Man of Steel Quotes: Brooding and Action Packed

(Total Quotes: 88)

Directed by: Zack Snyder
Written by:
David S. Goyer (story & screenplay)
Christopher Nolan (story)
Jerry Siegel (Superman created by)
Joe Shuster (Superman created by)
Henry Cavill – Clark Kent / Kal-El
Amy Adams – Lois Lane
Michael Shannon – General Zod
Diane Lane – Martha Kent
Russell Crowe – Jor-El
Antje Traue – Faora-Ul
Harry Lennix – General Swanwick
Richard Schiff – Dr. Emil Hamilton
Christopher Meloni – Colonel Nathan Hardy
Kevin Costner – Jonathan Kent
Ayelet Zurer – Lara Lor-Van
Laurence Fishburne – Perry White
Dylan Sprayberry – Clark Kent (13 Years)
Cooper Timberline – Clark Kent (9 Years)
Richard Cetrone – Tor-An
Mackenzie Gray – Jax-Ur
Julian Richings – Lor-Em
Mary Black – Ro-Zar
Samantha Jo – Car-Vex
Michael Kelly – Steve Lombard
Rebecca Buller – Jenny
Christina Wren – Major Carrie Farris
David Lewis – Major Laramore
Tahmoh Penikett – Jed Eubanks
Doug Abrahams – Heraldson
Brad Kelly – Byrne


Man of Steel quotes has a real-world sensibility within a sci-fi fantasy setting showing great potential for sequels, in this fresh re-imaging of the Superman mythology which has been given a darker twist. This is the Superman movie that we’ve waited for a long time to see, with rich character-centric storytelling and brilliant visuals.

The script is split into three acts, starting with a lengthy imaginative prologue in introducing us to Krypton and Kal-El’s biological parents and the main antagonist, then it movies to development of characters and plot and finally ending in an action packed showdown. It’s true that the story moves away from the usual superhero movie humor and stays serious throughout, but it felt like that the unexpected depth and melancholy storyline was strong enough to stay away from that tradition.

Henry Cavill is perfectly cast and physically looks believable as the vulnerable and yet still formidable Superman, his performance is notably stoic and brooding, but also very warm, genuine and sensitive and the rest of the cast compliment him nicely. However, the film is not without some flaws, the major ones being that it runs a bit longer than it probably needs to, with an action set scene too many and not enough time spent on Clark’s Kansas upbringing and how he discovers his powers. Also the love story between Clark and Lois felt forced and rushed and the dialogue in some scenes seem a bit too comic-bookish.

Verdict: Serious fans should enjoy this solid, heartfelt epic treatment which will hopefully improve even more in the sequels to follow.

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[first lines; on the planet Krypton, Jor-El helps his wife Lara as she gives birth to their son, later Jor-El meets with the Kryptonian Council]
Jor-El: Do you not understand? Krypton’s core is collapsing, we may only have a matter of weeks. I warned you, harvesting the core was suicide. It has accelerated the process of implosion.
Lor-Em: Our energy reserves were exhausted. What would you have us do, El?
Jor-El: Look to the stars, like our ancestors did! There are inhabitable worlds within reach. We can begin by using the old outposts.
Ro-Zar: Are you seriously suggesting that we evacuate the entire planet?
Jor-El: No, everybody here is already dead. Give me control of the codex, I will ensure the survival of our race. There’s still hope. I have held that hope in my hands.
[he’s interrupted by noises from outside the chamber, Jor-El looks behind him and sees General Zod and his forces breaking into the council]
General Zod: This Council has been disbanded.
Ro-Zar: On whose authority?
General Zod: Mine.
[Zod points his weapon at Ro-Zar, shoots and kills her]
General Zod: The rest of you will be tried and punished accordingly.


[Jor-El walks toward Zod]
Jor-El: What are you doing, Zod? This is madness!
General Zod: What I should have done years ago. These lawmakers, with their endless debates, have led Krypton to ruin!
Jor-El: And if your forces prevail, you’ll be the leader of nothing!
General Zod: Then join me, help me save our ways. We’ll start anew, we’ll sever the degenerative bloodlines that led us to this state.
Jor-El: And who will decide which bloodline survives, Zod? You?
General Zod: Don’t do this, El. The last thing I want is for us to be enemies.
Jor-El: You have abandoned the principles that bound us together. You’ve taken up the sword against your own people. I’ll honor the man you once were, Zod. Not this monster you’ve become.
[Jor-El steps back, Zod turns to his army]
General Zod: Take him away.


[as Jor-El is being marched away by Zod’s men, Kelex, the service levitating robot, appears]
Kelex: Sir, is everything alright?
Tor-An: Out of the way!
[Jor-El nods his head slightly]
Tor-An: I said…
[Kelor uses a burst of light to give Jor-El his chance to strike at the two men holding him and manages to take them down and take their weapon; to Kelex]
Jor-El: Get me Lara.
[a metallic robotic version of Lara’s face appears on Kelex]
Lara Lor-Van: Jor, behind you!
[Jor-El turns and quickly shoots two of Zod’s men appearing behind him]
Jor-El: Lara, you have to ready the launch. I’ll be with you as soon as I can.


[outside, Jor-El sees chaos ensuing around the planet, he calls to winged creature, H’Raka, that lands before him, he hops on its back and it flies off, Kelex appears beside Jor-El]
Jor-El: Can you see the codex?
Kelex: It’s just beneath the central hub, sir. But I’m compelled to warn you, breaching the Genesis Chamber is a Class-B crime.
Jor-El: Nobody cares anymore, Kelex. The world is about to come to an end.
[Jor-El leaps down and swims to the central hub, where all Kryptonian babies are kept, and retrieves the codex, as he gets out of the water he’s confronted by Zod’s ships]
Voice from Ship: Jor-El, by the authority of General Zod, surrender the codex.
[the ship shoots at Jor-El, who misses it by jumping down and as he falls down H’Raka suddenly flies in and carries him off]
Jor-El: Easy, H’Raka.
[they finally reach the citadel where Lara is with the baby, Jor-El places the codex on the ship]


Jor-El: Did you find the world?
Lara Lor-Van: We have.
Kelex: Orbiting the main sequence yellow star, just as you said it would.
[Kelex shows them earth]
Jor-El: It’s a young star. His cells will drink it’s radiation. It’s a seemingly intelligent population.
Lara Lor-Van: He’ll be an outcast, a freak. They’ll kill him.
Jor-El: No, he’ll be a God to them.
Lara Lor-Van: What if the ship doesn’t make it? He’ll die out there, alone.
[looking down at her baby in her arms]
Lara Lor-Van: I can’t do it. I thought I could, but…
Jor-El: Lara…
Lara Lor-Van: Now that he’s here.
Jor-El: Krypton is doomed. It’s his only chance now. It’s our people’s only hope.


Jor-El: What is it, Kelex?man-of-steel-2
Kelex: There are five attack ships converging from east. Citadel’s defenses are being scanned and evaluated.
Jor-El: I’ll upload the codex.
Lara Lor-Van: No, wait.
Jor-El: Lara…
Lara Lor-Van: Just let me look at him.
[she looks down at the baby in her arms]
Lara Lor-Van: We’ll never get to see him walk, never hear him say our names.


[Jor-El takes the baby from her arms]
Jor-El: Out there, amongst the stars, he will live.
[Lara kisses the baby’s head as does Jor-El, as Jor-El turns to place the baby in the ship, Lara begins to cry, Jor-El begins transferring the codex into the baby and leaves an ‘S’ key on the ship]
Jor-El: Goodbye, my son. Our hopes and dreams travel with you.
[Jor-El and Lara watch as ship gets prepared to leave, at the same time Zod and forces approach with their ships, Jor-El puts on his armor]
General Zod: Concentrate fire on the main door!
[Zod’s ships fire at the citadel opening up a hole allowing them entrance into the citadel]


[Lara prepares for the ship containing Kal-El to be launched]
Kelex: Lady Lara, the Phantom prods are coming online.
Lara Lor-Van: Proceed to ignition.
[as Zod and his forces enter the citadel]
Faora-Ul: General, we have identified an engine ignition within the citadel.
General Zod: The launch. Hold this platform, commander.
[as Zod enters further into the citadel, Jo-El emerges in full armor]
General Zod: I know you stole the codex, Jor-El. Surrender it and I’ll let you live.
Jor-El: This is a second chance for all of Krypton, not just the bloodlines you deem worthy.
General Zod: What have you done?
Jor-El: We’ve had a child, Zod. A boy child. Krypton’s first natural birth in centuries, and he will be free, free to forge his own destiny.
General Zod: Heresy!


[to his men]
General Zod: Destroy it!
[Jor-El shoots Zod’s men down then Zod and Jor-El start fighting with Jor-El managing to subdue Zod as Lara prepares for the ship to launch]
General Zod: Lara, listen to me! The codex is Krypton’s future! Abort the launch!
[Lara and Jor-El look at each other for a moment before Lara finally pushes the button that launches the ship]
General Zod: Nooo!!!
[Zod screams in fury and impales Jor-El with his knife making Jor-El fall to his death, Lara runs to Jor-El’s body and kneels beside him, crying]
General Zod: Your son, Lara. Where have you sent him?
Lara Lor-Van: His name is Kal, son of El, and he’s beyond your reach.


[Zod walks up to the rest of his forces]
General Zod: Bring that ship down.
[as Zod’s ship is about to shoot the ship carrying Kal-El, his ship is shot down by the council’s forces]
Council Force: Lay down your weapons, your forces are surrounded.
[Zod and his forces are brought before the council]
Lor-Em: General Zod, for the crimes of murder and high treason, the Council has sentenced and your fellow insurgence to three hundred cycles of schematic reconditioning. Do you have any last words?
[Zod makes a move toward Lor-Em but is stopped]
General Zod: You won’t kill us yourself! You won’t sully your hands, but you’ll damn us to a black hole for eternity!
[he spits at Lor-Em]man-of-steel-3
General Zod: Jor-El was right, you’re a pack of fools! Every last one of you!
[he suddenly turns and walks toward Lara]
General Zod: You…believe your son is safe? I will find him. I will reclaim what you have taken from us!
[he’s pushed away by the council’s forces]
General Zod: I will find him. I will find him, Lara. I will find him!
[Zod and his forces are frozen and sent to the ship that will carry out their sentence]


[as the planet is being destroyed, Lara touches Jor-El’s armor and walks toward the edge of the home with her two service robots following her ]
Kelor: Lady Lara, shouldn’t you find refuge?
Lara Lor-Van: There is no refuge, Kelor. Jor-El was right, this is the end.
[she watches has her planet gets destroyed]
Lara Lor-Van: Make a better world than ours, Kal.
[as she stands, Lara is consumed in the planet’s destruction and Krypton is obliterated, at the same time we see the ship holding Kal-El heading toward earth]


[years later, we see an adult Kal-El/Clark working on a boat with other fishermen; as Clark is working he’s suddenly saved by another fisherman as one of the metal fishnets hanging above is about to fall on him]
Byrne: Watch it, dumbass! Keep your eyes open or you’re gonna get squashed!
[he gives Clark a hand to stand]
Byrne: Where the hell did they find you, Greenhorn?
Heraldson: Gentlemen secure the deck, we just got a distress call from a rig due west of us. Secure the deck!
[the boat goes toward the oil rig in distress, Clark hears the Heraldson talking to the coast guard in the helicopter]
Coast Guard #1: All civilian, stand clear. Subsea valves failed and the rig is about to explode.
Heraldson: Roger, coast guard. What about the men left inside? Over.
Coast Guard #1: Forget ’em, they’re dead.
[to Clark]
Heraldson: Greenhorn, fetch me my binoculars.
[Clark doesn’t respond]
Heraldson: Greenhorn!
[he turns to see Clark has disappeared]


[we see Clark at the oil rig trying to rescue the people inside]
Oil Rig Worker: This is the last of the oxygen! I don’t know how much longer we can hold out!
[suddenly they see the metal door being thrown aside and Clark emerging through the oil rig fire]
Coast Guard #1: This is coast guard 6-5-10. We’re gonna make one more pass, then we’re getting out of here.
[he sees Clark emerging out of the oil rig with the workers]
Coast Guard #1: Wait, wait, wait! I got some guys on the heli-pad!man-of-steel-9
[the helicopter lands and Clark helps the oil rig workers get onto the helicopter, then just as the helicopter is about to take off, he sees the burning oil rig about to collapse on the helicopter]
Coast Guard #2: Get that last guy loaded. We have got to go!
[to Clark]
Coast Guard #1: Hey, let’s go! What are you doing?
[at that moment Clark manages to hold off the large heavy metal collapsing from the oil rig onto the helicopter; the helicopter manages to take off safely but finally collapses and takes Clark with him into the ocean]


[as Clark is floating in the ocean he has a flashback to his childhood in Kansas, he’s in his elementary school class and his teacher is writing something on the black board and asks young Clark a question]
Ms. Rampling: Clark? Are you listening, Clark?
[Clark looks disorientated and doesn’t seem to hear the teacher, she walks up to Clark]
Ms. Rampling: I asked you to tell me who first settled in Kansas?
[Clark looks at his teacher and his heightened senses (x-ray vision, hearing, etc.) start to overwhelm him]
Ms. Rampling: Are you alright, Clark?
[Clark runs out of the class]
Ms. Rampling: Clark! Clark!
[he gets into the janitor’s closet and locks himself inside]
Ms. Rampling: Clark!
[the teacher tries knocks on the janitor’s door, trying to get Clark to come out]
Ms. Rampling: Clark, come out of there.
Clark Kent (9 Years): Leave me alone!
[we see all the school kids have gathered outside the Janitor’s door surrounding the teacher]
Ms. Rampling: Clark, I have called your mother. Clark!
[getting annoyed, Clark uses his heat vision to burn the metal door handle, making the teacher take her hand off the handle as it burns her]


[Clark’s adoptive mother Martha runs through the school corridor]
Martha Kent: Clark, I’m here. Clark, honey, it’s mom.
[Martha walks up to the door]
Martha Kent: Can you open the door?
[with his superhuman hearing, Clark hears the other kids talking about him and he starts crying]
Martha Kent: Sweetie, how can I help you if you won’t let me in?
Clark Kent (9 Years): The world’s too big, mom.
Martha Kent: Then make it smaller. Just um…focus on my voice.
[Clark closes his eyes as he listens to his mother’s voice]
Martha Kent: Pretend it’s an island, out in the ocean. Can you see it?
Clark Kent (9 Years): I see it.
Martha Kent: Then swim towards it, honey.
[Clark opens the door and embraces Martha]
Clark Kent (9 Years): What’s wrong with me, mom?
[Martha looks at him lovingly]
Martha Kent: Clark.
[back to Clark in the ocean, he opens his eyes and is surrounded by whales, later we see Clark, in his tattered pants, running into someone’s backyard and quickly stealing some clothes from the back of an open car]


[after grabbing some clothes, Clark walks into a small town and notices a school bus drive past him and he start having a flashback to when he was a teenager and he’s on a school bus going on a field trip when he starts getting mocked by another kid]
Teenage Pete Ross: Hey, ass wipe. What do you think? Did you see the game?
Lana Lang: Leave him alone, Pete.
Teenage Pete Ross: Oh, what are you? His girlfriend? I wanna hear what he has to say.
[Clark looks at Lana for a moment]
Teenage Pete Ross: Come on, dick splash.
[suddenly the bus gets a flat tire and the driver swerves off a bridge and into the lake, as the kids are almost drowning Clark gets out through the emergency exit and pushes the bus out of the water and onto the side of the lake, Lana looks back and notices Clark outside the bus, then Lana and the other kids watch as Clark goes back into the lake and rescues Pete]


[later, Pete’s mother, along with Pete, meet with the Kents to talk about how Clark had rescued her son]
Helen Ross: My son was there, he was in the bus. He saw what Clark did.
Jonathan Kent: I know he did. I’m sure…I’m sure what he thought he saw was…
Helen Ross: Was act of God, Jonathan. This was providence.
[Jonathan smiles uncomfortably and looks at Martha]
Martha Kent: Well, I think you’re blowing it a little out of the proportion.
Helen Ross: No, I’m not. Lana saw it too, and the Fordman boy. And this isn’t the first time Clark’s done something like this.
[Jonathan looks through the window into the backyard, where Clark was sitting on the garden swing, but he sees that Clark’s left]


[Jonathan leaves the house and finds Clark sitting on the back of the truck walks up to him]
Clark Kent (13 Years): I just wanted to help.
Jonathan Kent: I know you did, but we talked about this. Right? Right? We talked about this, you have…Clark, you have to keep this side of yourself a secret.
Clark Kent (13 Years): What was I supposed to do? Just let ’em die?man-of-steel-7
Jonathan Kent: Maybe. There’s more at stake here than just our lives, Clark, or the lives of those around us. When the world…when the world finds out what you can do, it’s going to change everything. Our…our beliefs, our notions of what it means to be human, everything. You saw how Pete’s mom reacted, right? She was scared, Clark.
Clark Kent (13 Years): Why?
Jonathan Kent: People are afraid of what they don’t understand.
Clark Kent (13 Years): Is she right? Did God do this to me?
[Jonathan doesn’t respond and just looks at Clark]
Clark Kent (13 Years): Tell me!


[Jonathan takes Clark to the barn and shows him the ship he was found in as a child]
Jonathan Kent: We found you in this. We were sure the government was gonna show up at our doorstep, but no one ever came.
[Jonathan takes out the key with ‘S’ logo on it that Jor-El had placed in the ship]
Jonathan Kent: This was in that chamber with you.
[he gives the key to Clark]
Jonathan Kent: I took it to a Metallurgist in Kansas state. He said, whatever it was made from didn’t even… didn’t even exist on the periodic table. It’s another way of saying that it’s not from this world, Clark. And neither are you. You’re the answer, son. You’re the answer to are we alone in the universe.
Clark Kent (13 Years): I don’t wanna be.
Jonathan Kent: And I don’t blame you, son. It’d be a huge burden for anyone to bare, but you’re not just anyone, Clark. And I have to believe that you were…that you were sent here for a reason. All these changes that you’re going through, one day…one day you’re gonna think of them as a blessing. And when that day comes, you’re gonna have to make a choice. A choice of whether to stand proud in front of the human race or not.
Clark Kent (13 Years): Can’t I just keep pretending I’m your son.
Jonathan Kent: You are my son.
[he embraces Clark]
Jonathan Kent: But somewhere out there you…you have another father too who gave you another name. And he sent you here for a reason, Clark. And even if it take you the rest of your life, you owe it to yourself to find out what that reason is.


[back to the present, we see Clark working in a bar when he overhears two army men talking about something being spotted in the Arctic]
Canadian Airman #1: I heard somebody found something strange on Ellesmere. Aircon’s been making runs out there all week.
Canadian Airman #2: That rat hole, you gotta be kidding me?
Canadian Airman #1: I know. It’s crazy, right? The Americans are there too. Lots of them. They’re calling it an anomalous object, whatever that means.
[at the same time Clark sees the waitress being harassed by a one of the bar patrons]
Chrissy: Back off, Ludlow. I’m serious.
Ludlow: Oh, come on, Chrissy.
[Ludlow pats her on the ass and she slaps his hand off]
Chrissy: Knock it off!
[Ludlow grabs her hand]
Ludlow: Sit down.
Chrissy: Let me go.
[at that moment Clark intervenes and puts his hand on Ludlow’s shoulder]
Clark Kent: Hey. Leave her alone, man.


[Ludlow rises in anger to face Clark]
Ludlow: Or what, tough guy?
Clark Kent: Or…gonna have to ask you to leave.
Ludlow: I think, I’ll probably just leave when I’m good and ready.
[he throws his beer onto Clark’s face and Clark just looks at him]
Ludlow: Ooh, there he is.
[Ludlow goes to push Clark, but Clark doesn’t move and it’s like he’s hit a rock, Clark makes a step toward Ludlow but the waitress stops him]
Chrissy: It’s not worth, sweetie.
[Clark takes his apron off and turns to leave]
Ludlow: Hey, asshole, don’t forget your tip.
[Ludlow throws a metal can at the back of Clark’s head, Clark ignore the jibe and walks out of the bar, later when Ludlow leaves the bar he sees his truck smashed between two power lines, then we see Clark hitching for a ride]


[in the Arctic, we see Clark working as crew for the army, he’s motioned to go meet the helicopter that’s just arrived with reporter Lois Lane, he helps her off the helicopter]
Lois Lane: Thanks.
[she turns to meet Jed Eubanks]
Lois Lane: Hi.
Jed Eubanks: Miss Lane, how are you doing? Jed Eubanks, Arctic cargo.
Lois Lane: How far to the station?
Jed Eubanks: Camp’s just over the rise, I’ll walk you over.
Lois Lane: Great.
[Eubanks points to Clark]
Jed Eubanks: Joe can take your bag.
[to Clark]
Jed Eubanks: Joe! Help her out.
[Clark takes Lois’s bags from the helicopter]
Lois Lane: Careful with those, they are heavy.
[Lois turns and starts walking off with Eubanks]
Jed Eubanks: I gotta confess Miss Lane, I’m not a fan of the Daily Planet. But those pieces you wrote when you were embedded with the First Division were…well, they were pretty impressive.
Lois Lane: Well, what can I say. I get writers block if I’m not wearing a flat jacket.


[at the army’s camp, Lois meets with Colonel Hardy and Dr. Emil Hamilton]
Colonel Nathan Hardy: Miss, Lane! I’m Colonel Hardy U.S. Northcom. Dr. Emil Hamilton from DARPA
[Lois extends her hand to Hardy to shake but he ignores her]
Dr. Emil Hamilton: Hi.
[Hamilton shakes her hand]
Colonel Nathan Hardy: You’re early. We were excepting you tomorrow.
Lois Lane: Which is why I showed up today. Look, let’s get one thing straight, guys, okay? The only reason I’m here is because we’re on Canadian soil and the appellate court overruled your injunction to keep me away. So, if we’re done measuring dicks, can you have your people show me what you found?
[Hardy looks at Hamilton, who smiles]


[later Lois is being shown satellite images of the ship that was found in the Arctic]
Officer Sekowsky: NASA’s ER satellites pinged the anomaly first, the ice shelf plays hell on the echo soundings, but there’s definitely something down there.
Lois Lane: A submarine, maybe from Soviet era?
Colonel Nathan Hardy: Doubtful, that’s three hundred meters, considerably larger than anything we know they built back then.
Officer Sekowsky: But here’s the spooky part. The ice surrounding the object, it’s nearly twenty thousand years old.


[later Lois is outside the camp, looking around]
Colonel Nathan Hardy: Miss Lane, try not wander. Temperatures drops to minus forty at night around here. We couldn’t find your body until after spring.
[as Hardy takes her to where she will be sleeping, we see Clark stepping out of the room]
Colonel Nathan Hardy: There you go.
Lois Lane: What if I need to tinkle?
Colonel Nathan Hardy: There’s a bucket in the corner.
[that night, Lois goes out exploring and taking pictures with her camera when she snaps a picture of Clark walking in the distance]
Lois Lane: Where the hell are you going?
[she follows Clark and enters a cave in the ice, we then see Clark using his heat vision to make way into the cave and finally finds a large spaceship, he enters the ship and finds one of the service levitating robots that allows him to place his ‘S’ key in it, but before he can, the second robot behind him lashes out at him and attacks him, Clark manages to fend it off and enter his key into the robot, after which the ghost of Jor-El appears and starts walking off]
Clark Kent: Hello?


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Total Quotes: 88



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