is an animated movie adapting the comic storyline of, and is the very first of the DC Universe Animated Original Movies.An illegal excavation funded by Lex Luthor for an energy project inadvertently unleashes an unstoppable monster that had been buried there long ago, whom Superman now has to fight, even at the cost of his own life. But shortly after his funeral, it appears the Man of Steel has returned. But things aren't all what they seem...
Provides examples of:
Adaptation Distillation: The four pretenders to the Superman name were pared down to a single clone of Superman who started out anti-hero like The Last Son of Krypton before becoming the big bad like The Man of Tomorrow.
Adaptation Dye-Job: Mercy is blonde here as she is in the mainstream DC universe, instead of being brunette as per her native continuity, the DCAU.
Badass: Superman, Doomsday and Clone Superman.
Beware the Superman: Or rather, beware the clone Superman.
Bloodier and Gorier / Darker and Edgier: The sheer graphicness of the violence in the movie along with Toyman's paedophilia seem to be an exercise in seeing how much the moviemakers could get away with now that the rating was PG-13.
Bus Full of Innocents: The Toyman hijacks a school bus full of children and holds it over the edge of a building with his mechanical spider, threatening to dump it if the police don't back off. Lois Lane manages to sneak on board and get most of the children out, but ends up falling with the last child on the bus when the Toyman drops it, only to soon be rescued by Superman who turns out to be a clone under Lex Luthor's control.
Car Cushion: Toyman's death.
Clark Kenting: Of course. Rather conveniently, Clark is transferred to Afghanistan as a war correspondent just in time for Superman to die. Lois has also figured everything out at the beginning of the story, but Superman refuses to make it explicit.
Color-Coded for Your Convenience: Inverted. The real Superman wears black as he fights the cloned Superman who's wearing his usual primary-coloured suit.
Composite Character: The cloned Superman combines elements of three of the replacement Supermen from the comics - The Last Son of Krypton (who killed common criminals), The Man of Tomorrow (who turned out to be the villain of the arc) and The Metropolis Kid (who was a clone of Superman).
Also seen in using Luthor as the creator of the Superman clone as opposed to yet another character they would have had to introduce. In the comics, the "Last Son" was a byproduct of the Eradicator, Cadmus made the Superman clone, and Hank Henshaw actually has multiple origins through interactions with various forms of Phlebotinum.
Conveniently Empty Building: In the making of the production, the production team mentioned that they had to redo several frames of animation so that Superman didn't save Lois by sending Doomsday into a occupied building.