I’m still counting on the Christmas break for catching up. Anyway, in the second episode of Legends of Tomorrow, not only we meet a bunch of new superheroes (who are already all here), but also a brand new supervillain. In The Justice Society of America, the Legends team up with the JSA to battle Nazis, but they’re taken by surprise by the powered up commander of the enemy troups: Baron Krieger, portrayed by André Eriksen. The Nazi commander, in fact, has a secret alliance with another time traveler, the Reverse Flash, who gives him a serum that allows him to acquire superhuman powers for a limited time. Krieger surely doesn’t look pretty in his superhuman form, but he’s more than efficient in taking out the heroes. In the comics, Krieger is indeed a superhuman Nazi, but he never reaches the massive size we’ve seen on the show, and the origin of his abilities, albeit scientific, has nothing to do with Professor Zoom or other time travelers. Let’s see together.
Albrecht Krieger was born in an unspecified town in Germany, in the 1920s. He was the son of a low-life criminal, Siegmund Krieger, and of one of the prostitutes working for him. He grew up with his older brother Wolf, and together they suffered several physical and psychological abuses at the hands of their father. When he was still a kid, Albrecht witnessed Siegmund killing the boy’s mother beating her to death over a stupid quarrel on groceries. Obviously this kind of childhood left some scars on Albrecht and Wolf, and they grew up with violence as a constant in their life. When Adolf Hitler rose to power, they were simply fascinated by his ideas and by the strength he transmitted, and they became part of the Hitler Jugend first, and of the Nazi Party, later. When the Nazis started recruiting young people for a super-soldier program, Albrecht was among the enthusiast ones who offered as volunteers, and he was subjected to a number of genetic and bio-engineering process aimed to modify his body and physiology to make him the incarnation of the Übermensch. At the end of the experiments, it was Albrecht who was recognised as the true success of the entire project…even because he was the only survivor. Disposing of a wide array of superhuman abilities, Albrecht Krieger was presented to Adolf Hitler in person, and the Führer, impressed, named him Captain Nazi, the embodiment of the Nazi ideals and values. As Germany’s super-soldier, Captain Nazi battled a number of super-invaders from the United States, such as the super-strong Bulletman, the martial artist Minute-Man and the self-proclaimed “Defender of Democracy” Spy Smasher. Despite his best efforts, the Third Reich ended up losing World War II, and when everything seemed to be lost, Krieger put himself on suspended animation, the same thing he believed Hitler was doing: perfectly preserved from age and hidden from enemies, he would have awaken when the time would have been ripe for the reformation of the Reich.
Captain Nazi slept more than expected, as he stayed in suspended animation until the 1990s. During all this time his brother Wolf, a scientist, had kept fighting for the Third Reich’s ideals along with his granddaughter, Katrina, the mind-controlling villain Madame Libertine. There was an enemy, however, that kept foiling their plans: Captain Marvel. Unable to defeat Marvel, Wolf decided to reanimate his hero, his younger brother Albrecht…who was quite disappointed in waking up in a world in which America was the first world power and the few Nazi supporters were forced to hide in shame. Wanting to help his brother and to cripple the enemies of the Reich, Captain Nazi became a relentless enemy of Captain Marvel. During one of the two titans’ battles, Marvel threw Nazi into a lake, and the criminal was helped by two unaware bystanders, Jacob Freeman and his grandchild Freddy, who were at the lake fishing. Not exactly grateful, Captain Nazi used his saviors as human projectiles, throwing them at Captain Marvel at full force: the hero did his best to save them, but the impact killed Jacob and crippled Freddy. Vengeful, the wheelchair-bound boy eventually became Captain Marvel Jr., and he elected Captain Nazi as his nemesis…not that Krieger minded about it: the more enemies, the more honor. Eventually, the Marvel Family managed to defeat and restrain Captain Nazi, and they sent him to Europe, to be put on trial for his crimes against humanity during the war…but that wasn’t meant to be the end of the Third Reich’s champion, yet. While he was imprisoned in Europe, Nazi was contacted by a somewhat kindred spirit, albeit an American: Lex Luthor, the man who dared to challenge the gods. Luthor hired Captain Nazi in his Secret Society of Super-Villains, and he unleashed him against the Secret Six. Now, Captain Nazi was an international force against freedom, democracy and all the weak values that had replaced the Third Reich’s strength, and he would have fought until the world embraced the Nazi view on humanity again.
Albrecht Krieger is a strong man, highly intelligent, dangerously cunning, who firmly and totally believes in the values of Nazism, despising the weak and respecting the strength of the superior race only. As Captain Nazi, he possesses a nearly unlimited strength and durability, he’s unnaturally fast, he has a superior intellect, he can fly, all his senses are enhanced, and he’s virtually invulnerable (only his cybernetic eyes, weaker than his superhuman body, can be damaged). The living embodiment of Nazi ideals, invincible as long as somebody in the world believes in the Third Reich’s values, Captain Nazi is a man with no doubt and no restraint, who fights a war against the enemies of national socialism in the effort of resurrecting it on a global scale, crushing whoever stands in his way.