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General Eiling
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Real name: Wade Eiling
Species: Metahuman
Hair: Grey

None (in monstrous form)

Eyes: Blue

White (in monstrous form)

Base: Cadmus Headquarters
Affiliations: Cadmus
United States Military
Rogue of: Justice League
Abilities: Military Tactician
Superhuman strength
Superhuman endurance
Superhuman speed
Superhuman durability
Weaponry: Handgun
Voiced by: J.K. Simmons

"I'll waste you and a billion like you before I let any power rival that of America's. It's my duty."
"You don't know what the word means.
"
— Wade Eiling and Shining Knight[1]

Wade Eiling was a US general who was a central figure in the Cadmus organization.

History

General Eiling was in charge of the US military response to the Dark Heart invasion. At first he welcomed the Justice League intervening to contain the threat while he and his men evacuated the local civilians. However, he was unnerved when he learned that the League's Watchtower had a binary fusion weapon which it used as part of the containment. After the crisis had abated, Eiling took control of the remains of the Dark Heart technology, stating that his scientists could learn a lot from something that had almost defeated the Justice League and warning the Leaguers about having a weapon of mass destruction in orbit, pointing down at the Earth.[2]

After the disturbing revelation that the Justice League possessed a weapon of mass destruction, and not much stopping them from using it against Earth, Eiling focused his ambition to defeating the Justice League. He became a key member of Project Cadmus, a secret division of the United States government who is not above using illegal and immoral methods to obtain power that could rival the Justice League in case those heroes went rogue. In his time with Cadmus, Eiling shows what kind of person he truly is. He considers himself a loyal American patriot, but he in fact has the mind of a dictator. He thinks he is serving his country, but he wishes for his country and its army to be the most powerful on Earth, and apparently has no interest in democracy and considers the lives and liberties of ordinary citizens insignificant.

When Doomsday escaped containment in a Cadmus facility and attempted to kill Superman, Amanda Waller ordered Eiling to stop him. The general's solution was to fire a missile with a nuclear Kryptonite warhead, despite the fact that Superman and the Justice League were engaged in a rescue operation evacuating civilians from an erupting volcanic island. Shrugging off Waller's objections at the murderous overkill, Eiling saw this as an opportunity to destroy a notorious drug-trafficking point, Superman and Doomsday in one shot. However, Batman intercepted the missile while the Justice League defeated Doomsday on their own and exiled him into the Phantom Zone.[3]

Seeking a way to co-opt the League, Eiling had Captain Atom's Air Force commission reactivated and assigned him to Cadmus. Though Atom protested that he was part of the League now, Eiling appealed to his sense of duty and oath of service. Eiling gambled well, and Captain Atom even attacked Superman when he and Huntress broke into Cadmus to rescue the Question.[4] After the Watchtower's binary fusion cannon was fired on the abandoned Cadmus headquarters, Eiling prompted Waller to send Galatea and the Ultimen clones to attack the Justice League.[5] Eiling was watching the battle in Cadmus' new facility when Batman broke in, punching the general out.[6]

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General Eiling, after taking the Captain Nazi serum.

After Lex Luthor's involvement in and intentions for the organization came to light, Cadmus changed its operational focus and Eiling was reassigned to administrative duty. Unlike his Cadmus colleague, Waller, who is grateful that they were not sent to prison, and learned to be more accepting and understanding toward the Justice League, Eiling, now even more irrational with paranoia and hate, blamed Superman, the Justice League, and metahumans in general for the state of the world. One year later, Eiling planned to show the world that the League wasn't the only superpower on Earth by publicly besting Superman. Eiling stole and used a classified Nazi body enhancement chemical captured by Spy Smasher in World War II. This transformed Eiling into a monstrous hulking form and gave him super-strength and invulnerability. Eiling proceeded to attack a hero parade in Metropolis to try to call out the Man of Steel (who was on a mission off-planet at the time). He manages to overpower the valiant efforts of seven non-metahuman Justice Leaguers, willingly endangering many innocent lives and brushing them off as acceptable losses, all while babbling about his patriotism and loyalty to his country. After the long and destructive battle, the bystanders courageously confront him and his twisted patriot act. Eiling persists that the Justice League's super-powered metahumans were a threat to the people, only to be retorted that he is in fact the only one there with super powers, and clearly using them against his own people. Eiling finally relents and admits that he has become what he hates, but stubbornly insists that he is still right about the League, and swears that he will return because he believes that they will still need him.[1] Eiling then leaves; his fate following the Metropolis incident is unknown.

Powers and abilities

In human form, Wade Eiling is a veteran soldier who is presumably well-versed in military strategy, hand-to-hand combat, and weapons handling. He possesses average human strength and a keen intellect (though he is very stubborn and judgmental).[2][3]

After injecting the Captain Nazi serum, Eiling's grey-skinned form is superhumanly strong, perhaps on par with that of Superman or Doomsday. He is much faster than normal humans and can use his powerful leg muscles to leap distances of a mile or more. He is also seemingly impervious to injury by conventional means, possessing superhuman durability. The only weapon that was able to wound him even slightly was the Shining Knight's magical sword.[1]

Background information

General Eiling is the main adversary of Captain Atom in the comics, though it is pronounced Ee-ling rather than Eye-ling. Eiling is responsible for Captain Atom's creation, married his wife after the captain's supposed death, and continued his shady dealings. Years later, Eiling was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor and thus, arranged to have his brain transplanted to the body of the Shaggy Man, an indestructible superhuman monster. He shaved off the creature's excess hair, leaving him a monstrous humanoid with tusk-like teeth. Eiling has gone by the name "The General" since his transformation.

In the DCAU universe, Eiling's human appearance is extremely similar to that of his voice actor, J.K. Simmons.

Appearances

Justice League Unlimited

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wayne, Matt (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director) (February 25, 2006). "Patriot Act". Justice League Unlimited. Season 2. Episode 7 (airdate). Episode 33 (production). Cartoon Network.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Ellis, Warren (writer) & Riba, Dan (director) (December 11, 2004). "Dark Heart". Justice League Unlimited. Season 1. Episode 10 (airdate). Episode 10 (production). Cartoon Network.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Idem, "Doomsday Sanction"
  4. McDuffie, Dwayne (writer) & Riba, Dan (director) (June 25, 2005). "Question Authority". Justice League Unlimited. Season 1. Episode 22 (airdate). Episode 22 (production). Cartoon Network.
  5. McDuffie, Dwayne (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director) (July 2, 2005). "Flashpoint". Justice League Unlimited. Season 1. Episode 23 (airdate). Episode 23 (production). Cartoon Network.
  6. McDuffie, Dwayne (writer) & Dos Santos, Joaquim (director) (July 9, 2005). "Panic in the Sky". Justice League Unlimited. Season 1. Episode 24 (airdate). Episode 24 (production). Cartoon Network.

External links


Project Cadmus
Members
Leader Amanda Waller
Sponsor Lex Luthor
PR / Manager Maxwell Lord
Division Heads
Genetics Emil Hamilton
Psychology Hugo Strange • Moon
Splicing Milo
Mysticism Tala
Military Tactics Wade Eiling
Agents
Captain Atom • Doomsday • Galatea
Ultimen Downpour • Juice • Shifter • Long Shadow • Wind Dragon
Task Force X Captain Boomerang • Clock King • Deadshot • Rick Flagg • Plastique

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