Cut to: HELIPAD
Atop the LexCorp building, Lex Luthor sees the Batsignal from a distance. He then calls someone in his cellphone.
The knight is here.
Cut to: DAILY PLANET LOBBY
A man cleans the floor with a floor scrubber as Lois goes down the escalator. She then goes towards the man.
Excuse me. Don't I know you...
The man is then revealed as Anatoli.
Cut to: HELIPAD
Lois and Anatoli are in a helicopter flying towards the LexCorp helipad, where Lex himself waits. The helicopter lands, Lois gets down, and then the chopper takes off as she walks towards the standing figure.
Plain lo, in the morning. Lola in slacks. Lois Lane. Mmm. Come see the view.
Lex puts his arm around Lois's shoulders, making her visibly uncomfortable.
Now, the secret is the height. It's the building material. It's light metals, which... sway a bit in the wind. And you know something about LEXCORP metals, don't you, Miss Lane?
I've proven what you've done.
Wow, you're feisty. Unfortunately, that will blow away. Like sand in the desert.
That is a three syllable word for any thought too big for little minds. Next category: Circles. Round and round and round they go to find Superman. Mmph! Wrong category, boy. No, not triangles. Yes, Euclidean triangle inequality. The shortest distance between any 2 points is a straight path. And I believe the swiftest path to Superman... is a pretty little road. Mmm, called Lois Lane.
He pushes her down the building.
On the way down, Superman catches Lois and flies her to safety on the ground.
You came back. You came back.
She kisses Superman, who then flies to where she fell from. He glides near the helipad where Lex is waiting, sitting around a kitchen timer.
Boy, do we have problems up here! [turns on the timer, stands up] The problem of, of evil in the world. The problem of absolute virtue.
I'll take you in without breaking you. Which is more than you deserve.
The problem of you on top of everything else. You above all. Ah. 'Cause that's what God is. Horus. Apollo. Jehovah. Kal-El.
Superman has landed on the heliport.
Clark Joseph Kent. See. What we call God depends upon our tribe, Clark Jo. Because God is tribal. God takes sides. No man in the sky intervened when I was a boy to deliver me from Daddy's fist and abominations. Mm mm. I've figured it out way back, if God is all powerful, he cannot be all good. And if he's all good then he cannot be all powerful. And neither can you be. They need to see the fraud you are. With their eyes. [extends his bandaged hand] The blood on your hands.
What have you done?
And tonight they will. Yes. Because you, my friend, have a date! Across the bay. Ripe fruit, his hate. 2 years growing. But it did not take much to push him over actually. Little red notes, big bang. You let your family die! And now, you will fly to him, and you will battle him, to the death. Black and Blue. Fight night! The greatest gladiator match in the history of the world. God vs man. Day vs night. Son of Krypton vs Bat of Gotham.
You think I'll fight him for you?
Mmmm... Yes, I do. I think you'll fight, fight, fight for that special lady in your life.
She's safe on the ground. How about you?
Close, but I'm not talking about Lois. No. Every boy's special lady is his mother.
Superman turns around, fearful. Lex starts showing pictures of a restrained and beaten Martha Kent.
Huh! Martha, Martha, Martha. The mother of a flying demon must be a witch. The punishment for witches, what is that? That's right. Death by fire.
He throws the photographs on the ground. Superman kneels to get one, which shows a gagged Martha with "WITCH" painted in her forehead. He lifts his head in anger, eyes glowing as he charges his heat beam...
Where is she?
I don't know! I wouldn't let them tell me! Aha! If you kill me, Martha dies. And if you fly away, mmm, Martha also dies. But if you kill the Bat... Martha lives.
Superman closes his eyes, stopping the beams. Lex circles his hand around Superman's head.
There we go. There we go. And now God, bends to my will.
A Lexcorp helicopter is approaching.
Now the cameras are waiting at your ship. For the world to see the holes in the holy. Yes, the all mighty comes clean about how dirty he is when it counts. To save Martha, bring me the head of the Bat.
Superman drops the Polaroid, then all pictures fly as the helicopter's wind draft blows them away. Lex looks at his timer.
Mother of God, would you look at the time. When you came here, you had an hour. Now it's less.
Lex enters the chopper and leaves. Superman stands
Cut to WAREHOUSE
The captive Martha Kent watches Anatoli arrive with a digital timer, counting down from 35 minutes.
Cut to DAILY PLANET
A woman watches CNN in a wall full of television screens at the newspaper's office.
CNN's Brooke Baldwin is on the scene. Brooke, you're live on the air. What do you see?
The woman, Perry White's assistant Jenny Jurwich, turns around.
Perry walks towards her, turning around as he sees the office lights are flickering. We hear Brooke give her report.
BROOKE BALDWIN (VO)
There's something happening at the ship. It's sending massive power surges.
Cut to: HOTEL LOBBY
Diana enters her hotel, goes towards a television broadcasting that same report.
The police created a barricade around this containment center. And we're trying to get a little bit closer here to find out what's going on. It is absolute chaos. You can see that lightning. Those surges are like increasing and they seem to be getting stronger by the minute.
Cut to: STREET
Lois opens a cab's back door.
Just as she's about to enter, she sees Superman is right by the taxi.
Lois. I have to go to Gotham to convince him to help me.
Or he has to die.
No one stays good in this world.
Superman flies away.