David S. Goyer - New Rules lyrics
Cut to: LEXCORP
Mercy Graves, the Asian woman seen at the congressional hearing, approaches a basketball court at the LexCorp lobby. Behind her are two senators of that committee, Finch and Barrows – and in the court in front of them is Lex Luthor, the young, long-haired CEO of the company, playing some B-ball.
John, get D!
Lex hits a three pointer, and turns around to find Mercy and the senators.
Ah! A hoi hoi. I didn't know you were here.
He approaches Barrows, who extends his hand.
Man on the marquee.
[shaking Barrows' hand] Stop, don't believe it. My father named the company after himself. He was the Lex in front of the Corp. [extending his hand to June] Hi, how are you doing?
Senator Finch shakes Luthor's hand.
Oh, really great.
Really great? Good. Good. Uh. Follow me.
A security door opens, and Luthor, now wearing a labcoat over his t-shirt, guides his visitors into the corridor.
You know, Dad was born in east Germany. He grew up eating uh... stale crackers. And every other Saturday, he had to march in a parade and waved flowers at tyrants. So, I think it was providence that his son, me, would end up with this.
They are now in a laboratory. The camera focuses on a glovebox, from which emerges a metallic claw holding a small green rock.
LEX LUTHOR (OS)
One of my rebuild Metropolis crews found it. A little souvenir from the Kryptonian World Engine.
Senator Finch is staring at the Kryptonite, while Lex leans over the glovebox.
What's a rock have to do with Homeland Security?
Homeland Security? Mmm. No, no, no... ma'am. Planetary Security.
One scientist, Emmet, is heard explaining.
The fragment is of a radioactive xenomineral. We suspected it might have bio interactions, so, we took the sample to AMRIID…
He presses a nearby keyboard, the monitor changes to a video of General Zod's corpse being removed from its plastic cover.
Where they keep the remains of the Kryptonian decedent.
Footage of a dentist drill-like device with the Kryptonite being used to slice Zod's torso.
And, when we exposed general Zod to the mineral, this happened.
June is forced to turn her back to see the monitor behind her – footage of black cells splitting up, getting a green glow and dissolving.
Profound biodegradation, decaying Kryptonian cells.
Lex starts walking away from the glovebox.
We concluded the mineral could be weaponized, if a large enough sample was found. And then, among the fishes, a whale!
He points to Emmet, he presses a key, the monitor now shows the Kryptonite featured in a previous scene.
Ah! Lying at the bottom of the Indian Ocean. Emerald City. Beautiful. Now, Rocky is radioactive, but, what he needs from you is an import license.
And why would we want to weaponize this material?
As a deterrent. A silver bullet to keep in reserve to use against the Kryptonians. So, the day doesn't come, Madame. When your children are waving daisies at a reviewing stand.
Last I looked, the only one of those flying around up here was Superman.
Ha. Yes, Superman. Yeah, but, there are... there are more of them.
The meta-human thesis.
Yes, the meta-human thesis. More likely than not. These exceptional beings live among us. The bases of our myths. Gods among men upon our... our little blue planet here. [he hits a small blue ball on the glovebox] You don't have to use the silver bullet, but, if you forge one... Well, then... We don't have to depend upon the kindness of monsters.
CUT TO: APARTMENT
In front of a wall-wide clipping of Superman and Bruce Wayne-related headlines and news, a man cuts a wire and duct tape and puts them in a pulley. He then pulls from the wall a picture of a family – of which the father is Wallace Keefe, the Wayne Enterprises employee saved by Bruce in Metropolis.
CUT TO: HEROES PARK
Match cut to the wheelchair bound Wallace putting the photograph of his family below a wall listing all the casualties of the Battle of Metropolis. His sad look becomes a scowl as he turns his head – and as the camera pans up, we see that the walls surround a giant statue of Superman. Wallace approaches the extended hand of the monument, takes off his jacket and grabs the thumb and pointer finger to traverse the statue with his hands. A guard notices him…
Sir. Get down.
Wallace is now at the stone Superman's chest.
Sir, I said, get down, now!
Wallace throws something at the guard, hitting a person behind him. Another security officer talks on his radio.
Can we get some backup here?
Wallace is now shaking a spray paint can…
…and starts covering the statue with red graffiti.
Don't do it! HEY!
Cut to: DAILY PLANET
Offices of the Daily Planet, Jenny is on the phone.
Lois. Crime Lab, on 3.
Lois picks up the phone
This is Lane.
Elsewhere on the room, in front of a wall of televisions, two of whom show college football news and one covering the Heroes Park events, head editor Perry White talks to Clark, who is seating nearby.
Kent, you're sports today. I want you to follow up on the football. "Underdog dreams dashed 10 yards between Gotham and glory."
Hey. Are you guys watching this?
She presses the remote, unmuting the TV showing the Heroes Park coverage.
Emergency responders quickly created a precautionary perimeter around Heroes Park…
Footage of Wallace being carried away by the cops and put inside a police car.
…while they brought the man down from this beloved monument. The suspect has been identified as Wallace Vernon Keefe.
I work for Bruce Wayne! I work for Bruce Wayne!
As everyone turns to see the report…
There'll be arraign on charges of vandalism, resisting arrest - and a felony charge of making terrorist threats that carries up to 40 years in prison.
…now we see clearly that the Superman statue has “FALSE GOD” graffiti in its chest.
Poor son of a b**h.
Metropolis News 8.
Headline. "End of love affair with man in the sky, question mark".
Clark and Lois just stare silently.
Cut to LEXCORP
Senator Barrows and Lex Luthor stand in the LexCorp lobby.
There're ways we can help each other.
Ah. Could you step into my office here?
They seat in a nearby table.
What's your wish list?
Lex takes a bowl of Jolly Ranchers.
Uh. Access to the wreck of the crashed Kryptonian ship.
Cut to: METROPOLIS, EXTERIOR
Aerial shot of the “sarcophagus” covering where the Fortress of Solitude fell. A car approaches it, we see that the military are heavily guarding the facility. The driver of the car, Lex, gives a permit to a sentry. We then see Lex, dressed in a blue suit and carrying a metal briefcase, going through decontamination corridors to approach the Fortress of Solitude, which is surrounded by lights and a scaffolding from which scientists observe it.
Cut to: LEXCORP
Lex taking a Jolly Rancher.
The complete remains of the dead alien for testing.
You want Zod's body?
[Lyrics from: https:/lyrics.az/david-s-goyer/-/new-rules.html]
Cut to CORRIDOR
Two soldiers push a metal security box branded “USAMRIID” behind Mercy Graves. They approach Lex, who stands in front of a security door. Inside the lab, Lex has put Zod's body in an autopsy table, and is using the Kryptonite shard to cut off one of the general's fingerprints.
Cut to LEXCORP
Lex is shoving the Jolly Rancher on the senator's mouth.
Cut to UNDERGROUND RING
An underground fight between a White tattooed contestant and a Black one, surrounded by spectators – including Bruce Wayne, who ends up catching the African American as he falls towards the audience after a strong punch.
Show him what you got!
Dude, let's go!
Bruce pushes the fighter back, he positions to resume the fight.
Make sure to hit his left.
Throw a punch, will you?
Close-up on Bruce, and then on who he‘s staring at – another spectator, Anatoli.
Let's go! Come on!
The Black guy delivers strong punches to put his opponent to his knees, and then kicks him to knock him out. Boos are heard as the winner nods towards Bruce Wayne, who nods back.
After the fight, Anatoli puts his cellphone on the table as a gla** of vodka is filled for him.
After he drinks, Bruce puts his phone on the table as well before delivering a paper to the bartender, who gives him an angry stare before leaving.
The house treats luck like an insult.
Good luck for one has always gives others misfortune.
Bruce then talks in subtitled Russian.
But, eventually, all accounts will be settled.
A surprised Anatoli turns to him.
3 nights with a Bolshoi ballerina, the line was all she taught me.
Not all I'm sure.Good evening.
Anatoli grabs his phone and leaves. Bruce flips his own phone, and its display reads “DEVICE CLONING SUCCESSFUL”.
Cut to DAILY PLANET
Staff meeting, Perry drinks his coffee, and Clark talks.
It's like a one man reign of terror. This bat vigilante has been consistently targeting the port and the adjacent projects and tenements. And as far as I can tell the cops are actually helping him.
"Crime wave in Gotham." Other breaking news. "Water, wet." Did you file the football yet?
Why aren't we covering this? Poor people don't buy papers?
People don't buy papers, period, Kent.
Perry, when you a**ign a story, you're making a choice about who matters and who's worth it.
Good morning, Smallville. The America conscious died with Robert, Martin and John.
LOIS LANE (OS)
Lois enters the room carrying the bullet she took from her notebook inside a plastic bag.
No match. My guys in the crime lab, never seen one before.
Perry grabs the plastic bag, looks, and returns it.
It's called a bullet. You shoot people with it.
Recovered from the scene of the fire fight in the desert. Not sold anywhere commercially in the world, even black market.
So, who gave prototype military rounds to tribe fighters in the Sahara.
The Ask, Lois.
Flight to DC tonight, a couple of days there.
Go. Coach. No extra leg room.
CUT to LUTHOR MANSION
Senator Finch is led by Mercy Graves inside Lex Luthor's living room.
Senator. My dad always said that, Kentucky mash was the secret to health. This was his room. I left it just the way it was. It's silly. The magical thinking of orphan boys.
I'm blocking the import license for your mineral.
Lex stares silently for a while before approaching the senator.
The Red Capes are coming! The Red Capes are coming! You and your hearings... [taps fingers on a table] galloping through the streets to warn us. One, if by land. Two, if by air.
Senator Finch grabs his hand, stopping the drumming.
Mmm.Do you know the oldest lie in America, Senator? Can I call you June?
You can call me whatever you like. Take a bucket of piss and call it Granny's Peach Tea. Take a weapon of a**a**ination and call it deterrence. You won't fool a fly or me. I'm not going to drink it.
Hey, you don't think dad would mind, do you? If I change just... just one thing in this room.
He turns around, shows a painting featuring demons.
Because, that should be upside down. Now, we know better now, don't we? The devils don't come from hell beneath us. No. No, they come from the sky.
Cut to: WAYNE MANOR
Bruce walks away from a destroyed Wayne Manor and puts flowers in his parents' mausoleum. A closeup of MARTHA WAYNE 1946 – 1981 is seen. Blood drips from the grave, Bruce presses it with his finger… and a torrent of bats fly out of it, along with a huge bat monster who bites Bruce. A startled Bruce wakes up in his bed.
Cut to BATHROOM
Swanwick is washing his hands, a woman approaches.
Wrong room, miss.
Secretary Swanwick, you haven't been returning my phone calls.
Miss Lane, if you like an interview, Major Farris is just outside that door.
You're treating me like a stranger?
I'm treating you like a reporter.
Alright. Is the US providing experimental military arms to rebels in Africa?
You know with balls like yours, you belong in here. Who's your source on this? A tin foil hat?
He starts leaving the bathroom...
No, not tin, but it's metal.
...only to turn as Lois gives him the bullet
Fired in the Superman incident. Experts at the Pentagon can't ID it. We haven't been told the truth.
Here's the truth. A reporter got greedy for a scoop and went where she shouldn't have. Superman acted like some... rogue combatant to rescue her and people died. Don't invent a conspiracy theory to put back his halo. Or yours.
He walks away, greeting Major Graves on his way out.
Cut to: WAYNE MANOR
Alfred holds a wine bottle.
Oh. I hope the next generation of Waynes won't inherit an empty wine cellar. Not that there's likely to be a next generation...
Bruce approaches, puts a cup in the table.
Thank you, sir.
Alfred then starts taking papers from a sheaf, as Bruce fiddles with a laptop.
This is every call made from the Russian's phone. Two mentions of business with the "White Portuguese" and it's continuing transmitting black out data to the personal residence of Alexander Luthor.
You think Lex Luthor is the "White Portuguese"?
I can't see that he needs the income from imported arms. Regardless, I'll need to put a 'leech' in his house, and I'm going to need the suit.
The Bat interrogated 6 people and came away with nothing. It was Bruce Wayne that got the information.
Well, Bruce Wayne can't break into Lex Luthor's house.
Bruce Wayne won't have to. [hands over an envelope to Bruce] He's been invited.
Bruce sees an invitation for a cocktail at Lex Luthor's mansion.
At the Batcave, Bruce stares at the Batsuit – and then pa**es by the Robin suit behind a gla** cage, covered in graffiti reading “HA HA HA Joke's on you BATMAN”. He then climbs the stairs back to his house. Outside, Bruce takes a Bentley and drives away, pa**ing by the destroyed Wayne Manor along the way.