TheDeathOfSuperman
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               FADE IN :



               INT. LOIS' APARTMENT - NIGHT

               LOIS LANE is asleep on her couch, with a blanket pulled
               around her. The TV is on, but muted, casting a blueish light
               around the room.

               The open door, which leads to the balcony, is letting in just
               enough of a breeze to blow through Lois' hair.

                                   LOIS (V.O.)
                         Each night, it's the same. I fall
                         asleep, wishing...

               INSERT FLASH

               A quick, almost strobe-light style flash. From "The Birth Of
               Superman", we see a Lois' first meeting with Superman, in her
               apartment.

               BACK TO SCENE

                                   LOIS (V.O.) (CONT'D)
                         There are times, just as I wake up
                         in the morning, when it all seems
                         like a dream. A man who can fly.
                         Bullet-proof.
                             (beat)
                         A hero.

               INSERT FLASHES

               More strobe flashes.

               Superman flying with Lois.

               Superman punching into Metallo's chest.

               Lois walking down the street as Superman's body falls onto a
               nearby car, crushing it.

               BACK TO SCENE

               Lois stirs, just a little. She's still asleep.

                                   LOIS (V.O.) (CONT'D)
                         There are times when I can see him,
                         and I ask him why it had to happen
                         that way.
                             (beat)
                         He never answers.

               There is a CLASH OF THUNDER. The TV goes off. 

               Lois' eyes shoot open and she sits up on the couch as
               lightning flashes.

                                   LOIS (V.O.) (CONT'D)
                         There are times when I can't bring
                         myself to accept that he's gone.
                             (beat)
                         But more often than not...

               The balcony doors SLAM shut. Lois jumps to her feet.

                                   LOIS (V.O.) (CONT'D)
                         ...I don't see Superman at all.

               As lightning flashes again, we can see a SHADOWY FIGURE
               standing in front of the balcony doors. It's the shape of a
               man.

               Lois is deeply troubled by the sight of this man. She begins
               to tear up.

                                   LOIS (CONT'D)
                         This isn't happening.

               Another flash of lightning now REVEALS CLARK KENT. We only
               see a quick glimpse of him as he stands before Lois, soaking
               wet, and with blood falling from his eyes like tears.

                                   LOIS (CONT'D)
                         This isn't happening.

               Clark (still bathed in shadows) extends a hand toward Lois,
               reaching for her. Begging for her.

               Lois is finding it harder to contain her tears.

                                   LOIS (CONT'D)
                         Clark?

               Another flash of lighting, and Clark is now gone.

               Lois gasps. She stands, staring at the balcony doors.

               THUNDER rips through the darkness. Another flash of lighting.
               This time, Lois vanishes.



               INT. LOIS' APARTMENT - BEDROOM - NIGHT

               Lois wakes with a gasp. There is no lightning or thunder now.
               Only the sound of SIRENS in the distance.

               Lois looks at the clock. It's 2:33 am.

               She turns over and looks toward her window.

                                   LOIS (V.O.)
                         At least this time, I was asleep.

                                                         FADE TO BLACK:



               MUSIC AND OPENING CREDITS:

               FADE IN:



               INT. DAILY PLANET - CITY ROOM - MORNING

               The room is swarming with REPORTERS, rushing around, talking
               on cell phones and typing on their computers. It's more
               hectic than we've seen it before.

               PERRY WHITE is standing back, watching this confusion with a
               slightly troubled expression on his face.

               JIMMY OLSEN approaches Perry and turns to look at what Perry
               is watching.

                                   JIMMY
                         Are you okay, sir?

                                   PERRY
                         Look at it, son. Just look at this
                         mess.

               Jimmy isn't sure how to respond, so he just looks and tries
               to appear smart by nodding.

               Perry grabs a copy of the Daily Planet off of a nearby desk
               and holds it out for Jimmy to see.

                                   PERRY (CONT'D)
                         Murders. Rapes. Armed robbery.
                         Arson. 
                             (beat)
                         It's out of control.

               Jimmy finally gets what Perry is saying. Now he looks around
               the room and nods, but with much more sincerity. 

                                   JIMMY
                         Yeah.

                                   PERRY
                         It's hard to believe how fast a
                         city can go to hell after the death
                         of one man.

                                   JIMMY
                         Well, he wasn't just any man, sir.

                                   PERRY
                         I know that.
                             (beat)
                         I know.

               Perry turns and starts to walk toward his office.

                                   PERRY (CONT'D)
                         Walk with me, Olsen.

               Jimmy hurries to catch up to Perry.

                                   JIMMY
                         You want me to walk with you?
                         I'm... I mean, it's an hon--

                                   PERRY
                             (ignoring Jimmy)
                         It's not like I haven't seen my
                         share of darkness. I've reported
                         from combat zones. I've gone head
                         to head with mob bosses and street
                         pimps. It's just that... After
                         Superman died, this city mourned
                         together. We were all connected by
                         the same tragedy. There was such...
                         resolve.

                                   JIMMY
                         But it didn't last.

                                   PERRY
                         No.
                             (beat)
                         Now we're back to business as
                         usual. Everyone's looking out for
                         themselves. Nobody could care less 
                         if their neighbor is suffering.
                         It's not just Superman, the person,
                         who died, Jimmy. The more time that
                         passes, the more I'm convinced that
                         -

                                   JIMMY
                         His spirit died too.

               Perry stops walking and looks back to Jimmy who actually
               seems to get what Perry is saying.

                                   PERRY
                         Yeah.

               After the moment passes, Perry starts to walk again. Jimmy
               keeps up.

                                   PERRY (CONT'D)
                             (holding up the paper
                              again)
                         The sad part is, we need that
                         spirit now more than ever. Things
                         are worse now than they were before
                         Superman came along. This
                         "Intergang" and their weapons...
                         I've never seen anything like them. 

                                   JIMMY
                         I know.

               Jimmy looks across the room, toward Clark's desk which sits
               empty now.

               When Perry sees what Jimmy is looking at, he stops for a
               moment and looks toward Clark's desk as well.

               After a moment without saying anything, Perry starts to walk
               again.

                                   PERRY
                         You should get back to work, Olsen.

               Jimmy keeps his eyes on Clark's desk.

                                   JIMMY
                         Yeah.



               INT. GBS BUILDING - NEWS SET - DAY

               A news anchor, MICHELLE DEEDS, is sitting at the news desk,
               speaking to CAT GRANT, who is a gossip reporter in her early
               30's, and who appears to have had quite a bit of plastic
               surgery.

                                   MICHELLE
                         Okay, so fill me in on this story.
                         It's not really true, is it?

                                   CAT
                         Well, I can't tell you how true it
                         is, except to say that one of the
                         people at the scene was a Keystone
                         City police officer and he reported
                         the same thing as everyone else. 

                                   MICHELLE
                         Superman?

                                   CAT
                         That's what they're saying, more or
                         less. Most people only caught a
                         quick flash of red. Some are saying
                         that they actually saw Superman's
                         face. 

                                   MICHELLE
                         Why would he suddenly be so shy?

                                   CAT
                         It's a classic story, Michelle. A
                         celebrity becomes this huge media
                         sensation and the next thing you
                         know, they just want to escape.
                         Some choose to run, others punch a
                         photographer.

                                   MICHELLE
                         It's a good thing he hasn't done
                         that.

                                   CAT
                             (laughs)
                         Right? But seriously, it could just
                         be that he needed to get away for a
                         while.

                                   MICHELLE
                         If it works for Elvis...

                                   CAT
                         Exactly.

                                   MICHELLE
                         Well, thanks for filling us in on
                         the latest gossip. It was juicy as
                         always.

                                   CAT
                         My pleasure.

               Michelle turns to the camera.

                                   MICHELLE
                         If you want to hear more from Cat
                         Grant, you can log onto our
                         website, www.GBSNews.com and read
                         her blog which is updated daily.

               Michelle turns to another camera and keeps talking.

                                   MICHELLE (CONT'D)
                         We're going to switch to a somewhat
                         related topic now. Joining us in
                         our newsroom downstairs is Daily
                         Planet reporter and GBS
                         contributor, Lois Lane. Lois, it's
                         good to see you again.

               On a nearby monitor, we can see Lois, looking into the
               camera.

                                   LOIS
                         Good morning, Michelle.

                                   MICHELLE
                         You've been away for the past four
                         months, since the death of
                         Superman, but you're back with a
                         report on the recent crime
                         outbreak. What can you tell us
                         about this wave of violence? Can we
                         chalk it up to normal thugs, or is
                         this another Livewire situation?

                                   LOIS
                         Well, we haven't seen many
                         confirmed reports of what the
                         authorities are now calling "meta
                         humans".

                                   MICHELLE
                         Meta-humans?

               INTERCUT WITH:



               INT. GBS BUILDING - NEWSROOM - DAY

               Lois in the newsroom, with a camera on her.

                                   LOIS
                         Right. These are the people who
                         somehow acquire abnormal abilities,
                         like Leslie Willis, but we really
                         haven't seen many cases of meta
                         human activity in the last few
                         months. Since Superman died. What
                         we're seeing instead are normal
                         people with weapons and technology
                         unlike anything we've seen before.

                                   MICHELLE
                         Like these... I want to call them
                         ray guns. We're seeing them more
                         and more every day.

                                   LOIS
                         Right. Now, I've spoken to some
                         sources within our military and a
                         few of the leading tech labs in the
                         world, and nobody has a clue where
                         these weapons are coming from. They
                         don't resemble anything that even
                         our own military has been using.

                                   MICHELLE
                             (with a wink)
                         When you refer to your military
                         connections, can we assume that
                         you're talking about your father,
                         General Sam Lane?

               Lois looks into the camera without expression for a moment or
               two before answering.

                                   LOIS
                         No.

                                   MICHELLE
                         Oh... Okay.
                             (beat)
                         One last question before we go.
                             (beat)
                         We just had your old friend, Cat
                         Grant, on the show to discuss
                         rumors that Superman may still be
                         alive. Do you think it's possible
                         that he might be?

               Again, Lois doesn't look thrilled with the question.

                                   LOIS
                         With all due respect to my good
                         friend, Cat...
                             (beat)
                         I was there. I saw Superman fall
                         onto a car from the roof of a high
                         rise. I saw the burn marks on his
                         clothes. I saw the blood coming out
                         of his ears...

               Lois starts to look more and more distant as she continues.

                                   LOIS (CONT'D)
                         His eyes were open, just like you
                         see in all of the movies. Only, his
                         expression wasn't blank. It wasn't
                         peaceful. Superman died and he knew
                         it was coming.
                             (beat)
                         He was terrified.

               Michelle is silent for several seconds, not knowing how to
               respond to Lois. Finally, she looks into the camera and
               says...

                                   MICHELLE
                         We'll be right back with more of
                         today's news.

               Lois pulls an earpiece out of her ear, and takes off her
               microphone. She wants to get out of there.



               INT. KENT HOUSE - LIVING ROOM/FOYER - DAY

               MARTHA KENT is sitting in a chair, watching GBS. Her eyes are
               filled with tears.

               As a commercial comes on, Martha turns off the TV and walks
               to the front door. She stands next to the screen door,
               letting a gentle breeze blow past her, and gazes at the world
               outside.

               In the background, we can hear her phone ring. She doesn't
               move to answer it.



               INT. GBS BUILDING - HALLWAY - DAY

               Lois is walking toward the elevators at a faster than normal
               pace. 

               Cat catches up to her, with a smile on her face, and keeps
               pace.

                                   CAT
                         Check us out. Side by side once
                         again.

                                   LOIS
                         We were never side by side, Cat.

                                   CAT
                         Okay, well not like partners or
                         anything, but we worked in the same
                         office for years. Tell me you're
                         not thrilled to see me.

                                   LOIS
                         I'm not thrilled to see you.

               Lois quickly glances at Cat before returning her eyes to the
               path ahead.

                                   LOIS (CONT'D)
                         Hell, I can barely recognize you.

                                   CAT
                         It's neat, huh? Check this out...

               Cat stops walking and jumps up and down, just slightly. She
               then hurries to catch up with Lois who hasn't stopped to
               check anything out.

                                   CAT (CONT'D)
                         That kind of bounce doesn't come
                         naturally.

               Lois stops at the elevators and presses the "down" button.

                                   CAT (CONT'D)
                         Are you mad?

               Lois turns to Cat, wanting to let loose, but she stops
               herself. She turns back to the elevators, waiting for the
               doors to open.

                                   CAT (CONT'D)
                         I know when you're upset, Lois. You
                         start pulling this snobby "I'm so
                         superior" routine. I always thought
                         you'd outgrow that. Guess I was
                         wrong.

                                   LOIS
                         Maybe I will by the time I'm your
                         age.

                                   CAT
                         My age?
                             (beat)
                         Okay, whatever. I was going to try
                         to be your friend, but apparently
                         that's not what you want.

                                   LOIS
                         No, it's not. I have friends. One
                         of whom you seem to enjoy using for
                         your disgusting little gossip
                         fodder.

                                   CAT
                         What?
                             (beat)
                         Oh, my God... Were you screwing
                         Superman?

               Lois turns to Cat, disgusted. She's about to respond, but the
               elevator doors open. Remaining silent, Lois steps into the
               elevator.

               Cat follows, much to Lois' displeasure.

                                   CAT (CONT'D)
                         Garage, please.

               Lois looks at Cat with a "push your own button" expression.

                                   CAT (CONT'D)
                         What? 
                             (holding up a hand)
                         Some of us have nails to worry
                         about.

               Lois pushes two buttons. As the elevator doors close, Lois
               keeps her eyes on the numbers over the doors.

                                   LOIS
                         Your botox is wearing off. 



               INT. LEXCORP BUILDING - LOBBY - DAY

               MERCY GRAVES walks into the building. She's wearing a black
               suit, with her hair pulled back. She does not look happy as
               she walks toward the elevator.

               Before she can reach the elevator doors, a SECURITY GUARD
               steps in front of her, cutting off her path.

                                   SECURITY GUARD
                         Can I help you?

                                   MERCY
                         I can help myself.

                                   SECURITY GUARD
                         Not if you think you're getting in
                         that elevator.

               Mercy pulls an ID card from her pocket and shows it to the
               guard.

                                   MERCY
                         Are you new? Because I've been
                         working for Lex for a while now. My
                         name is--

                                   SECURITY GUARD
                         Graves. I know who you are.

                                   MERCY
                         Then you know that I'm not some
                         lowly underling. You might want to
                         get out of my way.

                                   SECURITY GUARD
                         I have strict orders to keep you in
                         your place.

                                   MERCY
                         My place?

               The security guard smiles and looks at Mercy's outfit.

                                   SECURITY GUARD
                         You know. The car. That's where
                         drivers are supposed to hang out. 

               Mercy composes herself and looks the guard right in the eye.

                                   MERCY
                         If you don't get out of my way
                         right now, I will break you.

               The guard doesn't move.

                                   MERCY (CONT'D)
                         Last chance.

               Still, the guard doesn't move.

               Mercy smirks and throws a punch, which the guard easily
               blocks.

                                   SECURITY GUARD
                         You're not the only talent in this
                         company.

               Mercy throws another punch. The guard grabs her arm and holds
               onto it.

               Mercy knees the guard in the gut, causing him to release her
               arm. She then spin-kicks him in the face, before grabbing
               onto his jacket and ramming his head into the nearest wall.

               Mercy reaches down and grabs a stun gun from the guard's
               belt. She looks as though she's about to use it on the guard.

               As she does this, TWO MORE GUARDS make their way into the
               lobby. 

                                   SECURITY GUARD 2
                         Hold it!

               Knowing that even she can't take on two security guards,
               Mercy puts her hands in the air (still holding the stun gun).
               She turns to face them.

                                   MERCY
                         It's cool, boys. You win. I just
                         want you to give Lex a message for
                         me. Tell him...

               Mercy looks down at the guard whose ass she just kicked.

                                   MERCY (CONT'D)
                         You know what? Nevermind. I think
                         he'll get the message.

               Mercy turns and starts to walk out of the lobby. As she nears
               the door, she passes a FEMALE LEXCORP EMPLOYEE who is just
               entering the building, flipping through a folder full of
               papers.

               Mercy jams the stun gun into the woman's side and jolts the
               hell out of her, sending the woman to the ground and the
               papers flying.

               With that, Mercy walks out of the building.



               INT. DAILY PLANET - CITY ROOM - DAY

               Lois walks toward her desk. As she walks, Jimmy approaches. 

                                   JIMMY
                         Lois.

               Lois doesn't turn. She keeps walking with a less than happy
               look on her face.

                                   LOIS
                         What?

                                   JIMMY
                         I just wanted to warn you.

               Now Lois stops and turns toward Jimmy.

                                   LOIS
                         Warn me? About what?

                                   JIMMY
                         I-- Uhm... I mean, Mr. White...

                                   LOIS
                         Jimmy, you suck at warning people.

                                   JIMMY
                         Mr. White's planning to hire a new
                         reporter. Y'know... A replacement.

               Lois doesn't immediately react. She simply stares at Jimmy,
               which makes him incredibly uncomfortable.

                                   JIMMY (CONT'D)
                         Lois?
                             (beat)
                         Are you okay?

                                   LOIS
                         I'm having a really bad day. I just
                         don't need this.

               Lois turns toward Clark's desk.

                                   LOIS (CONT'D)
                         Do you know who it is? Who's repla-- 
                             (beat)
                         Do you know who he's hiring?

                                   JIMMY
                         No. But he's in the meeting now.

               Lois turns toward Perry's office. The door is closed, and she
               can't see inside. 

                                   JIMMY (CONT'D)
                         Are you okay?

                                   LOIS
                         I'm fine.

                                   JIMMY
                         You don't look it.

               Lois looks at Jimmy, as though warning him to back off.

                                   JIMMY (CONT'D)
                         Right.
                             (beat)
                         I should probably go. I have a date
                         in...
                             (looks at watch)
                         Four hours. I should probably get
                         ready for that.

               Lois keeps that threatening look on her face until Jimmy
               wanders off.

               Once Jimmy is gone, Lois makes her way back to her desk. She
               sits down, facing Perry's office, and keeps her eye on the
               door, waiting for it to open.

               As she waits, Lois grows more and more uneasy. She glances
               toward Clark's desk, which still has his name plate sitting
               on it.

               Just as Lois looks back to Perry's office, the door swings
               open and Perry walks out. He turns and shakes the hand of the
               new hire, which Lois still can't see.

               Lois takes a deep breath as this new reporter steps out of
               Perry's office.

               REVEAL Cat Grant, walking into the city room, with a big
               smile on her face.

                                   LOIS
                         Hell. No.

               Lois stands from her chair and starts to walk toward Perry
               and Cat, just as Perry returns to his office. 

               Cat begins to make her way toward the empty desk. When she
               sees Lois, her smile grows.

                                   CAT
                         Did you just get here? What, did
                         you walk?

                                   LOIS
                         What are you doing here?

                                   CAT
                         I work here.
                             (beat)
                         Again.

               Cat walks past Lois, to Clark's desk.

                                   LOIS
                         I swear to everything sacred, Cat,
                         if you so much as touch that desk,
                         I will rip those implants out of
                         your body with my bare hands.

                                   CAT
                         Colorful.

               Cat stands next to Clark's desk, and looks Lois in the eye
               with a slight smile on her face, as though trying to figure
               out the best way to get at Lois.

               Lois is staring Cat down, without wavering, which only seems
               to amuse Cat even more.

               Without looking, Cat grabs the name plate from the desk. It's
               only once the plate is in front of her that she glances down
               at the name, and then back to Lois.

                                   CAT (CONT'D)
                         Clark Kent.
                             (beat)
                         Never heard of him.

                                   LOIS
                         You wouldn't have. He was a real
                         journalist.

                                   CAT
                         Was?

               Lois doesn't respond. She keeps her eyes on Cat.

               After a moment, Cat places the name plate back on the desk
               and softens her look a little bit.

                                   CAT (CONT'D)
                         You really are a busy little bee,
                         aren't you? Superman and Clark
                         Kent, both at the same time.
                             (beat)
                         It's very ironic that they both--

                                   LOIS
                         I strongly advise you not to finish
                         that sentence.

                                   CAT
                         Were you always this bitter?

               Lois doesn't respond. After a few moments, Cat decides that
               she's had her fun, and softens up a little.

                                   CAT (CONT'D)
                         Look, we don't like each other. No
                         big surprise there. But as long as
                         I'm working here, we could at least
                         try to get along.

                                   LOIS
                         Fine.
                             (beat)
                         You're still not sitting at this
                         desk.

                                   CAT
                         Then where?

               Lois looks around the room, but there are no other empty
               desks.

                                   LOIS
                         I'll work it out. Just take five,
                         and get a cup of coffee or
                         something.

                                   CAT
                         I can do that.

               Lois smiles, trying to seem more polite than she's feeling.
               She turns and walks toward Perry's office.

               Once Lois is gone, Cat turns and looks at Clark's desk. On
               it, she sees a photo of Clark with his parents. She likes
               what she sees.

                                   CAT (CONT'D)
                         Ooh.
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