General Information
Real name: Hannibal Bates
First Appearance: 52 #9 (July, 2006)
Created by: Geoff Johns
Grant Morrison
Greg Rucka
Mark Waid
Affiliations: Black Lantern Corps
Formerly Infinity, Inc
Everyman Project
Portrayed by: Martin Novotny



Originally from Gotham City, Hannibal Bates was the first person chosen by Lex Luthor to participate in the Everyman Project. This gave the ability to shapeshift. He became a member of Luthor's new incarnation of Infinity, Inc as Everyman.

Infinity Inc

It was later revealed that he had killed his teammate Skyman, and had been masquerading as him for quite some time. During the impersonation, he 'assisted' Natasha Irons in her investigation of Lex Luthor's super-human program. Skyman's ravaged body was shown; Hannibal stated that though he only needs a small portion, he just likes the taste. Natasha, who was romantically involved with Skyman, battled and nearly subdued Everyman, until Lex Luthor saved him.

When Steel (John Henry Irons) and the Teen Titans came to rescue Natasha Irons, Everyman lured Steel by posing as Natasha, then morphed into a giant crab and tried to crush him, but the hero easily defeated him. Fleeing the battle, Everyman was next seen masquerading as Lex Luthor as the former mogul was led to jail. His ruse was discovered by Clark Kent, and the real Luthor was placed into custody.

One Year Later

Everyman posed as Ted Kord, returned from the grave, until a DNA test proved otherwise, and he was taken into custody. He was later freed by Circe, who ordered him to disguise himself as Sarge Steel, and instigate the events leading up to the Amazons Attack.

In the aftermath of the event the Amazons Attack, Everyman was captured and arrested by Nemesis. Everyman reappeared, this time impersonating Green Arrow and tried to murder Black Canary on their wedding night. She managed to kill him with an arrow to the neck. His deception was not discovered until a month later when Batman and Dr. Mid-Nite performed an autopsy. It was later revealed by Granny Goodness (in the guise of Athena) that the switch was made during the Injustice League's attack on the wedding. Everyman was meant to pose as Green Arrow for a short time, then fake his death. Unfortunately, Everyman suffered from impotency, which forced him to try and kill Black Canary on the wedding night, rather than chance his cover being blown.

Dark Arrow

It was later revealed that Everyman had survived Black Canary's attack. The villain woke up, naked in an alley, with amnesia, believing himself to be Oliver Queen. He returned to "his" home, only to be confronted by the real Green Arrow. Although unsure of who was who at first, Black Canary was able to identify the fake by the stab wound on his neck, and rallied with her husband against him. Everyman managed to slip away, only to be captured by the new Big Game, who intended to use him in one of his plots.

Blackest Night

During The Blackest Night Everyman was identified as one of the deceased villains entombed below the Hall of Justice. His body was later revived as part of the Black Lantern Corps.

Powers and Abilities


  • Metamorphosis: He can transform into any living thing, after eating a genetic sample (fingernail, hair, skin, etc).


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  • His name is a combination of Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates Two Famous Movie Villians.

See Also

In Other Media

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