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Being with you all has turned me into the man I need to be, and, uh, this place is special. And you never know when it's gonna be over, so I say, Legends, enjoy the ride while it lasts.
~ Nate Heywood in the Arrowverse.

Citizen Steel (real name Nathaniel "Nathan" Heywood) is a fictional superhero in the DC comics and universe. Nathan is a member of the Heywood family, the grandson of Commander Steel, and is prominent member of the Justice Society of America.

He was created by Geoff Johns, Dale Eaglesham and Alex Ross, and first appeared in Justice Society of America Vol. 3 # 2 in March of 2007.


Early Life

Nathaniel "Nathan" Heywood is a member of the Heywood family, being the grandson of Henry Heywood, and became a college football player in his youth. Nathan was forced to retire from his career after shattering his kneecap and having his leg amputated, leaving him addicted to painkillers.

Becoming Citizen Steel

While attending a family reunion, Nathan was attacked by the Fourth Reich, a team ordered to wipe out the bloodlines of Golden Age superheroes by Vandal Savage. Nathan and a few children managed to survive, but Nathan's brother and mother were turned into statues by Reichsmark. Nathan proceeded to jam his crutch into Reichsmark's mouth, causing him to spit liquid metal blood onto Nathan's body.

JSA member Hawkman took him to Doctor Mid-Nite, who noticed that the metal was being absorbed by Nathan's skin. It was later revealed that the metal had grown over his amputation, and grew a new limb. Though it regrew his limb, his entire body had know become constructed with metal due to reaction to Reichsmark's blood, which Doctor Mid-Nite informed Nathan of. Nathan realized he had superhuman strength, and metal skin, making him near invulnerable. Afterward, Nathan became a member of the Justice Society of America, and was christened "Citizen Steel" by Power Girl.


During his time with the JSA, Citizen Steel saved two his two teammates from a runaway bus, and defended himself against the Heartbreak Slayer. When Gog manifested in Africa, Heywood sided him, hoping he would remove his powers from him. Nathan would later meet with the JSA to stop Gog, unleashing his full strength to stop the giant. Following Gog's defeat, Nathan took time off from the JSA to be with his family, which mostly consisted of the various children who survived the attack on the reunion. Heywood grew close with the children, who called him "Uncle Nathan" or "Uncle Nate".

Citizen Steel would later have to fight off hordes of the Black Lantern Corps, who had resurrected deceased superheroes in Manhattan. Nathan tried to help Power Girl during her battle with the reanimated Kal-L, but was knocked aside by him. Following the split in the Justice Society, Heywood decided to join Power Girl's JSA All-Stars team.



  • In the Arrowverse, he is portrayed by Nick Zano.



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