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"Our destiny isn't written in some book in the future. We write it ourselves, every day." Lana Lang, Legion
"I know what I need to do with my life now. Life is so precious, so beautiful and to be able to protect that, that's an amazing gift." – Lana Lang, Requiem
Lana was destined to lead a purposeful life and would do so by discovering and fulfilling her own destiny. Her journey started in high school and continued until she finally actualized it, just before she left town for good. However, Lana continued to embrace and fulfill her destiny out in the world, away from Smallville. This is the epic journey she made into becoming one of Earth's greatest superheroines.
The relationship between Clark Kent and Lana Lang is truly extraordinary, which would lead Lana to her own destiny. Lana first became an important part of Clark's circle of friends when they began high school. Clark's feelings for her grew, and a tentative friendship blossomed, which eventually led to a relationship between the two. Lana often found herself in danger, with Clark regularly coming to her rescue, although she was not always aware of this. When Clark finally told Lana the truth about his extraterrestrial origins, she didn't reject him as he had always feared.
Clark and Lana's relationship spanned much of the course of the show, and has been the source of both extreme happiness and extreme sorrow and heartbreak for both of them, because of their individual destinies. They ultimately parted forever, when Lana decided it was best for both of them for her to live her life and continue to fulfill her destiny, outside of Smallville.
"I always thought I would die young."- Lana to Clark, Vortex
"How many times have you been there when I didn't know it, saving me?" - Lana to Clark, Reckoning
"It doesn't matter, Lana, I couldn't let anything happen to you." - Clark to Lana, ReckoningClark Kent intervened many times to protect Lana Lang's life.
Clark first intervenes and saves Lana from a webbing patch when Greg Arkin, a fellow high school classmate, prepares to mate with her. While Clark has saved Lana's life numerous times over the years, a few stand out as truly defining moments in Lana's life. Without Clark intervening in these unique events, Lana would never have been able to fulfill her destiny as a superheroine. A few are explored below:
Lana was on her way back into town after she dropped Whitney off at the bus station, unaware that three tornadoes were headed her way. However, when Clark heard that the tornadoes were headed towards Smallville, he became worried for Lana's safety. Making his priorities clear, he abandoned Chloe and super-sped to save Lana, as a tornado sucked her truck up. Lana's truck was lifted into the funnel of the storm and Clark rushed into the storm and saved her. Despite Clark's attempts to maintain his secret, Lana suspected that Clark was the reason she was still alive, particularly as she had vivid memories of Clark's face as she was pulled into a tornado. Lana directly questioned Clark about this, but he brushed it off. Unconvinced, Lana later tried to reassure Clark that she would not be bothered if he was different.
While Clark always there to protect Lana, she also played a part in her own self-defense and thus her destiny. She decided to learned how to protect and defend herself by taking combat lessons with Lex. Over the years she has evolved from a soft and naive girl to a stronger confident woman.One of the most extraordinary saves was when Clark received a phone call from the future during which Adam Knight kills Lana. Anxious about this event, Clark, Lana, and Chloe teamed up together to figure out where the call came from. When they pieced together the clues, they determined that Lana's phone call was actually from the future. Clark worked tirelessly through the day to stop the event leading up to Lana's death in the hopes that would change the future. However, when he was unsuccessful from preventing these events from happening, he went to the teen crisis center to wait for Lana's call. There, an electrical short happened with meteor rocks nearby, serving as a possible reason for the time-warp. Clark lifted the power pole high enough to pull the lines out of the puddle with the meteor rocks. He was then able to ask Lana where she was and supersped to her location just in time to deflect the bullet for her, saving her life. When Clark confessed his secret to Lana and asked her to marry him, she was shocked and reserved at responding to his proposal at first. However she accepted Clark for who he was and agreed to marry him. Clark then realized that he could trust Lana to keep his secret, but soon realized that it was dangerous for her, as Lex inadvertently caused a car accident, killing her. With this, Clark realized that Lana's life was the price that Jor-El promised to collect when he resurrected Clark. After going to the Fortress of Solitude and pleading with him to fix it, Clark was given a crystal by Jor-El that will reset the day back to the beginning. After the day was reset, Clark reconsidered his decision to tell Lana his secret as a means to keep her safe.
A crazed fan thought that Clark would finally embrace his destiny if the woman he loved was dead, so the fan tried to kill Lana by throwing her off a roof, but Clark arrived just in time to save her. Clark even had to save Lana from herself, when during a romantic afternoon with Clark, Lana accidentally received Clark's powers when she was struck by lightning while holding a piece of kryptonite. Lana wasn't mentally ready to handle such great power and she became corrupted by them, and used them in a violent and vengeful way. Clark was later able to de-power Lana before she destroyed herself, in effect once again preserving her destiny.
"I want to be invincible." - Lana to Carter (Power)
"I'm not training you, to be like someone else. I'm training you to be Lana Lang. To rise from the ashes of your previous life, stronger, more powerful, fearless. It's time to rise." - Carter to Lana (Power)
"Well, before you fly off to change the world, I've got something for you. Take this so you'll always remember: As you rise higher and higher, never look down." - Carter to Lana (Power)
This is one of the most important steps Lana made in her journey into becoming one of earth's greatest superheroines.
After Lana awoke from the coma that Brainiac induced, she was then immediately kidnapped by Tess Mercer on Lex's orders. Shortly afterward, Lana overpowered her kidnappers and escaped. However, she was resolved to be in control of her life and no longer be a victim of her circumstances, so she decided to leave Smallville and on go a training quest, to prepare herself both mentally and physically to wear the Prometheus suit and stop Lex from gaining its powers.
Her journey took her to Edge City, where she found Carter Bowfry, a former military teacher, whom she knew could teach her the specialized skills that she needed. Even though Carter was impressed that Lana was able to track him down, he was reluctant to help her, even when she offered to pay him whatever he wanted. He told her that he didn't need her money and even tried to deny who he was, telling her that he was just a retired teacher living off his pension. But Lana had done her homework and told him that she knew that he was a military teacher, who trained soldiers and Green Berets to ignore pain and she wanted him to teach her everything he knew. Carter was both surprised and impressed that Lana was able to find out his true identity, but he was still hesitant because he thought that Lana wouldn't be able to handle the training. Carter finally conceded when she assured him that she is a lot tougher than she looks and that by helping her, he'll also be helping the world. Carter agreed to train her to overcome pain and torture with mental willpower.Carter began by putting Lana through a grueling training regiment, something she initially couldn't handle, leading Carter to provoke and challenge her, which resulted in motivating Lana to succeed. Her training regiment also included learning to endure and survive extremely cold temperatures and withstanding the pain of fire. He also taught her to let go of Clark and not put him on a pedestal anymore. She eventually accepted that she didn't need to be like Clark, she just needed to do this for herself. Carter trained her for several months in which she learned to ignore pain which combined with her combat skills, making her a more formidable person.
Although Lana was grateful for everything Carter had taught her, for her to finally complete her transformation she needed powers that she will need to do her job more effectively and fight superpowered villains. Carter advised her that sometimes power isn't the answer, but when he saw how determined she was and how much she wanted to help the world, he conceded and decided to join her. He also gave Lana a phoenix medallion to remind her that as she rises higher and higher to never look down.
"Lana Lang was born to be a martyr" - Tess to Dr Groll (Power)This was the final step Lana took to finally actualize her destiny. Lana secretly returned to Metropolis and researched Project Ares, when she found information about the project, and that Dr Edward Groll was working on it. She then contacted Dr Groll, a scientific expert who specialized in Nanotechnology and alien technology, and congratulated him on creating the Prometheus suit, a specialized suit that granted the wearer extraordinary superpowers. At first Dr Groll denied any knowledge of the suit, but once again Lana overcame that hurdle by revealing to Dr. Groll all the information that she had uncovered. At first he was stunned, but he then confirmed that Lana was indeed right. Lana then convinced Dr. Groll to give the suit to her instead of Lex, telling him that Lex would corrupt its power but that she would use it to protect the world. Dr Groll agreed with Lana and the two decided to move the Project to a safe location and that Lana would become the wearer of the suit instead. The precedure was carried out shortly after Chloe's wedding, between late 2008 an early 2009. The precedure included having Lana's skin moderately scarred so that the skin became damaged and nanites were grafted by lasers into her skin, which had also been treated and altered by alien DNA. Dr Groll successfully grafted a layer of nanites onto Lana's entire body, granting Lana superpowers of her own. Lana later met Clark on the rooftop of the Daily Planet and explained to him that he no longer had to worry about her safety, because nothing could hurt her anymore and she wanted to devote her powers to working side-by-side with Clark in Metropolis, saving people with him. However if he didn't, she would understand. Clark assured Lana it was what he always wanted and they kissed passionately, reigniting their romance.
A Legendary Destiny
"Ever since I was little, I've read stories about you, about the hardships you overcome and the incredible things you will go on to do. You are remembered for a lot more than just your relationship with Clark. You have a destiny all your own." - Imra Ardeen to Lana Lang, (Legion).
Lana had always been sensitive to the plight of others and always wanted to help people whenever she could, even from an early age. When she was in high school, she participated in various charity including school bake sales and personally organized a school blood drive. In the summer of 2001, she worked as an assistant to the elders at the Smallville Retirement Center and worked at a Teen Crisis Hot-line for students that needed emotional support. As a normal human, she had protected and saved the lives of her friends many times, including Clark, his adoptive and biological mothers, and his cousin Kara, and helped save the world when Chloe taken over by Brainiac and tried to enslave mankind.
Lana's destiny was finally revealed to her by a future superheroine from the 21th century. After Lana actualized her destiny and became a superheroine, her first save was Dr. Groll, whom Tess tried to kill when he stopped her from destroying Prometheus. The next morning, she visited Tess and tried to save her from destroying herself with her quest for revenge. Her final and most important act of heroism in Metropolis was when she chose to defuse a kryptonite bomb on the roof of the Daily Planet that was intended to destroy Metropolis. Later that night, Lana talked Clark out of killing Lex, knowing it would destroy him and keep him from ever fulfilling his destiny.
Due to the fact that Lana could not be near Clark without hurting him after defusing the bomb, she knew if she stayed in town, Clark would have devoted his entire time looking for a cure so that they could be together and they'd both emotionally suffer the pain of not being able to do so. Lana made the difficult decision to leave Clark forever, knowing that both of them had their own destinies to fulfill, even if they couldn't fulfill them together.
Lana is brave and has the strength of character to make difficult decisions; she doesn't back down from doing what is right, and that was why even amidst Clark's pleas and protests, she stood firm and she left Smallville to use her gifts to continue to save lives and help the world.
Powers and Abilities
Lana Lang's unique powers and abilities make her one of the most powerful superheroines on Earth. After undergoing treatment as part of Project Prometheus, Lana was successfully fused with nano-technology and alien DNA as part of the project and was granted powers similar to those of Project Ares with the process being permanent.
- Invulnerability: - Lana is able to catch a bullet with her bare hand, as well as jump through glass without being injured. She also stood directly infront of a truck that exploded and the powerful blast had no effect on her.
- Super strength: - Lana is able to rip open Tess Mercer's wall safe to destroy her copies of Project Prometheus.
- Super leap: - Lana will also be able to super-leap with her super strength. With the increased strength in her legs means that Lana could jump higher and farther than normal humans.
- Super speed: - Lana is able to move at super speed and she's one of the fastest entities on Earth, she is also able to perceive the world in slow motion. This is Lana's favorite super power.
- Super stamina: - Lana is able to use super speed to search the entire Daily Planet and likewise travel from Smallville to Metropolis without any signs of fatigue. However, the full extent of this ability was only briefly explored on screen.
- Kryptonite absorption: - Lana is able to absorb kryptonite from a microchip (registered by Queen Industries), likewise she absorbed massive amounts of kryptonite from the kryptonite bomb (designed by Winslow Schott) positioned on the roof of the Daily Planet.
Skilled Hand to Hand Combatant: Lana first learned to fight from Lex in Precipice after she was attacked by Andy and his gang, taking him down with a spin kick. She has proven that she fighting skills are among the elite as showcased in Bulletproof when she fought Tess Mercer and won.
Clark saving Lana and preserving her destiny
"This was not her destiny and you know that!" - Clark Kent to Jor-El about Lana's death (Reckoning)
Clark saved Lana's life a lot of times in the series. If he wouldn't do this, Lana's destiny would have failed.
Comic Book Superheroine
Within the DCU, Lana Lang of Earth One and Two have also become Superheroines. She uses two different codenames, Insect Queen, which is the most Iconic of the two and Gravity Girl.Lana of Earth One is granted powers via a "bio-genetic" ring given to her by and Alien she once rescued and adopted the codename Insect Queen. She had various adventures with Superboy and became an honorary member of the Legion of Super-Heroes. The Bio-genetic ring allows her to mimic powers similar to that of her smallville counterpart and she's also able to fly.
Lana of Earth Two is granted powers via a magical amulet given to her by her archaeologist father, however, she was unaware of the mystical properties the amulet possess. Later, she became an Insect Queen like her Earth-One counterpart. The charm associated with the amulet was set to be energized by the sound of approaching insect wings; by coincidence, the sound of Superman's super-speed flying was similar enough to activate the spell, thus giving Lana powers. The Magical amulet allows Lana to mimic powers similar to that of her Smallville counterpart and she's also able to fly.
- Earth One Lana wears a Yellow honeybee-like costume.
- Earth Two Lana wears Chitinous golden-brown costume (woven by silkworms under her control)
- After Lana threw Lois through a glass door, she mentioned that Lana had an Amazonian left hook. This comment would prove prophetic, because a year later, in season 8, Lana permanently gained the Pre-Crisis powers of Wonder Woman: super speed, super strength and invulnerability.
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