The Richard Donner version
Scenes 344 -
349A, "Intruders at the Fortress of Solitude", pt. 1
EXT. THE FROZEN NORTH - DAY
CAMERA CLOSE ON LUTHOR, the hood of a parka surrounding his head.
Mush, Miss Teschmacher! Mush!
CAMERA PULLS BACK: LUTHOR is in the front of a snowmobile, EVE beside
him, driving. LUTHOR holds his little black box which he studies
intently. Everywhere is ice and snow. We are near the Fortress of
Solitude. As the snowmobile reaches the top of a rise, LUTHOR, eyes
on the box, lets out a joyous yelp.
EVE, startled, stops the vehicle with a sickening jolt.
What have we here?
EXT. SNOW - THEIR POV
CAMERA LOOKS DOWN at a vast outcropping of ice, which is, in fact,
Ice. Snow. Your idea of a good time.
BACK TO SNOWMOBILE
Fool! It's his home! His home! Whatever there is to learn about
that piebald buzzard, Miss Teschmacher, we'll find the answers down
EXT. FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE - DAY
The snowmobile quickly shoots across the remaining distance to the
They dismount, EVE looking very dubious. CAMERA TRACKS WITH THEM
around the impenetrable icy structure, LUTHOR leading the way.
His home? All the way up here? You must be wrong, Lex.
We do not use these words in the same sentence.
They continue walking. LUTHOR holds his little box out to the structure,
takes another reading.
There's the needle - right on target.
Well, there's no number on the door, that's for sure. Not to mention
And no welcome mat, no picket fence, no American flag...
(rounds a corner, furious)
We are not in Nebraska, Miss Teschmacher...
LUTHOR is now OUT OF FRAME.
But we do have a door!
LUTHOR is at the door as EVE joins him. With a sweeping gesture
he indicates a smooth panel of opaque glass:
No visible opening device. No doorknob. No hinges.
(bends - studies it)
LUTHOR turns angrily. EVE hesitates slightly, then tentatively pushes
on it. It swings open. LUTHOR glares at her as she smiles sheepishly.
It was... open all the time, Lex. Isn't that funny?
An open door is not funny, Miss Teschmacher. Funny is a person trying
to smile without her teeth.
INT. FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE - DAY
WIDE ANGLE: LUTHOR and EVE stand just inside the entrance, dwarfed
by the enormous, cathedral-like magnificence of the place. They
Fantastic. The construction goes far beyond all known architectural
They wander across the ground level of the Fortress. EVE looks curiously
uncomfortable as LUTHOR pokes about, his attention drawn by the
central energy bank and its rows of memory crystals.
This place is a work of genius! It lacks nothing.
I beg your pardon?
EVE looks back at him plaintively.
Well why didn't you go before we left?
Two days ago?
LUTHOR examines the energy bank and the mechanism for activating
the crystals. One crystal is still inside, sticks out halfway. LUTHOR
pulls it out, looks at it curiously. EVE joins him.
I think it's boring in here. Everything's white. Why doesn't the
guy put up a couple of prints? Bullfight posters, or something.
LUTHOR looks at the bench, then over at the wall opposite, trying
to figure out why it is positioned where it is. He sits down uncomfortably.
Not even a cushion. No wonder they call him The Man of Steel.
EVE examines the rows of crystals, takes one out.
Now these are kind of pretty...
Get me that...
EVE hands it over, a bit surly. LUTHOR, hoping he's figured things
out, jams it into the mechanism.
1 through 10 - Superman II - International Extended Version
11 - Superman II DVD, 2001 Warner
Home Video; Image courtesy of Superman
in the Movies.
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