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Swann Technology And Research Labs, is a research facility founded by Virgil Swann as a means of helping The Traveler develop his abilities.

Known Staff

Former staff

Early History

S.T.A.R. Labs was founded by Virgil Swann during his days as a member of the Veritas Society. He founded it with the intent of helping The Traveler, Clark Kent, learn more about himself and the world around him.

At some point, Virgil Swann hired Winslow Schott as an Inventor, until he was hired by Oliver Queen.

At an unknown point S.T.A.R. Labs built Hazardous Environmental Drones as an emergency force.

Season Eleven

While Clark searched through space for residue from the storm, Chloe and Emil monitored him from S.T.A.R. Labs. Clark revealed he had learned new abilities and Emil reveals that he and Clark had discovered the ability while training in the Lab.

Emil finds a trail.

Emil shows to Chloe the S.T.A.R. Labs' drones.

In S.T.A.R. Labs, 10 minutes before the Lexcorp shuttle Flight, Emil tells Chloe that the scanner Clark used has picked up a trail, and that the rocket that came to Earth has landed somewhere in Kansas.

Mrs. Henshaw angrily blames Superman.

On the day of the LexCorp shuttle launch, the shuttle explodes forcing Superman to rescue the crew from being destroyed. He is able to save most of the from harm but former N.A.S.A Commander Hank Henshaw was affected. Henshaw wakes up on a stretcher, with burns from the radiation exposure. As the paramedics begin to transport him,Superman instructs them to send him to Emil at S.T.A.R. Labs. Lois then visits Emil, in order to check on Commander Henshaw, who is being watched over by his wife. Emil explains to Lois that Henshaw is not in a coma, but has lost all motor skills due to the radiation, but is fully aware. Lois attempts to comfort Mrs. Henshaw, but she angrily blames Superman for what happened, despite knowing Henshaw's decision. Lois apologizes for the incident, but Mrs. Henshaw dismisses her attempts and leaves.

Lex's request the usage of Hamilton's Drone for a unique procedure for Hankshaw.

In S.T.A.R. Labs, Emil attempts to comfort Mrs. Henshaw as she mourns her husband's condition, when Lex walks in. Emil alerts him that he does not have clearance to enter, but Lex dismisses his protest. He offers to help save Commander Henshaw but says he requires one of Emil's H.E.D drones.

Lex questions Tess about her relationship with Emil.

In a STAR Labs bathroom, Tess appears to Lex once again, where he admits he can sense her when she appears. He also reveals that he plans to repeat the procedure his team is conducting if it is successful, and even plans to try it on Tess's consciousness. She questions why Emil agreed to the procedure and he admits it took a bit of manipulation to convince him. He then asks Tess just how close her and Emil's relationship was, and she smacks him, with Lex expressing his delight over finally having a way to remove her. Otis interrupts, informing Lex that the procedure is over. He then expresses his sorrow for her condition to the invisible Tess, much to Lex's annoyance.

Hank awakes in his new body at S.T.A.R. Labs.

A transformed Hank grabs Lex.

Emil asks Terri to come into the operating room as her husband wants her, but is kicked out by Lex's security guards. Hank's robotic body goes online, and his wife tries to comfort him as he begins to grieve his condition. Lex congratulates him on his second chance, but Hank angrily grabs him and lifts him into the air, asking why Lex did it. Emil quickly reaches for and activates his signal watch.

Emil tries to calm down Hank for not making any more damages to the Labs.

Hank is causing trouble at STAR Labs; he is angry that he is now a robot. Trying to get over being a robot and his wife's blaming of Superman, Hank goes insane and decides he would be a better hero than Superman. However, Superman gets Hank to come to his senses, and Hank goes to sleep.Superman speaks to Terri about the special arrangements made for Hank. Hank apologizes to Superman after coming to his senses.

Due to Lex's capability to track Superman's location anywhere on Earth, Clark can't return to his life as Clark Kent and must remain Superman for the time being due to Lex's irradiation ploy, leading he and Lois not being able to see each other for weeks. While Emil is trying to figure out about the destruction of Earth-2, he is also trying to help solve Clark's dilemma. Research from S.T.A.R. Labs has revealed that his healing ability from the rays of the sun is slowly curing the radiation. But Emil isn't sure they could stop the process from eventually turn him into raw energy if he tried to fly into the sun to speed up the process and burn the rest of it away. He is close to accessing the black box from the late Earth-2 Chloe's space ship which he calls to inform Chloe.

Emil and his crew dealing with Earth-2 threat and the Black Flash

At S.T.A.R. Labs, Emil meets with his staff to discuss two problems before them: one, assisting Superman in finding a way to help Impulse with the dark creature; and two, aiding Watchtower in retrieving the technology that LexCorp used to transfer Hank Henshaw's consciousness from his charred and crippled body into one of the H.E.D. drones. Emil states he will address the technology issue and assigns the others to Impulse's case.

Clark promises Bart that he will save him from the Black Flash.

The scientists at S.T.A.R. Labs set Bart and Clark up for a speed assessment. As Bart chats up a lovely blonde scientist, Emil asks Clark how he's able to be so jovial. Clark answers that Bart probably welcomes any distraction from being chased by the creature as long as he has. With everything set, Bart wonders how Clark will manage to match his speed, considering he runs a lot faster than Clark. Emil explains that the treadmills they are using for the assessment had been specially designed with a frictionless engine assembly when they began testing Clark's abilities. This will allow Bart to run as fast as he can while Clark's treadmill will accelerate him towards Bart's speed. They all hope that if they can get Clark fast enough, he can witness the creature as well.

As they run, Clark encourages Bart to go full speed, insisting that he has his friend's back. With approval, Bart taps into the Speed Force and runs so fast that he causes the treadmill and the monitoring equipment to explode. As Clark falls to the floor, while in the Speed Force, the horrible creature towers over him, chastising his speed as "not pure." Outside of the force, Bart asks Clark if he was able to see the demon. Now knowing what he is dealing with, Clark assures his friend that he will find a way to save him.

Oliver and Emil discussing the implications of the experiment.

Oliver and Emil chat about the accident that happened in the speed assessment lab with Bart and Clark. They make their way into another lab and Emil reveals that they were able to place Chloe's dead doppelganger in cryogenic freeze using technology Clark confiscated when he and the Batman captured Mr. Freeze. Naturally worried, Oliver asks if the plan will work and if they'll even be able to access her memories. Emil posits that Chloe might only be able to access the other's most recent accessed memories given how long she's been dead. Oliver guesses this to mean the flashes of her life before her eyes just prior to dying. Looking for assurance, Emil is only able to admit that with the technology and the similar biochemistries of the two Chloes, he's making educated guesses as they're going along. Oliver asks if the baby will be affected by the procedure and Emil says that unless there are psychosomatic effects caused by the mental link, the baby should be fine.

Emil places Chloe inside the Project Intercept apparatus to begin the "mind dive" procedure. Oliver asks one more time if she's sure about doing this. Mentioning that she's "been possessed by a witch, rewired by a Kryptonian computer, and mind controlled more times" than she can count, Chloe assures him that she's prepared for what she is about to do. Emil starts the link and Chloe is instantly transported into the memories of her counterpart.

Emil finds a solution for Superman.

When Clark tells Chloe that they didn't come up with a solution. She responds that S.T.A.R. Labs might have something. Patched to Emil Hamilton, the doctor explains they took the concept of sending Clark into the sun to remove his irradiation to fashion a containment suit. He states that they modified the suit to collect speed energy and that Clark might be able to use it to constantly move fast enough to confront the demon. The scientists at S.T.A.R. fire a pod into the atmosphere and it quickly rockets its way to the young heroes' location in Utah. The pod opens to reveal the new suit, a black and silver affair with a glowing S-Shield. Clark quickly puts on the suit and speeds to the massive storm in Las Vegas.

Tess visits S.T.A.R. Labs.

Tess seeks advice from Hank Henshaw.

Months later, Tess visits Hank Henshaw to get some advice from him about her obsession for revenge, feeling that he is the only person who can understand her due to his state as a newly artificial intelligence too. He says that he knows how she feels, stating that the anger and the instability he felt when his consciousness was first moved to a cybernetic body were long there before Luthor used him as an experiment. He also tells Tess that the fact that she recognizes that she actually has a problem makes her be ahead of the curve and that he was in lot more difficult place than her because due to his instability he even fought with Superman, making him tear apart his robotic body. Hank encourages Tess saying that she has a second chance to do right by herself and the people she cares about.

Emil is informed about a security breach.

Tess tries to protect the facility from the breach.

Somewhere else inside the facility, Emil talks with some of his fellow scientists, listening about other projects that the scientists have in mind. One of them also says that they should do a lot more than just help build moon bases. Emil seems to agree in a way but before he can say anything more he is informed that something happened with the sensors outside the facility and that now they are off-line.

The scientists encrypt all the files on their system that contains information about Superman.

While Emil is being informed about their defenses, which have been breached, Lex's men cut the power off. Emil orders his scientists to quickly encrypt all the files containing information about Superman or the Justice League and then got to the panic rooms. Then Emil, who is left behind, confronts Lex's men by engaging in a fight with them. One of them shoots Emil with his gun leaving Tess, who all that time was watching from a screen, horrified. Tess decides to take action and do whatever she can to save Emil's life. Hank advises her to keep her emotions in check. She then tries to call 911 but she fails because as she is informed local communications are jammed by LexCorp. So she takes the control of a huge robot inside the facility and is heading towards the wounded Emil saying to him to hold on.

Tess, while controlling a huge robot, attacks the soldiers sent by Lex in S.T.A.R. Labs defeating them one by one and saves Emil's life.

Clark tries using his heat vision and arctic breath in attempt to remove the ring while Lois is contacting Emil Hamilton at S.T.A.R. Labs for help. As Clark attempts to remove the ring, various constructs in the form of a jackhammer, a crowbar and a plunger appears which a confused Lois refers to as ghost props. A relieved Clark finally is able to remove it and throw it into the atmosphere where Emil begins to track it. As he does the ring makes a U-Turn back to Earth to Clark's finger which Clark flies to catch.

Stewart says he doesn't know a lot about his ring even though he wears it for a decade. Dr. Hamilton explains that the ring enables the user to tap into power from beneath the fabric of reality and that the mind tells the ring how to filter and implement this power. Furthermore, the energy is traceable and acts as a locator. Suddenly, an employee of the lab says to Emil that a signal was detected similar to the one of the ring outside of the facility. John says he hasn't invite anyone from the Corps there, so he and Clark change back to their Lantern costumes and go to check what is going on.

Emil informs Superman about the yellow rings.

Soon after, Superman sends a distress signal for all available Lanterns, informing them of the situation with Parallax and the yellow rings. Emil and his fellow scientists receive his message and inform him that the yellow rings have landed in Gotham City, specifically at Arkham Asylum.

Emil has an idea on how to stop the Yellow Lanterns.

Tess and Chloe contact Emil Hamilton at S.T.A.R. Labs, who informs them that unlike the green rings, the yellow rings actually control the people wielding them. Emil takes that notion a step further and determines that the ring may also share a single communication frequency and if they could isolate the communication channel, as they did with Superman's ring, maybe they could interfere.

After taking a yellow ring and analyzes it, Batman sends the data to Watchtower and S.T.A.R. Labs. Later Superman tells to Emil to reboot the rings and when he does all the Yellow Lanterns are released from the influence of fear and lose their powers with the rings turning black.

Emil finds some worrying information about the black gem.

Dr. Hamilton's team have completed their analysis of the shattered black diamond. It seems the gem gives off a unique pattern of Alpha brainwaves that influence the mind of the one in contact with the gem. Moreover, every shard of the gem is emitting its own series of signals, which are talking to each other. Disturbingly, not every shard of the diamond is accounted for. Emil then tells them to call the C.D.C. and scramble a team back to the crime scene so they can prevent anyone else from getting infected.

Tess contacts Emil Hamilton to inform him about the effect of Eclipso that is spreading all over the city. Emil tells her that he is already aware of the situation as possessed citizens are attacking S.T.A.R. Labs, at the same time. Suddenly their link is terminated and Tess loses contact with Emil.

The scientists decide on what to do.

Emil Hamilton and his team of scientists are hiding from the army of the civilians possessed by Eclipso, who continue the assault on the facility and also are trying to produce a synthetic version of the gem so they can "spread his wrath". Emil discuss with his fellow scientists what should be their next move and they all agree that their first step should be to get out of the facility and then they should find out what an Eclipso really is, as they didn't actually find anything on the internet and they now have to search for more information in books.

Hank decides to save the day.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the building in the solitary stasis, Hank Henshaw determines he has to do something to help with the situation as it is his chance to redeem himself and his wife along with the rest of Metropolis need him. He manages to sneak past the possessed civilians into a storage room filled with drones and then he takes control of one of them with a huge body armor. Inside the room the scientists have confined themselves, Emil is ready to defend himself so when the door opens he gets out holding a piece of metal. Hank Henshaw, who is in his new body and has the "S" symbol on his chest, calms Emil down and asks him if he was expecting Superman instead.

In the Comics

S.T.A.R. Labs Building in comics

S.T.A.R. Labs (The Scientific and Technological Advanced Research) Laboratories was introduced in Superman #246 (December 1971). In the comics, was founded by a scientist named Robert Meersman, who wanted a nationwide chain of research laboratories unconnected to the government or any business interests. He succeeded not only on a national scale, but an international one as well: S.T.A.R. Labs currently maintains facilities in Canada, Europe, Australia, and Japan as well as in the United States, with the total number of facilities numbering between twenty and thirty at last recorded count. Professor Hamilton formerly worked there, and Dr. Kitty Faulkner, also known as the superheroine Rampage, is currently employed there. The central branch in Metropolis is most likely one of the more recognizable branches, due to its connection with Superman and the various supervillains they hold. The Metropolis location is featured in a battle and as a plot point in Armageddon 2001. Lex Luthor has attempted to buy out S.T.A.R. on at least one occasion. The technology used to maintain Cyborg's mechanical parts comes from S.T.A.R. Labs. These parts were also used to create cybernetic enhancements for Ron Evers. In Teen Titans, Cyborg's parents, Silas and Eleanor Stone, and his former love interest, Dr. Sarah Charles, all worked for S.T.A.R. Labs.

Past S.T.A.R. Labs employees are Murray Takamoto, Dr. Jenet Klyburn, and Dr. Albert Michaels (the first Atomic Skull). The 1993 comics miniseries S.T.A.R. Corps was about a group of superhumans who had inadvertently gained their powers in a S.T.A.R. Labs experiment. The labs are featured in the 1996 mini-series The Final Night. As eternal winter threatens the world, thanks to the Sun-Eater, S.T.A.R. Labs keeps their webpage updated with encouragement and various information related to the emergency. The San Francisco and Montana branches play an important role in the arc in Justice League of America #110-114 (2005). 52 Aftermath: The Four Horsemen #1 (October 2007) shows a S.T.A.R. Labs relief operation working, side by side with WayneTech, in the devastated remains of the country of Bialya. All the relief workers are slain by outside forces. In the Justice League origin of the New 52 Universe, The S.T.A.R. Labs scientists are studying the Mother Box that Superman came in contact with from the Parademon. Just then the Mother Box explodes killing the scientists and destroying most of Victor's body to which Victor's father looks in horror. Victor and half of his body destroyed. Silas does everything he can for Victor's survival. He along with Sarah Charles, and T. O. Morrow go in "The Red Room" in S.T.A.R. labs which contains every piece of technology from around the world. Silas attempts to treat Victor with something that has never been attempted before and he is seen injecting Victor with some type of nanites and putting the robotic pieces on Victor (devices such as: a Promethean skin graft, Doctor William Magnus' responsometer, Anthony Ivo's A-maze operating system, The classified and prototypical B-maze operating system and Ryan Choi's White Dwarf Stabilizer). It is here where we see the creation of Cyborg.

Other Versions of S.T.A.R. Labs


  • Bryan Q. Miller has confirmed on his Twitter, that the other scientists that appeared along with Emil Hamilton at S.T.A.R. Labs in Haunted and Hollow are all significant DC characters and he named each one of them as "Morrow, Ivo, Strange, Magnus, Palmer and Sivana".[8]


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