The Richard Donner version
Scenes 504 -
INT. FORTRESS - NIGHT
The VILLAINS race in, looking wildly for their prey, smelling blood.
LUTHOR enters behind them with LOIS. The interior seems to be empty.
The molecule chamber stands directly in front of them.
Show yourself, coward! Son of a coward!
I'm here, Zod.
The molecule chamber suddenly irises open. SUPERMAN stands inside,
arms on hips, looks out evenly at ZOD.
Let Miss Lane go and step inside. We'll talk.
LOIS sees what he's about to do, starts forward.
URSA grabs LOIS by the nape of the neck, jerking her backward. ZOD
has caught LOIS' reaction, looks at the chamber suspiciously.
Come out - or the woman dies.
SUPERMAN looks at LOIS, her neck about to be snapped by URSA. He
hesitates, then slowly steps forward and out of the chamber. ZOD
stares at him.
Your powers are identical to mine, but we are three. We could tear
you limb from limb.
NON growls. LUTHOR'S eyes dance with excitement.
Do it, Your Grace! Grab his legs and make a wish...
But you are victim to another fatal weakness. Your...
compassion. The death of others means more to you than your own.
With rare exceptions...
Your father once condemned us to eternal living death. Your fate
shall be the same. You will live, Kal-El. Forever - as my slave.
If not, then others will pay for your stubborn attitude. Innocent
people, millions of them if necessary...
Beginning with her.
SUPERMAN looks. URSA tightens her grip on LOIS' neck. She winces
Don't do it, Superman! Don't...
Her wind is cut off by URSA.
(pause - to ZOD)
All right, Zod. You win. It's over.
Don't believe him! You don't know him, like I do...
ZOD smiles, full of himself, looks around the Fortress at the memory
bank, crystal rows, bench, etc. He sniffs the air unpleasantly,
turns to NON.
I sense the presence of Jor-El here. Destroy all this...
And then kill him.
Me? General, it's me, Lex Luthor! Remember? Who got you through
the tough times? You filled your inside straight? You came to me
with nothing - except the world. I gave you Superman!
ZOD turns his back on him, walks away. NON begins to smash the crystal
rows with enthusiastic relish.
CLOSER ON LUTHOR AND SUPERMAN
LUTHOR edges in closer to SUPERMAN, desperate, sweating.
You think you know people, right? Promises are made, gifts exchanged...
what does it all mean anymore? Not like the old days when it was
just you and me. And I've got to hand it to you, Superman. You always
told the truth. A fellow knew where he stood with you. You wanted
to destroy me, pure and simple - and I respected you for it.
NON raises SUPERMAN'S bench high over his head in B.G., smashes
it to the floor. ZOD turns, looks at chamber, examining it cautiously
from the outside. SUPERMAN looks at LUTHOR carefully.
Perhaps there is some good in your after all, Lex Luthor.
Me? I'm loaded with good! I mean I've never even used it.
I'll have to take the chance. Try to get them all into that molecule
chamber. It takes away their powers, reduces them to human beings.
Now if you could...
LUTHOR looks over. ZOD is about to enter the chamber.
Wait! Don't go in! It's a trap!
Luthor, you poisonous snake...
ZOD turns, looks over, concerned.
It's a molecule chamber, your Grace! It turns people like you into...
(feels funny saying this)
people like me.
ZOD looks up at the chamber, realizing the mistake he almost made.
You have done well, Lex Luthor. We will award you this Cuba place.
(to URSA and NON)
URSA and NON spring at SUPERMAN, grab him, one on each leg and arm.
SUPERMAN kicks and struggles vainly.
No! Please! Don't!...
LOIS rushes to try and help, is caught by a grinning ZOD, unceremoniously
flung backward to the floor. SUPERMAN is hurled into the chamber.
LUTHOR rushes to the side, presses a control. The door irises shut.
SUPERMAN lies on the floor, helpless.
Lex Luthor! Ruler of Australia and the Cuba place! Activate the
LUTHOR grins, pushes the starting mechanism.
The chamber is activated. The lights in the Fortress begin to change
- but this time they happen in the entire interior of the Fortress,
and not in the chamber.
ANGLE ON SUPERMAN IN CHAMBER
SUPERMAN writhes in agony on the chamber floor as the outside lights
play on the surface of the chamber.
ANGLE ON VILLAINS, LUTHOR AND LOIS
The VILLAINS and LUTHOR watch with glee as the lights dance. LOIS
hides her face in anguish.
BACK TO SUPERMAN
The de-molecular process ends. The door to the chamber irises open
again. Slowly, painfully, SUPERMAN gets to his feet, his face crestfallen,
his shoulders stooped, resigned to his defeat.
LOIS looks at him in horror. ZOD smiles cruelly, steps forward,
salivating in triumph.
And now - finally - kneel!
SUPERMAN steps out of the chamber, shuts his eyes, the final humiliation
sinking in. The hushed silence is deafening. He has no choice. He
kneels. ZOD extends his hand in contempt.
Take my hand and swear eternal loyalty to Zod.
SUPERMAN lifts his hand in disgrace.
EXTREME CLOSE ON HANDS
SUPERMAN takes ZOD'S hand, then slowly starts to squeeze it. The
sound of bones cracking is heard.
BACK TO SCENE
ZOD'S eyes bulge with pain. SUPERMAN suddenly pulls back and jerks
ZOD up and over his shoulder.
ANGLE ON ZOD
ZOD is hurled helplessly through the air the entire length of the
Fortress, crashes against the far wall, drops to the floor.
BACK TO SCENE
LUTHOR horrified, suddenly realizes what's happened.
He switched it! He did it to them! The lights were on out here!
He was the only one safe in there!
NON rushes at SUPERMAN with a roar, is tossed into the wall in a
heap like a rag doll. LOIS turns to URSA, the new information sinking
You're a real pain in the neck, you know that?
LOIS uncorks a tremendous haymaker, knocks URSA out cold on the
floor. SUPERMAN advances on LUTHOR.
I knew you'd double-cross me, Luthor. A lying weasel like you couldn't
resist the chance...
Are you kidding? I knew it all the time. Did you see how they fell
into our trap? Beautiful...
Too late, Luthor. Too late...
Listen. Have I got a proposition for you, Superman. I mean I owe
you one, you know? Now don't say yes or no till you hear me out...
1, 2, 3, 4 - Superman 2 DVD, 2001 Warner
Home Video; original source of video capture unknown.
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