Clark Kent: Uh, Miss Lane is an acquired taste. I-It's just that ever since Tess went away, we've gone through a lot of editors.
Franklin W. Stern: Well, not for long. The board just launched a global search for the next editor-in-chief. And I intend to make their decision very easy.
Lois Lane: And you decided to start your campaign by downsizing the desk inventory?
Maxwell Lord: They have all witnessed The Blur. Pieces of his identity have been locked within their minds. They simply need to be severed.
Ray Sacks: And you're extracting their memories with this whole "Jedi mind control" thing. Very impressive interrogation skills. Listen, Mr. Lord, I'm no friend of The Blur, but why are *you* after him?
Maxwell Lord: You are aware, Sacks, that meta-humans exist on the planet.
Ray Sacks: I assume this Checkmate agency wants to use them to protect and serve?
Maxwell Lord: That's the White Queen's plan. Waller barks orders from behind a desk. I work in the real world, a world that needs the rule of law. Anything outside the natural order is... unpredictable.
The Blur: [voice] I'm sorry. This is our last conversation.
Lois Lane: [into a phone] Last conversation today or for a while? If you have go back on another hiatus, I understand. I'll be there.
The Blur: [voice] As in, our last talk... forever.
Lois Lane: No.
The Blur: [voice] Our relationship put you at risk. I know that we would do anything to protect each other. What if, one day, I'm too late?
Lois Lane: But you don't understand. I don't care about the risk. When I'm working with you, I'm doing something good, something right.
The Blur: [voice] You don't need me for that.
Lois Lane: But I do need you, and maybe I didn't realize until it was too late, but this is the more important part of my life.
The Blur: [voice] Well, there must be some other part that means more to you.
Lois Lane: When I'm with you, it's about more than what I want, who I want. It is something that is bigger than me.
The Blur: [voice] I wish things could be different, Lois. This is the only way I can protect you. I won't call again. If anyone calls claiming to... to be me, don't believe them. No matter what they say or what happens, you can't trust them.
Lois Lane: No, please.
The Blur: [voice] I will be watching over you. I promise. Goodbye, Lois.