Marionette Ventures

Super villain team

Management Winslow Schott (current)
Location Metropolis
Status Operational

Marionette Ventures are a team of villains assembled by Toyman to kill The Blur and his companions Justice League organized to take over Metropolis.


Image Code Name Real Name First appeared
SM814-0012 Toyman Winslow Schott Requiem
An ex employee of Queen Industries, who vowed to take revenge on Oliver Queen for firing him in 2003. He became an obsessed toymaker, and attempted to kill Oliver in an explosion at a LuthorCorp board meeting. He aided Lex Luthor in extracting revenge on Clark Kent, Oliver Queen and Lana Lang, but was stopped by the trio. He was incarcerated, but sent a robot duplicate to masquerade as him. Tess Mercer later approached him, and had him reverse engineer John Corben's Kryptonite heart. He was able to create technology to control Stargirl as well as a superpowered Lois Lane.
091409 smallville2 Metallo John Corben Savior
A reporter from the Daily Planet who replaced Clark after he quit. He was infatuated with Lois Lane. John was ran over by a truck and rebuilt by the Kandorians. Under kryptonite psychosis, he attempted at killing The Blur, whom he hated for failing to save his sister. He kidnapped Lois as bait, and Clark later came to her rescue. In the ensuing battle, Corben accidentally ripped out his Kryptonite heart. Later, a reformed John Corben, set out to live his life. When Lois tried to help him escape to her father's command post, John was chipped by agents of Tess Mercer and Chloe Sullivan who sent him to stop Clark (under Red K) and Major Zod. He left Metropolis after saving Clark, and being rejected by Lois. He decided to become a hired gun and in the process Schott supplied him with a new kryptonite heart that could absorb meteor rocks. He is assigned to Supergirl.
Roulette Smallville Roulette Victoria Sinclair Roulette
In 2009, she kidnapped Oliver Queen and forced him into a game for survival. She then kidnapped Lois, and held her at gunpoint. After Oliver saved Lois, he set to rescue her, as she was trapped under rubble while the building around her was in flames. After Oliver saved her, she deactivated the flames, and revealed it was all a set-up, made by Chloe and the Justice League, to help Oliver re-embrace his persona as the Green Arrow. She was assigned to target Watchtower.
TheDarkArcherlrg Dark Archer Vordigan Disciple
Oliver's old master, during his time as apart of a Celtic clan of archer assassins. He came to Metropolis in 2009, and shot Lois Lane in between her arm and shoulder with an arrow. Lois mistook him for Oliver, as did the rest of the League, and tried to stop Oliver. Later, Vordigan shot Chloe with an arrow, but only cut her shoulder, and kidnapped Mia Dearden, Oliver's apprentice. Vordigan and Oliver confronted, in which Vordigan revealed he was getting older, and as clan tradition dictates, Oliver must kill him before he becomes older. Oliver refused to kill him, and shot him with an arrow in the same spot, inbetween the arm and shoulder. He was assigned to target Green Arrow.
DM Black Manta David (last name unknown) Prophecy
His assigned target was Aquaman.
Smallville Captain Cold Captain Cold Leonard Snart Prophecy
His assigned target was Impulse.
Solomon Grundy sm Solomon Grundy Cyrus Gold Prophecy
He was assigned to fight Black Canary.

Season Ten

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Marionette Ventures discussing their targets:The Justice League.

The Marionette Ventures is an organization that works to control the water front properties, as they used Stargirl, who they made of Toyman's mind control diodes to do their bidding.



  • Although not formally called "the Legion of Doom", Marionette Ventures pays homage to the Legion, in that it is a group of costumed super-villains, who join forces to act as a unified opposition to the world's heroes.
  • While Roulette, Metallo, Toyman, and Vordigan have already made appearances on Smallville, this is the first appearances of Captain Cold, Black Manta, and Solomon Grundy on Smallville.
  • Interestingly, John Corben is part of the team even though he reformed in Upgrade. Although Season 11 writer Bryan Q. Miller explains in Valkyrie why he accepted to work with Marionette Ventures and choose the green Kryptonite heart and forsake the red one.

In the comics

Legion Of Doom

The Legion of Doom in their Justice incarnation. From left to right: Clayface, Poison Ivy, Solomon Grundy, Parasite, Toyman, Sinestro, Black Manta, Scarecrow, Brainiac, Lex Luthor, Gorilla Grodd, Captain Cold, Cheetah, Riddler, Bizarro, Giganta, Black Adam and Metallo. (Art by Alex Ross and Doug Braithwaite).

A version of the Legion of Doom first appeared in mainstream continuity by Brainwave Jr., during his time as a villain. This Legion of Doom consisted of Houngan, Killer Frost, the Madmen, Major Force, and a robotic Gorilla Grodd. The team confronted Captain Atom's Extreme Justice team and were defeated.

Also, in Alex Ross' series Justice, a form of the Legion appears. The supervillains around the world begin having shared nightmares of the destruction of the world. Believing that their ego and confidence is paving the way for their dreams of nuclear Armageddon to become reality, the supervillains band together to defeat the Justice League of America and protect humanity in their own twisted way. Some of the villains start solving some of the world's greatest concerns, like hunger, which starts fooling the public into believing the heroes are a threat to society. After attempting to wipe out the heroes, Brainiac plans to turn Earth's inhabitants into robots using Mr. Mind-based mechanical worms. However, the heroes team together and prevent both the nuclear holocaust and defeat the villains.

When Superboy-Prime once again finds himself on New Earth, as a result of a wormhole caused by the former Titans villain Headcase he assembles a Legion Of Doom consisting of Sun Girl, Headcase, Inertia, Persuader, Indigo and Zookeeper along with 4 clones of the original Superboy (created from the remains of Match), with the intention of destroying Conner and the Titans. Prime and the Legion overwhelm the Titans and attempt to destroy the Tower, but are beaten back by a large group of former Titans that includes Damian Wayne, Speedy, Supergirl, Bombshell, Miss Martian and Red Star among many others. Prime and the Legion are defeated by the combined might of the Titans, and Prime is imprisoned in the Source Wall by Superboy and Supergirl.

In Other Media

Legion of Doomsuperfriends

Legion of doom members From left to right: Black Manta, Giganta, Toyman, the Riddler, Bizarro, the Scarecrow, Lex Luthor, Captain Cold, Cheetah, Solomon Grundy, Gorilla Grodd, Brainiac, and Sinestro.

  • The Legion of Doom was featured in the 1970s cartoon Challenge of the Superfriends as the antagonists. In the cartoon they consisted of Lex Luthor, Brainiac, Bizarro, Solomon Grundy, Cheetah, the Scarecrow, Sinestro, Captain Cold, Black Manta, the Riddler, Gorilla Grodd and Giganta.
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    The Legion of Doom in JLU.

    A darker version of the Legion appeared in Justice League Unlimited. They first appeared in the final season as a group of villains led by Gorilla Grodd, who banded together in order to protect each other from the growing numbers of the Justice League. The team was led by Grodd until Lex Luthor overthrew him. Lex had the team help him attempt at rebuilding Brainiac, whom he shared a mental connection with after the two fused together. When Grodd returned, he managed to convince half of the Legion to side with him, which resulted in a destructive battle between Lex's side and Grodd's side inside of the Legion's spacebound headquarters. In the ensuing fight, Grodd attempted at mind controlling Luthor, but instead Luthor activated a device that sent his mind control powers back, and Luthor gained control of Grodd. He forced him to step into the airlock, where he released him into the vacuum of space, killing him. The team later finished a device they would use to rebuild Brainiac, but betrayed Tala and hooked her up to use her magic abilities to rebuild him. Tala was killed in the ensuing experiment, and instead of Brainiac being rebuilt, Darkseid, who had been manipulating the actions of the team, was reborn. He destroyed the team's headquarters, but Sinestro used his power ring to save them. They arrived at the Metro Tower in Metropolis in order to warn the Justice League. The two sides argued, but shockingly, Superman and Lex Luthor came to an agreement. The two sides banded together in order to stop the invading Apokoliptan army. 

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