Why do you keep acting as if he were some kind of homicidal maniac? He wanted to help people. But he went too far, and he knew it-- and he couldn't stand it. He wasn't a bad man. He was a good man...who did a bad thing. And if you can't tell the difference between the two--then what the hell are you doing here?
I'm not sorry to say that I'm sending you home empty-handed, Maelstrom. You seem like a very disturbed woman.
You need to get off Earth for a while, and not just to the Moon. You need time to clear your head. I haven't spent enough time teaching you how to use your powers and how to not rely on them, but that's going to change. I just tossed you into this life and relied on other people to train you. I'm sorry for that, but I'm going to make it up to you. I've asked Power Girl to watch Metropolis for a week while we get away.
A third Kryptonian. He-- or she-- could be lost, alone, in need of help. Or a deadly threat to Earth. We had to know. And aside from that, I wanted to know. Another survivor of my long-shattered home. Like me, like Kara...
When you're in a position of power -- sometimes it's not easy to remember what all this is for. People, problems, and ideas can get lost in the confusion of our world. Stay focused. Don't let a few bad apples spoil our American pie.
I may have been conceived out there in the endless depths of space... but I was born when the Rocket opened, on Earth, in America. I'll cherish always the memories Jor-El and Lara gave me... but only as curious mementos of a life that might have been. Krypton bred me, but it was Earth that gave me all I am. All that matters. It was Krypton that made me Superman... but it is the Earth that makes me Human!
I'm not particularly fond of Gotham. It's like someone built a nightmare out of metal and stone.
Only two miles from the Daily Planet and it might as well be another planet!
I'll tell you something about glory. A hero doesn't want it. The best day of my life will be the day the world doesn't need me anymore. But until that day comes... I'll never quit fighting for what's right.
We can learn if a beautiful woman can suffer.
As long as I breathe, I've got to give everything to protecting this city — right down to my very last spark of energy!
What you said is fundamentally true: I am, and always will be Clark Kent. The decision I made to sacrifice myself if necessary came from who I am--not what.
Inspector Sawyer. Doesn't your shift ever end?
The only thing I'm ever afraid of when I put on this suit and do my thing… is that I might not see you again.
Dreams save us. Dreams lift us up and transform us. And on my soul, I swear... until my dream of a world where dignity, honor and justice becomes the reality we all share -- I'll never stop fighting. Ever.
Welcome to Earth, Brainiac.
All of you must be crazy! How can you harbor Zod?! How can you treat him like a hero?!
You just killed an innocent man. Why should you be the judge of what Doomsday deserves?! He maybe a mass murderer-- --but the fact that you have achieved intelligence says he has the potential for change, for redemption. Nobody else dies today.
Everything they're saying ... it's true. You're guilty!
I'm holding a White Dwarf Star in my hands... It's heavy...
I thought I had to leave to find out who I was...but it turns out I only needed to learn where I came from. Because I already know who I am. I'm a man who knows the benefit of hard work and honesty. A man who knows the difference between right and wrong. A man who can help people all over the world. I'm Clark Kent.
Hello, Arthur. I think we should talk.
It is your true nature to cover up your grief and hide any shame or fear you might feel behind your mask. And it's in your true nature to refuse help, and to work through your own doubts.
You were right. I didn't understand. They're not ready.
I don't know what happened to make your world so tragically different from mine and right now, I don't care. People I care about are in danger and I will move heaven and earth alike to keep them safe!
Phantom armies clash on the battlefields of limbo. This strange, last outpost of existence. The forgotten versus the yet to be. Like some half-remembered dream. All the rules of existence are being broken. The time has come for each of us to face the apocalypse in his own way. Lois. Hold on.
I'm wondering the same thing...how are you shielding yourself? There's weakness against yellow in all Green Lantern rings. For that matter, Mongul's pigmentation is yellow. You shouldn't be able to affect him either.
Who is responsible for all of these amazing rescues? It could be no one else but — IMPULSE!! The greatest Justice Leaguer of all time!!
I asked for one small corner to be left, a length of moonbase wall that threatened no one. I was smiled at, darkly. But indulged. And it's here that I come when I offer a prayer...to the lord for the soul of a killer.
IMPERIEX! If you want war — I'll give you WAR!
"Superheroes" who don't mind killing to achieve their ends can be dangerous in the wrong hands ... these "no-nonsense" solutions of yours just don't hold water in a complex world of jet-powered apes and time travel.
The Secret Society didn't endanger the people we love. We did. The minute we chose to spend our lives fighting for justice, we made targets out of everyone we love. And now we want to make the Society pay for the choices we've made? I don't think so. I vote no.
War? Then you're up against the wrong army. Send a message back to your masters if you can. Tell them that if we have to stand guard around the clock against you and your ilk...the JLA will not cede Gotham. You think you're everywhere? Well...we are too.
I doubt it. He just outgruffed Aquaman.
The Justice League is an organic thing. It exists to cope with the ever-changing face of terror besieging the Earth... And in that way, it too, must sometimes evolve.
I think I was wrong about the people of this world. They can't live together in peace... So how can outsiders like us possibly help them?
Excuse me. Are you spying on my wife?
I can do many things but I can't protect you from yourselves. You have to believe in the good. You have to make sure you don't surrender your freedoms for security. You can't only hope for a better tomorrow, you have to work for it. I'll be there to help, but that better world is up to you.
I've got a little speech that I give to newly-arrived vigilantes. Contrary to popular belief, I'm not omniscient. I'm a busy guy, and I can't always give the street's the attention it needs. So, I can use the help. But I require in all instances that laws are obeyed and civil rights are observed. Anything less, and you'll be on the next train out. It's that simple.
We're going to finish this. Once and for all. You're different now. You can think for yourself. So think about this. Before, you were a mindless thing. Nothing could hurt you. You couldn't feel pain. Much less understand it. But, once you have felt it -- it changes you forever. And you'll begin to understand something new. Fear. I've lived with it all my life. You don't want to die again, do you? The agony of what's happened to you affects your speed -- your strength -- and that little bit of doubt -- that you cannot win today -- grows. You understand now, don't you? You will never hurt me again. You will never kill me again. NEVER AGAIN!
You realize, of course, that the only way to clear your name...is to claim that your smear campaign against the JLA was also part of that "alien agenda." In other words...you yourself will restore our damaged reputations. Thanks, Lex!
What I think--? I think it's time people stopped worrying about what I think. John--I'm just a man. I'm honored that a brave and noble man like you would want to wear my emblem. I appreciated your concern over my reaction--but it was misplaced. And, since you asked my opinion--I think you took it off for all the wrong reasons.
This is Kara Zor-El... my cousin from Krypton.
When I saw Doomsday alive-- I felt the fear. Did part of me want him to escape? No! That can't be true! I wanted to nail him here-- on Apokalips! Now he's gone... but where? And what if he's on Earth?
Add it to my bill, you diseased maniac.
Flex and morph reality all you like I'm no robot! I can adapt! I'll keep coming for you, Dominus. From now to Kingdom Come! The only true reality here is that you have no chance of getting away from me this time not even one in a million!
I will never bow to your lunacy! I will never give in to a world so mindlessly cruel!
We'll love you forever, Dana... Till death... do... us... part....
Long ago, I thought that mankind could take care of itself -- That it would resent Superman if he took too much control! But the pettiness and greed of man has proven that approach was dead wrong! Earth needs a babysitter, Lana!
To my friends and colleagues, I'm just a farm boy in the big city, trying to make his mark. To the rest of Metropolis, I've become a protector. A symbol of hope. Me? I just hope I don't screw up. It's been about two months now since I've started what Ma calls my "good work." Most of the time I get to help people in need. A week ago I was able to save a few hundred passengers in a crashing jet. They all think I'm indestructible. I wish that I were so sure. I've withstood bursting shells, thousands of volts of electricity, raging fires and countless other vicious acts of man and nature. I appear to be invulnerable. But am I? Or is it just a matter of time before I find the thing that can kill me? They think I'm fearless. But each new cataclysm gives me one sharp instant of mortal fear. Will this kill me? Am I dying right now?
What would you do? You have a date with a woman you're madly in love with. But if you go on that date, a village full of innocent people will die a horrible death. Could you live with making that choice?
There's too much here in Metropolis for me to leave it forever.
Well, maybe now Leslie will have a chance to find out. A second chance. That's what America is about, really. That's the American way. Life, liberty, the pursuit of happiness-- and second chances. None of us are forced into being anything we don't want to be. When I was young, I knew that I would be someone different when I grew up. I would leave home and make a new life for myself. A new start, a second chance. When I first went to Metropolis, it was filled with people who'd done the same thing. People from all over America-- from all over the world-- who went to the city to live the lives they wanted, to be the people they wanted to be. That's the idea America that was founded on, but it's not just for people born here. It's for everyone. And it's for people like me and Livewire, too.
Should we survive this, our path is clear. On an individual basis, we may wish to exist as we do. But for Lois' sake--
I think about my life, about my loves, about my home, about my fight and about you…I will always be there to save you. Because I am Superman. Believe that, until the end. The end. I wonder, when it comes….who will save me?
What I must do now is harder than anything I have ever done before. But as the last representative of law and justice on this world, it falls to me to act as judge, jury... and executioner.
Let this spire, built from the very engine that once stood here, serve as a tribute to their memory--and as a reminder to us that our kind shall always be needed. I swear, as long as I'm alive, there will be no more Coast Cities!
The world needs to see again that there's a Superman looking out for them. You may not be here in body, but I know you are in spirit ... the colors will fly.
Around here the only one making lists is Santa Claus!
You're Supermen and Superwomen. We're all created equal, because we want to help, and nothing will ever destroy that as long as there's one person left taking a breath with an 'S' on their chest.
My political beliefs are a private matter, and will remain so. As for Etrigan, his appeal is aimed at what is lowest in each of us. Seldom are the demons who vex us so obvious. Usually, it takes careful study to reveal them.
I may have been conceived out there in the endless depths of space... but I was born when the rocket opened, on Earth, in America. I'll cherish always the memories Jor-El and Lara gave me... but only as curious mementos of a life that might have been. Krypton bred me, but it was Earth that gave me all I am. All that matters. It was Krypton that made me Superman... but it is the Earth that makes me Human!
I know how it feels... to remember a different world.
Stars aren't measured by how long they burn, Lar... but by how brightly. You've already accomplished more than a hundred men in a hundred lifetimes. If there's any consolation to be found... it's in that.
So, uh, what do you think we should do? Team-up?
So this is Trumadishu? I believe I flew relief supplies here a few years ago, during one of the juntas.
Be at peace, Cleric... I won't fail you! As the stars are my witness, I will champion life over death for the rest of my days!
So much activity. So much life. So much to see. Kids. Everyday People. The natural green beauty of Metro Park. The hustle and bustle of progress. Soak it all in, Clark, ol' buddy... because this is where you definitely belong.
Sometimes, I admit, I think of Bruce as a man in a costume. Then, with some gadget from his Utility Belt, he reminds me that he has an extraordinarily inventive mind. And how lucky I am to be able to call on him.
To use your analogy, Lois, a time comes when individuals have to leave the "family" to strike out on their own. If you set aside your emotions, you'd see how logilal this is for me. Now excuse me, I've got to go tell Perry.
As I shed my earthly trappings, the masquerade of Superman shall end as well. I am simply Kal-El... The last son of Krypton.
Krypton will live on through me... But only under my terms!
You're just a regular guy. No powers, no super-strength, no invulnerability. I know you must have good reasons for doing what you do... But I'd think twice about charging into a nasty situation if I stood a good chance of coming out of it with battle scars.
You know, there are many who still think that the Batman is a psychotic vigilante, no better than the vermin he hunts down. I think they're wrong. I think the Batman is simply a very sane man who tries to bring justice to an often insane world. We are very different, you and I-- but I like to think that we're working for a similar cause.
I don't think I'd want anyone to have that much power. I'm afraid he'd be tempted to misuse it. He does make mistakes, you know.
And don't think it's easy being Superman, Kelley. It's a struggle to live up to everyone's expectations!
Fire that ring one more time and you'll be wearing it in your nose!
You've disrupted a living world -- my world -- trying to recreate a dead planet. Your logic was faulty, Eradicator! You sought to preserve Krypton's heritage, but I am all that is left of it! I am Krypton's last true son... my life is its final chapter!
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