Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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There was a time above... a time before. There were perfect things ... diamond absolutes. How things fall, things on Earth. And what falls... is fallen.
That farmer's dream is all some people have. It's all that gives them hope. This means something. -Lois Lane

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is a 2016 American superhero action film in which Batman, fearing that the actions of Superman are left unchecked, takes on the Man of Steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. It is a follow-up to 2013's Man of Steel and is the second installment in the DC Extended Universe. This film also features the first appearance of Wonder Woman / Diana Prince.

Directed by Zack Snyder. Written by Chris Terrio and David S. Goyer.

Bruce Wayne / Batman[edit]

  • There was a time above... a time before. There were perfect things... diamond absolutes. How things fall, things on Earth. And what falls... is fallen. In the dream, they took me to the light. A beautiful lie.

Clark Kent / Superman[edit]

  • Next time they shine your light in the sky, don't go to it. The Bat is dead. Bury it. Consider this mercy.

Lois Lane[edit]

  • I don't have a halo over my head, General. I walked into the desert, people died. It keeps me awake at night. It should.

Lex Luthor[edit]

  • See, what we call God depends upon our tribe, Clark Joe, 'cause 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. I figured out way back if God is all-powerful, He cannot be all-good. And if He is all-good, then He cannot be all-powerful. And neither can you be.


Clark Kent: Mr. Wayne! Mr. Wayne! Clark Kent, Daily Planet.
Bruce Wayne: Oh, my foundation has already issued a statement in support of– books.
Clark Kent: Sir?
Bruce Wayne: [gazing at Diana Prince] Wow! Pretty girl – bad habit. Don't quote me, alright?
Clark Kent: What's your position on the bat vigilante in Gotham?
Bruce Wayne: "Daily Planet"– Wait, do I own this one? Or was that the other guy?
Clark Kent: Civil liberties are being trampled on in your city; good people living in fear.
Bruce Wayne: Don't believe everything you hear, son.
Clark Kent: I've seen it, Mr. Wayne. He thinks he's above the law.
Bruce Wayne: The Daily Planet criticizing those who think they're above the law is a little hypocritical, wouldn't you say? Considering every time your hero saves a cat out of a tree, you write a puff-piece editorial about an alien who – if he wanted to, could burn the whole place down. There wouldn't be a damn thing we can do to stop it.
Clark Kent: Most of the world doesn't share your opinion, Mr. Wayne.
Bruce Wayne: Maybe it's that Gotham City in me. We just have a bad history with freaks dressed like clowns.
Lex Luthor: Boys! Mmm, Bruce Wayne meets Clark Kent. Ah, I love it! I love bringing people together! How are we? [Shakes Bruce's hand] Hi, hello.
Bruce Wayne: Lex.
Lex Luthor: [Shakes Clark's hand] Lex. It is a pleasure– Ow! Wow! That is a good grip! You should not pick a fight with this person!

[As a montage of TV scenes discussing Superman begins]
Vikram Gandhi: We, as a population on this planet, have been looking for a savior. Ninety percent of people believe in a higher power – and every religion believes in some sort messianic figure. And when this savior character actually comes to Earth, we want to make him abide by our rules? We have to understand that this is a paradigm shift. We have to start thinking beyond politics.
Andrew Sullivan: Are there any moral constraints on this person? We have international law. On this Earth, every act is a political act.
Charlie Rose: Is it really surprising that the most powerful man in the world should be a figure of controversy?
Senator June Finch: To have an individual engaging in these state-level interventions should give us all pause.
Glenn Woodburn: Human beings have a horrible track record of following people with great power down paths that led to huge human atrocities.
Vikram Gandhi: We have always created icons in our own image. What we've done is we project ourselves on to him. The fact is, maybe he's not some sort of Devil or Jesus character. Maybe he’s just a guy trying to do the right thing.
Neil deGrasse Tyson: We're talking about a being whose very existence challenges our own sense of priority in the universe. When you go back to Copernicus where he restored the Sun in the center of the known universe, displacing Earth, and you get to Darwinian evolution and you find out we're not special on this Earth; we're just one among other lifeforms. And now we learn that we're not even special in the entire Universe – because there is Superman. There he is, an alien among us. We're not alone.
Charlie Rose: Are you, as a United States Senator, personally comfortable saying to a grieving parent, "Superman could've saved your child, but on principle we did not want him to act."
Senator June Finch: I'm not saying he shouldn't act. I'm saying he shouldn't act unilaterally.
Charlie Rose: What are we talking about here then? Must there be a Superman?
Senator June Finch: There is.

Superman: [wracked with guilt and rejection] I didn't see it, Lo. Standing right there, and I didn't see it.
Lois Lane: Clark, there are people behind this-"
Superman: I'm afraid I didn't see it because I wasn't looking. All this time, I've been living my life the way my father saw it - righting wrongs for a ghost, thinking I'm here to do good... Superman was never real. Just the dream of a farmer from Kansas.
Lois Lane: That farmer's dream is all some people have. It's all that gives them hope. [touches the "S" on Superman's chest] This means something.
Superman: It did on my world. My world doesn't exist anymore. [Steps back from Lois and flies away]

[Clark climbs to the top of a tall, snowy mountain. He sees his adaptive father, Jonathan, stacking rocks]
Jonathan Kent: Somethin', isn't it? We made it in Kansas, live on a pancake, so we come to the mountains! All downhill from here to the floodplain, farm at the bottom of the world.
[Clark realizes this is a vision]
Jonathan Kent: I remember one season, the water came bad. I couldn't have been 12. Dad handed out the shovels and we went at it all night. We worked til I think I fainted, but we managed to stop the water. We saved the farm. Your grandma baked me cake, said I was 'hero'... Later that night we found out where the water went; we sent it upstream. The whole Lang farm washed away.. While I ate my hero cake, their horses were drowning. I used to hear them wailing in my sleep.
Clark Kent: [still haunted by the deaths at the Capitol] Did the nightmares ever stop?
Jonathan Kent: Yeah. When I met your mother. She gave me faith that there's good in this world. She was my world.
[Clark thinks about Lois]
Jonathan Kent: I miss you, son.
Clark Kent: I miss you too, dad.
[Pan out to a distant shot of where Clark and Jonathan had been standing. Only Clark is standing there, as Jonathan had just been a memory, perhaps a ghost]

Alfred Pennyworth: You know you can't win this. It's suicide.
Bruce Wayne: I'm older now than my father ever was. This may be the only thing I do that matters.
Alfred Pennyworth: Twenty years of fighting criminals amounts to nothing?
Bruce Wayne: Criminals are like weeds, Alfred – pull one up, another grows in its place. This is about the future of the world. It's my legacy. You know, my father sat me down right here. Told me what Wayne Manor was built on.
Alfred Pennyworth: Railroads, real estates, and oil.
Bruce Wayne: The first generation made their fortune trading with the French. Pelts and skins. They were hunters.

Lex Luthor: [Sees Superman rising above the tower] Boy, do we have problems up here! [Twists his timer] The problem of– of evil in the world. The problem of absolute virtue.
Superman: I'll take you in without breaking you. Which is more than you deserve.
Lex Luthor: The problem of you on top of everything else. You above all. Ah – 'cause that's what God is. Horus. Apollo. Jehovah. Kal-El – Clark– Joseph– Kent. See, what we call God depends upon our tribe, Clark Joe. Because God is tribal. God takes sides. No man in the sky intervened when I was a boy to deliver me from Daddy's fists and abominations. Mmnnn. 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. The blood on your hands.
Superman: What have you done?
Lex Luthor: And tonight, they will. Yes. Because you, my friend, have a date! Across the bay. Ripe fruit, his hate; two 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 versus Man; Day versus Night; Son of Krypton versus Bat of Gotham!
Superman: You think I'll fight him for you?
Lex Luthor: Mmm, yes, I do. I think you will fight, fight, fight for that special lady in your life.
Superman: She's safe on the ground. How about you?
Lex Luthor: [Smugly] Close, but I am not talking about Lois. No. Every boy's special lady– is his mother. [Superman becomes stunned, as Luthor shows him pictures of Martha Kent tied up and beaten] Martha, Martha, Martha. But the mother of a flying demon must be a witch. The punishment for witches, what is that? That's right. Death by fire. [A stunned Superman drops to his knees as Luthor throws the pictures at him. Superman's eyes soon turn fiery red]
Superman: WHERE IS SHE?!
Lex Luthor: I DON'T KNOW! I would not let them tell me! Now, ah, if you kill me, Martha dies. And if you fly away, mmm, Martha also dies. But if you kill the Bat... Martha lives. [Superman's eyes fade to normal as he bows his head down] There we go. There we go. And now God bends to my will. Now, the cameras are waiting at your ship for the world to see the holes in the holy! Yes, the almighty comes clean about how dirty he is when it counts! To save Martha, bring me the head of the Bat! [Luthor's helicopter comes to pick him up] Ah, mother of God, would you look at the time? When you came here, you had an hour. Now it's less.

[Batman steps on Superman's throat and raises his Kryptonite spike to kill him]
Superman: [Straining] You're– letting him– k-kill Martha–
Batman: [Shocked] [Lowers spear] What does that mean? Why did you say that name?
Superman: [Choking] Find– him– S-save– M-Martha–
[Brief flashback to the death of Bruce's parents]
Lois Lane: [Runs towards them both] Clark! Stop! Please! Stop!
Lois Lane: It's his mother's name! It's his mother's name.

[Batman breaks into a room, subdues the last mercenary and aims the man's machine gun at Knyazev.]
Anatoli Knyazev: [holding a flamethrower on Martha Kent] Drop it. I said drop it! I'll kill her! Believe me, I'll do it!
Batman: I believe you.
[He fires a single shot from the machine gun, piercing the napalm tank on Knyazev's back. Before Knyazev can trigger the flamethrower, Batman throws himself on Martha, shielding them both from the flames as the tank explodes, killing Knyazev.]
Batman: It's okay. I'm a friend of your son.
Martha Kent: I figured. The cape.

Wonder Woman: [as they battle Doomsday amidst ruins] Why did you bring him back to the city?
Batman: The port is abandoned. There's a weapon here that can kill it.
Superman: [Landing in front of Batman] Did you find the spear?
Batman: I've been a little busy.
Wonder Woman: This thing, this creature, seems to feed on energy.
Superman: This thing is from another world…My world.
Wonder Woman: [Drawing her sword] I've killed things from other worlds before.
Superman: [Curious, turning his head to Batman] Is she with you?
Batman: I thought she was with you.

[Lois helps Superman out of the water after tossing aside the kryptonite spear. They kiss briefly before Superman sees Wonder Woman slicing off Doomsday's arm after a struggle]
Superman: [to Lois] I love you.
Lois Lane: No, Clark, you can't.
Superman: This is my world.
Lois Lane: No, Clark, don't-
[Superman smiles one last time to Lois]
Superman: [last words] You are my world. [flies to pick up the spear and charges headlong towards Doomsday]
Lois: Please, CLARK!

Bruce Wayne: All the circuses back east – burying an empty box.
Diana Prince: They don't know how to honor him. Except as a soldier.
Bruce Wayne: I've failed him– in life. I won't fail him in death. Help me find the others like you.
Diana Prince: Perhaps they don't want to be found.
Bruce Wayne: They will. And they'll fight. We have to stand together.
Diana Prince: A hundred years ago I walked away from mankind – from a century of horrors. Man made a world where standing together is impossible.
Bruce Wayne: Men are still good. We fight. We kill. We betray one another. But we can rebuild. We can do better. We will. We have to.
[Scene of funeral ceremony and graffiti: IF YOU SEEK HIS MONUMENT LOOK AROUND YOU]
Diana Prince: The others like me. Why did you say they'll have to fight?
Bruce Wayne: Just a feeling.

[Batman is suddenly in front of an imprisoned Lex, he has a knuckleduster with a burning bat shaped brand]
Batman: [Enraged] Whatever you do, wherever you go, I'll be watching you!
[Ultimate Edition dialogue begins]
Lex Luthor: [Unfazed] Oh. Look at us. This is how it all caves in. Civilization on the Wayne Manor's– out the window. Hmm. [Lex briefly chuckles] But who would believe me? I– Ahh– I'm insane. I'm not even fit to stand trial.
Batman: That's right. We have hospitals that treat the mentally ill with compassion. [Lex giggles] But that's not where you're going. I arranged for you to get a transfer to Arkham Asylum in Gotham. I still have some friends there. They're expecting you.
[Ultimate Edition dialogue ends]
Lex Luthor: [Sneers, unfazed] But the bell's already been rung. And they've heard it. Out in the dark, among the stars– ding dong, the god is dead.
[Batman grabs Lex and lashes out, but at the last second strikes the wall next to him and leaves a burning bat symbol, then is suddenly gone]
Lex Luthor: [Alone in his cell] But a bell cannot be un-rung! He's hungry. He's found us. AND HE'S COMING!


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