'Young Justice: Outsiders' brings Metamorpho, aka the Element Man, back to life

Metamorpho, aka The Element Man, was actually meant to be a parody of the fantastic, and sometimes downright silly, superhero characters of the '60s


                            'Young Justice: Outsiders' brings Metamorpho, aka the Element Man, back to life

'Young Justice: Outsiders' really has fans on the edge of their seat with a wave of new heroes gracing their screens. DC's strategy seems to be to acquire new audience by popularising the less-popular characters. It is quite amazing that they could achieve this without compromising the integrity of the characters or the show.

Metamorpho, aka The Element Man, aka Rex Mason, was actually meant to be a parody of the fantastic, and sometimes downright silly, superhero characters of the '60s. However, he's one of the few heroes (just like Deadpool in Marvel) to make to the roster of mainstream characters. Metamorpho is also the second superhero to decline an invitation to join our ever-so-subtly egoistic heroes at The Justice League.

Metamorpho, aka Element Man, a heroic member of 'The Outsiders' and 'The Terrifics' (Source: DC Universe)
Metamorpho, aka Element Man, a heroic member of 'The Outsiders' and 'The Terrifics' (Source: DC Universe)

Metamorpho made his debut on TV in the 'Justice League' animated series where he was voiced by Tom Sizemore. Metamorpho started making frequent cameos on DC's more light-hearted series like 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' and 'DC: Super Hero Girls'.

The Metamorpho we're introduced to in 'Young Justice: Outsiders' episode 'Exceptional Human Beings' seems to be essentially the same Metamorpho from the Golden Age of Comics with his amazing set of powers of shapeshifting, transmutation, enhanced strength and durability. 'Exceptional Human Beings' brings a sense of nostalgia seeing the Element Man in action.

Simon Stagg (the owner of Stagg Industries) has it out for Metamorpho ever since he started dating Stagg's daughter (Source: DC Universe)
Simon Stagg (the owner of Stagg Industries) has it out for Metamorpho ever since he started dating Stagg's daughter (Source: DC Universe)

There may be only one key difference between the lastest Metamorpho and his '60s counterpart. The old Metamorpho got his powers when he was exposed to a radioactive meteorite and was hinted at being created by the Sun God, Ra, which is a little problematic in the DC universe where the only God they'd like to bring into the equation is The Presence.

In the series, DC has made sure to close the loophole of how metahumans exist by introducing the Mutagen, a substance which is said to activate the Metahuman gene.

Simon Stagg (the owner of Stagg Industries) has it out for Metamorpho ever since he started dating Stagg's daughter Sapphire Stagg. Metamorpho's origin is closely tied with Stagg Industries (the evil corporation that's converting kidnapped children into metahumans). So he fits quite snugly into the 'Young Justice' storyline.



 

Metamorpho is also one of the classic charter members of the Outsiders team and, while he's mostly a stand-alone hero, it's a real delight to see him work as an essential member of a team.

'Young Justice: Outsiders' is available for streaming exclusively on DC Universe.