The year 1997 is a significant year in the DC Comics Extended Universe.
- A large tornado sweeps through the town of Smallville.
- Whilst trying to rescue the family dog, Jonathan Kent dies after being caught in the tornado and telling his super powered son Clark Kent not to risk exposing himself to save him.
- Jonathan is buried next to his brother Harry Kent Jr in the Smallville Cemetery.
- Bruce Wayne creates the larger than life persona of the Batman, fearful vigilante of Gotham City.