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[Arriving on Earth after overhearing some NASA astronauts
] General Zod
: So this is planet Houston.
: [to Zod and Company, at the half-wrecked White House
] ... Hi! Lex Luthor.
[no reaction from the Super Villains
] Lex Luthor
: LEX LUTHOR! Possibly you've heard the name? the Greatest Criminal Mind on Earth! Ursa
: I told you this was a puny planet.
[moves menacingly towards Luthor
] Lex Luthor
: Whoa whoa whoa wait... why don't you get to know me better?
[Ursa continues moving towards Luthor
] Lex Luthor
: WAIT! I can give you anything! The... the... the... the Brass Ring, unlimited freedom to maim and kill! PLUS! Lex Luthor's keen mind, Lex Luthor's savvy, Lex Luthor's school of career guidance...
[Ursa begins crushing his hand
] General Zod
: We already have this without you. You cannot bargain with what you don't have. Lex Luthor
: [sucking on his thumb to numb the pain
] Oh Great One, what I am bargaining with is what YOU do not have: The Son of Jor-El. General Zod
: The Son of Jor-El? Lex Luthor
] I just said that. General Zod
: Jor-El? Our jailer? Lex Luthor
] No, Jor-El the BASEBALL PLAYER...
[Ursa and Non start moving menacingly towards Luthor
] Lex Luthor
: Yes, Jor-El your jailer. General Zod
: The Son of Jor-El! On this planet! Lex Luthor
: Perhaps you know him better by his nom de voyage, or the name he travels under: Superman. General Zod
: So THIS is Superman! How do you know of Jor-El? Lex Luthor
: Well, Your Excellency, as I explained earlier: I'm about the best there is. General Zod
: Revenge! We will kill the son of our jailer! Ursa
: Revenge! Lex Luthor
: REVENGE! Now we're cooking! General Zod
: He flies then? Lex Luthor
: Constantly. General Zod
: He has powers as we do? Lex Luthor
: Certainly. But, oh Magnificent One, he is one, while you are three.
] Lex Luthor
: Or four, if you count him twice! General Zod
: Come! We will bring him to his knees! Ursa
: Praying! General Zod
: Yes, to ME! Lex Luthor
[the Super Villains turn to face Luthor
] Lex Luthor
: First you must find him... and Lex Baby is the only one who knows where he is...
: No! Who else is seeing this? Reporter
: Well, with the satellite link up just about everybody, I mean the whole planet. General Zod
: The whole planet Houston? Reporter
: Earth... The whole planet Earth. General Zod
] You may continue. Reporter
: As the extraordinary story continues... Ursa
: [petulantly to Zod
] Enough of this! If the whole planet is watching, cannot we show them something more interesting? Army Major
: Throw down your arms and surrender. This is an order! Ursa
: General Zod does not take orders. He gives them.
: You are master of all you survey. General Zod
] So I was yesterday. And the day before.
: [on T.V
] This is your President. On behalf of my country and in the name of the other leaders of the world with whom I have today consulted, I hereby abdicate all authority and control over this planet to General Zod. Only by following all his directives will the lives of millions be spared...
: Superman! Can you hear me? Superman! Where are you... General Zod
: Who is this Superman? President
: You'll find out and when you do-... General Zod
: Come to me, Superman! I defy you! Come and kneel before Zod! Zod!
: [looking at the Presidential Seal on the floor of the Oval Office
] I see you are practiced in worshiping things that fly. Good. Now, rise before Zod.
[the "President" stands up
] General Zod
: Kneel before Zod.
[the "President" kneels
] General Zod
: You are not the President. No one who leads so many could possibly kneel so quickly. President
: [appears from behind the other men
] I'm the man they're protecting. I'm the President. I'll kneel before you, if it will save lives. General Zod
: It will, starting with your own. Ursa
: [walking towards a group of military men
] What a backwards planet this must be, where the men wear the ribbons... and the jewelry!
[rips the ribbons off a general's uniform
: What I do now, I do for the sake of the people of Earth. But there is one man on this planet who will NEVER kneel before you. General Zod
: Who is this imbecile? Where is he? President
: I wish I knew.
: Oh God. General Zod
: [after using heat vision on a snake
] Did you see that? Did you see what I did? I have powers beyond reason here! General Zod
: We all have them, my dear.
: I win. I always win. Is there no one on this planet to even challenge me?
: What am I gonna do with you people, huh? I held up my end, I delivered the blue boy. What do I get from my triple threat? "Bow! Yield! Kneel!" That kind of stuff closes out a town. General Zod
: Why do you say this to me when you know I will kill you for it? Lex Luthor
: Kill me? Lex Luthor? Extinguish the greatest criminal flame of our age? Eradicate the only man on Earth with... Ursa
: Kill him! Lex Luthor
: ...Superman's address? General Zod
: Come. The three of us will crush the son of our jailer!
: [referring to Superman's home
] Scruffy. Morbid. A sentimental replica of a planet long since vanished. No style at all! General Zod
: I expect better manners from my guests, Zod. Lois Lane
: Superman, this wasn't my idea...! General Zod
: Accept your destiny, Kal-El. As your father once condemned us, so now do we condemn his misbegotten brat!
: Come forward. Your General wishes to speak. General Zod
: I am General Zod. Your ruler. Yes, today begins a new order. Your lands, your possessions, your very lives, will gladly be given in tribute to me, General Zod! In return for your obedience you will enjoy my generous protection. In other words you will be allowed to live.
[rips a Generals stars from his shoulder
] General Zod
: So you are a General? And who is your superior? General
: I answer only to the President. General Zod
: And he will answer to me! Or all of his cities will end up like this one.
: [watching an Army helicopter
] Look. They need machines to fly. General Zod
: What bravery. Be nice to them, my dear. Blow them a kiss.
: General, would you care to step outside? General Zod
: Come to me, son of Jor-El, kneel before Zod!
: Crude noisemaker.
: This "super-man" is nothing of the kind; I've discovered his weakness. Ursa
: Yes? General Zod
: He cares. He actually cares for these Earth people. Ursa
: Like pets? General Zod
: I suppose. Ursa
: Sentimental idiot!
: [to Superman
] And now... finally. Take my hand and swear eternal loyalty to Zod.
: [finding General Zod and Company standing on a dirt road, the Sheriff kicks in his car's lights and siren; to Duane
] From the look of 'em, I'll bet ten dollars they're from Los Angeles.
[to the Kryptonians
: Hey, you hippies! Get your butts off the road! General Zod
: I like the glow that flashes red like our Krypton sun. But not this irritating noise. Make way.
: Did you think we would give up our advantage? No. The son of Jor-El will be my slave... forever. Or else, the millions of Earthlings you protect shall pay for your defiance. Lex Luthor
: [Lex arrives
] Hi, guys. Sorry I'm late. General Zod
: We have no more use for this one. Kill him. Lex Luthor
: Me? Lex Luthor? General, you came to me with nothing. I gave you Superman! General Zod
: Son of Jor-El. We were beginning to think you were a coward. Superman
: I'm not a coward, Zod. Ursa
: Let him prove it! General Zod
: Possibly not. It is extremely likely you are merely a fool. Like father, like son. Superman
: Somehow, I just can't hear you, Zod. General Zod
: [Using his heat vision, he breaks off the entire side of a nearby building and catches it with both hands
] Then die, as you deserve to!
[He throws it at Superman, who uses his own heat vision to blow the huge projectile apart
: [after their carnage on the moon
] Strange, I tore those metal fibers like paper. And what HE did... was amazing! Something is happening... General Zod
: Yes, to all of us. The closer we come to an atmosphere with only one sun, a yellow sun, the more our molecular density gives us unlimited powers. Ursa
: [pointing to Earth
] They come from there, a place called Houston. General Zod
: Then we will go there to rule. FINALLY, to rule.
[turning to Ursa
] General Zod
: And you, will shall everything you wish. Ursa
: Men! To kill! General Zod
: And I will lead!
: [picking up the stunned astronaut
] What sort of fragile life-form is this...?
: [as somebody pulls a gun on him
] These humans are beginning to bore me.
: [just before using heat vision on Metropolis
] I'll draw his fire... with some of my own.
: [after rampaging through the Daily Planet, Zod thinks he has found Superman. He holds Jimmy way up by the collar
] ... *This* is the son of Jor-El? Jimmy Olsen
: No, but I'll bet *you're* the son of a...! Lois Lane
: [cutting him off
: [at the Fortress of Solitude; whispering to Luthor
] Try and get them all into this molecule chamber. It takes away their powers, see... and turns them into ordinary human beings. Now if you could...
: Shh, shh! Lex Luthor
] General, don't go in there. It's a trap. Superman
: Luthor, you poisonous snake! Lex Luthor
: That's a molecule chamber. It turns people like you into people like me. General Zod
] You've done well, Lex Luthor. Lex Luthor
] The crystal there activates the mechanism. General Zod
: Lex Luthor, ruler of Australia... activate the machine.
[Non grabs Luthor and flies him up to the control panel
: Why do you say this to me, when you know that I will kill you for it?
: No one may leave without my permis -
[spots Willie escaping on horseback
] General Zod
: I said no one leaves!
[at Zod's direction, Non hurls a projectile, obliterating Willie and his horse
: He was only a boy! Ursa
: Who will never become a man!
] You are not alone... My name is General Zod. I come from a world far from yours. I have journeyed across an ocean of stars to reach you. For some time, your world has sheltered one of my citizens. I request that you return this individual to my custody. For reasons unknown, he has chosen to keep his existence a secret from you. He will have made efforts to blend in. He will look like you, but he is not one of you. To those of you who may know of his current location: the fate of your planet rests in your hands. To Kal-El, I say this: surrender within 24 hours, or watch this world suffer the consequences.
: I won't betray them. General Zod
: You already have.
: I was bred to be a warrior, Kal. Trained my entire life to master my senses. Where did you train? ON A FARM?
: There's only one way this ends, Kal. Either you die, or I do.
: If you love these people so much, you can mourn for them! Clark Kent
: Don't do this! Stop! Don't! General Zod
: Never! Clark Kent
: Your father equipped himself with great honor Kal. Superman
: You killed my father? General Zod
: I did. And not a day goes by that it does not haunt me. But if I had to do it again I would. I have a duty to my people, and I will not allow anyone to prevent me from carrying it out!
: This council has been disbanded! Ro-Zar
: On whose authority? General Zod
[Zod shoots and kills Ro-Zar
] General Zod
: The rest of you will be tried and punished accordingly. Jor-El
: What are you doing, Zod? This is madness! General Zod
: What I should have done years ago! These lawmakers with their endless debates have led Krypton to ruin! Jor-El
: And if your forces prevail? You'll be the leader of nothing! General Zod
: Then join me. Help me save our race. We'll start anew. We'll sever the degenerative bloodlines that led us to this state. Jor-El
: And who will decide which bloodlines survive, Zod?... You?
] General Zod
: Don't do this, El. The last thing I want is for us to be enemies. Jor-El
: You have abandoned the principles that bound us together. You've taken up the sword against your own people. I will honor the man you once were, Zod, not this monster you have become.
: What have you done? Jor-El
: We've had a child, Zod. A boy child. Krypton's first natural birth in centuries, and he will be free, free to forge his own destiny. General Zod
: Heresy! Destroy it!
: Lara, listen to me! The Codex is Krypton's future! Abort the launch!
[Lara continues the launch sequence and sends her son into space
: General Zod, for the crimes of murder and high treason, the council has sentenced you and your fellow insurgents to 300 cycles of somatic reconditioning. Do you have any last words? General Zod
: You won't kill us yourself! You wouldn't dirty your hands but you'll damn us to a black hole for eternity! Jor-El was right! You're a pack of fools, every last one of you! General Zod
: [to Lara
] You... you believe your son is safe... I will find him. I will reclaim what you have taken from us! I will find him. I will find him, Lara. I WILL FIND HIM!
: [Holding dust in his hand talking to Superman
] Look at this. We could have built a new Krypton in this squalor, but you chose the humans over us. I exist only to protect Krypton. That is the sole purpose for which I was born. And every action I take, no matter how violent or how cruel, is for the greater good of my people. And now... I have no people. My soul, that is what you have taken from me!
: Our people can co-exist. General Zod
: So we can suffer through years of pain, trying to adapt like your son has? Jor-El
: You're talking about genocide. General Zod
: Yes! And I'm arguing its merits with a ghost.
: My son is twice the man you were, and he will finish what we started. I can promise you that. General Zod
: Tell me, you have Jor-El's memories; his conscience. Can you experience his pain? I will harvest the codex from your son's corpse, and I will rebuild Krypton atop his bones.
: Your son, Lara, where have you sent him? Lara Lor-Van
: His name is Kal, son of El. And he is forever beyond your reach.
: If Krypton lives again, what happens to Earth? General Zod
: A foundation has to be built on something. Even your father recognized that.
[Superman sees he is surrounded by human bones
: No! NOOO!
: Where is the Codex? Martha Kent
: Go to hell!
] General Zod
: You are not alone.
: I'm going to make them suffer, Kal. These humans you've adopted, I will take them all from you one by one. Superman
: You're a monster, Zod, and I'm gonna stop you.
: What have you done to me? Superman
: My parents taught me to hone my senses, Zod. Focus on just what I wanted to see. Without your helmet, you're getting everything. General Zod
: Unh! Superman
: And it hurts, doesn't it?
: Bring the phantom drive online!
: You're not really him. Zod
: I should've known better than to deceive The Blur's most devoted follower. Lois Lane
: Just who the hell *are* you? Zod
: Unlike The Blur, I'm someone who doesn't care whether you live or die.
: You knew the blue kryptonite would prevent you from ascending like the others! Zod
: Better to rule in hell than to serve in heaven. Seeing as you love the humans so much, let's see if you fight like one!
: Unlike you, I will lead from a throne, not from the shadows. Every human, including the woman you love, will kneel before Zod! Clark Kent
: You already destroyed my first home. I won't let you take this one.
: How can you be The Blur? That alien snatcher Chisolm shot you. I saw the wound. Zod
: My powers cured me. Lois Lane
: Clark Kent's mild-mannered FBI friend is the guy who's always saving my butt? Zod
: You were willing to risk your life to save me, Lois. You are *my* hero. Lois Lane
: My hero told me not to trust anyone that said he was The Blur.
: How did you get here? Tess Mercer
: I flew. Zod
: Icarus flew to where he didn't belong. And he fell to his death from the heavens. Tess Mercer
: Icarus was on an ego trip. But I have a higher calling. I was made to see the error of my ways. I'm here to redeem myself.
: General. Have you retrieved the Book of Rao? Sir, if Kal-El still holds it, you said he'd use it to kill us all. Zod
: Do not question my resolve. I will not fail. I will destroy the Book of Rao. Do you not have a mission to complete? Basqat
: Kal-El's comrades have been lured to your crests, just as your ordered. Zod
: So they have to have been dispersed around the world and Kal-El is alone in Metropolis. Basqat
: Our soldiers have cut off their communications. All their satellites have been destroyed. Zod
: Then by dawn, we'll have the Book of Rao. And this planet will be ours.
: [to Vala
] Your sister was a traitor. She would've betrayed us all.
[Vala goes in to attack Zod, Basqat stops her
: Wait! We will deal with him once we're on our own soil. Vala
: [to Clark
] Kal-El, take us home.
: Better to rule in Hell, than to serve in Heaven.
: I'm General Zod. And all of this is mine to give if you give me the names of whoever snuck you into the restricted zone. Lois Lane
: My Dad's a general, too. And *he* couldn't get me to spill how I got an M1 Abrams tank to take me to the prom. So I'm definitely not telling *you* anything.
: [to Tess
] You redheaded rat! Zod
: Do you know her? Tess Mercer
: She used to work for me. But then she disappeared. Lois Lane
: [punches Tess in her face
] Traitor! Tess Mercer
: I am this planet's savior! I helped General Zod take power to ensure this Earth's survival. Lois Lane
: Tess Mercer, the ultimate ecoterrorist. Zod
: And what are *you*? I understand you were seen talking to Clark Kent. It was only a matter of time before the resistance got to him. Lois Lane
: The only thing I'm resisting is the urge to kick both your asses. And if Clark were here right now, he would back me up. Zod
: The only reason Clark is still alive is because I hoped he'd join us to bridge the gap between our people. Tess Mercer
: Trust me, Zod. No one has worked as hard as I have to get Clark to see the good that we're doing. But I think we fooled ourselves long enough. He won't come around. Zod
: Which is why neither of you is any good to me alive. Lois Lane
: Excuse me? Zod
: A double execution will send out a strong message to anyone who would dare defy me. Hmm. Take heart, Lois. At least you can enjoy a glorious last meal.
: [to Clark
] I wanted you to join me on this New Earth. But now I must bury you beneath it.
: I should have known you'd come after me. All to save a doomed race. When faced with a crumbling world, these humans, they rather die than unite under a single leader and do what's required to build a glorious new world. It's tragic. You thought you could take on me like this. Metropolis would not be destroyed if you had all just stopped fighting and join me. Clark Kent
: We'll never stop fighting, Zod. Humanity will never lose its spirit.
: You're reign of terror is over, Zod. I'm sending Lois home to the past. She can warn us about your tower before it's ever built. Zod
: You chose to defy me. You forced me to unleash my power! We could have made this planet a paradise! Clark Kent
: It always was. And you never gave humanity a chance. Zod
: They've made you weak.
[stabs Clark with kryptonite knife
: If she travels back in time, then the lives we know will cease to exist. You have destroyed our world.
: I understand you've been looking for me. Zod
: My brother and sister Kandorians, he has come. Kneel before Kal-El.
: Let go. Where are you taking me? Zod
: Zod does not take orders. He gives them.
: The city's tearing itself apart. All those people. We have to help them. Zod
: Help them? Lana Lang
: With the powers Fine gave you, you could end the riots. You could save everyone, Lex. Zod
: Lex Luthor is dead. My name is Zod.
: Do you really think Zod cares what a primitive like you believes? Lana Lang
: If Lex is really dead, then why waste your time with a primitive like me? Zod
: To bear witness the end of the human era and the re-birth of Krypton? Lana Lang
: Krypton? Zod
: A shining jewel in a vast, dark universe. And you have the privilege of playing a part in its resurrection.
: I won't let you destroy Earth like you did Krypton. Zod
: Jor-El couldn't stop me and neither will his son. Clark Kent
: Then I'll die trying. Zod
: But you won't be the only one. These humans you care so much about. Swear your allegiance to me, and I'll allow the ones you love the most to live. Kneel before Zod. Kneel.
[Clark kneels and Zod extends right his hand. Clark slips the Kryptonian crystal into Zod's hand releasing him from Lex's body. Clark stands back up
] Clark Kent
: My father sends his regards.
: I know, it's a terrible feeling. So powerless when you know you've got such strength inside of you, with no way of unleashing it. Clark Kent
: Even without the yellow sun, I will find a way to defeat you. Zod
: You'll have to work twice as hard. Because when I arrived here, I met a very special acquaintance, someone you know, and someone that I'm very, very... fond of. Clark Kent
: Who? Zod
: Me. Clark Kent
: The original Zod's phantom. Zod
: Finally... back in the body that you stripped me of. Now I have the full knowledge of two lives, and you... you are my enemy in both. Clark Kent
: I defeated you in both. Zod
: Which is why it will give double the satisfaction to see you kneel... and serve... until you die.
: You have the console crystal. How? Zod
: We're blood brothers, Kal-El. Have you forgotten how you healed me with your blood on Earth? Clark Kent
: We're not brothers. I saved you because it was the right thing to do. We have nothing in common. Zod
: We're from the same world. Do you really think that having powers is the only thing that makes you Kryptonian? It's not. We share the same instincts. We're decisive... single-minded, headstrong. We were meant to be leaders. Clark Kent
: Leaders? You're a tyrant who believes only in himself. Zod
: Who else should I put my faith in? We both know that trusting others is a calculated risk, one a Kryptonian is not willing to take. Oh, we can easily fool those closest to us, can't we? But we can lean on no one. Do you remember that most famous story about two brothers from your adopted planet? You've got Cain and Abel. Which brother are you, Kal-El? Clark Kent
: Well, I'd never murder you. I saved you. Zod
: You exiled me. I'm in charge here. And you're about to find out what that means... brother.
: At least here, you're on equal footing with Kal-El. Having to work alongside with someone with the powers of a god must be so demoralizing. Oliver Queen
: My ego's firmly intact, thank you very much.
: I've seen what Darkseid is capable of. Oliver Queen
: What do you know? Zod
: After the Kandorians sent me here, a very powerful entity came looking for me. Darkseid promised me lordship of this dominion if I solved one problem for him. Oliver Queen
: Clark. Zod
: Darkseid has certain ambitions for your planet. Oliver Queen
: The thing is, we took care of that. We blocked him. Took out three of his three little minions, too. Zod
: Kal-El might delude himself as usual, that's how he's won, but there are millions - millions on Earth just waiting to surrender to the will of Darkseid, and you... friend, are one of them.
: Why don't you join me against our common enemy? Green Arrow
: Well, I'm flattered, but if I let you go after Checkmate, you'll start World War III.
[aims his bowcast at Zod
] Green Arrow
: It's not an option. Zod
: Your conviction is admirable. But you can't possibly think you're faster than me. Green Arrow
: I've always been taught to favor accuracy over speed.
: I've trusted you for so very long. Depended on you across time and space. But in your eyes, I just see contempt. I see betrayal. Now, why would you turn your back on me? I shared my bed with you. Faora
: I didn't turn my back on *you*. You turned your back on us when our only crime was trying to forge a life for ourselves on this planet. Zod
: If I ever learned that insurrection had spread across my ranks, if I ever discovered that my men had aligned themselves against me, I would raze this planet. I would burn it to the ground till the last ember went cold beneath my boot! Now only I *will* lead us to the next age. All will follow Zod. Faora
: You already sacrificed one world for your ego. Zod
: You know nothing of sacrifice. Faora
: I know more than you ever will.
: Vala, if there's anyone who really knows what you sister wanted, it's you. It was peace, Vala. She wanted peace. Vala
: No. Zod's right. The humans will never allow Kandor peace. Basqat
: They will hunt us to the last man. But they will fail, for we shall *never* be defeated. We will follow General Zod to the ends of this Earth. Zod
: Krypton *will* rise again. And all humankind will kneel before Zod. Clark Kent
: I'll never let that happen! Zod
: You won't be able to stop us.
: Lois Lane is off limits. Zod
: A Rao charm for good luck is hardly cause for alarm. Clark Kent
: Why would her give some Kryptonian symbol? Zod
: Rao symbolizes all that is good. Once again, you assume the worst of me. Clark Kent
: No, we both know the only reason you visited Lois was to send me a message. You can't hurt me, but you will hurt those I care about. Zod
: Living on Earth has made you mistrustful. Clark Kent
: I trust those who trust me. Zod
: You trust no one, Kal-El, not even the woman that you're supposed to care for. She has no idea who you are, does she? Clark Kent
: Crossing that line is why I won't help you get your powers. Zod
: I'm just trying to save our race! Clark Kent
: You're just doing this to save your army. Without them, you're just an officer with no one to command. Zod
: Mnh-mnh. I do not do this out of ego. I do this out of desperation. Clark Kent
: Don't act like there isn't some agenda you're not telling me about. You go near Lois again, I will destroy you all. Zod
: You won't have to.
: When we bowed down before you, Kal-El, we embraced you with open hearts. Well some of us feel as is if our favor has not been returned. Clark Kent
: Your people... Zod
: *Our* people. Clark Kent
: *Our* people have assimilated well. They don't need my help as much as the humans. Zod
: No, we need it *more*. We have no powers here, Kal-El. And they expect you to help us get them. We need leadership, a mentor. Clark Kent
: I can't help you. I don't know how to give our people my powers. Zod
: Surely it's a mystery we can solve together. Clark Kent
: Earth is not another Krypton. And trying to make it one is a dangerous plan.
: I guess the Book of Rao isn't on Earth after all. Zod
: No. Jor-El left it here. And when we find it, we will have the means to complete the tower. And we will turn the yellow sun red and then Kal-El will not the be only one with powers on this Earth. He will be just one of many of my soldiers in my army or a prisoner in my stockade.
: Someone is hunting us. And we can't defend ourselves because you will not give us our powers. Clark Kent
: I told you before, I can't just give them to you! Zod
: And you made sure to seal our fate by burning down my tower!
[Zod tries to punch Clark, but Clark stops him
: Police may have written this off as an accident, but you and I both know the truth. At least have the courage to admit what you've done. Clark Kent
: What I did was right. Zod
: For the humans! Clark Kent
: For everyone! Zod
: The Kandorians won't see it that way. Clark Kent
: You'll never tell them, because you don't know which ones have turned against you already. And the fact that that tower's down leaves you weaker than ever. Zod
: Think of what you will, but know that, because of your actions, our people's blood is on your hands.
] You're gonna get what you wanted. I'll never see the sun rise again on your planet. Clark Kent
: My father's last wish was to save your life. Zod
: That's what I'd expect from Jor-El.
: How are you feeling? Zod
: Like a changed man. When your enemy becomes your savior, your paradigm shifts. Kal-El, how did you know your blood would cure me? Clark Kent
: I didn't. It must have healed you because you're Kryptonian like me. You're still in pain? Zod
: Even though you healed my wounds, I was shot. And unlike you, I'm not made of steel. Clark Kent
: You'll be better than new in no time. Zod
: I am better because I was wrong about you. You *do* care about the Kandorians. And when you saved my life, I realized that I... I can trust you. Clark Kent
: And together we'll make sure that our people can call Earth their new home.
: [punches Jor-El
] Defend yourself! Jor-El
: I have no powers. I used the blue Kryptonite to take them away, the same way I corrupted the Orb so none of you could rule this planet as gods. Zod
: But you did have it. You came with us in the orb, yet you harnessed the powers of the yellow sun for yourself. How? Jor-El
: I shall never tell you.
: Jor-El, you stand before the ruling council charged with treason. Jor-El
: The technology I created was intended to heal those afflicted by wars and disease, not to resurrect the dead through cloning. 2nd Elder
: The orb will ensure that Krypton's strongest will endure if our planet is ever destroyed. Jor-El
: But if we send the orb to Earth and it is opened, the clone's inside will develop extraordinary abilities under their yellow sun. The humans will be powerless against them. We cannot doom another planet's future to preserve our past. 2nd Elder
: Perhaps you should've had more faith in your own race. You leave us no choice. The punishment for treason is death. Zod
: Council. 1st Elder
: Major Zod. Your presence is an honor, but this is a closed trial. Zod
: Well, I demand to be heard. I may have driven Black Zero back into the ice, decimating his ranks, but my accomplishments pale in comparison to this man's. Jor-El... he's the truest hero I have ever known. He has dedicated his life's work not to death... or war... but to creation. When Kandor fell, many of our brightest and most promising citizens perished in an instant. Krypton lost mothers... fathers... daughters... sons. What good will come if you extinguish another life unnecessary? I implore you... let Jor-El live. 2nd Elder
: Your passion is noted major. 1st Elder
: It is agreed. Jor-El, the council will spare your life. But you are ordered to complete the orb. You must include Major Zod's DNA and your own. If that fateful day of judgment ever comes to Krypton, our survivors on Earth will be lead by two of our planet's greatest heroes. Jor-El
: I, Zod, am in your debt. Zod
: Never forget that, my friend.
: Jor-El. I'm guessing you're not here to cheer on the troops. Jor-El
: Call it a mission of redemption. I'll need all those blood samples. I can't let this project go on. Medic
: My orders come the ruling council itself. You have no authority here. Zod
: Medic, when the most renowned scientist in Krypton tells you to stop, then you stop. Jor-El
: Thank you. Zod
: If the ruling council wants my blood, let them find it on the battlefield! Let Black Zero feel the bite of your weapons and the bravery of your hearts! SOLDIERS, MOVE OUT!
: In every relationship, one person stands while the other one kneels. I will not be forced down again. Zod
: I wouldn't want you to be.
: How did you weaken me in the barn? Tess Mercer
: You have your secrets and I have mine. Now we're even. Zod
: I've waited a long time to savor the power of my Kryptonian birthright, and I will do anything what it takes to protect it. You must know that. Tess Mercer
: In case if you hadn't noticed, Zod, there a few that can stop you. Zod
: Which is why the information you have is so valuable. Tess Mercer
: You talk like we're on different sides. Zod
: You tell me. We are partners, after all. Tess Mercer
: I doubt that you've only used yours powers for seduction. Zod
: They certainly come in useful, especially when it comes to keeping an ear and an eye out for my competition. Tess Mercer
: If you're referring to Clark, you may have met your match, but he's not your competition. *He's* one of *you*. Zod
: But he stands apart. Read your own newspaper, Tess. With the help of a certain lovely reporter, The Blur has becomes humanity's new Messiah. Now, I may be able to fly, but the world would willingly follow him on foot. Tess Mercer
: You're jealous. Zod
: I want to know what gives him that power. And I want to know what will take it away. But you'll never tell me. Tess Mercer
: Information is also power. But you understand that better than anyone.
: Join us. You have been known to disagree with the Council before. Yours could become an important voice in the new order, second only to my own! I offer you a chance for greatness, Jor-El! Take it! Join us!... You *will* bow down before me, Jor-El. I swear it! No matter that it takes an eternity, you *will* bow down before me! Both you, and then one day, your heirs!
[after the council finds Zod and his henchmen guilty
] General Zod
: The vote must be unanimous, Jor-El. It has therefore now become your decision. You alone will condemn us if you wish, and you alone will be held responsible by me.
: We need the knowledge of your people to help us to reverse the damage we've done here, to show mercy to this planet. Zod
: When I take over those satellites tomorrow, and when I gain my own powers, you will be the one who needs mercy.
: [about Jor-El
] I didn't kill him. But I know who did. Tess Mercer. Clark Kent
: How is that possible? Zod
: Well, she obviously had her own agenda. She was the only one who know where he was. She was the only one who could finish the job. You are his firstborn. Only you can seek retribution. Clark Kent
: I'm not gonna kill Tess. Zod
: It's the Kryptonian way. You cannot let this injustice stand. Kal-El, you knew when you started on this path that you had to get your hands dirty. You must avenge him. Clark Kent
: I... I can't. Zod
: I tortured him. I beat him black and blue. I threatened him and he still wouldn't give you up. You were the son he never met, and he was still willing to sacrifice his life for yours. He died protecting you, and won't even defend his honor. Clark Kent
: [grabs Zod
] You don't think I want justice? I don't think I want revenge? You don't think sometimes I want to be a killer like you?
: You have your father's eyes. Hello, Kal-El. Clark Kent
: Where's Lex? Zod
: Lex is dead. Clark Kent
: Why are you here? Zod
: For the same reason for anyone who'd been imprisoned like a beast. Revenge.
: I won't let you destroy this planet like you did Krypton. Zod
: You don't have a choice. Unless you join me. Clark Kent
: I'll *never* join you. Zod
: Well, I hope that's a decision you'll be able to live with... forever.
[Zod banishes Clark to the Phantom Zone
: To be. General Zod
: Or not. Turrell
] To BE.
: Y-your name is... Ferdinand? I am totally tweeting that!
: Major, the last thing we remember is our blood being taken in camp, before the battle in Kandor. How did we get here? Zod
: If we're here, there can only be one explanation. Our home has been destroyed. Faora
: You've taken it upon yourself to betray us? Have you killed the others? Basqat
: What happened to our power? Zod
: You dare defy me? I have saved the lives of half the soldiers in this room. You know I have risked more than any of you. Not one of you has sacrificed what I have for our survival. And you?
[he takes down Basqat
: Do you want a leader who hides away in his mansion for weeks on end and complains? Or do you want a leader who ventured out alone scouring a hostile world in search of your loved ones? I have always been true to my word. And I will find the answers were are looking for or I will die in the quest.
: Kneel before Zod! General Zod
: [Exercise music begins
] Lay down on your back before Zod! General Zod
: Now! Using your lower abdominals, raise your legs and hold on a five count before Zod! General Zod
: One before Zod! General Zod
: Two before Zod! General Zod
: Three before Zod!