental scientist who developed a pollution-free solar power generator. An accident with the generator transformed Dr. Faulkner, turning her into an orange-skinned giantess who grew stronger as she grew. Dubbed Rampage by the press, Dr. Faulkner proved to be a match for Superman until the Man of Steel managed to calm her down and help her find a way to deal with her transformations. While she was sometimes manipulated by various villains into spiraling out of control, Dr. Faulkner usually used her newfound powers for good, becoming an ally to Will Payton’s Starman and eventually the head of the STAR Labs offices in Metropolis.

Rampage Kitty Faulkner in DC Comics

While Rampage’s status as DC Comics’ Hulk might seem obvious given his scientific background and accidental origin, the character’s initial personality was closer to that of Jennifer Walters’ She-Hulk. Dr. Faulkner found new confidence in her Rampage form and debated living her entire life as an Amazon heroine. That’s no surprise, considering co-creator John Bryne was responsible for writing and drawing a fan-favorite. Sensational She-Hulk series around the same idea, before taking over Superman after Crisis on Infinite Earths. However, the Arrowverse’s Dr. Faulkner is a much more sinister character, based on his initial appearance.

Given that the Rampage of the comics gained power by absorbing solar energy, much like Superman and Doomsday, it would make sense that Superman and Lois to tie the characters’ origins together in the Arrowverse. Assuming Dr. Faulkner is destined to be transformed by the X-Kryptonite she’s mining, it’ll be interesting to see if she becomes a friend of Superman, like in the comics, or just one more obstacle to overcome. Either way, a battle between Doomsday and Rampage would be an interesting sight.

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