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The Cold War[1] was a state of geopolitical and military tension after World War II between the powers in the Western Bloc (the United States of America, NATO, and others nations) and the powers in the Eastern Bloc (the Soviet Union and its allies in the Warsaw Pact).


Outbreak of War (1947 - 1991)

The Cold War began in 1947 after newfound tensions between the United States of America and the Soviet Union, which became rival superpowers with both their respective allies in between.[2]

At some point during the war, the Little Odessa neighborhood in Gotham City was said to have been a hive of Soviet spies and KGB enforcers.[3]

The Alert Station on Ellesmere Island was established in the fifties as a weather station. The United States and Canadian government went on to utilize the base as a listening post.[4]

In 1961, President Kennedy established the White House Situation Room in the basement of the West Wing of the White House as one of his measures to deal with the growing Soviet threat.[5]

Birth of Knyazev

Anatoli Knyazev was born in the Soviet Union during this period on February 24th, 1975.[6]

Chaos of 1984

In 1984, the Cold War reached heightened tensions due to the machinations of Max Lord who was utilizing the magical properties of the Dreamstone. Having granted the wish to extend walled borders over Bialya, a minor fiefdom in Egypt, the United States and Russia hurriedly took sides in the matter, with Russia supporting the claims of the new 'nation' while the United States supported the sovereignty of Egypt.

Iran was known to have sided with the Soviets, forcing Iraq to make preparations to defend itself. At least one individual concerned with Iraq's welfare made a wish with Max in favor of Iraq.

Max then approached the United States' incumbent President in Washington D.C., offering him assistance in the heating conflict. By granting the President's wish, hundreds of additional nukes suddenly appeared out of nowhere and activated, adding to the United States' current arsenal and provoking the Soviets even further.

The tensions between nations reached a new cataclysmic point in the following hours. The United States and the Soviets ceased communication before declaring war on each other. Max then utilized his power to commandeer an experimental program that served as a successor to the United States' Star Wars program. Using it, he tapped into television broadcasts across the world, granting wishes and taking something in return. Because of this, chaos reigned globally, eventually causing both the United States and the Soviets to launch their respective nuclear arsenals.

At the last moment, Diana of Themyscira managed to interfere with Max's broadcast. Using the Lasso of Truth, she revealed to the world the consequences of their wishes, leading most, including Max, to renounce their wishes, undoing the chaos created by the Dreamstone. This also caused the nuclear armaments of both sides to disintegrate mid-flight, preventing a nuclear war from taking place. One news anchor reported that a ceasefire was put in place between the two superpowers.[7]

Discovery of Starro

Just before the war ended, a starfish-like alien was discovered floating near Earth by American astronauts aboard the space station. Inside, the creature attacked the astronauts, but it was eventually brought to Earth where was experimented on and imprisoned in Corto Maltese, as ordered by the United States Government.[8]

End of the War

The Cold War ended in 1991 when the Soviet Union was dissolved, with all of its former territories being split into new independent countries.[2]


Kremlin Klub, a two-level U.S.S.R.-themed dance club in Little Odessa acted in Gotham City, was founded as an ironic nod to the neighborhood's rumored history of being a hive of Soviet spies and KGB enforcers during the Cold War.[9]

In 2013, Nathan Hardy and his team initially surmised that the alien spaceship located on the Ellesmere Island was in reality a Soviet-era submarine.[4][10]


  1. Wallace, Dan (June 18, 2013). Man of Steel: Inside the Legendary World of Superman. United States: Insight Editions.
  2. 2.0 2.1 This is an event from real world history, referenced in the DC Extended Universe.
  3. Time Out Shortlist Gotham and Metropolis
  4. 4.0 4.1 Cox, Greg (2013). Man of Steel. Titan Books. ISBN 978-1781165997. 
  5. Wolfman, Marv (August 5, 2016). Suicide Squad: The Official Movie Novelization. Great Britain: Titan Books.
  6. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
  7. Wonder Woman 1984
  8. The Suicide Squad
  9. Wallace, Daniel (February 16, 2016). Time Out Shortlist Gotham and Metropolis (Gotham City). United States: Time Out Group. p. 48.

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