- 1+ 26- 5
Goodbye, My Sonv
Jor-El: "Goodbye, my son. Our hopes and dreams travel with you."
Lara Lor-Van: "He will be an outcast. They'll kill him."
Jor-El: "How? He'll be a god to them."
Just following the birth of Kal-El, his parents have to quickly give him up to be sent to earth. It's a bittersweet moment for both but father Jor-El has high hopes for his son and knows that Kal-El will be seen as a god among men in his new world.
- 2+ 24- 7
Keep This Side of Yourself a Secretv
Fellow Parent: "My son was in the bus! He saw what Clark did!"
Jonathan Kent: "You have to keep this side of yourself a secret."
Teenage Clark Kent: "What was I supposed to do? Let them die?"
Jonathan Kent: "Maybe"
A teenage Clark Kent was forced to make a tough decision when a school bus crashes and Clark makes the choice to save the children aboard while also possibly exposing his secret powers. Later in a discussion with his adoptive father, Jonathan, Clark learns that sometimes he must make the hard decisions to keep his secret safe.
- 3+ 21- 10
You Are Not Alonev
General Zod: "You are not alone. You are not alone. You are not alone. My name is General Zod. I have journeyed across an ocean of stars to reach you. For some time 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 of his location, the fate of your planets rests in your hands. I request that you return this individual to my custody. To Kal-El, I say this, 'Surrender within 24 hours of watch this world suffer the consequences.'"
Kryptonian leader General Zod gives some fighting words to the people of earth in an attempt to find and retrieve Kal-El. He knows of Superman's powers and hopes that others who do too will come forward to save themselves by exposing him.
- 4+ 15- 6
Jor-El: "You will give the people an ideal to strive towards. They will race behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. But you will help them. You will guard them. You will give them hope. In time, they will join you in the sun. In time, you will help them accomplish wonders. That's what this symbol means, hope."
Jor-El, Kal-El's biological father, explains to his son that the task ahead is not an easy one but eventually Kal-El will serve as the source of hope for the people of earth, that the S on their chests is the symbol of hope.
- 5+ 16- 7
For the Greater Good of My Peoplev
General Zod: "No matter how violent, every action I take is for the greater good of my people."
Despite being a fierce enemy, General Zod swears that he is not an evil antagonist that is simply out for violence and destruction, rather simply someone working to save his own people.
- 6+ 8- 2
You Have to Decidev
Jonathan Kent: "You're not just anyone. One day, you're going to have to make a choice. Whether to stand proud in front of the human race or not. You have to decide what kind of man you want to grow up to be. Whoever that man is, good character or bad, it's going to change the world."
Though Jonathan, Clark's adoptive father, hopes Clark will choose the path of good over evil, he reminds Clark that there is a choice, but there are also consequences of that choice.
- 7+ 11- 5
What If a Child Aspired?v
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 remarks on the power of one child determined to do something bigger than himself. It only takes a little bit of hope, some aspiration and some hard work for one person to change the world for the better.
- 8+ 9- 4
Find Out What That Reason Isv
Jonathan Kent: "You're the answer, Clark."
Teenage Clark Kent: "Can't I just... keep pretending I'm your son?"
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 the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is."
A teenage Clark Kent is forced to come to terms with his past and how that plays into his future. As adoptive father Jonathan explains, he owes it to himself to realize the reason he was sent to earth.
- 9+ 4- 1
Doesn't Mean I'm Your Enemyv
Superman: "You're scared of me because you can't control me but that doesn't mean I'm your enemy."
General Swanwick: "Then who is?"
Superman: "That's what I'm worried about."
Superman tries to reason with General Swanwick, a high ranking military official, by telling him to not fear him as an enemy simply because of his powers. Instead, Superman points their combined focus to their shared enemy.
- 10+ 3- 1
On My World It Means Hopev
Lois Lane: "What's the S stand for?"
Superman: "It's not an S. On my world it means hope."
Lois Lane: "Well, here, it's an S. How about Super…" [microphone feedback]
Superman: "Excuse me."
Lois Lane, without knowing that Superman is actually her newspaper coworker Clark Kent, tries to interview Superman to learn more about the powerful man of mystery. As shown in this scene, there are however some things that they cannot talk about.
- 11+ 5- 3
The World Wasn't Readyv
Clark Kent: "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 knows that despite his best intentions the people of earth might not be ready to deal with a man of his nature. This belief was first put in him by his father but is certainly something he can overcome should he choose to.
- 12+ 2- 1
How People On This Planet Would Reactv
Perry White: "Can you imagine how people on this planet would react if they knew there was someone like this out there?"
Perry White, Editor in Chief of the Daily Planet, ponders how the citizens of earth would react if they knew of someone among them with super powers. White also has the option to inform them by printing the news, a decision that isn't taken lightly.
- 13+ 6- 5
You Can Save Themv
Jor-El: "You've grown stronger here than I ever could have imagined. The only way to know how strong is to keep testing your limits. You can save them. You can save all of them."
Again trying to inspire Kal-El, Jor-El reminds his son exactly how far he has come and that again by pushing himself to the limits he can accomplish great things.
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