In an alternate reality which took place some ten years into the future, Superman had been killed under as yet unrevealed circumstances during a great "Crisis". In his absence, Lex Luthor placed himself in the role of surrogate (and half-biological) father to the clone super-hero Conner "Kon-El" Kent. Luthor moved into the Kent family home and kept a close watch over Kon-El. Kon began to regard Luthor as his true father and adopted many of Luthor's values. When Kon-El became an adult, he adopted the name and legacy of Superman, but maintained the questionably moral platitudes of his adoptive father.