Superman V - Part 3
Written by Fred Walker, Edited
by Fred Walker and Marvelite
SUPERMAN V DOOMSDAY
A screenplay by Fred Walker
Based on a novel by Roger Stern
"You'll Believe a Man has Died!"
(Author's note: The basic concept here is to do a "Death and Life" storyline within the continuity of the previous Superman movies. The title is a Latin pun. It can be read either as "Superman 5: Doomsday!" or "Superman versus Doomsday.")
Continued from Superman V Doomsday Part 1 and Part 2
INT. A METROPOLIS NIGHTCLUB -- NIGHT.
Romantic music as Lois, disguised, dances with Luthor, disguised.
Admit it Lois, I'm not a bad dancer for a middle-
aged criminal genius.
If these people had any idea who we were,
my reputation would be shot. It's kinda fun!
Music changes to slower tune; ideally, "Can You Read My Mind?" by John Williams, sung by a live CHANTEUSE. (Could the Chanteuse be Terri Hatcher?) They go cheek to cheek. 2 SHOT.
Listen -- they're playing your song.
At least she isn't rapping it like Margot Kidder.
(lousy at small talk)
The food here was pretty good, I would say.
That steak really hit the spot. And the burgundy
was certainly robust.
I ate here with Superman one time. He used to
swear by the chicken -- especially the bones!
He could eat anything with invulnerable teeth.
She starts to break down. Without missing a step, he hands her his LL LOGO HANDKERCHIEF, and nods that she should keep it.
Don't let it get around, but I always liked blueboy.
Oh sure, I tried to kill him a few times,
and he kept foiling my evil plans,
but that was just business. I never held a grudge.
I'm really going to miss our duels of wits.
We've lost both of them, Lex. Both of them.
Don't you see? Doomsday killed him in Midvale.
Midvale. And she didn't show up to save him.
Until yesterday, I still wanted to believe
she was still alive, somehow, somewhere ...
but Doomsday killed her cousin in her own town,
and she didn't show herself. She's not coming back.
She's really dead. Oh God Lex, how I loved her!
That dear, sweet angel! She used to keep me in line,
and make sure I treated her cousin right.
"Let's get this straight, lady. You break his heart,
I break your arm!" I think I'd give the whole world
if I could hear her tell me off just one more time.
Luthor borrows the handkerchief back. He's the one who needs it.
MUSIC ENDS. Dancers applaud. With lumps in their throats, they return to their table, where Mercy patiently waits.
While you were dancing, I picked up the tab.
We can go, if you like.
You and Lois head for the car. I have to
"spend a penny," as the British would say.
Of course, it's been a while since it cost
a penny, but I still like the expression.
Luthor EXITS for washroom. Lois and Mercy EXIT front door.
EXT. THE PARKING LOT -- NIGHT.
Lois and Mercy find the LEXMOBILE, and lean on the hood. It is a beautiful, moonless night, with a canopy of stars.
(screwing up her courage)
There's something I want to say to you, Lois.
Don't be shy. I've admired you for a long time now,
and we've never had a chance to talk.
(her expression softens,
becomes more feminine)
It's just that ... I think you're wonderful!
I don't think you understand how important
you are to us. You're our Superman.
And we need you. Desperately. I know its hard.
But you'll get through this. You have to.
You're ... you're Lois Lane.
Lois waves her over, and the ladies embrace.
Luthor EXITS the nightclub.
I always ask my girls not to start without me,
but they just can't resist.
They laugh, and Mercy opens the car doors.
2 SHOT of Luthor and Lois on her side of the Lexmobile.
You've been wonderful, Lex. Thank you.
Being an evil seducer of women, I'm tempted
to take advantage and kiss you. But Mercy
would do rude things to me with that billy club.
Good thing you have a chaperon.
We'd better be going.
He glances at his WATCH.
Did we say 9:00 at your penthouse? They may be
there already. Do they have a key?
Silly question! When did the bat ever need a key?
He's probably climbing up the side of the building
as we speak, to let the others in!
No doubt celebrities are sticking their heads
out of windows, making smart-ass remarks. I always
hated that gimmick. I'm glad we're missing it.
Pregnant pause. Their lips gets closer, closer ... Lois would let him do it, but Luthor won't take advantage of her pain. He quietly shakes his head, and they get in the car.
CRANE SHOT as it drives away.
INT. LOIS LANE'S PENTHOUSE APARTMENT -- NIGHT.
Jimmy in kitchen.
CLOSE-UP as he brews COFFEE, pours into JLA LOGO MUGS and sets the mugs on a TRAY. VOICES OFF are recognizable as Team Superman.
HAND-HELD follows Jimmy as he EXITS the kitchen.
EXT. THE PENTHOUSE TERRACE - NIGHT.
Jimmy brings coffee to Team Superman, seated on PATIO FURNITURE. As it is a chilly Fall evening, they act grateful, smiling at him before blowing steam from their mugs. When they talk, we can SEE THEIR BREATH.
Hey, how did this become my job?
Because (grunt) Lois Lane doesn't serve coffee.
Lois is arm-wrestling with Mercy. Jimmy's distraction was enough. Mercy wins.
What are you, anyway? Robotics? Genetic engineering?
Some sort of droid?
I'm something even more remarkable than that.
I'm a woman.
No way she's real.
The prayers, the training ...
... and the steroids.
They keep avoiding the subject for a moment, with idle chitchat.
So, Batman, tell me about the famous Bativac
computer. What kind of operating system do you use?
Oracle, naturally. Batgirl swears by it, for some reason.
Hey Bats, what ever happened to the little guy
-- you know, green slippers, holy this and holy that?
Stryker's Island on porn charges.
Pregnant pause. Then they roll up their sleeves and get to work.
It's time to consider suspects. I have 3.
There's Kryptonian technology involved here.
If Jor-El were alive, and if Doomsday hadn't
killed his own son, I'd almost suspect him.
Well that's out, unless Jor-El had an evil twin brother!
He did, Jimmy, he did.
But Zor-El is dead!
OMINOUS MUSIC. PAN their thoughtful faces.
Then BACK TO Lois.
Is he? Did you see a body? I didn't see a body.
Hell, I have seen Kal-El's body and I don't believe
he's dead. If Zor-El's alive he may blame Kal
for the loss of his daughter. That's motive.
"Kill Kara" might be a phoney response Doomsday
was programmed to give to divert suspicion.
Jimmy, you and I will go after Zor-El.
Who's suspect #2?
You are. Put your financial affairs under the
microscope of any forensic accountant Batman chooses.
I choose Bruce Wayne. He's the best.
If Wayne finds $5,000 unaccounted for,Lex,
I'm going to assume it was spent making Doomsday,
and I'll kill you myself.
He won't find five cents unaccounted for.
Mercy will open the books.
Who's your 3rd suspect?
It's a possibility so horrible I don't dare say it.
Let's rock and roll. We have 3 days.
What happens in 3 days?
Kal has a sense of the dramatic,
not to mention a messianic complex.
On the 3rd day, he will rise again.
MONTAGE of Bruce Wayne, Mercy and Luthor endlessly going over FINANCIAL RECORDS at Stately Wayne Manor, as ALFRED serves HORS D'OUEVRES.
EXT. THE HIGH ARCTIC -- DAY.
AERIAL PAN of snowscape with FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE and GIANT KEY in the background. A SNOWMOBILE pulls up, carrying Lois and Jimmy, bundled up in parkas and snowboots and other winter gear.
Where are we going from here?
But Krypton was destroyed.
Not all of it. The bottled city of Kandor
was shrunken and preserved by Brainiac.
If Zor-El is still alive, that's where he'll be.
So where is it?
Behind that door.
With Superman, um, missing, who's going to open it?
Lois takes a VIAL out of her pocket, pops the cork and drinks it. Then she takes off her parka to reveal the costume of Superwoman. She flies over to the Giant Key, lifts it easily and opens the giant doors.
Jimmy turns to camera and shrugs.
INT. THE FORTRESS OF SOLITUDE -- DAY.
CLOSE-UP of BOTTLED CITY OF KANDOR.
ZOOM IN and DISSOLVE THROUGH the top of the bottle to an AERIAL PAN of the City.
MONTAGE of Superwoman and Jimmy in Kandor. She shows him it's many marvels, including a huge STATUE of herself in the public square.
INT. and EXT. -- a CARTOON SHORT (60s style "limited animation.")
I acquired super-powers after the Kandorian
villainess Cor-Lar tricked me into drinking
a serum years ago. I almost never use the serum
because it's highly addictive -- Cor-Lar's plan
had been to enslave me by making me literally
"drunk with power." Since defeating Cor-Lar,
I occasionally do good deeds in Kandor,
where my powers work, since I'm not from
Krypton. Superman is normal in Kandor and super
on Earth, so in Kandor, I'm considered the hero
and Superman is my sidekick!
EXT. KANDOR SQUARE BEFORE THE STATUE -- DAY.
They meet with ZOR-EL and ALLURA, Kara's parents, still living in Kandorian retirement. They converse in Kryptonese, with SUBTITLES.
I am shocked to hear this story. Doomsday?
What a horrible creature! I hope I've
convinced you we had nothing to do with it.
Could he have been a failed experiment to create
(taking her hand and kissing it)
The people of Kandor have you, Lois ...
we need no other heroes.
INT. THE BATCAVE -- DAY.
BATMOBILE pulls up, Batman unblindfolds Lois, Jimmy and Luthor.
I'm sorry about insisting on the blindfolds.
It's a precaution to safeguard my secret identity.
They make dismissive gestures and grunt approval. All EXIT the Batmobile.
PAN the famous Batcave, showing all its famous features.
The Batcave. Cool!
They find places to sit. Then they have their meeting.
My financial expert, Bruce Wayne, is satisfied
that Lex Luthor had no criminal expenditures
that might have been a Doomsday Project.
I told you you wouldn't find five cents missing.
You are now officially off the suspect list.
Lois and me cleared Zor-El and Allura.
That leaves Lois' unnamed 3rd suspect.
The priority is the tomb. It's the 3rd day.
If my theory is correct, then Superman has
already escaped and is pursuing some
secret mission under cover of being "dead."
But if he's still there, then he really is
dead and this is a murder case.
I have to know.
To the Batphone!
Batman goes to the BATPHONE and rings up Commissioner Gordon.
SPLIT-SCREEN. Interior, Batman and JAMES GORDON on the phone.
Gordon here. Batman, I presume?
There is something odd, almost angry, in his voice.
Yes, Batman. Who else uses this line?
I need you to use your political stroke
with your opposite number in Metropolis.
We need his permission to exhume Superman.
You mean you haven't heard? You haven't seen the
Batsignal? Don't you ever look out the window?
Like there'd be windows in a cave! Duh!
GOTHAM CITY POLICE COMMISSIONER'S OFFICE -- DAY.
Gordon's side of the conversation now fills the screen.
Henderson's been on the phone since morning!
All Hell's broken loose in Metropolis.
Superman was worshipped by his fans,
almost like a god. This is the third day!
Rioters are outside the tomb demanding
that it be opened. They're saying the government
is covering up the fact that he isn't there!
Power Girl showed up to help with crowd control.
Unfortunately, The Matrix had the same idea.
You know how well those 2 get along!
And I don't have to tell you what form
The Matrix had morphed into.
Supergirl, I presume.
With hot pants! And a sweatshirt saying,
Property of Van Dyne U!
Gods of Krypton! Is she suicidal?
Half the Metropolis force is trying to pry them apart.
The fight could last all day, because every time
The Matrix is winning, her "unreliable powers" cut out!
Batman hangs up, turns to the others.
Metropolis, quickly! There's no time to lose!
EXT. THE BATCAVE -- DAY.
SEGUE of spinning BATMAN LOGO. Famous sequence of Batcave opening, sign folding down, Batmobile racing away from Batcave.
CLOSE-UP ON ROADSIGN: Metropolis 50 miles.
EXT. SUPERMAN'S TOMB -- DAY.
INSPECTOR HENDERSON with a MEGAPHONE behind a police line, calming the CROWD.
An independent team of crimefighters
will soon go in to check on Superman's whereabouts.
Please remain calm!
Crowd parts, as Team Superman arrives. Crowd is stunned to see Luthor in the same company as the others.
2 SHOT of Henderson and Luthor.
Young lady, your disguise is brilliant.
Young lady? I beg your pardon?
It is well known that Lex would want Superman
alive, so he can kill him himself.
If "Lex Luthor" confirms that Superman
is still dead, the world will believe it.
Good work, Mae. You're always thinking.
By the way, how'd you beat Power Girl?
Luthor grumbles something inaudible, and Team Superman ENTERS the tomb.
INT. SUPERMAN'S TOMB -- DAY.
Team Superman, in hushed anticipation, enter the "holy of holies." The casket is gone, and there's a TUNNEL dug in the floor! They peer in, with various 4-letter exclamations. Lois starts kicking off her shoes. Jimmy pulls her aside and tries to reason with her. She furtively shows him a VIAL.
2 SHOT of Lois and Jimmy.
I thought you said that stuff was addictive?
It is. But I have no choice. I have to go down.
Jimmy grabs the vial and smashes it on the floor, spilling it. Batman and Luthor, not really understanding this, pull them apart.
BACK TO SCENE
This bickering is absurd. It's a cave.
I think this meets the classic definition of
"This looks like a job for Batman!"
Okay, but I'm going with you.
Oh no you're not! We've already lost one of you.
The world needs Lois Lane.
Yeah? Well Batman needs backup!
Don't look at me! I'm not going down there, I'm too scared!
I'll go with Batman.
SWISH-PAN as they turn to see BATGIRL standing behind them. She wears the traditional costume, and cascades of red hair spill out from under her cowl. We recognize her as Barbara Gordon.
How does she do that? Every time I need her,
I just turn around and she's there. Who tips her off?
Do you have a friend in the Commissioner's office?
Oh, the Commish is a pal of mine. Why,
he's almost like a father to me!
Batman and Batgirl take their BATSPELUNKING GEAR out of their utility belts, turn on their BATLIGHTS, and lower into the tunnel with their BATROPES. Jimmy softly hums, "nananananana..." and they tell him to quit it.
INT. THE TUNNEL -- DAY.
POV BATCAM as Batman and Batgirl explore with Batlights casting spooky shadows. BATMAN THEME MUSIC by Nelson Riddle.
This passage could have been cut with a laser cannon.
Or heat-ray vision?
Yes, or heat-ray vision. But why would he bring his casket?
He'd have to. It doesn't matter what your religion is,
the 3rd day is part of popular culture. He knew
someone would check, and if the casket were just empty,
they'd start worshipping him as a god. So he'd take
the casket too, to make it look like grave-robbing.
INT. A DARK SUBTERRANEAN CHAMBER -- DAY.
Batman and Batgirl ENTER through the tunnel opening.
They cast their Batlights around them. BATCAM POV as they survey the scene. The FURNITURE is in 60s op-art style, and everything is covered with DUST. This place is CREEPY!
Hey, look over here.
He shines his light on a long wall of STATUES, obviously some sort of psycho shrine to great criminals of the past.
PAN statues of Al Capone, Robin Hood, Bonnie and Clyde, Catwoman, The Joker, Jesse James, Professor Moriarty...
Hey. One of them's bald!
It's not who you think.
He blows dust off the inscription.
INSERT SHOT: it reads ‘The Ultra-Humanite.’
Batgirl is in awe.
There are crooks here I've never even heard of!
Who's The Thinker? Hah! Look at this Black Flame
babe! As if those are real! Where are we?
Don't be silly. Nobody's used this for a hideout
Not our Luthor. The real Luthor.
Not the dishonest but reasonably nice guy
wearing a wig at the end of that tunnel.
This was Baldy's hideout. I'm betting
we're directly under the Metropolis Museum.
(dusting off a chair and sitting)
So ... what are we saying here?
Are we saying that Baldy survived the Crisis?
That he created Doomsday to kill Supe?
(pacing and pondering the problem)
No, I don't think so. I'm pretty sure Baldy
is really dead. And as you say, this place
hasn't been used in ages. But somebody knew
it was here, and used it as a tunnelling point
to loot Superman's tomb.
So ... where are the casket and body now?
POV as they pan the room with their lights. No luck.
Shine your light on the floor!
The dust is everywhere! There must be footprints!
They do so.
INSERT SHOT. PRINTS of a man's bare feet.
He's alive! They only open a casket halfway.
Undertakers are notorious for stealing the
shoes of corpses -- the loved ones can't tell.
A graverobber would have worn workboots.
He was here! SUPERMAN LIVES!
They hug and kiss. Freeze. They realize they're kissing then break up shyly. Batman takes a TEST TUBE out of his utility belt and starts scooping up dust.
CLOSE-UP as he works.
OVER-THE-SHOULDER SHOT as Batgirl snoops.
What are you doing?
This dust is a funny colour. I'm going to
test it in the Batcave. I'm The World's
Greatest Detective. I do stuff like this ...
INT. THE TOMB -- DAY.
Batman has brought them up to date, and they all high-five.
I now have a theory as to who created Doomsday,
and it's so horrible it must be the same as Lois.'
They walk off to confer in hushed tones. They turn back to the group and nod.
It's true. We have the same suspect.
So who is it? Brainiac? Darkseid? General Zod?
Batman and Lois shake their heads and refuse to say.
We could be wrong. I hope we're wrong.
But with all due blushing modesty,
Bats and I have such worldwide reputations
as crimefighters that if we tell you we agree
on a suspect, you'll assume we must be right,
and we may overlook evidence that points
in other directions. We want you guys
to keep open minds. This is too important
for us to rush to judgement.
What are we going to do about that crowd?
Superman wants everyone to think he's dead
for a reason. We don't know what that reason is,
but we have to trust his judgement.
Let's go face the music. Come along, Batgirl.
Oh Batgirl? Hey, where's Batgirl? She was here
just a minute ago!
(stamps his foot)
How does she do that?
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