TheLifeOfSuperman
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               EXT. FIRST BANK OF METROPOLIS - NIGHT

               Police cars fill the street outside the bank while OFFICERS
               tape off the area and keep ONLOOKERS away from the scene.

               The windows in the bank are covered by blinds which are
               closed.



               INT. FIRST BANK OF METROPOLIS - LOBBY - NIGHT

               DERYLL LORNE is the gunman in the bank. He's a man in his mid
               30's, wearing blue jeans and a red shirt. He also has a
               yellow belt with the Superman logo on it.

               Behind him are four bank employees. They are DONNA, MITCHELL,
               KYLIE, and DAN. All well dressed professional types who are
               huddled on the floor.

               Deryll looks through the blinds.

                                   DERYLL
                         It's getting kinda busy out there.
                         This'll probably be good press for
                         you guys, right? Having your bank
                         all over the news.

                                   KYLIE
                         Good press would be us giving out
                         free MP3 players with every account
                         opening. A gunman holding us
                         hostage isn't gonna give people the
                         urge to make a deposit anytime
                         soon.

                                   DERYLL
                         You don't even get it, do you? This
                         isn't about me or you or money.
                         That's not what people are going to
                         remember when tonight's over. What
                         they're going to remember is him.

                                   DAN
                         Him?

                                   DERYLL
                         The man who is going to swoop in to
                         save you.

               Deryll squats down to be at eye level with the others. He's
               very excited.

                                   DERYLL (CONT'D)
                         Superman. He's coming. He always
                         comes to these things.

                                   DAN
                         You're doing all of this to meet
                         Superman?

                                   DERYLL
                         Uh-huh. So don't worry. You're not
                         gonna die or anything like that.
                         He'd never let you die.

                                   KYLIE
                         You know, before you said that, I
                         thought you were a loser who
                         thought he'd somehow get away with
                         this. Now I'm pretty sure you're
                         just really, really crazy.

               Deryll stands up, aiming his gun at Kylie.

                                   DERYLL
                         Don't call me that! Don't you dare
                         call me that. 
                             (beat)
                         Is it crazy to admire a man who can
                         melt things with his eyes, or fly
                         without an airplane? Is it crazy to
                         want to meet the man who has saved
                         so many lives?

                                   KYLIE
                         Actually, the crazy part would be
                         the gun at my head.

                                   DERYLL
                         I said he wouldn't let you die.

               Deryll walks toward Kyle, eventually standing right over her,
               with the gun nearly touching her head.

                                   DERYLL (CONT'D)
                         I never said I wouldn't try anyway.

               Deryll squeezes the trigger. As the gun fires, everything in
               the room slows down.

               INSIDE THE GUN

               The bullet begins to move through the barrel of the gun,
               making its way toward Kylie's head.

               As the bullet reaches the end of the barrel, it suddenly hits
               something hard. 

               The gun backfires, exploding out of Deryll's hand.

               Normal speed resumes as Deryll clutched his wounded hand,
               screaming in pain. Finally, he looks up and sees Superman
               standing in front of him with his hand extended, having
               blocked the barrel of the gun.

                                   SUPERMAN
                         Would it kill my cool factor if I
                         said "Stop in the name of love"?

               Despite his injuries, Deryll looks up at Superman with wide
               eyes and a silly grin.

                                   DERYLL
                         You're him. You're really him.

               Superman ignores Deryll and turns toward the hostages. 

                                   SUPERMAN
                         You're free to go now. The police
                         are expecting you.

                                   KYLIE
                             (to Superman)
                         Thank you so much.
                             (then, to Deryll)
                         Freak.

               The hostages leave the bank. Superman turns toward Deryll.

                                   SUPERMAN
                         I'd have that hand looked at if I
                         were you.

                                   DERYLL
                         You came. Just like I knew you
                         would. 
                             (beat)
                         This is... Thank you.

               Superman is puzzled by this.

                                   SUPERMAN
                         You did this just to get me here,
                         didn't you? 

                                   DERYLL
                         I knew you'd come.

               The police rush into the bank and begin the process of
               arresting Deryll.

               Superman simply stands there, not amused by the fact that
               this crime had been committed in his honor.



               INT. METROGRAND HOTEL - LOBBY/BAR - NIGHT

               Lois stands in the lobby of the hotel, hidden behind a
               pillar. She is watching General Lane and Lex Luthor having a
               discussion in the hotel bar as Mercy stands just outside the
               bar, keeping watch.

               Aside from Luthor and the General, the bar is empty.

                                   LOIS
                             (to herself)
                         What are you doing here?

               Lois' CELL PHONE RINGS. She quickly ducks behind the pillar
               and presses the "ignore" button. She stays hidden behind the
               pillar for a moment, hoping that nobody heard her cell phone.

               After some time has passed, Lois peeks around the pillar to
               take another look into the bar. However, her view is blocked
               by Mercy, who is now standing directly in front of Lois.

                                   MERCY
                         You shouldn't be here.

                                   LOIS
                         I was invited. I could prove it if
                         you want.

                                   MERCY
                         Your invitation was to a party
                         being held forty stories above this
                         one. I suggest you get back to it.

                                   LOIS
                         I'm sorry. I didn't see a
                         "reserved" sign posted in the
                         lobby.

               Mercy takes a step toward Lois.

                                   MERCY
                         Do you really want to do this?

                                   LOIS
                         I just want to stand in the lobby
                         of this very lovely hotel. If you
                         want to have your arms broken,
                         that's entirely up to you, sister.

                                   MERCY
                         I'm not your sister.

               Mercy is about to punch Lois in the face when a voice behind
               her stops her in her tracks.

                                   GENERAL LANE (O.S.)
                         Lois?

                                   LOIS
                             (eyes on Mercy)
                         Hello, Daddy.

               REVEAL Lex and General Lane, now standing behind Mercy.

                                   LEX
                         We're done here. 

               Lex turns and starts to walk out of the hotel. Mercy gives
               Lois an intimidating glare. Lois returns with a smile as
               Mercy turns and follows Lex out of the hotel.

               Lois turns and starts to walk away. The General follows her.

                                   GENERAL LANE
                         What do you think you're doing?

                                   LOIS
                         Attending a very swanky theme
                         party. You?

                                   GENERAL LANE
                         You know damn well that's not what
                         I'm talking about, Lois.

               As Lois reaches the elevator, the General steps in front of
               her.

                                   LOIS
                         I saw my father. I thought I'd say
                         hi, since I know he'd never be the
                         one to approach me. I didn't know
                         you'd be having a secret meeting
                         with Lex Luthor in a hotel bar.

                                   GENERAL LANE
                         Don't be dramatic. 

                                   LOIS
                         What were you talking about?

                                   GENERAL LANE
                         You know I'm not going to tell you
                         that.

                                   LOIS
                         Then it looks like we don't have
                         anything else to say. Goodnight,
                         Daddy.

               Lois pushes past the General and presses the elevator button.
               The General doesn't move away from the elevators.

                                   LOIS (CONT'D)
                         If you're going up, you can catch
                         the next ride. 

               The elevator doors open, revealing an empty elevator.

                                   LOIS (CONT'D)
                         This one's full.

               Lois steps into the elevator and presses the button to close
               the doors.



               INT. METROGRAND HOTEL - BALLROOM - NIGHT

               Lois walks into the ballroom, obviously distracted, and heads
               for the bar. When she gets there, she finds Clark and Jimmy
               with drinks in hand, leaning on the bar. 

               Clark seems as distracted as Lois.

                                   LOIS
                             (to bartender)
                         Give me a scotch and I swear, if I
                         so much as see an ice cube near my
                         drink I will hurt you.

               Lois turns to Clark and Jimmy as Clark takes a sip.

                                   LOIS (CONT'D)
                         Is that root beer?

                                   CLARK
                         Yeah.

                                   LOIS
                         You can take the boy out of
                         Smallville...

                                   CLARK
                         Alcohol doesn't do anything for me.
                         Sugar does.

               Lois takes her drink from the bartender. She leans on the bar
               next to Clark and Jimmy.

                                   JIMMY
                         You two look like someone killed
                         your goldfish.
                             (beat)
                         Or puppy. People don't usually mope
                         about goldfish, I guess.

                                   LOIS
                         It's been a long day.

                                   JIMMY
                         We're at a party.

                                   CLARK
                         It's a fundraiser.

                                   JIMMY
                         With music and dancing. Where I
                         come from, that's a party.

                                   CLARK
                         It's work.

               Clark puts his glass down.

                                   CLARK (CONT'D)
                         Which I think I've about finished.
                         So, if you'll excuse me...

               Clark starts to walk off. Lois gulps down her scotch (without
               any girly wincing afterward) and rushes to catch up.

                                   LOIS
                         Wait up.

               Jimmy stands at the bar by himself. He watches them go, then
               looks to his drink and finally to the dance floor.

                                   JIMMY
                         Well, I'm staying.

               He takes a sip.



               EXT. METROGRAND HOTEL/STREET - NIGHT

               Clark and Lois walk out of the hotel together. They start
               walking down the street.

                                   LOIS
                         He knows I hate the guy. He knows
                         what I think of the man. Does that
                         stop him from buddying up to him?

                                   CLARK
                         Do you know what they were talking
                         about?

                                   LOIS
                         No. Lex's own private Amazon
                         threatened to throw down before I
                         could get any intel.

                                   CLARK
                         Lex has an Amazon?

                                   LOIS
                         Actually, I think she's from
                         Metropolis. But if Amazons existed
                         today, she'd totally be one of
                         them.

                                   CLARK
                         Maybe there's a reason for your
                         father to be meeting with Lex.

                                   LOIS
                         I didn't see handcuffs or drawn
                         firearms, so what good reason could
                         there be?

                                   CLARK
                         I really couldn't tell you.

               They continue to walk for a moment without talking.
               Eventually, Lois looks to Clark.

                                   LOIS
                         So what's with you? Why are you so
                         down all of the sudden?

                                   CLARK
                         Just thinking.

                                   LOIS
                         Anything I can help with?

               Clark does want to talk to Lois about it, but holds back. 

                                   CLARK
                         No.

               They walk in silence once again. Clark keeps his eyes on the
               sidewalk. Lois looks over to him with a concerned look in her
               eyes.



               INT. LOIS' APARTMENT - NIGHT

               Lois walks into her apartment, locking the door behind her.
               She drops her keys on a nearby table and presses the button
               on her answering machine on her way to the couch where she
               flops down.

               The ANSWERING MACHINE BEEPS.

                                   ANSWERING MACHINE (V.O.)
                         You have one new message. First
                         message:

                                   GENERAL LANE (V.O.)
                         Lois, it's your father...

               There's a long pause. Lois looks toward the machine, waiting
               for whatever comes next. 

               The MACHINE BEEPS. Lois doesn't know quite what to make of
               the message.

                                   ANSWERING MACHINE (V.O.)
                         End of messages.

               Lois puts her head back.



               EXT. DESERT - NIGHT

               Superman is resting on a mound of sand, looking up at the
               stars. Next to him is PETE ROSS, dressed in desert fatigues.
               He has a rifle in his arms and is also looking up at the
               stars.

                                   SUPERMAN
                         Clark's big, man. I'm not going to
                         lie to you.

                                   PETE
                         How big?

                                   SUPERMAN
                         I don't know... Big. And fast. 
                         He likes to crawl around on the
                         floor. Looks like he's doing the
                         army crawl. Lana almost cries every
                         time he does it.
                             (beat)
                         And he can talk. He's actually very
                         opinionated.

                                   PETE
                             (smiles)
                         Yeah? 

                                   SUPERMAN
                         Lana told me that she was out at
                         the store last week and they saw a
                         picture of Superman. Clark kept
                         screaming "Uncle Clark" at the top
                         of his lungs and grabbing for the
                         picture.

               Pete starts laughing.

                                   SUPERMAN (CONT'D)
                         It's not funny! Lana had to get him
                         out of the store before anyone knew
                         what he was screaming about.

                                   PETE
                         That's what you get for telling him
                         you're Superman.

                                   SUPERMAN
                         I didn't tell him. Nobody did. He
                         just figured it out.

                                   PETE
                         Really? Damn.
                             (beat)
                         My kid's smarter than everyone in
                         Metropolis. 

                                   SUPERMAN
                         Must take after Lana.

               Pete punches Superman in the arm.

                                   SUPERMAN (CONT'D)
                         Should I pretend I felt that?

                                   PETE
                         If you could.

               Pete looks over at Superman.

                                   PETE (CONT'D)
                         Still nobody coming?

               Superman takes a quick look around.

                                   SUPERMAN
                         Nope.

               Pete nods and looks back to the stars.

                                   PETE
                         So, umm-- As much as I love these
                         late night chats, I have to ask.
                         Why are you here? Why fly to the
                         other side of the world for some
                         small talk?

                                   SUPERMAN
                         You make it sound like I sat for
                         twelve hours on a plane. I'll be
                         back in Metropolis in time for
                         Letterman.

                                   PETE
                         Or "On The Clock"? I saw your girl
                         on the show earlier.

                                   SUPERMAN
                         Yeah? What'd you think?

                                   PETE
                         I think she's scary. Don't cross
                         that girl, man. With or without
                         super powers.

                                   SUPERMAN
                         Not what I meant.

                                   PETE
                         That other stuff? You know what I
                         think of it. It's a bunch of bull.
                         You don't cause these things to
                         happen. You don't ask for them. You
                         stop them. You're the good guy.
                         Don't let these people make you
                         doubt yourself. You're making the
                         world a safer place. You're
                         fighting the bad guys. Don't listen
                         to the crap they put on GBS.

                                   SUPERMAN
                             (extended beat)
                         I stopped a guy holding people
                         hostage in a bank tonight.

                                   PETE
                         Has Lex Luthor found a way to blame
                         you for it yet?

                                   SUPERMAN
                         The guy in the bank didn't want
                         money. He was holding people
                         hostage so that I'd show up. So I'd
                         stop him. He was a fan.

               Pete looks to Superman, a little creeped out.

                                   PETE
                         Did he have your haircut? 'Cause I
                         saw a movie once--

                                   SUPERMAN
                         I'm serious, Pete. That guy
                         wouldn't have put lives in danger
                         if it weren't for me.

                                   PETE
                         I know you like to brood and beat
                         yourself up, man, but this wasn't
                         really about you. The guy was
                         obviously playing in "red ring of
                         death" mode. With or without you,
                         he was going back to the factory.
                             (beat)
                         You saved lives tonight. You're the
                         hero. 

                                   SUPERMAN
                         Yeah.

               Silence falls once again. The two men continue to look up at
               the stars.



               INT. DAILY PLANET - CITY ROOM - DAY

               Lois throws her bag down on her desk and sits down. She looks
               over to Clark's desk, seeing him staring at a pencil in his
               hand.

                                   LOIS
                         Slow news day?

                                   CLARK
                         Just thinking.

               Lois wheels her way over to Clark's desk.

                                   LOIS
                         You know, if you need someone to
                         talk to, I do have ears. 

                                   CLARK
                         It's just a funk.

               Clark drops the pencil onto his desk and looks at Lois.

                                   CLARK (CONT'D)
                         It'll pass.

               Lois is just about to say something when Perry and Jimmy walk
               up to her desk.

                                   PERRY
                         Lois. My office.

               Perry walks off, toward his office. 

                                   LOIS
                             (to Clark)
                         I shall return.

               Lois gets up and walks to Perry's office. Jimmy sits down in
               her chair, facing Clark.

                                   JIMMY
                         Working on anything interesting?

                                   CLARK
                         Not very.

                                   JIMMY
                         Same here. Mr. White has me headed
                         to a youth center in the Slums for
                         a story that Rick's writing. Rick,
                         who won't even go down to the place
                         himself. He's doing his interviews
                         over the phone.

                                   CLARK
                         That's some hard-core reporting
                         right there.

                                   JIMMY
                         Tell me about it.
                             (beat)
                         Wanna grab a burger later?



               INT. DAILY PLANET - PERRY'S OFFICE - DAY

               Lois walks into Perry's office just as he's sitting down.

                                   PERRY
                         I had a phone call from Morgan Edge
                         this morning. About you.

                                   LOIS
                         Morgan Edge wanted to talk about
                         me?

                                   PERRY
                         Seems you made quite the impression
                         on his network yesterday.

                                   LOIS
                         I know I might have come across as
                         a little... harsh...

                                   PERRY
                         He wants to have a talk with you in
                         person. I told him you'd be at his
                         office in an hour.

                                   LOIS
                         In person? Sir, what's this about?

                                   PERRY
                         He'll tell you when you get there.
                         Now, go.

               Lois hesitates before finally heading for the door.

                                   PERRY (CONT'D)
                         Lane.

               Lois stops and turns.

                                   PERRY (CONT'D)
                         I want you to know, I agree with
                         Edge on this matter.

                                   LOIS
                         Okay.

               Lois has absolutely no idea what to make of this. She simply
               nods and walks out of the office.



               INT. DAILY PLANET - CITY ROOM - DAY

               Lois walks back to her desk. Jimmy is still in her seat,
               talking to Clark.

                                   LOIS
                         Jimmy, out of my chair.

               Jimmy gets out of the chair.

                                   JIMMY
                         Sorry, Ms. Lane.

                                   CLARK
                         What did Perry want to talk about?

                                   LOIS
                         I haven't the slightest idea. All I
                         know is that Morgan Edge wants to
                         see me, and I only have an hour to
                         get down to Glenmorgan Square and
                         traffic's backed up to Cain Street.

               There's a roar of thunder.

                                   JIMMY
                         Sounds like it might rain.

                                   LOIS
                         Of course it's going to rain.
                         Otherwise I might be able to get a
                         cab.

               Lois grabs her bag.

                                   LOIS (CONT'D)
                         See ya.

               She walks off.

                                   CLARK
                         Good luck.

               Once Lois is gone, Clark looks at his watch.

                                   CLARK (CONT'D)
                         I should go. I have an appointment
                         with a jewelry store manager.

                                   JIMMY
                         Shopping for a necklace that'll
                         bring out your eyes?

                                   CLARK
                         Shopping for a story.

               Clark gets up.

                                   CLARK (CONT'D)
                         See you in a little while.

                                   JIMMY
                         Yeah.



               EXT. DAILY PLANET - DAY

               Lois walks out of the Daily Planet building, and heads for
               the curb in order to hail a cab. As she gets to the curb,
               there is another roar of thunder.

                                   LOIS
                         C'mon.

               She continues to wave her arm, hoping that a cab will stop.
               None do.

                                   SUPERMAN (O.S.)
                         Need a lift?

                                   LOIS
                             (grins)
                         Do you even own a car, Small--

               She turns around and sees Superman standing behind her. Other
               PEOPLE passing by are staring in their direction.

                                   SUPERMAN
                         Small?

                                   LOIS
                         Not small. I thought you were
                         someone else.
                             (beat)
                         Hi.

                                   SUPERMAN
                         Hi.
                             (beat)
                         So, about that lift.

                                   LOIS
                         Right. Actually, I could use one.
                         If you're not busy holding up a
                         high-rise or something. 

                                   SUPERMAN
                         It's not in the day planner.

                                   LOIS
                         Okay. Then, yes. Sure. I'd love a
                         ride... A lift.

               She clears her throat and looks away awkwardly. Superman
               can't help but find this amusing. He holds out a hand.

                                   SUPERMAN
                         Where to?

                                   LOIS
                         Glenmorgan Square. The GBS
                         building.

               She takes his hand, and Superman scoops her into his arms.
               Then, as people continue to watch them, Superman rises into
               the air.
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