This article is about the creature. For his namesake project, see Project Blockbuster.

Mark Desmond is the former head of Cadmus Labs' Washington, D.C. facility. He became the Blockbuster in the hope of saving his life's work.


Mark Desmond was a strict, stern man who used G-Gnomes to manipulate his staff and security officers while willingly conducting illegal genetic experiments in the underground Cadmus labs.[3] He is manipulative and very impatient, yet also very protective of his labs and experiments. To some extent, he manifests arrogance and hubris by considering himself and Cadmus to be one and the same. As Blockbuster he is a raging monster apparently incapable of human speech.[4] Despite his new state, he seems to be intelligent enough to stay in control and follow Icicle Sr.'s orders.[5]

Physical appearance

Mark Desmond had long brown colored hair tied in the back in a pony tail. He wore a standard white lab coat, glasses, brown sandals and had slight wrinkles on his face and streaks of white in his hair, an indicator that he may be well into his forties. After consuming Project Blockbuster his appearance transformed into a large, grotesque, dark colored monster with a daunting demeanor.


Early life

Mark Desmond was an agent of the Light. He was appointed as head of Cadmus's genetic labs in Washington, D.C.. At the facility, he raised and conditioned a clone of Superman: Superboy. He also worked on Project Blockbuster.


Washington, D.C.
July 4, post-14:00 EDT

After a small fire broke out at the ground level of the Cadmus facility, three sidekicks breached security and freed his top secret Project Kr.[3] Although Superboy turned on his liberators, Aqualad was able to communicate with him and get him to change sides just as Desmond was about to clone the three before killing them. After an extended chase through the Cadmus facility, Desmond was forced to use Project Blockbuster to restore order to Cadmus. His transformation into a hulking brute was painful, and it did not help him. He was defeated, and taken away by the Justice League.[4]

Belle Reve Parish
September 16, 21:55 CDT

Blockbuster was transferred to Belle Reve Penitentiary where he got work as a bodyguard for the prison Capo Icicle Sr.. He participated in a mass breakout attempt by smashing down walls that had been weakened by cold based villains. When the efforts had been halted by Icicle Jr. and Superboy, Mammoth and Blockbuster were frozen by the formers.[6]

Santa Prisca
December 30, 17:57 ECT

When the Light wanted to coerce Superboy, Miss Martian and Artemis to join them, Blockbuster served as their muscle. He kept Superboy busy when it turned out the three teens were not willing to change sides, and the fight lasted until Aqualad used Apokoliptan weaponry to trap Blockbuster in quicksand.[7]


February 18, 09:16 UTC+2

Blockbuster accompanied Klarion to Marduk's Temple. He stood guard over their prisoner Aquagirl, and secured her to a pole so Klarion could drain her magic to revive Tiamat. After Nightwing and his squad showed up and Tiamat was raised, the villains made their escape. They ran straight into Aqualad and his squad. Locked in the room, Klarion relied on Blockbuster to do the heavy fighting, but also fired off barrages of fireballs. Aqualad defeated Blockbuster by luring him into Klarion's firing line.[8]

The Moon
December 1, 15:31 UTC

After being acquired by Kylstar as an asset, Blockbuster was stored in a crystalline prison cell with all captured heroes and villains.[9]

The Moon
December 1, 16:16 UTC

After the captured heroes escaped, they contemplated liberating the villains, but decided not to and find their captor first.[9]

Kylstar's Vessel
December 1, 23:58 UTC

The Justice League, Superboy, Miss Martian's valiant effort against Kylstar convinced him to treat his sentient weapons better. All captives, including Blockbuster, were released, and Orb-One explained Kylstar's motives. He was a freedom fighter who was on a mission to stop slavers who destroyed his homeworld. As a sign of his good intentions, he offered to return captives unwilling to help with his fight back to their homeworlds. Those willing to stay were promised good treatment and glorious battle. Blockbuster gleefully accepted the offer to stay.

After the others have been teleported away, Kylstar explained to those who remained that the slavers were too powerful, and the best way to defeat them was to take over the galaxy first.[10]

Powers and abilities


  • Super strength: As Blockbuster, Desmond has enough power to take on the likes of Superboy and Aqualad at the same time and still come out on top.
  • Invulnerability


  • High IQ: As lead scientist of the genetics lab Mark Desmond had an academic education.


  • Electrocution


  • Blockbuster formula: The blue serum that Desmond uses to transform himself into Blockbuster. It is unknown if the effects are reversible. The serum is stored in containment unit thirteen of the Blockbuster project.


Background information

  • There have been four versions of Blockbuster in DC comics over the years: Mark Desmond (which the Young Justice version is loosely based on), Roland Desmond (Mark's younger brother, who would become a primary enemy of Impulse and later Nightwing), and two unnamed Blockbusters, one male and one female. Martian Manhunter also briefly impersonated Blockbuster during the "Salvation Run" arc.
  • Blockbuster's appearance in the Young Justice animated series is distinctly different from his comic appearance. In the comics, he looked like a neanderthal-like man with bright colored clothing.
  • Young Justice is the third animated appearance of Blockbuster, who has appeared in Justice League Unlimited and Batman: Brave and the Bold. All used the Mark Desmond version; a scientist by that name also appeared in The Batman.


  1. Weisman, Greg (2012-08-31). Question #15586. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2012-08-31.
  2. Weisman, Greg (2013-03-20). Question #19579. Ask Greg. Retrieved 2014-03-20.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (November 26, 2010). "Independence Day". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 1. Cartoon Network.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Weisman, Greg (writer) & Liu, Sam (director) (November 26, 2010). "Fireworks". (Part 2) Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 2. Cartoon Network.
  5. Weisman, Greg (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (September 23, 2011). "Terrors". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 11. Cartoon Network.
  6. Weisman, Greg (writer) & Oliva, Jay (director) (September 23, 2011). "Terrors". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 11. Cartoon Network.
  7. Hopps, Kevin (writer) & Oliva, Jay, Divar, Tim (directors) (April 14, 2012). "Usual Suspects". Young Justice. Season 1. Episode 25. Cartoon Network.
  8. Scott, Sharon, Brandon Vietti, Greg Weisman (writers), Young Justice: Legacy (November 19, 2013): Bialya. Santa Ana, CA: Little Orbit
  9. 9.0 9.1 Weisman, Greg (w). Jones, Christopher (a). Atkinson, Zac (col). Sienty, Dezi (let). Gaydos, Sarah (ed). "Players, Chapter Two: Directly to Jail" Young Justice 21 (October 17, 2012), New York, NY: DC Comics
  10. Weisman, Greg (w). Jones, Christopher (a). Atkinson, Zac (col). Abbott, Wes (let). Gaydos, Sarah (ed). "Players, Chapter Six: Rolling Doubles" Young Justice 25 (February 20, 2013), New York, NY: DC Comics
Community content is available under CC-BY-SA unless otherwise noted.