Updated on 16 October, 2021
Prometheus is a fictional character used by a number of fictional supervillains throughout the long history of comic books created by DC Comics. First created by Arnie Jorgensen and Grant Morrison, the most prominent version to make his debut in New Year's Evil : Prometheus. As the name suggests, the character was created as an android by the futurerer, who had become the prey of the villain, Dr. Prometheus, a follower of the devil. Through the course of the story, we learn that the android has multiple personalities, each with its own set of motives and goals in mind.
Prometheus is primarily an android who serves as a catalyst to evil events; specifically, his role as a vessel for the soul of a fallen angel. In many versions of the character's history, he is depicted as having the personality of a devil, though this is a common exaggeration. The character of the villain, also known as Deathstroke, is a former police officer who uses lethal force to carry out his twisted objectives.
In the second version of the character, which is written by Christopher Golden, there is a different take on the character's past. In this version, Prometheus is revealed to be an orphaned child who lives in present day Gotham City. His parents were killed during a mugging, and he has since been adopted by a family of addicts. Though he is shown to have an emotional bond with his foster family, his true motives are revealed in the course of the story.
In the television series, which recently became available on Netflix, there is already much exposition on the character of Prometheus. However, much of this has been compressed into a two-hour television show, making it difficult to develop a deep storyline involving a complex character. On the other hand, DC comic book fans will likely enjoy the story for what it is and not what was shown. In addition to the character of Prometheus, there is also a supporting cast of Batman villains. These include Two-Face, Ra's al Ghurd, Cat Woman, The Question, The Phantom, and The Riddler.
One of the biggest clues to identifying who is the villain of the show is the look he wears. In the television series, Prometheus wears a heavy metal helmet with very sharp edges that resemble a death's head helmet. This is quite appropriate for a character who appears to prey on the weak, as the ghost keys of this fictional character are similar to those that would be given to the weak or vulnerable during the past versions of Ghost Zone confrontations. It is interesting to note that in the animated TV series, Prometheus' helmet is made from an industrial rubber compound, which has the color of crushed red sand.
In the comics, Prometheus has a silver, metallic, and white helmet that features a deep, bowl-like brow. His face is pale like that of an ancient person's who has just received their Spirit World wings. He also wears a pair of boots with metal toe tips and black and gray strands of metal on his arms, gloves, and waistband. Finally, his helmet almost resembles that of a death star.
Now, let us move on to the actual story of this Batman villain. In the original comics, we only know of him as being obsessed with the devil and his quest to find the Ghost Zone. In this appearance, he appears to be more obsessed with finding the legendary Golden Globe and taking it to a location called the Pit. There, he plans to kill the android known as Lady Shiva, whom he also believes to be the real personality behind the Ghost Zone. After he succeeds in this mission, he gains the approval of the authorities and becomes a wanted man, much to the dismay of the Riddler.
In the second version of the story, we find that Lady Shiva is the android working for the devil. In this appearance, we also learn that she was the one behind the creation of the Ghost Zone and is still trying to enter it. She attempts to destroy the Batmobile, but Batman manages to stop her by shooting her in the foot. The two fight briefly and Shiva states that if Batman offers her the chance to join him, she will join. Batman then realizes that she is actually the real personality behind the ghost key and realizes that Shiva is his nemesis and his enemy number one, the rogue android known as the lady gaga.