Will Magnus

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Will Magnus in 52 v1 #49.

Will Magnus is a male comic character that features in DC Comics.




The Metal Men save Magnus in Showcase v1 #38.

The New 52

Following the Flashpoint, a new version of history was created with a different series of events.


Personality and attributes

Magnus in Metal Men v3 #4.

People thought that he gained the nickname Doc because of his multiple Ph.D's but he actually gained it when he was nine years old. This was because at that age the other children played dodgeball whereas he at the science lab using microscopes. (Superman/Batman v1 #34)

Powers and abilities

It was said that he had an intellect on par with Lex Luthor. (Superman/Batman v1 #35)


  • Will Magnus was created by Robert Kanigher and Ross Andru where he made his first appearance in Showcase v1 #37 (March–April 1962).

In other media


  • In Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Dr. William Milton Magnus appeared in the animated series in the episode "Clash of the Metal Men" where he was voiced by actor Corey Burton.


  • In Justice League: Gods and Monsters, the character made an appearance in an alternate universe setting where he was voiced by actor C. Thomas Howell. Magnus was shown as a brilliant scientist who was best friends with Kirk Langstrom and had a blonde haired girlfriend named Tina. Langstrom and Magnus were among the prized students of Lex Luthor with Will's research being based on robotics as well as nanotechnology. It was Magnus's nanotechnology that was used to deliver a bat serum into Kirk to cure him of his disease but this turned him into a vampire-like creature. Despite this being the case, Magnus remained friends with Kirk who controlled his need to feed on blood and Will later married his girlfriend Tina. However, he was secretly jealous of Kirk as he knew Tina was in love with him and always asked Will to cure him. At one point, in frustration he hit her and she fatally hit her head and died. Magnus covered up the death and constructed an android duplicate of her that acted as his wife with no one knowing that the real Tina was dead. After getting away with the death, he felt he could change the world for the better and joined Project: Fair Play that sought to counter the Justice League. Magnus maintained his friendship with Kirk Langstrom but secretly created his Metal Men with three of the machines mimicking the abilities of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman who were framed for the deaths of the Project: Fair Play scientists. He also was seemingly fatally wounded in the attack with 'Tina' killed with the two of them taking to the Justice League's tower. Once there, the United States military engaged the League whilst Platinum reactivated and injected nanites that healed Magnus along with giving him a regeneration factor along with super-strength. Will revealed his true goal which was to use his nanite bomb to disperse mind controlling nanites into he brains of everyone around the world through mini-Boom Tubes thus bringing world peace. To accomplish his goal, he needed the Kryptonian power systems at the tower and he along with his Metal Men fought with the Justice League. Ultimately, Magnus was defeated and he asked Kirk to forgive him as he activated a device that shutdown his nanites that killed him.

Video games

  • In DC Universe Online, Will Magnus appeared in a non-speaking role in the MMORPG video game where he was a vendor situated on the Watchtowers Tech Wing.


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