Batman and Wonder Woman arrive at the Fortress of Solitude to celebrate Superman's birthday, only to find the Man of Steel standing motionless with a large plant affixed to his chest. Sent by Mongul, the plant is a Black Mercy feeding him a telepathic image of his heart's desire -- a happy life on a Krypton that never exploded. By immobilizing Superman in a fantasy world, Mongul removes what he views as the only obstacle between him and the conquest of Earth. While Wonder Woman battles the would-be conqueror, Batman struggles to remove the Black Mercy, only to have it latch onto him. Written by
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Alan Moore, the writer of the story which this episode is based on, notoriously despises and discourages film and television adaptations of his works. However, according to Bruce Timm and Dwayne McDuffie, Alan Moore confided that he was in fact pretty pleased with the result of this episode. See more
Batman states that the Black Mercy has eaten through Superman's costume. When the plant is removed, Superman's costume is intact. See more
[it's Superman's birthday; Batman shows Wonder Woman his gift - it's just an envelope
Bruce, you didn't get him a gift certificate, did you?
is credited as the voice of Pa Kent, for the single line spoken by Jor-El in Pa Kent's voice. See more
References The Mark of Zorro