Smallville (2001–2011): Season 10, Episode 21 - Finale - full transcript

In Smallville's two-part series finale, Clark and Lois are getting ready for their wedding but not before Lois gets her "superhero's wife" cold feet. Meanwhile Oliver - secretly taken over by the darkness - plots with the unholy trinity to get Clark out of the way - but not everything goes as he planned. Lionel tries to resurrect Lex who is in need of a heart. Clark consults Jor-El for one last time. Jor-El shows Clark who he was and who he has become now, in order to get him ready to take flight and save the world from annihilation and the darkness' control; his final trial to become the world's ultimate hero: Superman.

Previously on Smallville:

We didn't find him, he found us.

I could've swore I hit you.

- So, what are you? Man or superman?
- I haven't figured it out yet.

You are the last son of Krypton.

- What are you trying to say?
- I'm from another planet?

I don't know how I'm supposed to be
the man he wanted without him here.

- Who are you?
- Lois Lane.

I've seen how you look at each other.

Lois and Clark would be great together.

I'm the newest recruit
to the Daily Planet.

To me you're more than just a hero.
You're a superhero.

I am the villain of the story.

Lionel's here.

I'm not the Lionel you knew.

- Lex is dead.
- That is a lie.

You're all engineered from Lex's DNA.

When I sent the Kandorians away,
I opened a door for something else... come to Earth. It preys upon
the dark side we already have.

Now our unholy trinity is complete...

...preparing the way for Lord Darkseid.

You won't remember any of this.

The Omega's a sign of corruption.
A mark that the darkness has taken over.

- What if one of us were to get infected?
- If we can't stop it...

...the darkness will infect
every person on this planet.

- Gold meteor rock.
- It could take away his powers.

You could be the greatest hero
the world's known.

Not according to Jor-El.

- Prove him wrong.
- You may not see me as a hero...

...but the rest of the world does,
and I decide my fate!

Your journey is far from over.

Goodbye, Jor-El.

And now, the series finale of Smallville.

"This is the story of an amazing boy
who grew up in the fields of Kansas... a little town called Smallville.

When he became a man, he believed
the only way to seize his destiny...

...was to turn his back
on both his parents...

...and refuse to see the darkness
descending on Earth.

But all that was about to change.

He was about to face
his greatest challenge."

Some people take time off
when it's their wedding day.

There is no wedding. Don't pretend
you didn't hear what I said last night.

And you're one to talk.
That blue underoo...

...sticking out of your collar means
you're on the job too.

I was keeping busy.
I didn't wanna crowd you.

You know, you haven't called
in eight hours.

Usually you figure things out
when I give you some space.

Or you can just keep avoiding me.

I'm not avoiding you.
I have work to do.

The president just arrived
for a fundraiser... a huge stack of police reports
just came in.

And I have to call all the guests...

...and let them know
that the big day has been cancelled.

Nice try, speedy.

But you can't make 411 disappear.

Your Copperfield act is impressive...

...but it won't change my mind.

Go out there and save the day.

Wherever it needs saving.

Lois, there's a team of heroes out there
protecting the world.

So we can get married.

You really don't see it, do you?

You're a hero
and that's how it should be.

You've gotten so used to the fact
that you know you're gonna be able... fix everything
and make everything right...

...that you cut out any possibility that
there are some things that you just...

You can't fix.

We don't need fixing.

We don't.

But we are in an impossible situation.

One that you can't super-speed...

...or super-hear
or super-leap your way out of.

Clark, every minute
that you spend with me...

...having dinner,
arguing about paint colors...

...arguing about whether or not
to get married... could be out there
saving someone.

Lois, this is my future,
and I want you to be a part of it.

Yeah, well,
maybe we don't get what we want.

I'm just in your way.

You're not in my way, Lois.

You're by my side.

If you really wanna cancel
the wedding...'re gonna have to leave me
standing at the altar.

Who knew tying the knot
was so much work?

You gotta remind me to thank Zatanna
for making our nuptials so hassle-free.

I would've liked to have remembered
some details of our wedding.

Considering the details of that night,
all I really need is a marriage license.

- You know, I was wondering if you...
- I was gonna ask you...

- Sorry, you can go...
- You should go first.

Go ahead.

If Zatanna hadn't put you under that spell,
would you still have, um...?

Gone through with it.

Yeah. It's the best decision
I don't remember making.

- What about you?
- Ditto.

So, what are we supposed to do now
anyway? Buy a condo and a Cuisinart?

"Supposed to do" has never been
a part of our unique relationship.

We've always made up our way
of doing things.


Including making our big day
the quietest nonevent of all time.

You know, we may be trumped
in the nonevent category... Lois and Clark.
She hasn't called back.

I phoned, texted and e-mailed her,
but it's all quiet on the wedding front.

It's the matron of honor's duty
to get the bride to the altar on time.

So you may wanna reel her in.

My best man duties
are all taken care of. I, uh...

- I picked these up this morning.
- Aw.

- Simple and classic.
- Yeah.

Now get the mice and the pumpkin
over to Cinderella's...

...and get her to the church on time.

I see you're living up
to your Luthor name.

Last heir to the dark dynasty.

I'm rebuilding this mansion
to make it a symbol for something good.

To change the way that people see us
and the Luthor legacy.

Why are you here?

I shouldn't be here,
but I couldn't help myself.

Look at you.

All grown up.

I always wanted to be there for you,
a loving mother.

You were never my mother.

You were special.

Every soul on Earth
charts its own destiny...

...each decision tipping it
toward the light or toward the darkness.

I could always tell
which side of the balance... girls would fall to.

But you were different.

You were born to darkness
yet you yearned for the light.

Being a Luthor
doesn't determine my fate.

Then you must listen to me.
I can't bear to see you suffer.

I want to give your soul eternal life.
Please, Lutessa, let me save you.


From what?

Darkseid's Apokolips.

Evil in its purest form...

...the heart of human nature
obscured over time... something to be cast away
rather than embraced.

Hades, Kali, even the word Lucifer
is an old Latin phrase...

...meaning morning star,
bringer of light.

I'm afraid the centuries and translations
have twisted Darkseid's true gifts.

But before the end of days...

...his rapture
will be the only salvation.

I will never join you.

Farewell, my child.

Bless your soul.



I mean, what do you mean? When?
When is this hell coming?

It's not coming, Lutessa.

It's upon us.

Mom. I thought you were staying
at the bed and breakfast.

I thought I was coming back
to a home...

...that you and Lois
were building together.

We are in Metropolis.

I hope. I sent you a message.
We close escrow in a few days.

Clark, I think you misunderstood
when I sent you the deed.

This is our home.

We've already accepted the offer.
You're in the middle of a campaign.

Just because I'm moving ahead
with my life...

...doesn't mean I'm letting go
of everything that came before.

That was a hard lesson to learn.

Is this about Dad?

I know it's been tough since he died
being the one left behind...

That's just it.

I was never left behind.

No matter where I am...

...or who I'm choosing to bring
into my life...

...your father is always with me.

And he's with you.

If you just allow yourself to see him.

I did.

Last year.

I thought I was talking to him.

But I realized it was just an excuse
for me not to face my future.

Just like I was waiting for Jor-El
to show me the way.

I had to move on.

I'm so proud
of the man you've become.

But why bring up Dad today
of all days?

Because this is a day
to celebrate the next step... the journey you're on.
And everyone who's been a part of it.

And you don't think I'm doing that?

you're so focused on what's ahead...'re starting to cut out the parts
of your past that made you who you are.


I can't begin to imagine the pain you
see every day when you're out there.

I know you have to put blinders on
to cope with your responsibilities.

But if you turn your back
on all the experiences...

...that made you strong
and compassionate because they hurt...

...I'm afraid that one day
everything you learned in Smallville...

...will have been for nothing.

- I'm never gonna let that happen.
- You already are and you don't see it.


...all I'm saying
is you don't have to let go of the past... move on.

Yes, you do, Mom, I'm sorry.

I love you, but you have to find a way
to put all this behind you just like I did.

It's the only way to move on.

Come on, people,
Air Force One landed an hour ago.

They haven't left the hangar.
This newshound smells a story.

Give me something
I can sink my teeth into.

- No, no and no.
- Look, I know you have a laundry list...

...of reasons not to get married,
but you'll never see the big picture...

...if you get stuck on spin cycle.

There's no Chloe quip
that's gonna make me change my mind.

Clark can hear cries for help.
He's duty-bound to answer the call.

- I won't stand in his way.
- He can't listen all the time.

He's not God. He can't be aware
of every bird or blade of grass, okay?

He's a man.
And sometimes he needs to not listen.

He needs to rest, to love, to laugh.

And when he finally does decide
to take to the skies...

...he's gonna need you to ground him.

But that's what I'm afraid of.

I'm grounding him...

...keeping him
from soaring to new heights.

No, Lois.

That is so not what he thinks.

But since you're not gonna meet him
at the altar... should hear that
in his own words.

I, Clark Kent, take you, Lois Lane,
to be my companion.


And with you by my side,
I will never be alone.

The world sees a strong
and independent woman.

I've never known someone
with such gentle grace...

...and more pure heart.

When I've been lost...'ve always been there
to bring me back.

So on this day, at this moment...

...I pledge the rest of my life to you.

You've always believed in me.

And I believe in you.

And when you believe in someone,
it's not for a minute...

...or just for now.

It's forever.

I'm such an idiot.

access satellite Chloe 2.

- Satellite Chloe 2.
- Access unavailable. Not online.

What the hell is going on?

The satellite
was programmed to disconnect.

We don't have our eye in the sky.
Who gave that command?

I'm sorry, Ms. Mercer... do not have the proper
security clearance.

Link me to Queen Industries' satellite.

All Queen Industries'
satellites are off-line and inaccessible.

- How is that possible?
- Program command to disconnect...

...came from Watchtower base
at 1242 hours.

Bring up security footage
from that time.



What did you do?

Code log display.

Can you access
Watchtower's orbiter's video feed?

has put the new space station online...

...per your request.

Thank God for our favorite Martian.

show me what's out there.

Switching video feed.

I've done what you asked.

They won't know
Apokolips is coming.

Our dark lord will be pleased.

Now we ask one final mission of you.

To protect the souls we've saved.

This will disarm the bringer of light.

The one who threatens to vanquish
the darkness.

I never wanted to say goodbye.

Then don't.

I thought I had it all figured out.

How to move on.

And bury my guilt, my insecurities,
my questions...

I'm so close.

I know who I'll become, I've seen it.

Lois thinks I should let her go.

Mom says I should hold on to you.

You don't need to hold on to somebody,
Clark, if they're already in your heart.

I just can't keep leaning on you.

On Jor-El.
I need to stand alone, you know?

It's better that way.

You mean it's easier that way.

It's just that I've missed you so much.

Then let me be there for you, Clark.

And don't push your mother away.

We're a part of you.

It's like I'm on a cliff,
standing on the edge.

Where I'm looking
is beyond where you've been before.

It's beyond
where Jor-El has ever been before.

As much as I value
everything you've given me...

...I need to go beyond where
either of you can guide me anymore.

To be the hero
that the world needs me to be.

Why is it that the biggest events
are always the most painful?

You know, Clark, when I graduated
from Excelsior, it was, uh...

It was one of the most important days
of my life, but...

I don't remember
any of the speeches that were given.

I don't remember getting my diploma.
I just, uh...

I remember my parents
not being there.

I know what you're trying to say.
I'm not here to mourn my father's death.

I already did that.

I put it behind me.

If by putting it behind you, you mean
saying sayonara to your ice dad...

...selling the farm,
hanging in a cemetery...

...instead of being in a church
wearing a starched suit.

What if Lois was right?
What if this is all wrong?

My training, Smallville,
the farm, my memories.

What if it was all just a crutch?

I don't think taking a scalpel
to your past is gonna turn you...

...into the caped skywalker of your future.
- I thought Lois was my future.

I thought she was my new life,
my destiny.

What if she's part of the memories
I need to leave behind?

What if heroes aren't destined
to love?

I've been down this road before.
Know where it landed me?

Burning a perfectly good
leather hoodie.

I was on the edge. It took a good friend
to remind me who I was.

- Push me toward who I could become.
- That's the thing, Oliver.

No one can push me
or lead me anywhere.

My whole life,
I've been trying to fit into two worlds.

And the truth is
I don't belong to either one of them.

I need to make my own path.

Maybe that means letting go
of both worlds.

Maybe it means letting go of Lois.




Careful there.

It's bad luck to peek at the bride
before you get to the altar.

you saw me this morning...

...but the rules only apply
when the wedding is on.


Lois, I thought you called off
the wedding.

Don't have a cow, farm boy.

But I read your vows.

And I know
that that is against the rules...

...but a little birdie bridesmaid
gave it to me...

...and they were beautiful. And I realized
that I was a fool because I was...

What we have is a gift
and I was trying to return it...

...when we're a perfect fit.

So here's my vows.

Now we're even.

Lois, sometimes you can see things
that I can't.

And you walked away
because you couldn't bring yourself... stand in the way of my destiny.

Well, here's the thing about that.

I can be loud.

And at times, I'm a little bossy.

So someone might wonder
why a person of your god-like caliber...

...would be with a woman
who is so imperfect.

Well, don't take this the wrong way,
but you come with baggage of your own.

And it's made me a better person.

Just like being with me will make you
a greater man and a superhero.

I hope.


...what if you were right?

With your family not being here
and the doubts that you had yesterday.

Maybe the stars aren't aligned.

It's a buzzkill that the chief of staff
whisked Daddy and Wayne... some hush-hush meeting,
but I'm a big girl.

I can walk myself down the aisle.

As my mom always said...

...the ones you love
are always with you.

Right now, my dad would say I should've
laid out all my clothes the night before... that I wouldn't be whirling around
like a dervish.

And Mom?

She's reminding me
that I need to breathe...

...and take in every moment,
so that I can remember them forever.

What would your dad say, Clark?

I'm not sure he would say anything,

It's just kind of the way it was
with my dad.

I always knew exactly
what he was thinking.

Clark, what did you mean...

...about the stars not aligning?

I wanted these vows to be perfect.

But perfection is a hard thing
to get your hands on.

But life is meant to be a little messy.

And when it comes to love, I think it's
like my dad always said about the Army.

You only sign up if it's the only thing
you can ever imagine doing.

And, Clark, I cannot imagine...

...spending a moment of my life
without you.

So I promise thatl will always have
your back as you will always have mine.

You're my best friend, you're my home.
And you are my true love.

And I am yours and will be forever.


I'm here.

I'll see you at the chapel.


See you there.

I hope one of you gets this.

Uh, because of the interference...

...I don't know if my calls
are going through, but...

What the hell?

Oh, God.

- Everything okay, Smallville?
- Perfect.

It's perfect.

I wanted these vows to be perfect.

But perfection is a hard thing
to get your hands on.

But life is meant to be a little messy.

When it comes to love, I think it's like
my dad always said about the Army.

You only sign up if it's the only thing
you can ever imagine doing.

- I, Clark Kent, take you,
- Lois Lane, to be my companion forever.

With you by my side,
I will never be alone.

You're my best friend, you're my home.

And you're my true love.

And I am yours and will be forever.

On this day, at this moment...

...I pledge the rest of my life to you.

You've always believed in me...

...and I believe in you.

And when you believe in someone,
it's not for a minute.

Or just for now.

It's forever.


- Oliver, what are you do...?
- Chloe, be careful.

- Get everybody out.
- Everybody exit the chapel.

- Go.
- Please. Hurry please. Quickly.

- Surrender to darkness.
- Never.

- Clark!
- No! Lois!

Oliver. This isn't you.

Don't let it take you over.

Oliver, listen to me.

- You need to fight it.
- You're too late.

There's no saving you.

That's not true.

You haven't always made
the right choices.

You once gave up on yourself
and those around you.

I'm not giving up on you, Oliver.

You have a good heart.
Let it guide you.

You and I,
we have to save the world together.

I need you to be a hero.

I know you'll make the right choice.

You know Gold Kryptonite
will take away my powers forever.

Listen, I believe in you.

Everything's okay now.

No, it's not.

The world is gonna need its heroes
sooner than we thought.

Across the globe,
crowds are gathering on the streets... witness
the strange atmospheric changes.

Cell phone reception
was going down...

...while Tess was leaving this message.
- Play that again.

I was trying to
warn you. Watchtower is compromised.

Prophets are at the center of this.

According to the journals,
Apokolips is an actual planet.

It's coming.

The eclipse, Darkseid is behind it.

Must be why he tried to get Oliver
to put the ring on me.

He knows I would've tried to stop him.
We need to find Tess.

It sounds like she may know a way
to defeat the darkness.

Thank you, general. The Joint Chiefs
of Staff and the Defense Department...

...aren't speaking until
the president makes a statement.

If the Pentagon's not stepping up,
I'll call every available agent.

- Something tells me we'll need them all.
- We're gonna need a bigger team.

If Watchtower is down, I gotta go
to Star City to access my database.

- Then I'm going with you.
- No, I got this.

Your talents are better used here.

We gotta figure out what happened
with Watchtower.

See you in the funny pages.


I'd feel better
if you let me be your chauffeur.


You need to do what you do best.

Be a hero.

You too, Sullivan.


I knew you'd see me again.

When you were ready.

I made a mistake, Dad.

I thought I had to leave you behind.

But you and Mom...

...everyone I care about
that makes this world worth saving.

But you're worried
you're gonna fail this time.

I know you're scared, son.

I faced Darkseid before.

He knows my weakness.
He almost defeated me.

I need your help.

But, son, he never saw the man
who's standing before me now.

Clark Kent... much as your mother and I
tried to protect you from your origins...

...tried to prepare you
to face any challenge...

I'm sorry, son, but our guidance
just isn't enough anymore.

You're gonna have to let Jor-El
guide you from here on out.

I can't, Dad.

I turned my back on him
like I did you.

He's your father.

He'll understand.

Don't doubt yourself, Clark.

This has been coming for a long time.

Before you arrived...

...we wanted a child so badly.

The day you found us in that field... were the miracle we prayed for.

Now the world needs
that same miracle.

Son...'s time.

Thank you.

It's good to have you back.

- I should have guessed it would be you.
- No, no, no, no, no.

Don't beat yourself up, Tess.

I've been watching you very closely.

I'm impressed.

I must admit...

...I underestimated you.

It's a little late, huh?

It's not time
for a father-daughter chat.

There's literally a planet hurtling
toward Earth.

Do I catch the tiniest hint of a doubt?

Are you worried that your savior in red
might not prevail?

- He needs me.
- Wrong.

He needs no one.
I've seen what he's capable of.

Yeah, it's ironic, I'm the only one
who seems to believe in him, isn't it?

Don't question
where my allegiance lies.

It's time you embrace your lineage,

Time to become the Luthor
you were destined to be.

Why did you bring me here?

My son, Lex...

...your brother, a genius...

...carried on with the family business.

As you know...

...Lex cloned himself.

There were many clones.

None of them were perfect,
but some of the pieces were.



Lex took the best pieces
and grafted them into a masterwork.

- I don't believe you.
- Of course you don't.

Lex is a visionary. You're not.

Where is he, then?

He'll reveal himself when he's ready.

It's not possible.

Yeah, well, there is one thing Lex
wasn't able to duplicate successfully.

Lex is missing a heart.

And who better to save him
than the sister who loves him?

Luthors are survivors.

You are one of us, my dear.

It's all right.

When the day is done,
I will see the Luthor name resurrected...

...more powerful than ever.


According to the journals,
the Apokolips is a planet.

And it's coming.

What the hell? Oh, my God!





Tess, Tess.

You must see that you were the cause
of your own undoing.

He's your brother.
Don't you understand?

I thought Conner's heart
would have been a more poetic choice.

You've hidden him so cleverly,
there's no alternative.

Lex is worth killing
your own daughter?

Lex is worth everything to me.

Finally... will serve an important purpose
in my life.

Looks like my purpose in your life
has changed.



You refused me once...

...but this may be the moment
when you'll reconsider my offer.

I never intended to live forever.

There's only one life I care about.

Let my son live.

In exchange for your soul.


Satellite and Internet went down
15 minutes ago.

- Tess?
- Only her abandoned car.

On her way to Smallville to warn us.

I think with that planet hurtling
toward Earth, everyone got the warning.


You think those three prophets
took Tess?

She left her cell phone under the car seat
with a video message for us to find.

One of us with X-ray vision, maybe.

My fellow Americans...

...White House scientific advisers
have assured me...

...that the eclipse you are all undoubtedly
seeing is caused by a meteor.

We know
prophets use people's darkness... mark with an Omega.
What we don't know is why.

And Tess quoted one of the prophecies as
saying the markings weren't just spiritual.

There's a sort of anti-life dark force
that could bring about the Apokolips.

You mean bringing a giant planet
crashing into ours?

Exactly like that.

Maybe the marking has some
unexplainable gravitational pull.

Too bad anti-life equations
aren't covered in Physics 101.

I need to figure out a way
to lift the darkness.

Break whatever's binding these people
to that planet.

Today definitely tops
Chloe's wall of weird.

Exactly how many people
are marked?

More than you wanna know.

Clark, you inspired the darkness
out of Oliver.

I can't do that for everyone, Lois.

If Tess knows how to stop this,
I need to find her.

Got a shot
of her car's parking camera...

...and the license plate
of whoever took her.

Our database shows
it's registered to...

- A company called Preclox?
- Yeah.

It was founded only six weeks ago.

According to their bank records,
they have limitless funds.

Genetic research.

I only know of one mega-mogul who's
obsessed with genetic engineering.

Lionel Luthor.

Who knows he's being tracked
by Tess Mercer.

Yeah, but the GPS went down
with the satellites.

This should tell us where he was
15 minutes ago.

Lois, that's the Luthor mansion.

But that place burned to the ground.

Maybe what Lionel's after
is underground.

The Luthor mansion was built
on a labyrinth of corridors underneath it.

Lois, no matter what happens...

Clark, a person that I greatly admire
once told me...

...that when you believe in someone,
it's not for a few minutes or sometimes...

...or just for now. It is forever.

Now go save the world.

I'll be fine.

I call on each and every one of you... stand strong
in the moments to come.

Our military has a precision plan
to take care of the meteor fragments.

We will take swift action
in securing the world's safety.

A general doesn't miss his daughter's
wedding unless called to duty.

Oh, my God.

Excuse me.

Janet, you're covering
the president's visit, right?

Look, I need you to get a message
to him for me.


Look, I grew up in the military.

That speech has buzz words.
"Precision plan," "swift action."

They're gonna nuke that thing.

Only that thing isn't the little meteor
that'll break apart like they think it is.

It's a planet
and it won't even make a dent.

But the radioactive fallout
of this missile, it'll kill millions.

Take it to the Inquisitor.

I've got a plane to catch
with the president.

Okay, well, then you tell him
that he can't press the proverbial button.

Why not?

The Blur will save us
before it comes to that.

The Blur? Oh, my God, Lois.

If you think the president,
his military advisers or anyone... ever gonna take you seriously...?

I'm sorry. I wouldn't have had to do that
if the world wasn't in jeopardy...

...and you weren't such a bitch.

Hello, Clark.

Can't say I love what you've done
with the place.


You still say it the same way:


...mixed with a hint of dread,
yet with a hopeful finish.

You're alive.

It seems my father had a...

A change of heart.

And I got a second chance at life.

Where's Tess?

What have you done with her?

She's fine.

I wouldn't worry so much
about my dear little sister.

You know, I used to think it was our
families that made us who we are.

Then I hoped it was our friends.

But if you look at history...

...the great men and women of
the world have always been defined... their enemies.

You have a second chance.

You can change all that.

But that's the thing about memories... can't forget them.

Like how you were always
that one step ahead of me, Clark.

No matter how meticulously
I prepared... matter how strategic I was.
If only I'd known I never stood a chance.

It wasn't a competition.

Of course it wasn't.

You were born to be the chosen one.

You're simply better than us.

And that always killed you.


No, what killed me... that you didn't even want it.

You fought it. You hid from it.

I would have taken it...

...and relished it, embraced it.

My destiny wasn't yours to take.

I get that now.

Which is why
I finally embraced my own.

You and I...

...we will both be great men...

...because of each other.

We have a destiny together, Clark.

Only on different sides.

And I'll always be there to stop you.


Oh, I'm counting on it.

Our story hasn't been written yet,

And every villain
is only as great as his hero.

But, you see, that all relies on you
saving us from the coming apocalypse.

You know about Darkseid?

You really think I just read
the CliffsNotes of the Veritas journals?

They foretold of a chosen savior...

...the light that will inspire this world
out of darkness.

You're the light, Clark.

Only you hold the power within you.

I'm not so sure that Clark Kent
can save the entire world on his own.

He can't.

But we both know who can.

I'm sorry I couldn't save you, Lex.

Activate computer monitors.

Monitors on.

Systems online.

The day of judgment is upon us.

We've saved the willing souls...

...from the coming apocalypse
to serve the dark lord.

Our work is done.

You can say that again.

Your mark has been lifted.

That's impossible.

Yeah, I got this friend:

Leather jacket,
blurs faster than a speeding bullet.

He's pretty good at impossible.

You were so close
to experiencing the rapture...

...known only to those
who will be serving our lord...

...for eternity
while all the others perish.

Do you really think you possess...

...the power to vanquish our lord
from the souls of those he saved?


But I got friends in high places.

You're not authorized to go in there.

I must have forgotten my hall pass.

I was just going to the bathroom.

It's that way.

Okay. They said that they would brief us
in two minutes.

It's now been 15 and I really need...

Do you see that giant molten orb
out there?

Now, whatever story they told you...'s crashing into the planet.

You can see it with your own eyes.

Hey. Hey, hey, hey, hey!

I need a few minutes of your time.

- I'm sorry, sir.
- No. Wait.

I have information you need to know.

I don't know how you got on
this plane, lady...

...but you're stepping
so far out of your position.

All that matters is the truth and you
don't have it. Please, Mr. Secretary.

I have proof that the meteor
that you're about to nuke... much larger than you realize
with a density that will result... you spewing nuclear fallout
over the hemisphere...

...that could take out
millions of people.

But you already know that, don't you?

You all realize
you're gonna be taking out...

...a third of the Earth's population,
and you're not gonna warn them?

We can't spread panic.

It will only aggravate
an already impossible situation.

And what about your families?

And the president?

- Where are we gonna...?
- To a secure bunker.

The casualties are nothing
compared to losing the entire planet.

We don't have a choice.

Now, if you'll excuse us...

No, wait.

You do have a choice. Heroes.

One who will stop this
before you unleash your nukes.

I know some deeply disturbed brass
have rounded them up...

...and tried to dirty their names,
but the people had their day.

And they gave our heroes a chance
to prove themselves.

You owe the people...

...a chance to see that their faith
was worth something.

The world is in crisis.

This is not a time
for your little hero crusade, Miss...?

This is exactly the time for my hero.

He will be here.
He will save us. I promise.

I know you wanna see
your families again.

You just need to give our heroes
a chance.

Your heroes have five minutes.

The last son of Jor-El.


My father sent me here
to protect this planet.

And I will fight you to my last breath.

There must be a part of you...

...that's disgusted by how easily
your people fell to me.

They may not be perfect,
but I believe in the darkest soul...

...there's always hope.

People want to believe
in something greater...

...and it may be easier to hate...

...but it's stronger to love.

Is it?

Eons have passed
since I came face-to-face with a force...

...that could possibly tip the balance
to the light.

You are the light.

You cast out the darkness
from Oliver Queen...

...and you will obliterate my darkness
from the rest of the world...

...if you are not stopped.

You will surrender to me.

You will lose your soul.

I will annihilate you.

Clark, you're gonna have
to let Jor-El guide you from here on out.

You have always had the power
within you, my son.

These were my trials.

Your final trial is upon you, my son.

You are ready.

Seize your destiny.

Something told me
that I'd find you here.

I combed the lab
and I saw what happened.

Long time, sis.

Did you always know?

Why do you think I recruited you,
treated you as my own flesh and blood?

You used me.


I'd say dear old Dad
did most of the abusing.

Wouldn't you?

I guess the bullet in his chest
answers that question, huh?

He wanted nothing more
than to have you back again.

And what did you want, Tess?

Something I'll never have.



I love you, sis.

You know, I'm actually saving you.

From what?

From turning into me.

It's too late.

Clark already did that.

It's the neurotoxin
that you started at Summerholt.

- It penetrates...
- Dermal tissue.

Paralyzing all cognitive recognition.

How long?

Thirty seconds.

What will I remember?


The world before this moment
won't exist to you.

- Your journey has come to an end,

I shouldn't have tried to push away
my Kryptonian side.

My strength is accepting it...

...accepting you.

You honor me.

A father's pride cannot be measured
in words...

...but know thatl am proud of you,

You have no idea how long I've waited
to hear you say that.

We have been down
a long road together, Kal-El... paved with difficult trials.

Those trials are behind you now.

Any father can only hope
that he is one day humbled... the feats of his son.

But it is your soul, Kal-El,
of which I am most proud.

You, and you alone,
possess the courage...

...the determination
and the compassion...

...that will be required of you
to lift the darkness from the Earth.

I ask you to remember one thing.

Your abilities may be of my blood...

...but it is your time in Smallville
with Jonathan and Martha Kent...

...and all the people there
that made you a hero, Kal-El.

Always hold on to Smallville.

This is Lois Lane of the Daily Planet,
reporting from aboard Air Force One.

Miss Lane.

Mr. President.

Come on, Clark. You can do this.


"And that was the day
the boy turned into Superman."


Read it again, please.

There will always be more adventures
for another day.

Did you get it? Thought you
might need something blue.

I did, just in time.
Thanks, coz. Wish me luck.

Good luck.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, bad idea.

- Very, very bad idea.
- How many "great Caesar's ghosts"?

Nobody tries to strong-arm
the Daily Planet.

- If Luthor thinks he can...
- Four, before coffee.

Did you get my shots?

Love the framing, love the colors.
Where's the drama?

Um... Um, did you see the one
with the elephant?

The Man of Steel deserves better
than a circus and a fender bender.

I want pecs, I want cape,
I want pearly whites.

Yes, Miss Lane.

- Okay.
- Perry White!

Your brother left big shoes to fill.

- I know you're up to the task.
- Lane? I know you're out there.

Stories don't write themselves, Lane.
Great Caesar's ghost!

- President-elect
- Luthor will give a speech this evening...

...on his new economic recovery plan.

- Watch it, Kent.
- I'm sorry. Excuse me. Pardon me.

Oh, I'm sorry, Miss Lane. Let me just, uh...
It's just I was... You know...

Can it, Clark.
No one's paying any attention.

Yes, Miss Lane.

- That's so hot.
- Mm.

But listen, this is serious.
Do you have them?

You mean these?


Are you ready?

I've been ready for seven years.

Tell Perry White.
Just came in over the wire.

There's a bomb in an elevator uptown.

Tell the minister
I'm gonna be a few minutes late.