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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The story is derived from the celebrated Alan Moore
comic book story of the same name. With the author's permission, the JLU creative team made several key changes: Kal-El's "wife" is Loana, a merger of Lois Lane and Lana Lang, with Lois's voice, rather than Lyla Ler-Rol; Kal-El's "daughter" Orna is omitted; The comics story had Kal-El's "dream" Krypton depicted in more detail, and featured a subplot of a rebellion against society involving Jor-El and cousin Kara; Viewers do not get to see Mongul's fantasy as it was depicted in the comics: he imagines killing Superman and all of the heroes, and ruling over Earth - creating a new War World. This is hinted at by the end of the episode, when the audience hears screams of pain and terror from inside Mongul's head. 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
Do you have any idea what you did to me?
[continues to fight Mongul. Mongul counter-attacks
I fashioned a prison that you couldn't leave without sacrificing your heart's desire. It must have been like tearing off your own arm.
is credited as the voice of Pa Kent, for the single line spoken by Jor-El in Pa Kent's voice. See more
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