This post that you're about to read...well, it just may change you're mind about Superman, and re-think everything you know about movie blockbusters, and...well, you'll see.
Some members of the Time Patrol have arrived in the present day, asserting that Superman will become evil in the near future, and go on to destroy the 40th century!
So they go all Minority Report/Civil War II, and convince Batman and Robin to capture Superman, and put him on trial for pre-crimes before the United Nations!!
But the worst is yet to come!
And Batman, how could you betray your buddy?!?!
And what was so terrible?!?!
That may be the best sentence that I have ever written.
OMG, this is the best story ever!!
Well, that's it, folks, we now know the sad future of Superman, and...
What? This is a Silver Age story? There's a big twist coming? Oh I doubt--
See, it was all a plot by Brainiac and Luthor to trick Batman into giving Superman a kryptonite lobotomy, except they would secretly substitute Luthor's Maligno-Ray for the laser, so Kal-El would really turn evil and join the two for a reign of terror through time and space.
Yes, that was their plan.
[Please, please PLEASE don't ask how Superman and Batman sussed out the villains' disguise. Please. Just don't.]
But, if it was all a hoax, what did Superman and Batman actually see on their trip to the 40th century?!?
From World's Finest Comics #183 (1969)