Individual Responsibility
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Quotes typed from the screenplay by myself

Clark Kent/Superman
Lois Lane
Perry White
Jimmy Olsen
Dr. Friskin 
Bill Church Jr. 
Gene Newtrich 
Boomer
Wally
Karl
Tiffani

 
 

Part 2
 

Superman!
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You just stood there and let Perry get kidnapped!
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What's going on?
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I, uh, honestly don't know.
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Don't know?!  Well, who do I call who does know?!  Miss Cocker Spaniel?!
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Lois, it's difficult to explain.
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It's like I suddenly just don't care.
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How can you not care?!  Perry's gone and The Planet is about to be sold!
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Here.  Maybe this'll help.
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I should've thought of this sooner.
No kidding... But thanks.
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Superman, have you ever had these... 'moods' ... before?
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Never.
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And now, for no particular reason, you feel kind of down?
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Kind of like, what's the point of everything?
Exactly!
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Here.  Call this number.
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She did wonders for my sister Lucy.
Doctor Friskin?
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She's a psychotherapist.
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A shrink?!
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Uh-huh.  No permanent address.  No social security number.  And no medical  insurance.
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I assume you'll be paying in cash?!
Well...
Superman?
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I'm Dr. Friskin.
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It's just that... I haven't been myself lately.
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I've kinda been... apathetic about everything.
And this worries you?
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Dr. Friskin, everyday I make decisions that affect the lives of millions of people.  Life and death.  Good and evil.
Sometimes, the fate of the whole planet hangs on the choices I make or the things I do.  So yes.
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It - worries me.
So you're feeling stressed.
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Also. Hast du dir ein paar Gedanken gemacht über mein Angebot?
Dein Angebot. Hm. Na gut, also, alles, was ich tun müsste, wenn ich dein Angebot annähme, ist was?
Meinen Stolz aufgeben? Meine Integrität?
Das Vertrauen der Öffentlichkeit wegwerfen, das ich mir in 35 Jahren harter Arbeit verdient habe?!
Ich soll meine Verantwortung wegwerfen, den Bürgern von Metropolis immer die Wahrheit zu sagen?!
Würde ich sagen.
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Aber das werde ich sicher nicht tun!
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Then, instead of stopping the kidnappers, I was talking to a girl.
Did you find her attractive?
Yes.  But I should've been helping Perry.
Hmm. Do you have a girlfriend now?
Yes.
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No.
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It's kind of complicated.
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See... I haven't exactly told her everything about me.
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And I'm afraid... that's... making her go towards this other guy.
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Does he have superpowers, too?
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Hello, Mr. Stern?  Lois Lane here. Perry's not in right now because he had to...
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had to ... meet a source that would talk only to him.
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Um, no, we don't have anymore on the Intergang connection, but we're working on it.  Uh-huh.  Yes.
I know I'm speaking for Perry when I say he still thinks it's a very bad move to sell. (face falls)
Great.  No.  No problem.  Say hello to the Eiffel Tower for me.
Oh, you're in Rome now.  Well, ciao.
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Lois, why didn't you tell Mr. Stern Perry's been kidnapped?
Because that's just the thing that'll make him sell!  One more crisis and BOOM!
We'll be writing headlines about Oprah's latest diet!  We've gotta keep this quiet.
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Okay, okay: Bali! Or Seychelles?
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Perry's not here, Karl.
Oh,  I need an answer now!  The Sunday mag closes in five!
Ohhhh, run both!
That means I need more copy!  Oh, Godddd!


... sometimes, you know, I think about... taking on a secret identity.
(quickly) I'm speaking hypothetically.
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That way. I could...
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--- Beepbeepbeep---
I'm afraid we have to stop.
Stop?
My next appointment is here.  But we could continue this tomorrow.
Say... ten fifteen?
Um, sure. If I'm not saving the world or something.
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Fine. I look forward to it.

I can't believe I held you as a baby.  I'm ashamed I ever let you spit up on me.
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Do I really want to continue to be Superman?
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Of course!
Why?
Because... people need me.
So you see being Superman as your job.  Well, everyone needs to take a break from their job to gain some perspective and avoid burnout.
When was the last time you had a vacation?  I mean, really got away from Metropolis?
Got away?  I spent some time in London last year.
That sounds wonderful.  How long  were you there?
About two minutes.
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I was diverting a wayward nuclear missile.
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How... relaxing.


No, Mr. Stern.  I haven't seen Perry this morning.  Maybe he had car trouble.
I realize you need to give Multiworld Communications an answer in forty-eight hours.
You know, Mr. Stern, you might want to reconsider your position on...
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Of course.  I'll tell him to call as soon as he gets in.
Where have you been?!
I had
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a dentist's appointment.
You're out having your teeth cleaned at a time like this?!
I wouldn't worry about the paper.
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When Stern sells we'll all be out of a job.
Any word from the police on Perry?
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Nothing.
Well, don't worry.  He'll show up.
'He'll show up?' This is Perry we're talking about, not some lost poodle!
I know, but there's no reason to get upset about things you can't control.
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As a matter of fact, I spoke to Superman this morning.
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He said he's thinking about taking a vacation.
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A vacation?  Now?
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Dr. Friskin is supposed to be helping Superman, not encouraging him to book a cruise.
I thought it was a good idea.
Well, it's just about time for lunch.  Want to try that new Italian place around the corner?
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How can you be thinking about lunch?
You're right. It's too early for lunch.  Maybe  I'll just grab some danish and an espresso.
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Here you go.
Jimmy, i've got to go out for a while.  Hold down the fort.
Isn't that what they said to Jim Bowie at the Alamo?

Doctor, I need Superman back to his old self right away, and you've got him talking about a vacation.
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These things don't happen overnight.  It could take years to get him back on the, road to recovery.
Years?
If ever.  He's in the process of making some very critical life decisions at this juncture.
But, he's Superman.  What's to decide?
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He may be Superman to you,
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but first and foremost, he's a person... a very complex person.
How would you describe your relationship with him?
Oh, it's complicated.
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Well, Superman is wonderful, and - well, we just haven't been able to... Oh...
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And then, there's Clark,
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and - you know, Supermans attitude seems to be rubbing off on him, too!
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And then there's Dan. He's very...
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ah, you know.
So two of the men in your life are suffering from the same malaise.
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Well?!
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Yes!
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Wait a minute.  You don't think that's because of me... do you?
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What do you think?
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Well, no offense, but - I - I haven't had the greatest luck with psychiatrists.
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Oh?  Have you spent a lot of time in therapy?
Oh, no! Just, but the last Psychiatrist that I saw - had an exact double of me made and then tried to kill me
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And how did that make you feel?
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Psychic Counselling?
Yeah, hi. Is this Zina?
Yes, of course!
You gotta help me!
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Lois, listen, I'm sorry about my attitude earlier.  It's just that...
Bobby Bigmouth called.  He got an ID on that picture.  Gene Newtrich.
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He's a soil engineer.
Soil engineer and part time kidnapper.
We even got a work address!
What are we waiting for?  Let's jump on this now!
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Wow.  I guess that danish and espresso really did the trick.

This is the place.
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There must be over a zillion possible combinations to that lock!
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Let me give it a try.  You keep a watch on the hallway.
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How did you do that?
I, uh...
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I... uh... I don't know. What exactly are we looking for?
I have no idea, but hopefully we'll know when we find it.
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Lois, I've been thinking about Saturday night and...
Let's try to stay focused on the problem at hand.
Okay, but I still don't see why a soil engineer would be involved in a plot to kidnap Perry?
That's the $64,000 question!
Newtrich has to be tied into some larger organization.
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You're probably right, but then again, why should we care?
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Uh oh.  Is Mr. Hyde back again?
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We're wasting time here.
If we hurry we can still catch a nine o'clock show at the multiplex.
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These are the plans for the substructure of Costmart!
That's nice.
Newtrich has worked for Costmart, and Costmart is run by Bill Church, Jr., which means Newtritch could be part of Intergang.
What are we going to do?
Get caught in the act, I guess.
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Come one.  We've got to get out of here!
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Great.  We've still got time for that movie!
Be quiet!
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Olsen! I'm meeting with the eyewitness tonight!
Okay. One second! - Mr. Whites office? Hello, Mr. Stern! Perry's not in right now!
Where is he? I think he's getting a haircut.
I thought you said he was at some in of retreat!
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I talked to him this morning, Wally.  He was going to get his hair cut... at the retreat.  I guess they've got a great barber there and...
Yes, Mr. Stern.  As soon as he gets in.
I need an answer now!  I've already lost one day!
Perry said that until you speak to the witness, and we have her checked out, the story is on hold!
Damn!
Huuu...
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At least, that's what he would've said... I hope...


 ... but I love being Superman. Fighting crime, helping people... it's what I live for... or at least, used to live for.
Now I don't know... it's all so...
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frustrating!
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That's good!
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Can you stay with that emotion?
I'm frustrated because Lois is going out with another guy and I can't stop it!
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I'm frustrated because every time I try to talk to her I have to dash off and rescue somebody!
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I'm frustrated because I'm the strongest man in the world and everything seems to be spiralling out of my control!
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And that makes me mad!
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Really mad!!!
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Hu!
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You see, Bob? He's in touch with his feelings.
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 I'm sorry, doctor.  I didn't mean...
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That's okay.  I would've gone with the primal scream, though.
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What's that?
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I have no idea.
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It's got all the properties of Kryptonite,
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but it's red! Did you plant this here?
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I have no idea how it got here.  I don't even understand what this is all about!
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Oh, really? - On second thought, maybe it doesn't matter!
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That rock seems to have a calming influence on you. - Hu!
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Would you like to talk about what just happened?
Sorry about the window.
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Well, it's not exactly easy to explain, but when the planet Krypton blew up, meteors from the planet crashed into Earth.
Green Kryptonite can kill me, but I've never seen this red variety before...
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If green Kryptonite affects you physically, it's possible red Kryptonite could be affecting you mentally.
If I had to guess, I'd say that it unleashed the deep feelings you've been harboring.
But now that I am aware of them, it's up to me to deal with how I react to them.
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Exactly!
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To be continued