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  • General Zod: Our damnation became our salvation.


  • Lois Lane: Why are you surrendering to Zod?
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: I'm surrendering to mankind, there's a difference.
    Lois Lane: And you let them handcuff you?
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: Wouldn't be much of a surrender if I ressisted, and if it makes them feel more secure and all the better for it.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: My parents taught me to home my senses, Zod. Focus on just what I wanted to see, without your helmet, you're getting everything. And it hurts, doesn't it?!


  • Dr. Emil Hamilton: Oh my god, they're terraforming.
    Major Carrie Farris: What's that?
    Dr. Emil Hamilton: Planetary engineering modifying the Earth's atmosphere and topography.
    General Swanwick: Turning Earth into Krypton.
    Major Carrie Farris: But what happens to us?
    Dr. Emil Hamilton: Based on these readings, there won't be an 'us.'


  • General Zod: There's only one way this ends, Kal. Either you die, or I do.


  • General Zod: If you love these people so much, then you can mourn for them!


  • General Zod: If you love these people so much, then you can mourn for them!


  • Jonathan Kent: "You have to choose who the man will be, Clark.
    Jonathan Kent: You have to choose who the man will be, Clark.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: "You're a monster, Zod. And I'm going to stop you."
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: You're a monster, Zod. And I'm going to stop you.


  • General Zod: I was bred to be a warrior, Kal. Trained my entire life to master my senses. Where did you train? On a farm?


  • General Swanwick: Are you effing stupid?!
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: One of your surveillance drones.
    General Swanwick: That's a $12 million piece of hardware!
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: It was. I know you're trying to find out where I hang my cape. You won't.
    General Swanwick: Then I'll ask the obvious question: How do we know you won't one day act against America's interests.
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: I grew up in Kansas, General. It's about as American as it gets. Look, I'm here to help. But it has to be on my own terms. And you have to convince Washington of that.
    General Swanwick: Even if I were willing to try, what makes you think they'd listen?
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: I don't know, General. I guess I'll just have to trust you.


  • General Zod: I was bred to be a warrior, Kal. Trained my entire life to master my senses. Where did you train? On a farm?!
    General Zod: I was bred to be a warrior, Kal. Trained my entire life to master my senses. Where did you train? On a farm?


  • Colonel Hardy: This man is not our enemy!!!
    Colonel Hardy: This man is not our enemy!
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: Thank you general.
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: Thank you colonel.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: You were trying to find out where I hang the cape, don't worry you won't.
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: You were trying to find out where I hang the cape, you won't.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: I don't know general I guess I'll just have to trust you.


  • General Zod: Where is the Codex?
    Martha Kent: Go to hell!


  • General Zod: Your son, Lara, where have you sent him?
    Lara Lor-Van: His name is Kal, son of El. And he is forever beyond your reach.


  • Jor-El: My son is twice the man you are. He will finish what we started, I can promise you that.
    General Zod: Tell me, you have Jor-El's consciousness. But can you experience his pain? I will harvest the codec from your son's corpse, and rebuild Krypton atop his bones.


  • Jor-El: Our people can co-exist!
    General Zod: So we can suffer through years of pain trying to adapt like your son has?
    Jor-El: Your talking about genocide?
    General Zod: Yes! And I'm arguing about it with a ghost.


  • General Zod: Look at this. We could have rebuilt Krypton on this planet, but you chose the humans over us. I exist only to protect Krypton. That is the soul purpose for which I was born. And every action I take, no matter how violent or how cruel, is for the greater good of my people. And now, I have no people. My soul, that is what you have taken from me!


  • General Zod: Lara, listen to me! The Codex is Krypton's future! Abort the launch!


  • General Zod: What have you done?
    Jor-El: We've had a child, Zod. A boy child. Krypton's first natural birth in centuries, and he will be free, free to forge his own destiny.
    General Zod: Heresy! Destroy it!


  • General Zod: Your father equipped himself with great honor Kal.
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: You killed my father?
    General Zod: I did. And not a day goes by that it does not haunt me. But if I had to do it again I would. I have a duty to my people, and I will not allow anyone to prevent me from carrying it out!


  • General Zod: If you love these people so much, you can mourn for them!
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: Don't do this! Stop! Don't!
    General Zod: Never!


  • General Zod: No matter how violent, every action I take is for the greater good of my people.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: I won't betray them.
    General Zod: You already have.


  • General Zod: If you love these people so much, you can mourn for them!


  • Jor-El: goodbye my son
    Jor-El: Goodbye my son.


  • Jor-El: What are you doing Zod this is madness
    Jor-El: What are you doing Zod? This is madness!


  • Jor-El: Goodbye my son. Our hopes and dreams travel with you.


  • Faora: You will not win. For every human you save, we will kill a million more.


  • General Swanwick: What are you smiling about, Captain?
    Major Carrie Farris: Nothing Sir, It's just I think he's kinda hot.


  • Lara Lor-Van: They'll kill him.
    Jor-El: How? He'll be a god to them.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: Thank you for believing in me.
    Lois Lane: It didn't make much difference in the end.
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: It did to me.


  • Lois Lane: They say it's all downhill after the first kiss.
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: Only if you're kissing a human.
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: I think that only applies if you are kissing a human.


  • Lois Lane: Welcome to the planet.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: You think you can threaten my mother!


  • General Zod: I was bred for this! I was trained all my life to be a warrior! Where did you train, A FARM?
    General Zod: I was bred for this! I was trained all my life to be a warrior! Where did you train? A farm?


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: I grew up in Kansas, General! I'm about as American as it gets!


  • Faora: You're weak, son of El. The fact that you possess a sense of morality and we do not gives us an evolutionary advantage. And if history has proven anything, it is that evolution always wins!


  • General Zod: You have no idea how long we've been searching for you.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: Don't do this!


  • Faora-Ul: A good death is its own reward.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: Krypton had it's chance!


  • Faora: A good death is its own reward.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: The world's too big, Mom.
    Martha Kent: then make it small. Focus on my voice. Pretend it's an island out in the ocean. Can you see it?
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: I see it.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: I grew up in Kansas, you can't get more American than that.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: I'm from Kanas, I'm American as you can get..
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: I'm from Kanas, I'm American as you can get.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: My father believed that if the world found out who I really was, they'd reject me... out of fear. He was convinced that the world wasn't ready. What do you think?
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: My father believed that if the world found out who I really was, they'd reject me out of fear. He was convinced that the world wasn't ready. What do you think?


  • Lara Lor-Van: He'll be an outcast, a freak. They'll kill him.


  • Father Leone: Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith. Then the trust thing comes afterwards.


  • Faora: You will not win. For every human you save, we will kill a million more.
    Jor-El: Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith first, the trust part comes later.
    Faora-Ul: You will not win. For every human you save, we will kill a million more.
    Faora-Ul: Sometimes you have to take a leap of faith first, the trust part comes later.


  • Jonathan Kent: You just have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be, Clark. Whoever that man is, he's going to change the world.


  • Lois Lane: They say it's all downhill after the first kiss.
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: I think that only applies if you are kissing a human.


  • Jor-El: What are you doing Zod? This is madness!
    General Zod: What I should have done years ago.


  • Clark Kent/Kal-El: I won't betray them.
    General Zod: You already have.


  • General Zod: You believe your son is safe? I will find him!


  • Jor-El: I am your father Kal-El.


  • Lois Lane: Welcome to our planet.
    Lois Lane: Welcome to the planet.


  • Lois Lane: Welcome to the Daily Planet.


  • Martha Kent: What are you going to do when you are not saving the world?


  • Lois Lane: Welcome to the planet.


  • Martha Kent: Nice suit son.


  • Lois Lane: For some, he was a guardian angel. For others, a ghost, who never quite fit in.


  • Lois Lane: How do you find someone who has spent a lifetime covering his tracks?


  • Jor-El: What are you doing Zod? This is madness!
    General Zod: What I should have done years ago. These lawmakers with their endless debates, have led krypton to ruin!
    Jor-El: And if your forces prevail? You'll be the leader of nothing!
    General Zod: Then join me, help me save our race. We'll start a new, we'll sever the degenerative bloodline that led us to this state.
    Jor-El: And who will decide which bloodline survives on, you?


  • Jor-El: Every person can be a force of good.


  • Superman: It's not an S.


  • Jor-El: Every person can be a force for good, free to forge his own destiny.


  • Jor-El: You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.


  • General Swanwick: You've got our attention.


  • Superman: I can do things that other people can't.


  • Jor-El: What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended? What if a child aspired to something greater?


  • Faora: You will not win. For every human you save, we will kill a million more


  • Perry White: I just came back from Aruba... Check out my tan.
    Perry White: I just came back from Aruba. Check out my tan.


  • Superman: You're a monster, Zod, and I'm going to stop you!


  • Jonathan Kent: You are my son. But somewhere out there you have another father, and he sent you here for a reason. And even if it takes you the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is.


  • Superman: Just because you can't control me doesn't mean I' your enemy.
    Superman: Just because you can't control me doesn't mean I'm your enemy.
    Clark Kent/Kal-El: You can't control me and you never will. But that doesn't mean I'm your enemy.


  • General Zod: You think you're son is safe? I WILL FIND HIM!
    General Zod: You think your son is safe? I WILL FIND HIM!


  • Jor-El: My son is twice the man you are.
    Jor-El: My son is twice the man you were.


  • General Zod: Not matter how violent, every action I take is for the greater good of my people.
    General Zod: No matter how violent, every action I take is for the greater good of my people.


  • Superman: Why did you send me here?


  • Jor-El: That's what the symbol means...hope


  • Superman: You're a monster, Zod. And I'm gonna stop you!


  • Perry White: Can you imagine how the people on this planet would react if they knew there was someone like this out there?


  • Superman: I won't betray them!
    General Zod: You already have.


  • General Zod: My name is General Zod. I have journeyed across an ocean of stars to reach you. Your world has sheltered one of my citizens. He will look like you, but he is not one of you. To those of you who know his location, the fate of your planet rests in your hands. To Kal-El, I say this: Surrender within 24 hours, or watch this world suffer the consequences.


  • Jor-El: You can save them. You can save them all!


  • Jor-El: You can save them. You can save all of them.


  • Jor-El: You've grown stronger here than I ever could've imagined. The only way to know how strong, is to keep testing your limits.


  • Jonathan Kent: And i have to believe that you were sent here for a reason. And even if it takes the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is.


  • General Zod: I will find him!


  • Superman: My father believed if the world found out who I really was it'd reject me. He was convinced that the world wasn't ready. What do you think?


  • Jonathan Kent: I have to believe that you were sent here for a reason. And even if it takes the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is.


  • Lois Lane: What's the 'S' stand for?


  • Lara Lor-Van: He'll be an outcast. They'll kill him.
    Jor-El: How?


  • Lois Lane: How do you find someone who has spent a lifetime covering his tracks? For some, he's a guardian angel. For others, a ghost who never quite fit in.


  • Jor-El: He'll be a god to them.


  • Jor-El: Good-bye, my son. Our hopes and dreams travel to you.
    Jor-El: Good-bye, my son. Our hopes and dreams travel with you.


  • Lara Lor-Van: He'll be an outcast. They'll kill him.
    Jor-El: How?


  • General Zod: You think your son is safe? I will find him!


  • Jonathan Kent: You're the answer, son. The answer to "are we alone in the universe".
    Superman: (Young Clark Kent) Can't I just keep pretending to be your son?
    Superman: Can't I just keep pretending to be your son?
    Jonathan Kent: You are my son.


  • Superman: My father believed that if the world found who I really was, they would reject me. He was convinced that the world wasn't ready. What do you think?


  • Jonathan Kent: You're not just anyone. One day, you're going to have to make a choice. You'll have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. Whoever that man is, good character or bad, he's going to change the world.


  • Superman: There are so many questions...Where do I come from?


  • Jonathan Kent: Whoever that man is, good character or bad, he's gonna change the world
    Jonathan Kent: Whoever that man is, good character or bad, he's gonna change the world.


  • Jor-El: You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders.


  • Jor-El: What if a child dreamed of becoming something other than what society had intended? What if a child aspired to something greater?


  • Jor-El: "You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time you will help them accomplish wonders."
    Jor-El: You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you, they will stumble, they will fall. But in time, they will join you in the sun. In time you will help them accomplish wonders.


  • Jonathan Kent: It's not from this world, Clark. And neither are you.


  • Superman: My father believed that if the world found out who I really was they'd reject me out of fear. He was convinced that the world wasn't ready. What do you think?


  • Jonathan Kent: You just have to decide what type of man you want to grow up to be, Clark. Whoever that man is, good character or bad, he's going to change the world.


  • Jonathan Kent: It's not from the Earth, Clark. And neither are you.


  • Jor-El: What if child dream of becoming something other than what society intended? What if a child aspire to something greater.


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