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Barry Metzner

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Game system: DC Heroes Role-Playing Game


  • Real Name: Barry Metzner, Ph.D.
  • Marital Status: Single
  • Known Relatives: None
  • Group Affiliation: None
  • Base Of Operations: Chicago
  • Height: 5’8” (as Future-Man, about 8’) Weight: 170 lbs (as Future-Man, about 250 lbs)
  • Eyes: Gray (as Future-Man, solid red) Hair: Blondish-red (as Future-Man, none)

Powers and Abilities

Dr. Metzner is a full professor of psychology, and the author of a dozen technical books on the subject. His inability to classify anything that isn’t nailed down and drowning his whole office under loose papers and books is also regarded as a super-powers by his secretary.

In his future-man form, he has a baffling array of psionic superpowers, which are pretty well described by the rag-tag list of Powers above. Most powers manifest as a beam from his forehead.


Barry Metzner has always been fascinated by the mysteries of the human brain, which is what led to his current tenure at the Lake Shore University as a professor of psychology. However, in his youth, he adopted a more iconoclastic approach – he built a machine to upgrade brains so he could understand them better.

The young Metzner, a genius, thus succeeded in building a machine that could accelerate evolution, all by himself. Dazzled by his own brilliance, he even recklessly tested it on himself. The machine worked beyond all expectations – turning him entirely into the form that would be mankind’s a million years henceforth.

Staggering around in his odd body, Metzner felt the cold, pretty much alien mind slowly overwriting his, and stumbled back in the machine to devolve himself back to his original form before it would be too late. He succeeded – but still, a portion of his consciousness remained hyper-evolved and wanted back.

Feeling the inhuman presence within himself, and suspecting it could tap its million-year psionic powers to restructure his body and consciousness, Metzner used various means, such as self-suggestion and autohypnosis, to bury that part of himself. Through sheer discipline he succeeded, and then reinforced his conditioning by having a subliminal tape recorder play continually under his pillow.

Veering away from his technological skills, Metzner became a psychology maven, then a full professor with an enviable track record at publication. When the new Lake Shore University was built and open, he joined it. For a time his main problem was finding a secretary that wouldn’t give up when faced by his extraordinary absentmindedness and disorder. Eventually, he hired charming new psych student Linda Danvers, who somehow proved able to keep his papers and books into order.

Metzner wrote a book exploring the psychology of criminal billionaire Burroughs, a man suspected of innumerable crimes but never actually convicted – since he was fascinated by criminal psychology in general and Burroughs’s in particular. Learning about this, the crimelord had Metzner captured by Council agents — his goal being for Metzner to rewrite his books with deliberate errors in order to fool his competitors. Supergirl intervened, however, and rescued Metzner while thwarting Burroughs.

One night, however, the power failed throughout Chicago during the night. Metzner never realized this, as he was sleeping – but the tape recorder under his pillow, whose existence kept being erased from his consciousness by the subliminal recording, stopped functioning. Metzner woke up knowing something was very wrong, and eventually got overwhelmed by his hyper-evolved consciousness, who transformed him into a future man who intended to rule the mere apes surrounding him.

Supergirl fought the future-man hard and long, angering him despite all his protests to the contrary. When listening to the heartbeat of the creature, she recognized he was Metzner – for she had previously memorized his heartbeat to track him down and rescue him. Appealing to Barry Metzner inside the future-man, she triggered the terrible anger of the creature, who seemingly blasted her into atoms by pumping the full contingent of HPs behind an Energy Blast.

The notion that he had killed triggered a great conflict between Metzner and the future-man, and Metzner eventually inverted the transformation, reverting to his normal form and psyche (though he was still dressed in the strange and rather embarrassing future-man outfit).

Metzner felt confident he was now in control and would never let the future-man emerge again. He may have been successful, as he hasn’t been seen since, with The Daring New Adventures of Supergirl coming to an end with this very issue.


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As Metzner, he is a pipe-smoking absent-minded professor in his late 30s. He lives for science and works constantly at the university on some book and/or experiment. He has something of a mild crush on Linda, and occasionally tries to please her by ordering his incredible mess – or at least by hiding the mess away. He’s a bit disconnected from reality, but otherwise pretty smart.

The future-man is an incredibly arrogant, fast, analytical machine. It seems obvious to him that he is intrinsically superior and must rule the appalling primitives around him – then maybe make his way back to the future. See his quote for a good portrayal of his way of thinking.

Although he insists he’s above emotion, appealing to Metzner within him drove him into a blind rage – so I doubt he has the Iron Nerves he pretends he has.


“To imagine that one such as yourself might think his assistance sought by *me*… as if you might inquire of the simple ape for aid ! No ! For though we be of distant relation… as you yourself are to the selfsame ape… there is nothing you might do for me, for you are the past — AND I…. I AM THE FUTURE !”

“Your attempts to taunt me to anger are worthless, Supergirl ! I am beyond such things ! I know only reason… cold, analytical fact ! I know no anger, Supergirl. Only purpose !”

“Do not think me included in your laws, Supergirl — for I shall henceforth decide upon right and wrong ! I am a law unto myself… and you shall all follow my commands… or suffer for your disobedience !”

Supergirl : “Good Lord ! Don’t you care what happens to these people ?”
Future-Man : “Frankly… no ! For now, I am content merely with studying these specimens. I wish to see what motivates them.”

“Good ?! What a foolish concept ! I am above such judgements as good, as evil ! I am the judge ! I am the ideal !”


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Dex: 06 Str: 09 Bod: 09 Motivation: Power
Int: 10 Wil: 10 Min: 10 Occupation: Would-be dictator
Inf: 07 Aur: 03 Spi: 04 Resources {or Wealth}: N.A.
Init: 023 HP: 040

Control*: 10, Dispersal: 12, Energy blast: 12, Flame project: 10, Flash: 18, Growth: 01, Illusion: 04, Mind probe: 09, Mutation: 05, Superspeed: 02, Telekinesis: 12, Telepathy: 12, Teleport: 07

Bonuses and Limitations:

  • Flash requires eye-to-eye contact, and thus cannot be used for Multi-attacks (-1)
  • Flash has a Range of 0 APs (-1)
  • Growth is Always On and already factored in
  • Illusion has a Special +20 Volume Bonus for both sight and sound (+4), but is quite obviously an hologram of some sort (-2)
  • Superspeed only for mental tasks

Acrobatics (dodging)*: 07. The future-man presumably has enhanced technological and scientific skills from Metzner’s, but never demonstrated them.


Arch-enemy (Dr. Metzner), Strange Appearance

Doctor Barry Metzner, Ph.D.

Dex: 02 Str: 02 Bod: 03 Motivation: Science
Int: 02 Wil: 06 Min: 06 Occupation: Professor of psychology
Inf: 03 Aur: 04 Spi: 05 Resources {or Wealth}: 004
Init: 007 HP: 010

Charisma (interrogation): 04, Gadgetry: 05, Scientist: 05

Alter-ego (Future-Man), Stroke of genius (evolution machine), Scholar (Psychology and the human thought), Misc. Tenured professor (5 pts)

Linda Danvers (Low), Dept. of Psychology (Low)

Archenemy (Future-Man), MPR (near-sighted), SIA toward absentmindedness

By Sébastien Andrivet

Source of Character: Daring New Adventures of Supergirl comics

Helper(s): Chris Cottingham, Roy Cowan

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