A film in the DC Universe Animated Original Movies line, based on the comic of the same name. When Lex Luthor manages to poison the Man of Tomorrow with an overdose of solar radiation, a lethal effect that not even Superman can overcome, Superman decides that it is time to look back and wrap up his life. There are villains to overcome, answers for the woman he loves and his legacy to look to. However, Lex is still planning something and there is a villain hiding just out of sight...Written by Dwayne McDuffie, the film was released to home media on February 22, 2011. Voice actors include James Denton as Superman, Christina Hendricks as Lois Lane, Matthew Gray Gubler as Jimmy Olsen and Anthony LaPaglia as Lex Luthor.
Not So Above It All: When the local jerk at the Daily Planet lights Clark Kent's jacket on fire, Clark retaliates by setting his toupee on fire.
Pet the Dog: Lex himself at the end, donating the blueprints of Superman's DNA to Dr. Quintum.
Roaring Rampage of Revenge: Superman, after Solaris killed his pet sun-eater. Solaris's fate is a bit more ambiguous here than in the comic - when he asks for mercy, Supes doesn't say "You'll live". He says "I don't think I have any left." BOOM.
Sense Loss Sadness: For a few brief moments, Lex Luthor saw it all and understood everything, the very nature of the universe... and then it all went away. This, more than anything else, lead to the only Heel Realization that he has had in any incarnation.
Stealth Pun: Lex Luther considers to be extremely dull, which is why he uses it as a device to bore through rock.
Super Serum: Superman develops a serum that will grant a normal human all of his strengths and abilities without any of his weaknesses. However, it only lasts for twenty-four hours, and it needs to be specifically tailored to an individual person's DNA.
However, it can make a normal human permanently Superman if used while being conceived.
Villain Respect: Odd version where the villain doesn't realize it. During his interview with Clark Kent, Luthor several times compliments him, on his writing ability, integrity and other positive traits.
What Happened to the Mouse?: The fight between Bar-El and Lilo and Superman causes a huge tear in the Moon that seems to be widening, thus threatening to destroy it. In the comic book, we see Superman fixing the Moon by using bridges he brought from Earth. In the movie, this isn't shown (probably because it would be rather silly), so the ultimate fate of the Moon is left uncertain.