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Once and for all----I'm not your son.
~ Superman to Darkseid.
I don't think so, Barda. Ive no interest in claiming Darkseid's throne. I came back to dismantle his war machine.
~ Superman to Barda.

Superman (real name Kal-El) is a villain in the alternate-reality storyline known as "The Dark Side", a dystopian re-imagining of Superman's origin in which he landed on the hell-like planet of Apokolips instead of Earth, thus being raised by the all-powerful "god of evil" within DC lore, Darkseid.

History

the events of "The Dark Side" deviate greatly from traditional Superman lore in that the "Last Son of Krypton" landed on the alien world of Apokolips rather than Earth, thus he became an enforcer of Darkseid and life on Apokolips served to strip him of many of the heroic traits associated with most other incarnations of the "Man of Steel".

In fact, due to his darker upbringing this incarnation of Superman is a willing disciple of Darkseid and eager to see the destruction of New Genesis, home to the peaceful New Gods - who Darkseid mirrors and greatly resents.

Superman eventually learned of his true origin, and decided to defeat Darkseid and undo all of destruction he caused. After defeating the New God, Superman became the ruler of Apokolips and worked on reseeding New Genesis.

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  • a similar premise was used in "Son of Darkseid", however Superman was not truly raised by Darkseid in this story and rather a victim of brainwashing.
  • this is one of many re-tellings of Superman where he takes on a darker role due to a new upbringing, other examples are the Overman reality (Nazi Germany) and the Red Son reality (USSR).

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Theatrical Movies
Superman: Lex Luthor | Otis | Eve Teschmacher | General Zod | Non | Ursa | Brad Wilson
Superman II: General Zod | Non | Ursa | Lex Luthor | Otis | Eve Teschmacher | Rocky
Superman III: Ross Webster | Corrupted Superman | Vera Webster | Lorelei Ambrosia | Gus Gorman | Brad Wilson
Superman IV: The Quest for Peace: Lex Luthor | Nuclear Man
Steel: Nathaniel Burke | Big Willie Daniels | Slats | Singer | Duvray | Mr. Weston
Superman Returns: Lex Luthor
Man of Steel: Sword of Rao (Dru-Zod, Faora-Ul, Nam-Ek, Jax-Ur, Tor-An, Car-Vex, Nadira, & Dev-Em II)
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh | Joe Chill | Zod | Steppenwolf

Direct-to-video Movies
Superman: Brainiac Attacks: Brainiac | Lex Luthor | Mercy Graves | Mister Mxyzptlk
Superman: Doomsday: Lex Luthor | Superman Clone | Doomsday | Toyman | Mercy Graves
Superman/Batman: Public Enemies: Lex Luthor | Major Force | Metallo | Amanda Waller | Toyman | Solomon Grundy | Gorilla Grodd | Killer Frost | Lady Shiva | Giganta | Mongul | Captain Cold
Superman/Batman: Apocalypse: Darkseid | Female Furies (Granny Goodness, Gilotina, Mad Harriet, Lashina & Stompa) | Doomsday
All-Star Superman: Lex Luthor | Solaris | Parasite | Nasthalthia Luthor | Bar-El & Lilo-El
Superman vs. The Elite: The Elite (Manchester Black, Coldcast, Menagerie & Hat) | Atomic Skull
Superman: Unbound: Brainiac
The Death Of Superman: Doomsday | Lex Luthor | Intergang (Bruno Mannheim) | Mercy Graves | Cyborg Superman
Reign Of The Supermen: Cyborg Superman | Darkseid | Parademons | Lex Luthor | Mercy Graves
Superman: Red Son: Superman | Brainiac | Lex Luthor | Batman | Superior Man
Superman: Man of Tomorrow: Parasite | Lobo | Lex Luthor

Television
1940's Superman: Bulleteers | Inventor | Mechanical Monsters | Mad Scientist
Superman: The Animated Series: Lex Luthor | Brainiac | Darkseid | Metallo | Toyman | Intergang (Bruno Mannheim, Spider Spinelli, & Blaine) | Mercy Graves | Joey | Parasite | Dr. Vale | Lobo | Alien Robot Girls | Gnaww | Preserver | Kanto | Earl Garver | Jax-Ur | Mala | Prometheon | General Hardcastle | Weather Wizard | Livewire | Bizarro | Kurt Bowman | Luminus | Mister Mxyzptlk | Superman (Brave New Metropolis) | Lex Luthor (Brave New Metropolis) | Titano | Desaad | Kalibak | Joker | Harley Quinn | Karkull | Corey Mills | Suit | Maxima | De'Cine | Steppenwolf | Parademons | Female Furies (Granny Goodness, Stompa, Mad Harriet, & Lashina) | Volcana | Kurt | Starro | Roxy Rocket | Penguin | Bane | Riddler | Mad Hatter | Darci Mason | Sinestro | Unity | Reverend Amos Howell | Society of Shadows (Ra's al Ghul, Talia al Ghul, & Ubu)
Krypton: Brainiac | Zod | Doomsday | Lobo | Jax-Ur | Kol-Da | Lis-Ser | Daron-Vex | Araame | Lyta-Zod Clone
Superman & Lois: Tal-Rho | Leslie Larr | John Henry Irons | Zeta-Rho | Reno Rosetti | David Fuglestad | Intergang (Thaddeus Killgrave) | Atom-Man | Zod | Superman (John Henry Irons' Earth)

Video Games
Superman Arcade: Emperor Zaas | Lex Luthor | Metallo | Parasite
Superman: Shadow of Apokolips: Lex Luthor | Darkseid | Metallo | Livewire | Parasite | Kanto | Mercy Graves | Volcana
Mortal Kombat vs. DC Universe: Dark Kahn | Lex Luthor | Scorpion | Shang Tsung | Darkseid
Injustice: Superman | Brainiac | Doomsday | Aquaman | Black Adam | Sinestro | Lex Luthor | Joker | Darkseid

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