- "Human beings have a horrible track record of following people with great power down paths that led to huge human atrocities."
- ―Glen Woodburn[src]
Glen Woodburn is an unsavory Metropolitan, mud racketeering internet blogger, who was notably the first to ever leak Lois Lane's official story featuring Superman online. In the following years, Woodburn would remain somewhat skeptical of the alien superhero.
Visit to the Ace O'Clubs
- "Didn't you once describe my site as a creeping cancer of falsehoods?"
- ―Glen Woodburn to Lois Lane[src]
Woodburn was contacted by Lois Lane after her editor Perry White refused to print her story about a mysterious alien who saved her life in the Daily Planet newspaper. She arranged a meeting with Woodburn in the Ace O'Clubs, a local bar, giving him her story so that her unknown savior would know she was looking for him. Despite questioning her intent, Woodburn put her story on his blog website. The story quickly gained traction across the web, earning Lois Lane ire from her editor Perry White who had initially refused to release it.
Later, in the aftermath of the message, General Dru-Zod transmitted across the planet, Woodburn seized the opportunity of panic to earn himself a name by appearing on Metropolis News 8, talking about Lois' story and publicly naming her as his source. This resulted in the FBI arresting her.
The Superman Question
As Superman continued his heroic career in the 2 years following the Black Zero event, the world continued responding to Superman and what his existence meant to the world, with the media referring to it as "The Superman Question." The question sparked quite a bit of controversy worldwide, with many being quick to express their opinions.
Woodburn was seen in a current affairs news program hosted by Metropolis News 8 being interviewed about "The Superman Question," and he happened to be among those with openly negative views, with Woodburn's concern being based on humanity having a horrible track record of following people with great power down paths that led to huge human monstrosities.
Behind the scenes
- The character of Woodburn was originally intended to be Jack Ryder. However, for forgotten reasons Warner Bros. insisted that David S. Goyer change the character's name.
- A version of Glen Woodburn would later appear in the 2015 game Arkham Knight. The novelization of the game (written by Marv Wolfman) notably substitutes Woodburn's appearance with Jack Ryder, perhaps as a nod to the early intention behind the DCEU version of Woodburn.
- Woodburn is an oblique reference to Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, the two reporters who received classified information from a government source revealing the Watergate Scandal.