->''"You are everything I ever wanted in a son. This... this is everything I ever wanted in a life... But I've got responsibilities Van, and I... have to go now."''
-->'''-- Superman'''

-Written by J.M. Dematteis

Batman and Wonder Woman are flying in the polar ice caps to Superman's Fortress of Solitude in Wonder Woman's invisible plane. They banter about the fact that it's Superman's birthday, and ask each other what they got him. Wonder Woman is mum on the subject, but Batman remarks "What do you get [[TitleDrop for the man who has everything?]]" Wonder Woman takes this to mean that Batman got him a gift certificate. Actually, it's just cash.

They arrive at his fortress' interior to find Superman standing in one spot, a curiously eerie expression on his face, and huge black-and-purple plant attached to his chest. Batman examines him and notes that he appears to be in a comatose trance. Wonder Woman [[IncrediblyLamePun wonders]] aloud who got this for him and why, before [[HurricaneOfPuns wandering]] off to find anything to help take the thing off of Superman's chest.

Speak of the devil, for Mongul steps out of the shadows with an evil grin on his face and an unconscious Wonder Woman in his hands, and explains that ''he'' sent the Black Mercy to Superman. The Black Mercy is a plant that feeds its victims a vision based on the innermost desires of its victim's heart while it slowly feeds on the body -- the perfect distraction for Mongul to take advantage of in order to subjugate Earth's inferior species. Wonder Woman, who was merely playing possum, chooses that moment to wake up and give him a kick under the chin. Fisticuffs begin to occur between Wonder Woman and Mongul while Batman tries to get the plant off of Superman.

'''''*BEEP! BEEP! BEEP!*'''''

Kal-El wakes up in his bed, having had a non-restful sleep. Brainiac hovers next to Kal-El's bed, where he and his wife Loana are blearily getting to their feet, and gives him the daily weather report on Krypton while also reminding him that he and his son Van-El have an appointment with Kal-El's father Jor-El later that afternoon. Kal-El tries to start moving around the house to prepare, but he steps in something, and begins to chastise Van about Krypto leaving behind presents inside. Suddenly, the house begins to shake, but no one really notices anything except Kal-El, who is confused. He looks at Brainiac, who simply says that Krypton's Seismic Institute had predicted that minor and completely harmless tremor. Loana manages to pin the distracted Kal-El down and proceeds to give him a kiss...

!This episode contains examples of:

* AllJustADream
* BerserkButton: To escape the Black Mercy, Superman has to willingly reject his ultimate fantasy of a happy life on Krypton with the family he never knew. The pain of this is compared to having to rip off your own arm and it causes Superman to go completely berserk on Mongul, including actually using his eye beams on him, requiring a discretion shot as it burns him. It's not until he sees a statue of his parents that he stops mercilessly pounding a prone Mongul.
* CastingGag: The mugger who shoots the Waynes (theoretically Joe Chill) is voiced by Kevin Conroy, who is the voice of Batman.
* ComesGreatResponsibility: Superman leaves his dream world because of his belief in his responsibilities as a hero.
* CompositeCharacter: Superman's ideal wife, Loana is a composite of his love interests Lois Lane and Lana Lang in name, appearance, etc.
* ContinuityCameo: Krypto and a blink-and-you'll-miss-it reference to "little Zod".
* CurseCutShort: Wonder Woman's "Go to hell!" is cut off by her firing the {{BFG}}.
* EvilCannotComprehendGood: Mongul speculates that the Black Mercy is showing Superman as ruler of the universe; in reality, Superman's having a dream of living a peaceful, quiet life with a loving family on Krypton.
* FateWorseThanDeath: Mongul is trapped by the Black Mercy.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: Mongul is defeated by the very plant he used to immobilize Superman.
* LotusEaterMachine: The Black Mercy, a telepathic parasitic plant, subdues victims by showing them a perfect mental simulation of their greatest desires.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Wonder Woman is one of the heaviest hitters in the Justice League, but Mongul just laughs and beats her to a pulp. By the time Superman is out of his fantasy and intervenes, she's been beaten so badly that she can't even walk, forcing her to pull herself forward on one arm.
* NothingIsScarier: Unlike the comic version (where we see Mongul's fantasy of triumph and conquest), we never actually get to see what it is that Mongul sees in his fantasy. And yet, it is so much worse...
* PlayingPossum: Mongul sneers at Wonder Woman for apparently going down in one hit, but she was just trying to get him to talk a little more about what he did to Superman. Unfortunately, he really is much stronger than her.
* PragmaticAdaptation: Creator/AlanMoore's ''ComicBook/ForTheManWhoHasEverything''. They took out some of the darker aspects which gave it its own unique effect while sticking to the overall idea. Notably, this is the only adaptation of his work that Moore actually likes.
* ScreamDiscretionShot: After Mongul's mind gets trapped in the Black Mercy plant, Wonder Woman wonders what he's dreaming about. The camera then zooms in on his smiling face to the sounds of horrific screaming.
* SelfServingMemory: Amusingly, Mongul tries to accuse Superman of that:
-->'''Mongul:''' I suppose Superman told you about our previous encounter.
-->'''Batman:''' You mean how he humiliated you?
-->'''Mongul:''' A... ''jaundiced'' account.
* TitleDrop: This is Batman's explanation for giving Superman cash.
-->'''Batman:''' What do you get for the man who has everything?
* TookALevelInBadass: Mongul comes across as ''far'' more menacing and dangerous than his first appearance.