The Richard Donner version
Scenes 515 -
EXT. FORTRESS - DAY
(who did not perish in Donner's version, but simply lost their
powers and were subdued) are vaguely seen here leaving the
Fortress in custody of the "arctic patrol."
SUPERMAN and LOIS walk away from the Fortress with a handcuffed
LUTHOR firmly in tow. LUTHOR'S eyes flicker with animation as he
talks quickly to SUPERMAN, giving his pitch, his one last chance.
... and who would be the wiser? We say you got killed in the battle,
you lie low for a couple of months at my place, and then I bring
you back - as a boxer! We start you slow at first, and then - we
pull the string!
The Smallville Strongboy! The Metropolis Masher! Don't you love
SUPERMAN smiles tolerantly as CAMERA PANS: they have reached a large
snow cat vehicle with the THREE VILLAINS tied up inside, guarded
by an ARMY PATROL. SUPERMAN hands the now desperate LUTHOR over
Plus - I only take ten...
five per cent.
(to ARMY PATROLMAN)
He's all yours, boys...
LUTHOR is loaded aboard.
Three? Two? One?
(to ARMY PATROLMAN)
ANGLE ON SUPERMAN
The snow cat lumbers off through the snow. SUPERMAN puts his arm
around LOIS. They gaze off at the Fortress in the distance. SUPERMAN
stares hard, deeply affected by the sight of the structure which
has meant so much to him for so long. His eyes suddenly begin to
glow with his X-Ray super-vision burning white-hot.
ANGLE ON FORTRESS - SUPERMAN'S POV
The melting Fortress seems to hang suspended for a moment, dazzling
in the brilliant light. Then - in what almost seems a burst of suicidal
energy - it disappears. The barren landscape is desolate once again.
BACK TO SUPERMAN AND LOIS
The only sound is the quiet whistle of the wind. LOIS turns to SUPERMAN,
tries to form a faint smile, close to tears, realizing the end of
the relationship is at hand. SUPERMAN looks down uncomfortably,
sensing it too.
Look, Lois, I...
Hey. No... regrets, you know? I mean I did it, didn't I? I got the
man I love to love me?
(very hard on him)
So okay, then. So they need you too. I'd be buying my personal little
rainbow at the cost of all those people who say "Help. Come. Quick.
Now." ... you think I don't understand that? It's the old eternal
triangle, right? Except in my case I've got all of humanity in the
We'll see each other. All the time, like before. But it can't be
LOIS kisses him passionately. He responds in spite of himself. They
break. She looks up at him, trembling.
Just don't forget, that's all.
EXT. SKY - NIGHT
SUPERMAN and LOIS fly back to Metropolis. She rides behind, on top,
her face pressed close to his, the wind blowing through her hair.
Her eyes slowly fill with tears, which begin to run down her cheeks.
One tear transfers itself to Superman's cheek. He feels the wetness,
reacts in silent sadness, continues flying on.
EXT. LOIS' TERRACE - NIGHT
SUPERMAN gently deposits LOIS on the terrace of her apartment. They
stare at each other almost shyly, unsure of how to say goodbye.
There is a forced sense of casualness about them.
So. Here we are...
Home, sweet home...
Well. See you at work in the morning, I guess.
Bright and early. Same old Clark. Same old Lois. Except...
maybe I won't be quite so mean to you from now on.
You're secret's safe with me, you know. No one will ever find out
who you really are.
(pause - confident)
I know that, Lois.
SUPERMAN smiles quickly, then suddenly takes off.
See you later...
LOIS watches him fly off, sad and wistful.
Well. There he goes, kid. Up, up, and away...
What the hell. You're a pretty terrific looking number yourself,
Lois Lane. So it's his loss too, right? Right. Let him eat his heart
Because right now you just happen to be sitting on top of the story
of the century! The entire world was saved and you were there! The
only eyewitness! She turns, walks inside her apartment excitedly,
her voice trailing off.
A gifted reporter who happened to be at the right place at the right
time! Coincidence? No...
1, 6 - Superman 2, European/Australian TV edition; snapshot courtesy
of "Supergirl's Boyfriend."
2 - Superman 2, European/Australian TV edition; image courtesy of
3 - Superman II - Restored International Cut
4 - from back cover of Superman 2 DVD, Warner
Home Video, 2001.
5, 8 - Superman 2, European/Australian TV edition; video clip courtesy
of Superman CINEMA.
7 - Superman 2 DVD, 2001 Warner
Home Video; image courtesy of Superman
in the Movies.
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