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#105 : Requiem pour un superhéros

Titre en VO : Requiem for a Superhero
Diffusion US : 17/10/93 Diffusion FR : 03/05/94

Perry déclare que Lois et Clark seront maintenant partenaires. Il leur confie un reportage sur le monde de la boxe, ce qui insulte Lois, car son père soigne les boxeurs et elle ne tient pas à le revoir.
 
Quand un de ses amis, Max la contacte pour lui dire qu’il a quelque chose d’important à lui raconter, elle commence à s’intéresser à l’histoire. Elle va à leur rendez-vous mais elle est témoin de la mort de son ami, frappé par un camion.

Triste, elle se rend avec Clark au bureau de son père pour découvrir que ce dernier fabrique des mi-robot, mi- humain avec les boxeurs blessés. Son père se décide à lui raconter toute l’histoire et le match de boxe est annulé.

Lex Luthor, l’investigateur de cette entreprise, veut assassiner Sam, le père de Lois, mais celui-ci disparaît.

Pour l’attirer, Lex fait kidnapper Lois. Superman vole à son secours, mais il est attaqué par les robots.
 
Superman arrive sur les lieux, mais Lois court dans les bras de Lex, son sauveur. Finalement, à la fin de l'épisode, Perry décide de garder son « duo de choc » pour les occasions spéciales.

Note de l'épisode : 7,5/10

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Titre VO
Requiem for a Superhero

Titre VF
Requiem pour un superhéros

Première diffusion
17.10.1993

Première diffusion en France
03.05.1994

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                          _LOIS & CLARK_
                 The New Adventures of Superman



                    "Requiem For a Superhero"

                          EPISODE 5

                          Prod. #455304





                           Written by:

                            DUSTY KAY



Directed by: RANDY ZISK



                              _CAST_


CLARK KENT\SUPERMAN

LOIS LANE

PERRY WHITE

JIMMY OLSEN

LEX LUTHOR
________________________________________________________

DR. SAM LANE

MAX MENKEN

TOMMY GARRISON

ALLIE DINELLO

RINGMASTER

GRANDMA  *

                            --page break--



                          _LOIS & CLARK_

                    "_Requiem For a Superhero_"


                            _LOCATIONS_


_INTERIORS_:                              _EXTERIORS_:

DAILY PLANET                              STREET FIGHT SITE *
  The Pit
  Perry White's office                    STREET CORNER
  Lunch Room

CLARK'S APARTMENT

LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE

METROPOLIS SQUARE GARDEN
  Boxing Arena
  Locker Room
  Corridor

DR. LANE'S OFFICE

MENKEN'S GYM
  Training Area
*

                            --page break--



                          _LOIS & CLARK_

                    "_Requiem For a Superhero_"

                           _CHRONOLOGY_



                     SC.   1 - 2          DAY 1

                     SC.   3 - 9          NIGHT 1

                     SC.  10 - 14A        DAY 2

                     SC.  15 - 22         NIGHT 2

                     SC.  23 - 24         DAY 3

                     SC.  25 - 38         NIGHT 3

                     SC.  39 - 40         DAY 4

                     SC.  41 - 42         NIGHT 4

                     SC.  43 - 53         DAY 5

                     SC.  53A - 92        NIGHT 5

                     SC.  93 - 94         DAY 6


                            --page break--



                          _LOIS & CLARK_

                    _"Requiem For a Superhero"_

                             _TEASER_

       FADE IN:

   1   INT. DAILY PLANET - PERRY WHITE'S OFFICE - (DAY #1)                         1  

       An outraged PERRY WHITE is on the phone.

                                        PERRY
                      What do you mean you can't make it?
                      The poker game starts in a few
                      hours.  Where am I supposed to find
                      another player at the last minute?
                              (listens)
                      All right, all right...

       He hangs up, looks into the pit, gets up and crosses to...


   2   INT. DAILY PLANET - THE PIT (CONTINUOUS)                                    2  

       Perry approaches an unsuspecting CLARK, away from his desk
       retrieving a printouts

                                        PERRY
                      Hiya, Kent.

                                        CLARK
                      Perry...

                                        PERRY
                      Y'know, it occurs to me; we don't
                      see enough of each other.

                                        CLARK
                      We see each other ten hours a day.

                                        PERRY
                      I mean socially.  I mean a couple
                      of newspaper cronies getting
                      together... a few beers, laughs...

                                        CLARK
                      That's nice of you, Perry.  I think
                      I have Thursday free.

                                        PERRY
                      The game starts at nine.  Tonight.
                      Conference Room.  See you then.

       He starts to walk away.  A confused Clark follows.

                                                              (CONTINUED)
                                                              
                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                        2.    


   2   CONTINUED:                                                                    2

                                        CLARK
                      Game?

                                        PERRY
                      Poker.

       Clark grimaces.

                                        PERRY
                              (continuing)
                      I'll bet you were a monster around
                      the tables back in Smallville.

                                        CLARK
                      Actually, I was never very good at
                      poker.

       Perry stops, thinks it over, turns to Clark, pats him on
       the shoulder...

                                        PERRY
                      Even better.

                                                              CUT TO:


   3   INT. DAILY PLANET - CONFERENCE ROOM - EVENING                                 3

       The game's in full swing.  The room is littered with empty
       beer cans, bags of pretzels and chips, pizza boxes and a
       cloud of cigar smoke (thanks to Perry).

       A hand in progress and the pot is building.  Perry, LOIS,
       and three other players wait for Clark.  JIMMY stands
       nearby, kibbitzing.  Clark drops two chips in the pot.

                                        CLARK
                      Twenty.

                                        LOIS
                      Too rich for me.

       She folds her hand.

                                        PERRY
                      Now let's see...
                              (studies his hand)
                      All right, Kent.  Just to keep it
                      interesting ... I'll see your twenty
                      and I'll raise... how much you make
                      here in a week?
                              (off Clark's startled
                               reaction; smiles)
                      I'm pulling your leg, Son. Relax.
                      Let's just say another fifty.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
                                                                                 3.   

   3   CONTINUED:                                                                    3

       He dramatically tosses in some more chips.  Clark
       hesitates, checks his hand, throws a quick glance at his
       grinning boss.

                                        PERRY
                              (continuing)
                      Take your time, son.  Make the
                      right decision.                                                 *

       Clark is only too happy to heed Perry's advice.  As he                         *
       studies his cards...

                                        JIMMY
                      You know who'd be a great poker
                      player?  Superman.

                                        PERRY                                         *
                      Next week we'll invite him.                                     *

                                        LOIS                                          *
                      I don't know if Superman gambles.                               *

                                        JIMMY                                         *
                      In his case it's not gambling.                                  *

                                        PERRY                                         *
                      Hey!  Shut up and let the man                                   *
                      think.                                                          *

                                        JIMMY                                         *
                              (whispers)                                              *
                      The guy's got x-ray vision.  He                                 *
                      could read everyone else's cards.                               *


   4   CLARK                                                                         4

       doesn't want to think about it.


   5   HIS POV - PERRY'S CARDS                                                       5

       Oh so vulnerable.


   6   BACK TO SCENE                                                                 6

                                        LOIS                                          *
                      Superman wouldn't do that.                                      *

                                        JIMMY                                         *
                      Why not?                                                        *

                                        PERRY
                      Wouldn't be fair And fair play is
                      what Superman's about.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/13/93 - goldenrod                     4.  


   6   CONTINUED:                                                                   6 

                                        JIMMY
                      Be awfully tempting though...

                                        CLARK
                              (sadly)
                      Sure would.


   7   FEATURE CLARK:                                                               7 

       ... as every word Jimmy utters pains him further.

                                        JIMMY
                      Especially with this much money on the
                      table.  If it were me, I'd have to
                      muster up a lot of super-
                      willpower _not_ to sneak a peak.

       Clark, dying by inches, finally throws down his cards.

                                        CLARK
                      Fold.

       Perry cackles, rakes in the chips and Lois gathers in the
       cards, shuffles.

                                        PERRY
                      It's okay, son.  Don't let it
                      bother you.  Poker's just like
                      anything else; all it takes is a
                      little practice.

       Hold on Clark, miserable as Lois deals.

                                        LOIS
                      Okay, seven card stud -- high-                                  *
                      low -- first and last cards down,                               *
                      one eyed jacks and deuces wild...

   8                                                                                 8
THRU   OMITTED                                                                    THRU
   9                                                                                 9

                                                              FADE OUT.

                             _END TEASER_

                            --page break--
                                                                                 5.   

                               _ACT ONE_

       FADE IN:


  10   INT. DAILY PLANET - THE PIT - (DAY #2)                                      10 

       Lois, incensed, is hot on her editor's heels as he makes
       his way across his city room.  Their conversation is
       FAST -- dialogue all but overlapping.

                                        LOIS
                      Partners!

                                        PERRY
                      You and Kent.  The experience of a
                      battle-scarred veteran paired with
                      the hunger of a fresh exciting
                      talent.

                                        LOIS
                      I'm not so scarred and he's not so
                      exciting.

                                        PERRY
                      Your tenacity...

       She likes that...

                                        PERRY
                              (continuing)
                      His tact.

       ... but not that.

                                        PERRY
                              (continuing)
                      Trust me, the two of you, there's
                      chemistry there... It'll make for
                      better stories.

                                        LOIS
                      But Perry, partnership is like
                      marriage.

                                        PERRY
                      Right.  You've got to work at it...

                                        LOIS
                      It takes patience, understanding, a
                      willingness to be supportive.

                                        PERRY
                      I know.  Fake it.  Go get your
                      partner.

       The satisfied, the editor continues on to his office.  A
       frustrated Lois turns and sees ...


                            --page break--
                                                                                 6.   


  11   HER POV - CLARK                                                              11

       ... at his desk, having enjoyed being a spectator at their
       discussion.  He extends a playful wave of the hand.

                                        CLARK
                      Howdy, partner.

       Lois frowns.

                                        CLARK
                              (continuing)
                      Which sounds better?  Kent and
                      Lane, or Lane and Kent?

       Lois cringes.  Clark enjoys the cringe.

                                        CLARK
                              (continuing)
                      Kent and Lane.  Kent and Lane
                      Lane and Kent.  Lane and Kent

                                        LOIS
                      Neither.

       Passing, Jimmy offers his two cents.

                                        JIMMY
                      Lane and Kent.  Definitely.

                                        CLARK
                      Why?

                                        JIMMY
                      Tradition.  Abbott and Costello.
                      Martin and Lewis.  Straight man
                      always goes first.

       Jimmy's levity wilts when it comes in contact with Lois's
       icy glare.

                                        LOIS
                      Either way it'll never work.

                                        CLARK
                      It won't be that bad.

                                        LOIS
                      It'll be that bad.  Worse.  Come
                      on, he wants to see us.

       Jimmy watches them head for Perry's office, Clark as if
       toward a great new adventure, Lois as if to jail.


                            --page break--
                                                                                 7.   


  12   INT. PERRY WHITE'S OFFICE - MOMENTS LATER                                   12 

       Perry sits at his desk and deals with his yet again
       enraged super-reporter.

                                        LOIS
                      Boxing!

                                        PERRY
                      Not just boxing.  The Ultimate
                      Street Fight!  The fight card of
                      the century -- of the Millennium!
                       And right here in Metropolis!

                                        LOIS
                      It's still boxing!

                                        PERRY
                      It's a civic event!

                                        LOIS
                      It's _sports_.

                                        PERRY
                      Lois ... Just do the story!

       She starts to accept it, then the dawn...

                                        LOIS
                      This wouldn't have anything to do
                      with... my connections, would it?

                                        CLARK
                      Connections?

                                        PERRY
                              (innocently)
                      You got connections in the fight
                      game, Lois?

                                        LOIS
                      You know I do.

                                        CLARK
                      What connections?

                                        PERRY
                      Oh, that's right: How _is_ your
                      father?

       Lois does not wish to get into this right now.

                                        LOIS
                      Come on, Clark.

       As they go:

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
                                                                                 8.   


  12   CONTINUED:                                                                   12

                                        CLARK
                      Your father is a fighter?

                                                              CUT TO:


  13   EXT. MENKEN GYM - DAY                                                        13

       Clark and Lois look at the old facade, the gym entrance
       marked by a decaying, scarcely legible sign. They enter.


  14   INT. MENKEN GYM - CLOSE ON VINTAGE PHOTOS OF BOXERS - DAY                    14

       PAN along the wall: Ali, Marciano, Leonard, etc. CONTINUE
       PANNING to a glass case filled with gold trophies and
       title belts.  We see Clark's reflection in the case.

                                        CLARK
                              (reverential)
                      The Menken Gym.

       PULL BACK to reveal Lois standing next to him.

                                        CLARK
                              (continuing)
                      Do you realize how many champions
                      have come out of here?

                                        LOIS
                      Give me a minute to pat down my
                      goose bumps.

                                        CLARK
                      You wouldn't say that if you
                      followed boxing.

                                        LOIS
                      Oh?

                                        CLARK
                              (re: a photo)
                      Billy Mason.  Maybe the greatest
                      middleweight of all time.

                                        LOIS
                      Welterweight.

       Clark shoots her a look, thinks it's just her mood,
       ignores her.

                                        CLARK
                      I'll never forget it. Mason-
                      Rodriguez.  June, '78.

                                                              (CONTINUED)



                            --page break--
                                                                                 9.   


  14   CONTINUED:                                                                   14

                                        LOIS
                      '79.  October.

                                        CLARK
                      Mason takes Rodriguez out in the
                      eighth round.

                                        LOIS
                      Fourth.  T.K.O.

                                        CLARK
                      Will you cut it out?

                                        LOIS
                      You're thinking of the Mason-
                      Ramirez fight a year earlier --
                      before Mason moved up in weight
                      class.

       Clark again begins to protest... before the realization
       hits him: she's right.

                                        CLARK
                      How'd you know that?

                                        LOIS
                      Lucky guess.

                                        CLARK
                      Come on, how?

                                        LOIS
                              (a sigh: oh, well...
                      During the Mason-Rodriguez fight,
                      Mason tears a rotator cuff... which
                      is later operated on by...

                                        CLARK
                      Dr. Sam Lane.  Sam _Lane_!  Wait a
                      minute...  Is he...

                                        LOIS
                      My father.
                              (then:)
                      So you've heard of him.

                                        CLARK
                      Anyone who reads the sports pages
                      has.  Practically invented recon-
                      structive surgery for athletes.  He
                      builds them a new hip, a new knee,
                      and they come back better than
                      before.
                              (beat - realizing)
                      So _he's_ your connection.

                                                              (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                       10.    


  14   CONTINUED:  2                                                                14

                                        LOIS
                      In Perry's dreams.  Look, there's
                      Tommy Garrison.  Let's get a
                      statement.

       They approach the ring, passing fighters working out on
       speed bags, heavy bags, jumping rope, doing chin-ups,
       sit-ups, etc... All the sights and sounds of a busy
       training facility.  In the ring, TOMMY GARRISON, number
       one contender for the heavyweight crown, pummels his
       sparring partner.

                                        LOIS
                              (continuing)
                      Tommy!  Talk to you a minute?

       Garrison looks over, lowers his guard, and gets nailed.
       Furious, he turns on his sparring partner, who looks both
       apologetic and terrified.  With near-Superman speed and
       strength, Garrison lets go with a punch that virtually
       lifts the guy off his feet and flings him against the rope
       -- off which he bounces, falling on his face.

                                        CLARK
                      Holy...

                                        GARRISON
                      Who are you?

                                        LOIS
                      Lois Lane, Clark Kent.  Daily
                      Planet.

                                        GARRISON
                              (calling out)
                      Someone want to throw these two out
                      of here?

       (In the bg, the sparring partner comes to, is tended to,
       helped off, etc.)

                                        DINELLO
                      Aw, quiet down, they're okay.

       Lois turns to see ALLIE DINELLO, 55, tough but avuncular,
       trainer of champions.  Her face lights up.

                                        LOIS
                      Allie!

                                        DINELLO
                      Hiya, Pumpkin!

       Dinello sweeps her un in a bear hug.

                                                              (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/16/93 - white                      11.    


  14   CONTINUED:  3                                                                14

                                        DINELLO
                              (continuing)
                      What happened?  Perry White finally
                      put you on the sports pages --
                      where you belong?
                              (to Clark)
                      She's _forgotten_ more sports than
                      I ever knew.

                                        CLARK
                      I'm beginning to see that.

                                        DINELLO
                      How _is_ Perry?  Still cheating at
                      poker?

       Clark REACTS.

                                        LOIS
                      He's fine.  Allie, meet Clark Kent,
                      my... the guy I'm working with on
                      this story.

                                        CLARK
                      Her partner.

       The men shake.

                                        DINELLO
                      What brings you here?

                                        LOIS
                      You've got four fighters going for
                      titles this Saturday.  Maybe the
                      biggest night in the history of
                      boxing, and we can't get to the
                      fighters.  I don't get it.

                                        DINELLO
                      Max Menken'll talk to you for as
                      long as you want.

                                        CLARK
                      Menken's the promoter.  We want
                      talk to the fighters.

                                        DINELLO
                      Sorry, Kent ...

       A towel is tossed from the ring, hitting Clark's shoulder.
       He turns.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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  14   CONTINUED:  4                                                                14

                                        GARRISON
                      You want to talk to me?  Okay.  But
                      you can't learn anything from down
                      there.  Come up here, see what it
                      feels like.

       Clark hesitates; Lois gives Clark a small shove.

                                        LOIS
                      Clark, go on!

                                        DINELLO
                      Maybe this isn't a good idea.

                                        LOIS

                      It's what we came here for.  If you
                      don't go up there, I will.

       Reluctantly, Clark climbs into the ring.  Garrison starts
       to circle Clark, sizing him up.  When they are face-to-
       face Tommy stares at him stone-faced, the same frightening
       glare he gives opponents before the bell.

                                        GARRISON
                      You look pretty solid.  Ever been                               *
                      in a fight?

                                        CLARK
                      I try to avoid them.

                                        GARRISON
                      How can you write about boxing if
                      you don't know what it's like?
                              (beat)
                      Ever seen a punch like this?

       Garrison jabs the air on one side of Clark's head, then on
       the other side.  Clark holds his ground.

                                        GARRISON
                              (continuing)
                      Come on.  Give it back to me.  Take
                      your best shot.

       Clark doesn't respond.

                                        GARRISON
                              (continuing)
                      No?  Then try to avoid me.

       Garrison begins shadowboxing around Clark's head.  Clark
       tightens his fists in frustration, as Garrison's punches get
       closer and closer, missing Clark by inches.

                                                              (CONTINUED)

 
                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                       10.    


  14   CONTINUED:  5                                                                14

                                        GARRISON
                              (continuing)
                      Look out, Princess.  That one
                      nearly connected.

       Clark begins to raise his fist, then thinks better of it.

                                        GARRISON
                              (continuing)
                      Keep your guard up, honey.  'Else
                      someone's going to knock you                                    *
                      through the ropes.  Then what'll                                *
                      you do?

                                        CLARK
                      You might be surprised.

       Lois is getting very nervous.

                                        LOIS
                      Clark, get down from there.

                                        CLARK
                              (his eyes glued to
                               Garrison)
                      You just sent me _up_ here!

                                        LOIS
                      Allie, he's just... playing with
                      Clark, right?

       Dinello doesn't answer.  Garrison keeps coming at Clark,
       backs Clark against the ropes, imprisons him there with
       his body.

                                        GARRISON
                      See, I got you where I want you and
                      I haven't thrown a punch.  What
                      now, Princess?

       Clark, pissed, pushes Garrison away.  It's a light push --
       for Clark -- but enough to set Garrison stumbling away
       backwards.

                                        LOIS
                      Clark, no!

       Livid, Garrison closes in on Clark, ready to attack.  A
       moment before he throws the first punch...

                                        MENKEN
                      Garrison!  Hit the showers!

       Garrison freezes.  MAX MENKEN, flamboyant, Runyonesqe
       promoter, crosses toward the ring.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                       10.    


  14   CONTINUED:  6                                                                14

                                        MENKEN
                              (continuing)
                      Everybody.  Let's go.

       The others in the gym exit.  Garrison turns to Clark with
       one last look of contempt.

                                        GARRISON
                      See you later, champ.

       Garrison exits the ring, cackling.  For a moment, Clark
       remains in the ring.  Recomposing, he unclenches his
       fists... then climbs down through the ropes.

                                        DINELLO
                      You all right, kid?

                                        CLARK
                      Fine.

                                        LOIS
                      Forget it, Clark, the guy's a jerk.

                                        CLARK
                      I guess you can get away with a
                      lot... when you're the strongest
                      man in the world.

                                        MENKEN
                      _One_ of the strongest.  Saturday
                      night you can see them all.  The
                      Ultimate Street Fight!  The most
                      spectacular night of boxing there
                      ever was ... or ever will be.  The
                      eyes of the world right here on
                      Metropolis!  Write about that.
                              (beat)
                      Now excuse us: the gym is off
                      limits to the press.
                              (to Dinello)
                      You should've known better.

       Dinello can't hide his nerves as Max walks away.  But he
       manages a smile, takes Lois's arm, leads her to the exit.

                                        DINELLO
                      Everybody's a little nervous.
                      There's a lot riding on this.

                                        LOIS
                      So I see.  Take care Allie.  And
                      good luck on Saturday.

                                        CLARK
                      Let's go, Pumpkin.

                                                              (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
                                                                                15.   


  14   CONTINUED:  7                                                                14

       She glares at him so intensely and so venomously that he
       almost trembles.

                                        CLARK
                              (continuing)
                      ... Lois.

       They exit.


 14A   EXT. MENKEN'S GYM - DAY                                                     14A

       They exit the building -- just as a man gets out of a                          *
       taxi.  He turns and they come face to face with him.                           *
       He's in his fifties, distinguished, a sharp contrast to                        *
       the characters we just met in the gym.  He is DR SAM                           *
       LANE, Lois's father.                                                           *

                                        DR LANE
                      Lois!

                                        LOIS
                      Hi, Dad...

       He leans forward for a kiss; she touches his cheek with
       hers and kisses the atmosphere.

                                        DR LANE
                      What brings you here?

                                        LOIS                                          *
                      The Ultimate Street Fight.                                      *

                                        DR LANE                                       *
                      Right... Right. What else?                                      *

                                        LOIS                                          *
                      Trying to... you know... get to the                             *
                      fighters.                                                       *

       Dr. Lane looks at Clark.

                                        CLARK
                      Clark Kent, sir.  Ms Lane's
                      partner... on this story.

       They shake hands.

                                        LOIS
                      Sorry.  Sam Lane, Clark Kent.

                                        DR LANE
                      Nice to meet you, Kent.  Well, I
                      wish I could help you, but the
                      press is not my department.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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 14A   CONTINUED:                                                                   14A

                                        LOIS
                      Sure, we know that.

                                        DR LANE
                      And of course, you've got to
                      understand... the fighters are
                      jumpy...

                                        LOIS
                      And need protection from us wicked
                      reporters.

                                        DR LANE
                              (half-laugh)
                      You going to have some time, Lois?
                      For dinner...

                                        LOIS
                      Maybe... soon...  I'm so busy...

                                        DR LANE
                      Well, when you get out from
                      under...

                                        LOIS
                      Sure...

       Dr. Lane and Clark nod at each other, Lois takes Clark's
       arm, and they're on their way.  Dr. Lane watches them go.
       He looks very sad.

                                                              CUT TO:


 14B   INT. LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE - NIGHT                                              14B

       Luthor talks on the speakerphone.  As he speaks, he
       occasionally launches a dart at an unseen target.  He
       either smiles or frowns as he hits or misses.

                                        LUTHOR
                      I see. I didn't realize they were                               *
                      so close.                                                       *
                              (beat)
                      Yes, it is a problem.  That's why                               *
                      I suggested a press blackout in                                 *
                      the first place.                                                *
                              (beat)
                      Max, calm down.  Let me paint you                               *
                      a little portrait. Imagine a                                    *
                      man with a net worth in excess                                  *
                      of 20 billion dollars.                                          *
                                        (MORE)

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
       REQUIEM FOR A SUPERHERO (#4)  8/25/93  Green Green                        16A. 


 14B   CONTINUED:                                                                  14B

                                        LUTHOR (CONT'D)
                      This man is currently the third
                      richest man on the planet,                                      *
                      superceded only by Mr.  Arthur                                  *
                      Chow of Hong Kong and Elena Pappas                              *
                      of Athens, Greece.  And when I say                              *
                      currently, I _really_ mean                                      *
                      temporarily.  This same man has an                              *
                      additional annual income of over                                *
                      two billion, which comes to                                     *
                      approximately 200 million a month,                              *
                      seventy million a day, three                                    *
                      million an hour, fifty thousand                                 *
                      a minute... How long have we                                    *
                      been talking, Max?                                              *
                              (beat)
                      That man is me.  I hope you see my                              *
                      point.                                                          *
                              (he examines the next
                               dart before he tosses
                               it)
                      You don't see my point.  Why am                                 *
                      I not surprised?  Let me explain                                *
                      it to you,    then.  If _you_                                   *
                      have problems, I expect you to                                  *
                      solve there with your usual flair.                              *
                      For a man like me, on the other                                 *
                      hand, life is a bowl of rubies.                                 *
                      An extremely large bowl.    _I_                                 *
                      don't have problems.                                            *

       Luthor hangs up, throws his last dart, approaches his                          *
       target.


 14C   ANGLE ON TARGET                                                             14C

       A large stand-up cardboard cutout of Superman.  Darts are                      *
       clustered around where the heart would be.                                     *


 14D   LUTHOR                                                                      14D

                                        LUTHOR
                              (removing darts)
                      No problems at all.                                             *


  15   INT. DAILY PLANET - THE PIT - NIGHT                                          15

       After hours.  Unusually quiet, almost deserted. Lois sits
       at her desk, deep in thought...  She looks up...


  16   HER POV - CLARK                                                              16

       ... working at his computer.


                            --page break--
       REQUIEM FOR A SUPERHERO (#4)  8/25/93  Green Green                        16B. 


  17   BACK TO SCENE                                                                17

                                        LOIS
                      What are you still doing here?

                                        CLARK
                      Working.



                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                       17.    


  17   CONTINUED:                                                                   17

                                        LOIS
                      Uh-huh.  On what?
                              (minibeat)
                      You're waiting for me to 'talk
                      about it.' To 'open up.' See? 
                      This is _exactly_ why I hate
                      partnerships.

                                        CLARK
                      Why?

                                        LOIS
                      Because your partner is always
                      _there_ for you... whether you want
                      him or not.  Because your partner
                      wants to _share_ your troubles...
                      and I don't feel like _sharing_.
                              (beat)
                      Okay... I don't get along with my
                      father, what's the big deal?

                                        CLARK
                      No big deal.

                                        LOIS
                      Have you ever known anybody so
                      wrapped up their work that they
                      don't have time for anyone or
                      anything...?

                                        CLARK
                      Is this a trick question?

                                        LOIS
                      Okay.  Okay.  But I don't have
                      kids.

                                        CLARK
                      A lot of fathers are workaholics.

                                        LOIS
                      The ones that I knew at least tried
                      to spend a little 'quality time'
                      with the family.  My dad only came
                      home to criticize.  'Look, Daddy, a
                      ninety-eight on my exam.' 'Good,
                      Lois, that leaves two points for
                      improvement.'

       The PHONE RINGS, interrupting Lois's diatribe.  She picks                      *
       it up.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
                                                                                18.   


  17   CONTINUED:  2                                                                17

                                        LOIS
                              (continuing into phone)
                      Lois Lane...
                              (beat; listens)
                      Allie, calm down.  What's wrong?
                              (beat)
                      Just tell me where and when...
                      Okay.

       She hangs up, tells Clark.

                                        LOIS
                              (continuing)
                      Allie Dinello.

                                        CLARK
                      What'd he say?

                                        LOIS
                      Just that he needs to talk to me,
                      something about fight night.  He
                      didn't want to say any more over
                      the phone.

                                        CLARK
                      Let's go.

                                        LOIS
                      Clark, maybe I ought to go alone.

                                        CLARK
                      Okay.

                                        LOIS
                      I think he'd be more...

                                        CLARK

                      ... more comfortable talking to
                      someone he knows.  I get it.  Go.

       She grabs her stuff, starts out...

                                        LOIS
                      Sometimes you surprise me...



                                                              CUT TO:


  18   EXT. STREET CORNER - NIGHT                                                   18

       Lois quickly approaches, looks around the pre-determined
       rendezvous site, finally spots ...


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/16/93 - white                      19.    


  19   LOIS'S POV - ALLIE                                                          19*

       ... across the street, waiting nervously.


  20   LOIS                                                                        20 

       raises her hand, calls out...

                                        LOIS
                      Allie!


  21   ALLI                                                                        21 

       spots her, starts across the intersection.  To Lois's
       horror, a speeding car ignores the red light and races
       through the intersection, toward Allie.


  22   LOIS                                                                        22 

       REACTS as Allie is hit.  The car continues on without
       stopping.  Lois runs to Allie's side, kneels down, sees
       that he's gone.

                                        LOIS
                      Oh, Allie...

       On Lois's moment of grief we...

                                                              FADE OUT.


                           _END ACT ONE_


                            --page break--
                                                                                20.   

                             _ACT TWO_

       FADE IN:

  23   INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT DAY (DAY #3)                                         23

       A shaken Lois sits at her desk ' Clark by her side, Perry
       listening with his arms folded.

                                        LOIS
                      I've known Allie... almost my whole
                      life.  To see him like that...

                                        CLARK
                      The police call it a hit-and-run.
                      Probably a drunk driver.

                                        PERRY
                      And... we're not buying that.

                                        LOIS
                      I was there, Perry.  It was no
                      ordinary hit and run.  The car went
                      straight for him, bore down on him.

                                        CLARK
                      It was dark.

                                        LOIS
                      Not _that_ dark.  And anyway you
                      didn't hear him on the phone.  He
                      was upset.  He said he was in
                      trouble.  I think whatever he was
                      going to tell me cost him his life.

                                        PERRY
                      Any idea what he wanted to say?

                                        LOIS
                      No.

                                        PERRY
                      Think your father could help?

                                        LOIS
                      I don't know.

                                        PERRY
                      You doing to ask him?

                                        LOIS
                      I'd rather not.

                                        PERRY
                      _I'd_ rather be sailing -- but I'm
                      here... doing my, job.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                       21.    


  23   CONTINUED:                                                                   23

       She frowns, gets up and exits.

                                                              CUT TO:


  24   INT. MENKEN GYM - TRAINING AREA - LATER                                      24

       Fighters, trainers, some local press there for a reaction
       to the news... all shocked, saddened.  Lois enters, walks
       to where her father sits, by himself at the foot of the
       ring.  He looks up, surprised but pleased.  A beat: he
       casts a glance at a picture of Allie hanging on a wall.

                                        LOIS
                      Sorry, Dad.

                                        DR LANE
                      He was a real character.

                                        LOIS
                      Tough.

                                        DR LANE
                      That he was.  Always had a soft
                      spot for you, though.  Used to
                      call you 'Pumpkin.'                                             *

                                        LOIS
                      He still did.

                                        DR LANE
                              (beat)
                      A hit and run.  I never dreamed
                      he'd go out like that.

                                        LOIS
                      He didn't.  I think he was
                      murdered.

                                        DR LANE
                      What?

                                        LOIS
                      I was there.  I saw the car coming
                      at him -- straight and fast.  It
                      wasn't a drunk, and it wasn't an
                      accident.

       The news that Lois was there clearly agitates Dr Lane.

                                        DR LANE
                      What were you doing there?

                                        LOIS
                      Allie asked me to meet him.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
                                                                                22.   


  24   CONTINUED:                                                                   24

                                        DR LANE
                      Did the driver see you?

                                        LOIS
                      No.

       He's visibly relieved -- and Lois catches the look.

                                        DR LANE
                      Lois, I want you to stay away from
                      this.

                                        LOIS
                      'This?' What's 'this?' What am I
                      on to?

                                        DR LANE
                      Nothing.  It's just that there are
                      some rough characters in this
                      business.

                                        LOIS
                      What do you think Allie wanted to
                      tell me about the fights?  Are they
                      fixed?

                                        DR LANE
                      No, they're not fixed.  Just stay
                      away.

                                        LOIS
                      I can't stay away.  I'm a reporter
                      and this is my story.
                              (beat)
                      Can you help me?

                                        DR LANE
                      No.

       A long beat, Lois eyeing her father with growing
       consternation.

                                        LOIS
                      You're lying to me.

                                        DR LANE
                      Don't be ridiculous.

                                        LOIS
                      I know the look.

                                        DR LANE
                      Let's not do this, Lois.  Not now,
                      and certainly not here.  I can't
                      help you.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                      23.     


  24   CONTINUED:  2                                                                24

                                        LOIS
                      Can't?  Or won't?

                                        DR LANE
                      Lois!  No!

                                        LOIS
                      You'd just like to forget
                      everything, wouldn't you?  You'd
                      like me to come through that door
                      and give you a kiss and say Hi,
                      Daddy, as if nothing ever happened.
                      The perfect father-daughter
                      relationship.

                                        DR LANE
                      I never claimed to be a perfect
                      father.

                                        LOIS
                      You were hardly a father at all!

                                        DR LANE
                      Lois, please don't...

                                        LOIS
                      Where _were_ you?  That was                                     *
                      supposed to be the biggest night of                             *
                      my life.  The National Young                                    *
                      Journalist Award.  I was the best                               *
                      in the whole country -- just what                               *
                      you wanted me to be.  But all I                                 *
                      saw -- all I could think of -- was                              *
                      that empty chair in the audience.                               *

                                        DR LANE
                      I had responsibilities.

                                        LOIS
                      What about your responsibility to                               *
                      me?

       An awkward moment, but before he can speak...

                                        LOIS
                              (continuing)
                      Never mind.  Look, can you tell me
                      anything about this murder, or not?

                                        DR LANE
                      I know nothing about the death of
                      Allie Dinello.


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                      24.     


  24   CONTINUED:  3                                                                24

                                        LOIS
                              (long beat)
                      Whatever you say, Dad.

       She turns and walks away, more determined than ever to
       find out what's going on.

                                                              CUT TO:


  25   INT. OUTSIDE DR LANE'S OFFICE - NIGHT                                        25

       Dark and seemingly deserted until Lois and Clark creep up
       to a closed door marked "S. Lane, M.D."  Lois tries to
       open the door's lock by using a credit card.  Clark
       nervously looks around, impatience growing.

                                        LOIS
                      I've seen Jimmy do this.  It always
                      works.  I don't know what I'm doing
                      wrong.

       Clark, his patience worn out, surreptitiously _MELTS_ the                      *
       door-lock with his _HEATVISION_, pushes open the door.                         *

                                        LOIS
                              (continuing)
                      Not bad for the first time.

       She enters.  As Clark follows, he pockets the melted                           *
       door-lock.


  26   OMITTED                                                                      26


  27   INT. DR LANE'S OFFICE - NIGHT                                                27

       A desk, rows of file cabinets, shelves containing medical
       books, ledgers, etc.  Lois positions a small flashlight in
       her teeth and begins to rifle through file cabinets, desk
       drawers, papers on Lane's desk, etc...  Clark tackles the
       shelves.


  28   INT. DR LANE'S OFFICE - SOME TIME LATER - NIGHT                              28

       Lois and Clark continue to search through files and
       paperwork, piles of each having risen in front of them.

                                        LOIS
                      All these training logs, medical
                      reports.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                      25.     


  28   CONTINUED                                                                    28

                                        CLARK
                      Look at this.  Garrison's file.                                 *
                      His boxing record was okay until                                *
                      his surgery.  _After_ his                                       *
                      surgery -- perfect.                                             *

       Lois searches for another file, finds it in the middle of
       a pile.  She opens it, shares its contents with Clark.

                                        LOIS
                      Same with this fighter.

                                        CLARK
                              (comparing files)
                      And not just winning records. 
                      These guys made mincemeat of their
                      opponents.

                                        LOIS
                      You think it was some kind of
                      steroid?

       Clark shrugs, glances at Lois, they're definitely on to
       _something_.

                                        LOIS
                              (continuing)
                      Keep looking...

       Clark lowers his glasses...


  29   CLARK'S POV                                                                  29

       A seam in one wall just beneath a book case.  He _X-RAYS_
       through to SEE: a shallow hidden room.


  30   CLARK                                                                        30

       moves to the bookcase, presses a spot on the wall.  The
       "door" opens with a CLICK.


  31   LOIS                                                                         31

       hears the SOUND, joins Clark at the entrance to the room.
       They share a look.

                                        LOIS
                      How did you... ?

                                        CLARK
                      My uncle Ian had the same set-up in
                      his den.


                            --page break--
                                                                                26.   


  32   OFFICE - HIDDEN ROOM                                                         32

       Lois and Clark enter, look at the contents with wonder:
       life-sized steel replicas of arms, legs, hands, and jaws;
       chest plates on the walls; books of skin types and samples
       of human tissue.  Lois studies the material as Clark opens
       the drawers of a large flatfile, removes diagrams,
       drawings...

                                        CLARK
                      Well, it's not steroids.

                                        LOIS
                      Mechanical parts...

       Clark studies a drawing...

                                        CLARK
                      And even motors to drive them.

                                        LOIS
                      No wonder they're invincible.  My
                      God, Clark.  I'm Dr. Frankenstein's
                      daughter!

       She takes a small Minox from her bag, starts snapping
       photos of the parts and diagrams.

       Clark with _SUPER HEARING_, picks a SOUND.  As he
       REACTS...

                                        LOIS
                              (continuing)
                      What?

                                        CLARK
                      I heard something.

                                        LOIS
                      I didn't...

       But he puts his finger to his lips and she hushes.

                                        CLARK
                      I'll take a look.  Wait here.

       Clark closes the door, closing her into the room.

                                        LOIS
                      Hey!

                                        CLARK
                      If we're both caught, there'll be
                      no one to get the story out.

       Clark pushes her in, shuts the door, _X-RAYS_ through the
       wall to see...


                            --page break--
                                                                                27.   

  33                                                                                33
THRU OMITTED                                                                      THRU
  34                                                                                34


  35   CLARK'S POV                                                                  35

       Menken and Garrison approach.


  36   CLARK                                                                        36

       looks around, looks down, thinks things over, then... at
       _SUPER SPEED_ he begins to stamp his feet.  He bangs on
       the walls.  The building begins to shake, as if an
       earthquake has begun. Things fall, dust fills the air.


  37   MENKEN                                                                       37

       ... slips as the shaking intensifies. He turns to
       Garrison, both men growing alarmed as old plaster from the
       ceiling begins landing on their heads.

                                        GARRISON
                      Earthquake!

                                        MENKEN
                      Come on, before the building comes
                      down on our heads.


  38   DR LANE'S OFFICE                                                             38

       The shaking slowly stops. Clark opens the closet door.

                                        LOIS
                      Did you feel that?  It was at least
                      a five.

       He takes her arm and they hurry for the door.

                                                              CUT TO:


  39   INT. DAILY PLANET - DAY (DAY #4)                                             39

       Lois and Clark with Jimmy at Lois' desk, looking at the
       photos of the paraphernalia in Dr. Lane's office.

                                        JIMMY
                      This is incredible.  Incredible.

                                        CLARK
                      The boxing commission will never
                      allow these fighters into the ring
                      if they know they're half robots.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                       28.    


       Lois sits at her desk, starts typing.

                                        LOIS
                      If it weren't for the earthquake
                      we'd be the lead story!

                                        JIMMY
                      What earthquake?

                                        LOIS
                      Last night!  The earthquake!

                                        JIMMY
                      There was no earthquake last night.

                                        LOIS
                      There was an earthquake.

                                        JIMMY
                      Not in Metropolis, Lois.  If the                                *
                      earth moved for you -- it must                                  *
                      have been something else.                                       *

       Jimmy winks at Clark, exits.  Lois looks at Clark.  Clark
       shrugs.  Lois also shrugs, resumes typing.

                                        CLARK
                      What are you writing?

                                        LOIS
                      The story.

                                        CLARK
                      Saying what?

                                        LOIS
                      That Sam Lane is performing these
                      operations secretly.

                                        CLARK
                      Are you sure?

                                        LOIS
                      Sure I'm sure.

       Clark starts picking up stacking the photos.

                                        CLARK
                      You know, I'm no--so sure we went
                      to your father's office last night.

                                        LOIS
                      What?


                            --page break--
                                                                                29.   


  39   CONTINUED:  2                                                                39

                                        CLARK
                      Maybe I was home asleep and you
                      were watching a late movie on tv.

                                        LOIS
                      Clark, what's with you?  We were
                      together.  We took these pictures.

                                        CLARK
                      What pictures?

       She looks; he's hidden the photos.  She looks back at him.

                                        CLARK
                              (continuing)
                      He _is_ your father.

                                        LOIS
                      Big deal.  He'll lose his license.
                      He deserves it.

                                        CLARK
                      Allie lost his _life_.

       She stops typing, looks up at Clark.

                                        LOIS
                      Clark, this is the biggest scandal
                      in boxing history.

                                        CLARK
                      No doubt about it.

       A moment's thought...

                                        CLARK
                              (continuing)
                      We print this, whoever killed
                      Allie... will want your father out
                      of the way, too.  He'd be the key
                      to the prosecution's case.

                                        LOIS
                      So... what're you saying, Clark?
                      That we should kill the story?
                      That we should take a dive?

       Clark doesn't answer, doesn't have to.  Lois looks at the
       computer monitor, then slumps down in her chair.

                                                              FADE OUT.

                              _END ACT TWO_


                            --page break--
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                               _ACT THREE_

       FADE IN:


  40   INT. PERRY WHITE'S OFFICE - DAY                                              40

       Lois and Clark, both clearly uncomfortable, watch as a
       disbelieving Perry rises from his desk.

                                        PERRY
                      An ordinary hit and run?

                                        LOIS
                      The police think so, too.

                                        PERRY
                      Yesterday you told me it was
                      murder.

                                        LOIS
                      I was wrong.

                                        PERRY
                      What about Dinello's phone call?
                      Did you find out why he was upset?

                                        LOIS
                      A person can get upset for a lot of
                      reasons.

                                        PERRY
                      And your father?

                                        LOIS
                      He says he doesn't know anything.

                                        PERRY
                      What's going on here?

                                        CLARK
                      Sometimes a piece goes dry, Perry.
                      You know that.

                                        PERRY
                      Great.  We'll put that up on bill-
                      boards all over the city.  'Lane
                      and Kent Come Up With Squat.  On
                      Sale at Newsstands Now!'
                              (to Clark)
                      You agree with her take on this?

                                        CLARK
                      I go with my partner.

       A long, uncomfortable beat.  It's clear Perry's done.  He
       sits, resumes working on other things.  Another awkward
       moment passes before they leave his office.

                                                              CUT TO:


                            --page break--
                                                                                31.   


  41   INT. LEX LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE - NIGHT                                           41

       A relieved Max Menken stands before a huge desk,
       delivering information to a host we do not yet see.

                                        MENKEN
                              (holding up newspaper)
                      Nothing in The Planet.  I told you
                      we got to Dinello before he talked.

                                        LUTHOR
                      Excellent.

                                        MENKEN
                      Smooth sailing now.  Our boys
                      becoming the new world champions...
                      everything we've dreamed about,
                      finally coming true.


  42   DIFFERENT ANGLE - REVEAL LEX LUTHOR                                          42

       ... leaning back in his-big leather chair.

                                        LUTHOR
                      It's a start.

                                        MENKEN
                      A start?  With all due respect, Mr.
                      Luthor, once you got a champ in
                      each division there's not much more
                      you can do.

       Luthor stands, starts around the desk toward Max.

                                        LUTHOR
                      Is that what you think this is
                      about?  Winning a few prize fights?
                      Is that why I've invested
                      _millions_ in this project?

       Now in Max's face, he pauses for effect, before walking
       away from the ashen promoter.  Max is confused for a
       moment.  Then his countenance brightens...

                                        MENKEN
                      I... get it.  After this we branch
                      out into other sports.  Baseball. 
                      Football.  Tennis.

                                        LUTHOR
                      Max.  We've created five men with
                      inordinate human strength.  Now
                      suppose we can take these men and
                      make them even more powerful. 
                      Fifty times more powerful.  One
                      hundred times more powerful.
                                        (MORE)

                                                              (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
                                                                                 32.  


  42   CONTINUED:                                                                   42

                                        LUTHOR (cont'd)
                      Even... dare I say it...
                      invulnerable.
                              (a beat)
                      Do you see _now_, Max?  Do you see
                      the possibilities?  An army of
                      supermen, under my control.

       Max, now rendered speechless, simply nods.

                                                              CUT TO:

  43   OMITTED                                                                      43


  44   INT. PERRY'S OFFICE DAY                                                      44

       CLOSE ON the Planet's sports page, plastered with articles
       and pictures hyping the Ultimate Street Fight.

                                        LOIS
                      The auto show!

       PULL BACK to reveal Lois and Perry.  Lois is bleary-eyed,
       depressed -- and now frustrated.

                                        PERRY
                      There's been a rash of thefts.
                      Hubcaps, rear view mirrors...

                                        LOIS
                      There has to be a more important
                      story you can assign me to.

                                        PERRY
                              (feigning concern)
                      Ordinarily, yes.  But the first
                      time a reporter blows a big story
                      it can rattle them, fill them with
                      self-doubt.  Seen it happen.

                                        LOIS
                      Perry ...

                                        PERRY
                      Take the auto show piece.  It's a
                      good little confidence builder.

       He ends the meeting with an "encouraging" -- which is to
       say condescending -- smile.  Lois exits.


                            --page break--
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  45   INT. DAILY PLANET - THE PIT (CONTINUOUS)                                     45

       Lois heads for her desk, aware that all have heard.  She
       passes Jimmy, returns to her desk, looks quizzically at
       Clark, as if to say, "What about you?"

                                        CLARK
                      Police Academy graduation.

       He gets up; they cross to the elevator together.

                                        LOIS
                      Nice.
                              (beat)
                      Guess we're not partners anymore.

                                        CLARK
                      Guess not.

                                        LOIS
                      I'm sorry, Clark.  Really.

                                        CLARK
                      It's just as well.

                                        LOIS
                      You're right: It _is_ just as well.
                      You don't want to be partnered with
                      a hypocritical reporter who talks a
                      good game but backs off the minute
                      things hit too close to home.

                                        CLARK
                      Yes I do.

       She takes his arm and holds it, grateful, as they enter
       the elevator.

                                                              CUT TO:


  46   INT. ARENA - TRAINER'S ROOM - DAY                                            46

       Dr. Lane finishes unwrapping a long bandage from around a
       boxer's shoulder.  He watches carefully as the fighter
       gingerly tests the shoulder, tests its flexibility...

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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  46   CONTINUED:                                                                   46

                                        DR LANE
                      Baby it for few days.  Light
                      workouts.  No sparring.

       The doctor slaps him on the back; Dan exits, passing Lois,
       on the way in.

                                        DR LANE
                              (continuing)
                      Lois?

                                        LOIS
                      This. this isn't easy for me...
                      so... I'll get right to it.
                              (beat; then bravely)
                      I know about the surgeries you've
                      performed.

       Dr. Lane, not really surprised his daughter has uncovered
       this secret, turns away.

                                        DR LANE
                      I have nothing to say.

                                        LOIS
                      I want to know, Dad.  Not as a
                      reporter.  As your daughter.

                                        DR LANE
                      Sorry.

                                        LOIS
                      I won't let you shut me out.  Not
                      after I killed the story!

                                        DR LANE
                      You did what?

                                        LOIS
                      I killed the story.  It could have
                      gotten you hurt ... murdered...

                                        DR LANE
                      You should have written it.

                                        LOIS
                      And have you wind up like Allie?

                                        DR LANE
                      That's my problem, not yours.

                                        LOIS
                              (flares)
                      Of course it's my problem!  You're
                      my father!  You expect me not to
                      care?

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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  46   CONTINUED:  2                                                                46

                                        DR LANE
                      It's not about caring, Lois.

                                        LOIS
                      You _would_ say that.

                                        DR LANE
                      You think I don't know anything
                      about caring?

       Lois won't answer.

                                        DR LANE
                              (continuing)
                      I know you resent me -- and you                                 *
                      _should_ -- for all the times I let
                      you down.  I _meant_ to go to the
                      journalism awards; I swore to myself
                      I'd be there.  But I was working, and
                      had an idea, and had to try it out. 
                      Before I knew it, it was four a.m. 
                      Inconsiderate?  Yes.  But it didn't
                      mean I didn't care.  It was because of
                      my work.

                                        LOIS
                      Your 'work' was building machinery to
                      beat a man's brains in...

                                        DR LANE
                      Not at first.  At first I set out to
                      design and build replacement parts for
                      victims of catastrophic injury... new
                      limbs for the disfigured.  That was a _good_                    *
                      dream, Lois.  Noble.  Worth sacrificing for.

                                        LOIS
                      Sacrificing your family?

                                        DR LANE
                      You always think you'll make it up to
                      them someday.  But time gets                                    *
                      away from you, and you never do.                                *

                                        LOIS
                              (a long, silent beat)
                      Did Menken kill Allie Dinello?

                                        DR LANE
                      I've been afraid to ask myself that
                      question.
                              (beat)
                      Write your story, Lois.
                                        (MORE)

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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  46   CONTINUED:  3                                                                46

                                        DR LANE (cont'd)
                      You're a professional.  It's your
                      job.  You'll disappoint me if you
                      don't.

       HOLD on Lois... what to do.

                                                              CUT TO:


  47   INT. DR. LANE'S OFFICE - LATER THAT DAY                                      47

       Max Menken leans comfortably back in a huge leather chair.
       From his own chair behind his desk, Dr. Lane seems to be
       in a virtual state of shock.

                                        DR LANE
                      Stronger!
                              (anxiety building)
                      Max, there's no need.  The fighters
                      are winning every fight.                                        *

                                        MENKEN                                        *
                      We want 'em stronger.                                           *

                                        DR LANE                                       *
                      They're too strong as it is.                                    *

                                        MENKEN                                        *
                      We'll be the judge of that.                                     *

                                        DR LANE                                       *
                      No, _I_ will.  I didn't develop                                 *
                      these limbs to be battering rams.                               *

                                        MENKEN
                      The cash didn't hurt, neither.

                                        DR LANE
                      Every cent went back into the work.

                                        MENKEN
                      Yeah, well, now we're going into
                      mass production.  We're going to
                      turn 'em out like Detroit does
                      cars.

                                        DR LANE
                      Cars are machines, Max.

                                        MENKEN
                      Welcome to the party.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
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  47   CONTINUED:                                                                   47

                                        DR LANE
                      I want out of this.

                                        MENKEN
                      Sure, Doc.  At the end of your
                      contract.

                                        DR LANE
                      We don't have a contract.

                                        MENKEN
                      Yeah, we do.  Lifetime.

                                        DR LANE
                      Dinello have the same contract?

                                        MENKEN
                      It's a dangerous business.

                                        DR LANE
                      You killed him...

                                        MENKEN
                      Who'd you think?                                                *
                              (beat)
                      I'd hate to waste you, too.                                     *

                                                              CUT TO:


  48   EXT. STREET CORNER - DAY                                                     48

       Dr. Lane stands alone for a moment... before he is joined
       by Lois and Clark.

                                        LOIS
                      Did you get it?

       He reaches into his pocket for the microcassette recorder.

                                        DR LANE
                      It may not be enough to arrest him;
                      it'll be plenty for the boxing
                      commission.

       He plays the tape.  It's the last few moments of
       conversation from the previous scene.  He stops the tape
       recorder, hands the tape to Lois.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


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  48   CONTINUED:                                                                   48

                                        LOIS
                      I don't... know what to say.

                                        DR LANE
                      Don't _say_ anything.  Write.
                      The _whole_ story -- including the
                      one you didn't write before.

                                        CLARK                                         *
                      Sir -- do you mind if I ask you...                              *
                      how you got into this?                                          *

                                        DR LANE
                      Sports medicine is my specialty.                                *
                      When I started my work on replace-                              *
                      ment limbs, I could always find                                 *
                      volunteers among boxers... and                                  *
                      funding from the promoters.  By the                             *
                      time I realized how they were                                   *
                      abusing my work... well, frankly, I                             *
                      was afraid...                                                   *

                                        LOIS                                          *
                      Of ending up like Allie.                                        *

       He nods, smiles, touches her on her cheek.                                     *

                                        DR LANE                                       *
                      Write it, darling -- and don't                                  *
                      forget to spell my name right.                                  *

       He walks away.  A few beats.  Lois looks at Clark, then at
       her departing father, then runs after him:

                                        LOIS
                      Daddy!

       She catches up to give him a hug.  She holds on...

                                        DR LANE
                      I wonder if... it's not too late
                      to try... to make it up to you...

                                        LOIS
                      You don't have to make anything up
                      to me, Daddy.  We can just take it
                      from here.

       He kisses her, turns and goes.  Lois comes back to Clark,
       takes his arm.  They start to walk.

                                                              CUT TO:


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/18/93 - pink                      38A.    


  49   INT. DAILY PLANET - THE PIT - LATE DAY                                       49

       A pressed-for-time Perry zips through his city room.

                                        PERRY
                      Lois!  I need your piece on the
                      auto show.

                                        LOIS
                      I don't have it.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


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  49   CONTINUED:                                                                   49

       The room falls silent.  All activity ceases.  Perry stops
       on a dime and does a slow turn.

                                        PERRY
                      Don't have it?


  50   HIS POV - LOIS                                                               50

       ... holding up some pages as they come out of the printer.

                                        LOIS
                      Been working on this instead.


  51   BACK TO SCENE                                                                51

       Perry crosses to her.

                                        PERRY
                      Assignments are not optional at the
                      Daily Planet.

       She hands him the pages. During the following, his eyes
       will be drawn to their contents.

                                        PERRY
                              (continuing)
                      We write what we're assigned to
                      write.   Further... more...

       As the words sink in, elation replaces hostility.

                                        PERRY
                              (continuing)
                      Wait a minute. I knew it!  Lois                                 *
                      Lane doesn't back off a story!                                  *
                      You were just pulling my leg!                                   *
                              (quietly)
                      And you got me, too.                                            *
                              (then, to the room)                                     *
                      You all ought to be ashamed of
                      yourselves for what you were
                      thinking!

       Lois, though enjoying the reaction, clears her throat
       pointedly, then nods over to...


  52   CLARK                                                                        52

       ... standing nearby and enjoying the.show as well.


                            --page break--
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  53   BACK TO SCENE                                                                53

       He approaches Clark, extends his hand.

                                        PERRY
                      Kent, thanks for a first rate job.

                                        CLARK
                      You're welcome.
                              (produces other pages)
                      The Police Academy story, too.

                                        LOIS
                      Showoff.
                              (to Perry)
                      Perry, the fights are tonight.  If we
                      hurry, we can get this into the                                 *
                      afternoon edition!

                                        PERRY
                              (bellowing)
                      Copy!

       A copy boy dashes over.

                                        PERRY
                              (continuing)
                      Get this down there!  Tell 'em it's for
                      the front page, as much room as it
                      needs!  Wingate!  Call sales!  Tell 'em
                      I want radio spots, T.V. spots...
                      skywriting... yeah... Let Metropolis
                      know that Lane and Kent                                         *
                      are the greatest team since...                                  *
                      Woodward and Bernstein... and they                              *
                      can see for themselves in the 'The                              *
                      Daily Planet.'                                                  *

                                                              FADE OUT.

                            _END ACT THREE_



                            --page break--
                                                                               41.    

                            ACT FOUR

       FADE IN:

 53A   EXT. METROPOLIS - STREET FIGHT SITE - NIGHT                                 53A

       Unsuspecting fans arrive for what they think will be the
       greatest night of boxing ever. They crowd through the
       turnstiles, past the merchants hawking their souvenirs.

                                                              CUT TO:


  54   OMITTED                                                                     54 


  55  INT. CHALLENGER'S LOCKER - NIGHT                                             55 

       Getting taped up, shadow punching to loosen up and break a
       sweat, the Menken fighters psych themselves up for their
       big night with animal-like viciousness.

       Tommy Garrison, heavyweight challenger, moves around the
       locker room with a startling intensity, occasionally
       letting out a bloodthirsty yell.  Reaching a wall, he
       starts pounding his bare fists into it.

                                        GARRISON
                      Gonna kill him!  Gonna kill him!
                      Gonna kill him!  GONNA KILL HIM!

       ... and with a final inhuman punch, he literally smashes
       his fist through the wall.

       The room falls quiet, all the fighters stunned. Even
       Garrison is amazed, just staring at the hole for several
       moments... before a trace of the devil's own smile appears
       on his face.

                                                              CUT TO:


  56   OMITTED                                                                     56 


  57   INT. LEX LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE NIGHT                                           57 

       Lex Luthor, concerned, talks into his phone.

                                        LUTHOR
                      In this evening's Planet?  Are you
                      sure?

       He listens another moment before hanging up. He addresses
       an unseen companion.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
                                                                               42.    


  57   CONTINUED:                                                                  57 

                                        LUTHOR
                              (continuing; melancholy)
                      It's always so embarrassing to have
                      to do away with someone.  It's an
                      announcement to the world that you
                      have neither the savvy nor the
                      finesse to deal with a problem more
                      creatively.  Naturally there've
                      been times when I've had to have
                      people eliminated.  But it's always
                      saddened me.  I've always felt...
                      like I let myself down somehow.

       He sighs.

                                                              CUT TO:

  58   OMITTED                                                                     58 


 58A   EXT. METROPOLIS - STREET FIGHT SITE - NIGHT                                58A 

       Fans race to find seats close to the ring.  Paparazzi snap
       photos of ringsiders.


  59   OMITTED                                                                     59 


  60   INT. LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE - CLOSE ON DAILY PLANET NIGHT                       60 

       The headline screams: BOXING COMMISSION MEETS ON
       ROBOSCANDAL!  The paper is lowered by Lex, alarmed.  Max
       is with him.

                                        MENKEN
                      What do we do now?

                                        LUTHOR
                      Max, I know you're upset and not
                      thinking clearly... but do you
                      honestly think I'd have no plan?

                                        MENKEN
                      Sorry... what is your plan?

                                        LUTHOR
                      To not have this unpleasantness
                      find it's way to my doorstep.

                                        MENKEN
                      What about _my_ doorstep?

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
                                                                                43.   


  60   CONTINUED:                                                                   60

                                        LUTHOR
                      It's already past your doorstep
                      and into your house.
                              (pats Max's knee)
                      But don't worry.  You'll do one
                      last favor for me Max, you and
                      your fighters.  Then you'll all be
                      relocated and well compensated.

                                        MENKEN
                      What's the favor?

                                        LUTHOR
                      Dr. Lane.  Without him, there's no
                      witness, no case..

                                        MENKEN
                      He's kind of disappeared.

                                        LUTHOR
                      Wouldn't you, in light of the
                      story?  But... his daughter is
                      still accessible.  We'll use her to
                      get to him.

                                                              CUT TO:

  61                                                                                61
THRU OMITTED                                                                      THRU
  63                                                                                63


  64   EXT. METROPOLIS - STREET FIGHT SITE - NIGHT                                  64

       The RINGMASTER, tuxedo clad, holds the microphone and
       addresses the crowd:

                                        RINGMASTER
                      Ladies and gentlemen... In
                      accordance with a ruling of the
                      Commissioner's office, tonight's
                      title card is cancelled.


  65   THE CROWD                                                                    65

       begins to boo, and boo loudly. Soon, things are being
       thrown towards the ring; cups, programs, etc...

                                                              (CONTINUED)


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  65   CONTINUED:                                                                   65

                                        RINGMASTER
                      I have the further unpleasant task
                      of announcing that the five
                      challengers scheduled to appear
                      this evening have been placed on
                      indefinite suspension ... pending
                      investigation of misconduct
                      charges ...

                                                              CUT TO:


  66   INT. CHALLENGER'S LOCKER ROOM - MOMENTS LATER                                66

       The four angriest men in the history of the world exit                         *
       the room, slamming the door behind them, practically
       tearing it off it's hinges.

                                                                                      *

                                                              CUT TO:


  67                                                                                67
THRU   OMITTED                                                                    THRU
  69                                                                                69


                            --page break--
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  70   EXT. METROPOLIS - STREET FIGHT SITE - NIGHT                                  70

       The disappointed crowd has turned hostile, items being
       flung towards the ring at a constant rate... when
       suddenly...

       From the runway Tommy Garrison rushes towards the ring.

       At first, the surprised crowd quiets down a bit, not sure
       what's going on. But then, just as suddenly, the loudest
       boos we've heard so far-begin to greet the fighter.

                                        GARRISON
                      There's no man alive can hurt us!
                      We're the greatest of all time...
                      and no two-bit boxing commission or
                      a bunch of loudmouthed know-nothing
                      fans can change that!

       The booing intensifies.


  71   INT. DAILY PLANET LOBBY  - MOMENTS LATER                                     71

       Lois and Clark head for the fight outside, run into Lex
       Luthor.

       They reach Lex ' who greets them warmly, taking one of
       Lois's hands, cupping it between both his own.

                                        LUTHOR
                      I was hoping I'd run into you.                                  *

       Off Clark's suspicious look...

                                        LUTHOR
                              (continuing)
                      And I was hoping the rumors were
                      unfounded.

                                        LOIS
                      I'm afraid not.

                                        LUTHOR
                      Miss Lane -- Lois -- your father                                *
                      is a Visionary.  I have nothing but
                      contempt for those who led him down
                      this path.  That's why I came
                      today.  To find you and make this
                      pledge:  to do anything within my
                      power to help your father redirect
                      his talents to the injured and
                      handicapped.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                      45A.    


  71   CONTINUED:                                                                   71

                                        LOIS
                      I don't know what to say.

                                        MENKEN
                      Well ain't this touching.                                       *

       They all turn.


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/13/93 - goldenrod                    46.  


  72   DIFFERENT ANGLE - FEATURE MAX MENKEN                                         72

                                        LOIS
                      Menken!

                                        CLARK
                      I think somebody's looking for you,
                      Max.  Maybe... the D.A.?

       Max discreetly reveals a gun.

                                        MENKEN
                      All right, let's nobody get heroic. 
                      She's taking a ride with me.  You two
                      back off.

                                        LUTHOR
                      Haven't you caused enough trouble?

                                        MENKEN
                      I'm just warming up.                                            *

       He grabs Lois's arm.  After a last hopeless look to                            *
       Clark, then Lex, she relents.


  73   THEIR POV - LOIS, WITH MAX                                                   73

       ... as she's hustled away.


  74   CLARK AND LUTHOR                                                             74

       Clark takes off in the opposite direction.

                                        CLARK
                      I'll go for help!

       Luthor watches him, struggles to control his bemusement.


  75   EXT. ALLEY - NIGHT                                                           75

       Max guides Lois along at a brisk pace, his gun still
       discreetly pressed up against her ribs.

                                        LOIS
                      What are you going to do when he comes
                      for me?

                                        MENKEN
                      Who?

                                        LOIS
                      Superman.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/13/93 - goldenrod                    47.  


  75   CONTINUED:                                                                   75

                                        MENKEN
                      You and him close, are you?

                                        LOIS
                      Let's just say he's always there when
                      I need him.

                                        MENKEN
                      Well.  I'd say you need him now. 
                      Where is he?

                                        A FAMILIAR VOICE (O.S.)
                      A pleasure to meet you, Mr. Menken.

       Max and Lois freeze.  CAMERA PULLS BACK TO REVEAL... our
       superhero, in classic pose, legs spread, hands on hips.


  76   LOIS AND MAX                                                                 76

       ... slowly turn, Lois shooting Max an "I told you so" glare. 
       But when she turns fully toward Superman, her relief reverts
       back to alarm.

                                        LOIS
                      Superman!  Behind you!


  77   SUPERMAN                                                                     77

       The unsuspecting crime fighter turns... just in time to be
       on the receiving end of not one, but two "superhumanly"
       strong punches hurled simultaneously by two fighters, both
       landing square on the jaw.  Superman backpedals into...


  78   ANGLE - THE FIGHTERS                                                         78*

       The two Menken fighters who unleased the surprise assault
       watch with satisfaction as Superman is actually staggered.


  79   MENKEN                                                                    79   

       again grabs Lois, resumes their trek at a quicker pace.

                                        MENKEN
                      'Steel vs. Steel'... that's how I'd
                      promote it.  Too bad we can't stay and
                      watch.


  80   FIGHT SEQUENCE - CONTINUOUS                                               80   

       Superman tries shaking off the cobwebs... but before he can,
       BAM!, another supersmack from the pugilistic twosome.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                       48.    


  80   CONTINUED:                                                                   80

       Two of the Menken brawlers unleash their fierce blows,
       sending Superman reeling backwards...

       Superman recovers, pushes the fighters against a cyclone
       fence; then he rips the fence from its moorings, wraps it
       around the fighters and sends it and them spinning away
       like a top, probably into an adjacent county.

       Then Superman turns his attention to a third fighter.
       This fighter smiles and raises his hands in a gesture of
       jovial surrender and backs away... turns and runs.

       Superman looks for Garrison, HEARS him first...

                                        GARRISON (P.A.)
                      Superman!  I'm waiting for you!  I
                      want to see what makes you so
                      Super!


 80A   EXT. THE RING                                                               80A

       Garrison growls into the mic.

                                        GARRISON
                      Where do you suppose this
                      _Super_man's gone?  You don't think
                      he's _scared_, do you?  Why would
                      he be ascared of me?

                                        VOICE (O.S.)
                      He's not afraid.

                                        GARRISON
                      No?

                                        VOICE (O.S.)
                      He took care of your pals easy
                      enough!

                                        GARRISON
                      My pals ain't me.
                              (into the mic)
                      SUPERMAN!  Oh, SUP ... erman...

                                        SUPERMAN
                      Are you lookin' for me?




                                                              (CONTINUED)

                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                       49.    


 80A   CONTINUED:                                                                  80A

       Garrison spins around to find Superman standing behind him.

                                        GARRISON
                      Yeah.

       They stand face to face for a beat.

                                        SUPERMAN
                      What's your pleasure?

                                        GARRISON
                      A prize fight.  Marquis of
                      Queensbury rules?

                                        SUPERMAN
                      Of course.

       But Garrison instantly breaks those rules, unleashes his
       fury, sending Superman back... back... and finally down.

       Adrenalin flowing, Garrison raises his arms in victory. 
       The crowd greets this with an angry chorus of boos.  But
       soon, the boos fall silent and all eyes turn to our
       hero... sitting on the floor -- dazed, not hurt -- and
       manipulating his jaw.


  81   THE NEAREST FIGHT FAN...                                                     81

       A MATURE WOMAN who gets into movies half-price, leans in
       to Superman.

                                        GRANDMA
                      You hurt, Superman?

                                        SUPERMAN
                      Nah.  They just caught me off
                      guard, that's all.  What's the
                      count?

                                        GRANDMA
                      Hasn't reached ten.

                                        SUPERMAN
                      Good.

                                        GRANDMA
                              (sternly)
                      And keep your left up!

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                      49A.    


  81   CONTINUED:                                                                   81

       Superman gets to his feet.  The crowd goes nuts, offering
       cheers and other shouts of encouragement.  When Garrison
       realizes the cheers are not for him, he turns and in utter
       amazement SEES that his opponent has risen, eager for
       round two.

       Superman approaches Garrison, plants his feet and stands
       before him.  Garrison lets loose with a major punch...
       which Superman makes no attempt to block.

       When the punch lands, Garrison's eyes open wide.  Not only
       has his punch had no impact on Superman; it has rattled
       the mechanisms in his own arm.

       Garrison hits Superman again -- harder.  And again --
       harder.  And a third time.  Each punch literally hurts
       Garrison more than Superman: he looks as if all his screws
       are loose -- which they probably are.

                                        SUPERMAN
                      Something wrong?

       Superman gives him the lightest of pushes... and Garrison
       falls back, out of FRAME, into the ropes.

                                        SUPERMAN
                              (continuing)
                      Superman _weaves_ a victory.


 81A   ANGLE - GARRISON                                                            81A

       ... completely wrapped in a web of rope.

                                                              CUT TO:

  82                                                                                82
THRU   OMITTED                                                                    THRU
  85                                                                                85


  86   EXT. STREET - MOMENTS LATER                                                  86

       Menken hustles Lois out...

                                        A FAMILIAR VOICE (O.S.)
                      Unhand her!

       The command stops them.

                                        LOIS
                              (hopefully)
                      Superman?

       They turn.


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/13/93 - goldenrod                    50.  


  87   THEIR POV LEX LUTHOR                                                         87

       ... with gun raised.                                                           *

                                        LUTHOR                                        *
                      Drop the gun.                                                   *

  88   LOIS                                                                         88*

       Shocked.                                                                       *


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/13/93 - goldenrod                    51.  


  89   MENKEN                                                                       89

       More shocked... too shocked to reach... then, a look of
       realization... He points his gun.

                                        MENKEN
                      You lousy...


  90   BACK TO SCENE                                                                90

       Lex fires, a direct hit.  The evil Max Menken is dead.  A
       beat...  before a relieved, grateful Lois runs into the arms
       of the approaching Lex Luthor.

       A beat... before...


  91   SUPERMAN                                                                     91

       arrives to save Lois but is astounded to see that he is
       too late; the hero, Lex Luthor has beaten him to it.

                                        SUPERMAN
                              (to Lois)
                      Are... you... all right?

       Lois nods, turns to Lex, stares gratefully into his eyes.

                                        LOIS
                              (to Lex)
                      You saved my life.

                                        LUTHOR
                      I couldn't let any harm come to you.
                              (turns to Superman)
                      I know you can't be everywhere at
                      once, Superman.  I'm just glad one of
                      us got here on time.

       Off Superman's reaction...

                                                              CUT TO:


  92   INT. LEX LUTHOR'S PENTHOUSE - LATER THAT NIGHT                            92   

       A gritty Lex pours champagne into a _very_ wide-mouthed
       glass and celebrates with his companion.

                                        LUTHOR
                      You're wondering why I didn't
                      eliminate Max earlier.  Good
                      questions.  I knew the robotics
                      project was lost.  I knew I had to
                      lose Menken.
                                        (MORE)

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/13/93 - goldenrod                    52.  


  92   CONTINUED:                                                                   92

                                        LUTHOR (cont'd)
                      But... by waiting, by _using_ Max
                      one last time, I was able to _gain_
                      something from my losses: the
                      gratitude of Lois Lane, who now
                      owes me her life.
                              (a beat; laughs)
                      And the look on Superman's face!
                      What a delightful bonus.

       Lex fills the second wide-mouthed glass with champagne...

                                        LUTHOR
                              (continuing)
                      It was a stunning example of a
                      trait I particularly admire in
                      myself: the ability to profit even
                      from setbacks.  The night started
                      poorly, but I have to say, I took a
                      lemon and made... champagne.

       ... and places the glass on the floor for his friend, a
       handsome pit bull.


  93   INT. DAILY PLANET - PIT - (DAY #6)                                           93

       Lois and Clark watch as Perry, leaning up against the edge
       of Clark's desk, goes over their latest piece of writing.

                                        PERRY
                      Great follow-up.  By the way, Kent,
                      where were you during all this?

                                        CLARK
                      I went to get help.

       Perry doesn't acknowledge Clark's response, instead
       returning to the story.

                                        PERRY
                      No criminal charges against Dr.                                 *
                      Lane... That's good... Oh, isn't,                               *
                      this nice:  Lex Luthor has offered                              *
                      to testify as a character witness                               *
                      before the medical ethics board.                                *
                      Good for Lex...                                                 *

       Though he tries to hide it, we can tell that this Luthor
       worship is making Clark crazy.

                                                              (CONTINUED)


                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/18/93 - pink                       53.    


  93   CONTINUED:                                                                   93

                                        PERRY
                              (continuing)
                      He carries a lot of weight in the
                      community.

       Clark is dying by inches.  Perry finishes reading.

                                        PERRY
                              (continuing)
                      Well, my instinct was right.  Lane
                      and Kent are a big success. 
                      Circulation should go way up with
                      this piece.

                                        LOIS
                      I guess we're partners full time
                      now, huh?

                                        PERRY
                      Don't want to overdo it.  Only
                      when the time is right -- and only
                      special stories.

       With a smile, he hands her the pages and departs.  Clark
       drops into his chair, fuming.

                                        CLARK
                      What'd he mean, where was I?

                                        LOIS
                      You were looking for help.  Come
                      on, let's get some lunch.

                                        CLARK
                      I'm not hungry.

                                        LOIS
                      If it makes you feel any better,
                      even Superman got there too late.

       Clark winces.

                                        LOIS
                              (continuing)
                      Are you coming, or are you going to
                      stay here and sulk?

       He reluctantly gets un and slips into his jacket.  Before
       they leave Perry sticks his head out of the office.

                                        PERRY
                      Kent!  Don't forget!  It's poker
                      night.  Nine O'Clock.

                                        CLARK
                      Not tonight, got other plans.

                                                              CUT TO:

                            --page break--
   Requiem for a Superhero - (#4)    Rev. 8/17/93 - blue                       54.    


  94   INT. MENKEN GYM - A SERIES OF SHOTS - MUCH LATER                             94

       After hours.  Clark, alone in the facility, puts himself
       through the paces.

       He turns the speed bag into the SUPER speed bag, its
       rapid motion becoming merely a blur.

       Clark belts the heavy bag, knocks it off its chain, sends
       it sailing across the room, a cloud of resin left behind.

       Finished, he heads for the exit, putting his jacket on,
       picking up a jumprope.

                                        CLARK
                      Not bad for a mild mannered
                      reporter.

       He _JUMPS ROPE FAST_ and exits.

                                                              FADE OUT.

                               _END_

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L'épisode où le chef décide que Loïs et Clark travailleront désormais ensemble ... mais uniquement pour les évènements très importants ! ^^ lol [Forum Saison 1]

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