TheDeathOfSuperman
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               INT. DAILY PLANET - PERRY'S OFFICE - DAY

               Lois walks into Perry's office, closing the door behind her.
               Perry is sitting at his desk, reading something on his
               computer.

                                   LOIS
                         Are you kidding me?

                                   PERRY
                         I haven't said anything. How could
                         I be kidding?

                                   LOIS
                         Cat Grant? This is who you pick to
                         replace Clark Kent?

               Perry realizes the seriousness of the conversation and turns
               his attention to Lois.

                                   LOIS (CONT'D)
                         Clark was a damn good reporter. He
                         was a good man who cared about
                         telling people the truth about
                         important issues. He was fair. He
                         was... 
                             (beat)
                         Cat is a gossip whore. She doesn't
                         care about anyone or anything. She
                         will stab anyone in the back to get
                         a story. How can you possibly
                         choose her to replace Clark?

                                   PERRY
                         I'm not replacing Clark, Lois. I'm
                         not trying to find someone to fill
                         his shoes. I'm just trying to find
                         someone who can fill a page.

                                   LOIS
                         With the latest scoop on which
                         celebrity isn't wearing underwear?

                                   PERRY
                         These are hard times. People like
                         to read lighter stories during hard
                         times.

                                   LOIS
                         People need to have reporters who
                         will stand up to the politicians,
                         moguls and thugs during hard times. 

                                   PERRY
                         That's what we have you for.

                                   LOIS
                         I'm not good enough! I'm not--

               Lois is finding it hard to keep her emotions in check. She's
               tearing up, so she turns away from Perry to compose herself.

                                   LOIS (CONT'D)
                         I'm not good enough. I can't do
                         this alone. I can't be here alone.

                                   PERRY
                         You're not alone. You have an
                         office full of people who want to
                         work with you, just like Clark did.

               Having pulled herself together, Lois turns to face Perry once
               again.

                                   LOIS
                         If any of them were capable of
                         doing the job, they'd have risen to
                         the occasion long before now. Clark
                         started out reporting on flower
                         festivals and school plays. Most of
                         these people have been here way
                         longer than him, and none of them
                         are near his level.

                                   PERRY
                         I know.
                             (beat)
                         I don't know what I can say to make
                         this better.

               Lois takes a seat in one of Perry's guest chairs.

                                   LOIS
                         I don't know either.
                             (beat)
                         Cat Grant. Seriously?

                                   PERRY
                         She's always been popular. If it
                         helps any, I could let her work
                         from home a lot.

                                   LOIS
                         Could you make her work from
                         Blüdhaven?

                                   PERRY
                         It'll get easier.

                                   LOIS
                         Yeah, if she'd stop stalking me.

                                   PERRY
                         I don't mean Cat. I mean Clark.
                         It'll get easier.

                                   LOIS
                         How can you be so sure?

                                   PERRY
                         Because there aren't many ways for
                         it to get harder.

                                   LOIS
                         Have you looked outside lately? I
                         saw a woman get mugged last week,
                         and when the police stopped to help
                         her, they got mugged too. The city
                         is falling apart. Intergang has
                         better weapons than the police.
                         Hell, they have better weapons than
                         the army.

                                   PERRY
                         Any word on where these weapons
                         come from?

                                   LOIS
                         Jimmy says that Clark was onto
                         something, but he doesn't have
                         details.



               INT. GBS BUILDING - HALLWAY - NIGHT

               Jimmy is walking down the hallway with OLIVIA. Both are
               dressed nicely, and they talk quietly to each other.

                                   JIMMY
                         Why is it that meeting your father
                         never gets easier for me?

                                   OLIVIA
                         Because my father is a lying,
                         weapon smuggling criminal.

                                   JIMMY
                         Right. That's it.

                                   OLIVIA
                         We're close to ending this. We just
                         need proof.

                                   JIMMY
                         Maybe if we had help.

                                   OLIVIA
                         We've discussed this.

                                   JIMMY
                         I know. We can't get help, because
                         it'll spook your father.

                                   OLIVIA
                         He doesn't know that I know. He
                         doesn't know that you know.

               Olivia smiles.

                                   OLIVIA (CONT'D)
                         Which is weird, because you're just
                         about the worst spy ever.

                                   JIMMY
                         Am not. I'm totally sneaky.

                                   OLIVIA
                         Do you not remember almost choking
                         on your garden salad the last time
                         we had dinner with him?

                                   JIMMY
                         He had a knife.

                                   OLIVIA
                         He had a steak.

                                   JIMMY
                         It was a very shifty looking steak.

               Olivia stops walking and takes Jimmy's hand in order to stop
               him. She looks him in the eye, to calm his nerves.

                                   OLIVIA
                         You're doing fine. We're almost
                         done with this.

               Jimmy nods, and Olivia gives him a kiss, which seems to calm
               him down.

               Still holding hands, they resume walking.

               When they reach the sitting area outside of Morgan Edge's
               office, they find a man, DESI, walking toward them, working
               on his PDA. He is a short man, with dark hair and dark eyes.
               He wears a black suit with a dark brown shirt and black tie,
               making him seem a little out of place in an otherwise bright
               office.

                                   OLIVIA (CONT'D)
                             (smiles)
                         Hey, Desi.

               When Desi speaks, he has a quiet, somewhat raspy voice.

                                   DESI
                         Your father's still working. He
                         should be done shortly.

                                   OLIVIA
                         We can wait.

                                   JIMMY
                         Hi, Mr... Umm... Desi. Sir.

               Desi ignores Jimmy and keeps walking.

                                   OLIVIA
                         Smooth.

                                   JIMMY
                         I don't know his last name.

                                   OLIVIA
                         Just call him Desi, like the rest
                         of us. You're not on his staff.
                             (beat)
                         They really have you whipped down
                         at the Planet, don't they?

               Before Jimmy has a chance to respond to Olivia, Morgan's door
               opens, and MORGAN EDGE walks out of his office. He's on his
               cell phone, so he holds up a finger before anyone can talk to
               him.

               Jimmy and Olivia look at each other, getting ready for their
               mission.

                                   MORGAN
                             (into phone)
                         If I cared what they had to say, we
                         wouldn't be where we are today, now
                         would we?
                             (beat)
                         I thought it was thirty-five.
                             (beat)
                         Fine. Just get the deal through. It
                         doesn't matter either way.
                             (beat)
                         Trust me.

               Morgan hangs up his phone and smiles at Jimmy and Olivia as
               he walks to them.

                                   MORGAN (CONT'D)
                         A tycoon's job is never done.

               Morgan hugs Olivia. She hugs back, but it's awkward for her.

               When Morgan is done hugging Olivia, he turns to Jimmy.

                                   MORGAN (CONT'D)
                         Hello, Jim.

               Jimmy isn't at all comfortable.

                                   JIMMY
                         Hel-- I mean, hi, Mr. Edge. 
                             (beat)
                         Sir. Hi.

               Morgan seems amused by Jimmy's nervousness. Olivia just
               shakes her head at Jimmy's lack of spy-like coolness.

               Morgan extends his hand, which Jimmy shakes.

                                   MORGAN
                         I've told you, call me Morgan.

                                   JIMMY
                         Right. Sure thing, Mr. Edge.
                             (beat)
                         Morgan.
                             (beat)
                         Sir.

                                   OLIVIA
                         I think I might have found a new
                         place to reopen the center, Dad.

               Morgan turns his attention to Olivia.

                                   MORGAN
                         Really?

                                   OLIVIA
                         Mm-hmm. It's not too far from our
                         old spot. It needs some work, but I
                         think I can get a good price on it.
                         I asked a contractor friend of mine
                         what it might cost to fix the place
                         up. He's supposed to e-mail me
                         tonight sometime.

                                   MORGAN
                         That's great, sweetie. You know you
                         have my complete support. Whatever
                         it takes to get the center back up
                         and running, you just let me know.

               Olivia smiles.

                                   OLIVIA
                         Thanks, Daddy.

                                   MORGAN
                         Now, shall we head down to the
                         restaurant? I could use a nice
                         juicy steak right about now. How
                         'bout you, Jim?

               Jimmy gulps.

                                   OLIVIA
                         Yeah.
                             (beat)
                         Wait. Umm... This business stuff's
                         gonna bug me all night if I don't
                         check my e-mail. Can I?

                                   MORGAN
                         Fine. Just hurry up. We'll meet you
                         in the lobby.

               Olivia nods and heads into her father's office. Once she's
               gone, Morgan puts a hand on Jimmy's shoulder and leads him
               toward the elevator.

                                   MORGAN (CONT'D)
                         I guess we have some time to talk.
                         Just us men.

               Jimmy gulps once again.



               INT. GBS BUILDING - MORGAN'S OFFICE - NIGHT

               After she's closed the door behind her, Olivia hurries to her
               father's desk and sits down. She quickly starts looking
               through files on his computer.



               INT. GBS BUILDING - ELEVATOR - NIGHT

               Jimmy and Morgan are in the elevator waiting for it to reach
               the lobby, as bad elevator music plays.

               Jimmy continues to look uncomfortable.

                                   MORGAN
                         Have you ever killed an animal,
                         Jim?

                                   JIMMY
                         Killed?

                                   MORGAN
                         Y'know, with a gun, or an arrow.
                         Hunting.

                                   JIMMY
                         Oh. No. I'm from the city.
                             (beat)
                         Sir.

                                   MORGAN
                         We'll have to go out sometime. You
                         haven't lived until you've held the
                         life of another creature in your
                         hands and felt its warm blood
                         between your fingers.

                                   JIMMY
                         I'm not really a hunter. I mean, I
                         don't mind people hunting. I just
                         don't think I could... kill.

                                   MORGAN
                         We can all kill. It's the nature of
                         all living things, in some form or
                         another. To eat. To defend
                         ourselves. It's part of our makeup.
                         You can do it. You just haven't
                         tried it.
                             (beat)
                         Have you ever even shot a gun
                         before?

                                   JIMMY
                         No, sir. I really just stick to
                         cameras.

               Morgan laughs.

                                   MORGAN
                         Those can be just as deadly, I
                         guess. Depending on who you're
                         shooting and when.



               INT. GBS BUILDING - MORGAN'S OFFICE - NIGHT

               Olivia continues to browse through the files on Morgan's
               computer. 

               As she looks, she comes across a folder simply entitled "D"
               and clicks on it. The folder is password protected. When she
               is asked for a password, Olivia pauses, trying to think.

               After a moment, she is about to type something into the
               computer, but the office door opens. Desi walks into the
               room, carrying some files, and causing Olivia to look at him
               with a somewhat guilty expression on her face.

                                   DESI
                         Ms. Edge, are you supposed to be in
                         here?

                                   OLIVIA
                         I'm just checking my e-mail. 
                             (beat)
                         Dad said I could.

               Desi hesitates, as though trying to determine whether or not
               she is telling the truth.

               As Desi is hesitating, Olivia moves the computer's mouse,
               clicking her way out of the password protected area.

               Desi walks toward the desk, and places the files on it.
               Olivia still isn't sure what he is going to do or say next.
               He is not an easy person to read.

                                   DESI
                         If you'd like, I could walk you
                         down to the lobby.

                                   OLIVIA
                         I have an e-mail to respond to. It
                         could take a few minutes. You
                         should go ahead without me.

                                   DESI
                             (long beat)
                         Very well.
                             (beat)
                         Goodnight, Ms. Edge.

               Olivia smiles.

                                   OLIVIA
                         G'night.

               Desi turns and walks out of the room. Giving her one more
               quick glance as he closes the door.

               Olivia turns back to the computer and tries opening the file
               again. When asked for a password, she attempts to crack it a
               few times, but fails each time.

                                   OLIVIA (CONT'D)
                         C'mon.

               She tries again. Again, she fails. Not knowing what to try
               next, Olivia takes a deep breath.



               INT. GBS BUILDING - LOBBY - NIGHT

               The elevator doors open, and Olivia steps out. Jimmy and
               Morgan are standing nearby, waiting for her. When she meets
               up with them, she smiles.

                                   MORGAN
                         Did your friend get back to you?

                                   OLIVIA
                         Yup. So far, it's looking good.

                                   MORGAN
                         Excellent.

               Morgan walks ahead of them, to get the door. As Jimmy and
               Olivia hang back, Jimmy looks at her, silently asking if she
               found anything. In response, she shakes her head.



               INT. DAILY PLANET - CITY ROOM - NIGHT

               Lois is moving her belongings from her desk, to Clark's. As
               she does, she is careful not to move too many of Clark's
               things.

               Perry walks up from behind her, holding a paper cup full of
               coffee and looking tired.

                                   PERRY
                         Lois? What are you still doing
                         here?

                                   LOIS
                         Moving. Cat might be taking Clark's
                         job, but she's not taking his desk.

                                   PERRY
                         Why would she take Clark's desk?

               Lois pauses, and looks at Perry.

                                   LOIS
                         I thought...

                                   PERRY
                         We have a lot of space here, and
                         Cat's going to be working from home
                         a lot of the time.

               Lois sits in her chair, catching onto the fact that she's
               been played.

                                   LOIS
                         I can't believe her. It's like she
                         doesn't even have a soul.

                                   PERRY
                         Give her a break. She's had her
                         share of hardships too, you know?

                                   LOIS
                         I really don't care what she's been
                         through. I just want her gone. 
                             (beat)
                         I just want things back to normal.

                                   PERRY
                         This is normal now. Get used to it.

                                   LOIS
                         I guess I don't have a choice. I
                         just wish...

                                   PERRY
                         Wish what?

                                   LOIS
                             (beat)
                         It's nothing. You should get home,
                         Chief. 

                                   PERRY
                         I still have some work to do. If
                         there's anything you need, you know
                         where to find me.

                                   LOIS
                         Thanks. I think I just need to walk
                         for a while. It's been a long day.

                                   PERRY
                         Just be careful. It's not the city
                         that it used to be.

               Lois reaches into her purse and pulls out a taser.

                                   LOIS
                         I can take care of myself.

                                   PERRY
                         Be careful just the same.

               Lois gives him a slight nod, and Perry walks back to his
               office.

               Once Perry is gone, Lois turns back to the desk. She starts
               moving her things back to her own space.



               EXT. METROPOLIS STREET/ALLEY - NIGHT

               Lois is walking down the street now, with her arms crossed in
               front of her, to keep warm. Her purse is at her side.

               As she walks, she seems deep in thought. Every once in a
               while, she will look up to the sky, as though expecting
               Superman to swoop down and offer her a lift home.

               Her cell phone rings. Pulling it from her pocket, Lois looks
               at the caller ID. It reads : "DAD"

               Not feeling a great need to chat with her father, Lois sticks
               her phone back in her pocket.

               She continues walking down the street, until she passes an
               alley. Glancing down this alley, Lois spots a YOUNG MAN
               standing around, smoking a cigarette and holding what looks
               to be a gun of some sort, though it's too dark to make out
               details.

               Lois moves past the alley and stops, leaning against the
               building so that she can look around the corner without being
               seen.

               As she watches, the young man checks his watch, and then
               tosses his cigarette to the ground. A few moments later, he
               aims his gun at the wall and a large ring of red light
               appears on it, generated by his gun.

               The ring grows brighter, and eventually, the portion of the
               wall within that circle begins to move outward, into the
               alley.

               Once there is a hole in the wall, THREE MORE TEENAGERS step
               out of the building, holding bags of loot which they have
               just stolen.

               Lois looks at the sign for the store which is being robbed.
               It reads : VIQUE'S DIAMONDS

               As the youngsters laugh and revel in the success of their
               latest heist, the young man with the strange gun moves the
               wall back into place. Once it's back, the young man turns off
               the device, and the wall is back to normal.

               Lois is intrigued by this, but doesn't have time to think
               about it before the youngsters begin to walk toward her.

               Lois moves around the corner, and starts to walk down the
               street once again.

               Soon, all four young people round the corner and walk behind
               Lois, down the street. They're still thrilled with themselves
               over the job that they've just pulled off.

               Lois can't help but be nervous, knowing that they're behind
               her. Each time she passes by a store with a window, she
               glances in it, keeping tabs on the thugs.

               She pulls out her cell phone, and punches in 9-1-1, and is
               just about to hit "send" when she glances in a window to
               check up on the criminals behind her.

               As she looks in that window, the young man with the gun-like
               device sees her checking them out. Lois knows that she's been
               spotted and begins to walk faster, pressing "send" on her
               phone as she does.

                                   YOUNG MAN
                         Hey, lady!

                                   LOIS
                         Crap.

               Lois begins running down the street, as quickly as she can,
               keeping her cell phone to her ear.

               The youngsters aren't far behind.

                                   911 OPERATOR (V.O.)
                             (through phone)
                         9-1-1, what's your emergency.

                                   LOIS
                         I've just witnessed a jewelry store
                         robbery on Hub Street, near 16th
                         Avenue. There's a group of four
                         teenagers with strange weapons, and
                         they're after me.

               As Lois continues to run, she passes a car that's parked on
               the side of the street. As she passes it, all of the windows
               in that car explode, sending glass everywhere.

                                   YOUNG MAN
                         I'd stop if I were you, lady!

               Another teenager behind her giggles.

                                   OTHER TEENAGER
                         I wouldn't!

                                   LOIS
                             (into phone)
                         Hello? Are you there?

                                   911 OPERATOR (V.O.)
                         We're sending a car to the area
                         now. Please stay where you are, so
                         we can find you.

                                   LOIS
                         You're joking, right?

                                   911 OPERATOR (V.O.)
                         Ma'am, we can't help you if you
                         don't help us.

                                   LOIS
                         My name is Lois Lane. I'm a
                         reporter with the Daily Planet.
                         Unless you want a cover story about
                         the inept 911 operator who--

               Lois can't finish the sentence before a wave of red energy
               moves past her, knocking her to the ground. Her cell phone
               falls out of her hand, and breaks as it hits the sidewalk.

               Lois doesn't waste any time getting back to her feet. She
               tries to keep running, but she's grabbed by one of the
               teenagers, and thrown against the wall.

               The young man with the gun walks up to her and smiles.

                                   YOUNG MAN
                         You wouldn't be trying to mess up
                         our fun, would you, lady?

                                   LOIS
                         Just ordering a pizza.

                                   YOUNG MAN
                         I love pizza.

               Lois is thrown off by the young man's comment.

                                   LOIS
                         Good to know... I guess.

                                   YOUNG MAN
                         The question is, what do we do with
                         you now?

                                   LOIS
                         I won't tell the cops a thing. I
                         haven't seen any of your faces.

                                   OTHER TEENAGER
                         You're looking right at us.

                                   LOIS
                         Looking isn't seeing, kid.

                                   YOUNG MAN
                         It doesn't matter what you see. You
                         think we care if you tell on us?

                                   LOIS
                         Then, why?

                                   YOUNG MAN
                             (with a smile)
                         'Cause it's fun.

               There is obviously no simple way of handling this situation.
               Lois looks around the street, and while PEOPLE are looking
               her way, nobody is willing to help her.

               Taking matters into her own hands, Lois knees the guy who is
               holding her against the wall. As he stumbles back, Lois grabs
               onto the gun-like device that the young man is holding. Just
               as she pushes it away from herself, the young man pulls its
               trigger, causing a chunk of the wall behind Lois to crumble.

               Lois throws all of her weight against the young man holding
               this device. As he stumbles back, she twists the device out
               of his hand, and whacks him across the head with it.

               Before she can do anything else, Lois is grabbed from behind
               by a THIRD TEENAGER, who is wearing some sort of exoskeleton
               on his hand. This exoskeleton allows him to lift Lois off of
               the ground with relative ease.

                                   THIRD TEENAGER
                         Drop it, lady.

               Lois tries to struggle, but she has no leverage, so it's
               useless. Finally, she gives in and drops the gun-like device
               to the ground.

               Just as she does this two police cars pull up, with their
               lights flashing. FOUR POLICE OFFICERS jump out of the cars
               and aim their weapons at the teens.

                                   POLICE OFFICER
                         Everyone, freeze!

                                   THIRD TEENAGER
                         Ooh, cops.

               The third teenager is bored with Lois, so he throws her
               through the nearest store window, and out of our view.

               The third teenager then turns to the cops and smiles, putting
               his hands in the air.

                                   THIRD TEENAGER (CONT'D)
                         Please, officers, don't shoot me.
                         I'm just a kid and stuff.

               The third teenager takes a step toward the curb, where a car
               is parked.

                                   POLICE OFFICER
                         I said, don't move!

                                   THIRD TEENAGER
                         I'm just gonna put my hands down on
                         the car. Y'know, so you can arrest
                         me.

               When the third teenager reaches the car, he begins to lower
               his hands, as though to put them on the car. 

               Of course, he doesn't simply put his hands on the car.
               Instead, he squats down behind the car, and grabs it with his
               exoskeleton-covered hand. As he stands back up, he throws
               this car high into the sky.

               All four cops look up at the car, which is spinning as it
               begins to fall back down, toward them.

                                   THIRD TEENAGER (CONT'D)
                         Damn. Milk really does do a body
                         good.

               The cops jump out of the way as the car crashes down on top
               of their police cars.

               The young man grabs his gun-like device, and turns up its
               power.
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