Deathbolt as depicted in Who's Who: The Definitive Directory of the DC Universe #6 (August 1985). Art by Jerry Ordway.
Publication information
PublisherDC Comics
First appearanceAll-Star Squadron #21 (May 1983)
Created byRoy Thomas and Jerry Ordway
In-story information
Alter egoJake Simmons
AbilitiesElectrokinesis; able to generate, project, channel and absorb electrical currents

Deathbolt is a supervillain appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. He was created by the Ultra-Humanite to fight the All-Star Squadron.[1]

Deathbolt appeared in the Arrowverse series Arrow and The Flash, portrayed by Doug Jones.

Fictional character biography

Wanted for murder, Jake Simmons fled police in a stolen biplane during a heavy storm. He crashed when lightning struck the plane over Meteor Crater, Arizona. The Ultra-Humanite found him and experimented on him until his body became a living electrical battery. Code-named "Deathbolt", he became the Ultra-Humanite's staunch ally until his defeat by the All-Star Squadron.[2]

Deathbolt (or a successor) returned in recent years and tried to kill the late Starman, Ted Knight only to be thwarted by the arrival of Ted's descendant Farris Knight.[3]

Powers and abilities

Deathbolt can channel the electrical energy in his body into powerful blasts of electricity.[4]

In other media

Deathbolt appears in series set in the Arrowverse, portrayed by Doug Jones:


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  2. ^ Gordon, Michael (September 19, 2018). "Working For The Weakened: 20 DC Characters The Arrowverse Had To Nerf For The Small Screen". Comic Book Resources. Archived from the original on September 20, 2018. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  3. ^ Starman (vol. 2) #1000000. DC Comics.
  4. ^ Steinbeiser, Andrew (February 27, 2015). "Arrow: Doug Jones Cast As Deathbolt". Archived from the original on June 23, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
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  8. ^ Goldman, Eric (May 1, 2017). "Arrow: Doug Jones to Play DC Comics Villain Deathbolt". IGN. Archived from the original on December 11, 2019. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  9. ^ Leane, Rob (February 19, 2015). "Arrow: Doug Jones to play villainous metahuman Deathbolt". Den of Geek. Archived from the original on November 29, 2017. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  10. ^ Young, Sage (April 15, 2015). "Who Is Jake Simmons On 'Arrow'? Deathbolt Needs 2 Heroes To Take Him Down". Bustle. Retrieved 1 February 2020.
  11. ^ Thomas, Leah Marilla (May 12, 2015). "Who Is Deathbolt On 'The Flash'? This 'Arrow' Metahuman Is On A New Team". Bustle. Archived from the original on July 16, 2016. Retrieved January 30, 2020.
  12. ^ Doug Jones [@actordougjones] (March 21, 2015). "What could my "Deathbolt" villain from @CW_Arrow (# 319 "Broken Arrow") be doing on @CW_TheFlash (# 122 "Rogue Air")" (Tweet) – via Twitter.
  13. ^ Anderson, Jenna (March 2, 2018). "10 Arrowverse Villains That Should Make a Comeback". Archived from the original on August 7, 2018. Retrieved January 29, 2020.