Superman (1978) Poster


Terence Stamp: General Zod



  • [first scene: General Zod and his minions are on trial. Jor-El states the accusations] 

    Jor-El : This is no fantasy, no careless product of wild imagination. No, my good friends. These indictments I have brought you today, specific charges listed herein against the individuals - their acts of treason, their ultimate aim of sedition... These are matters of undeniable fact. I ask you now to pronounce judgement on those accused...

    [Jor-El approaches the accused and indicates Non] 

    Jor-El : On this... this mindless aberration, whose only means of expression are wanton violence and destruction.

    [Jor-El indicates Ursa] 

    Jor-El : On the woman Ursa, whose perversions and unreasoning hatred of all mankind have threatened even the children of the planet Krypton.

    [Jor-El indicates Zod] 

    Jor-El : Finally, General Zod - once trusted by this council, charged with maintaining the defense of the planet Krypton itself. Chief architect of this intended revolution, and author of this insidious plot to establish a new order amongst us - with himself as absolute ruler.


    Jor-El : You have heard the evidence. The decision of the council will now be made.

    [all members of the Council announce "Guilty!"] 

    General Zod : The vote must be unanimous, Jor-El. It has therefore now become your decision. You alone will condemn us, if you wish, and you alone will be held responsible by me.


    General Zod : Join us.

    [wordlessly, Jor-El turns and walks off] 

    General Zod : You have been known to disagree with the council before. Yours could become an important voice in the new order, second only to my own! I offer you a chance for greatness, Jor-El! Take it! Join us!

    [Jor-El doesn't even look back] 

    Jor-El : [DELETED LINE, mostly to himself]  I've seen the likes of your new order, too many times before. And I know only too much about what you call "greatness".

    General Zod : You *will* bow down before me, Jor-El! I swear it! No matter if it takes an eternity, YOU *WILL* BOW DOWN BEFORE ME! *BOTH YOU AND, ONE DAY, YOUR HEIRS!*

    Ursa : [All three criminals are imprisoned within the Phantom Zone]  Forgive me...!

    General Zod : I shall return...!

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