written by Mario Puzo, David Newman, Leslie Newman, and Robert Benton, from comic created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster
Jor-El: My son. You do not remember me. I am Jor-El. I am your father. By now you will have reached your 18th year, as it is measured on Earth. By that reckoning, I will have been dead for many thousands of your years. The knowledge, that I have matters physical and historic, I have given you fully on your voyage, to your new home. These are important matters to be sure but, still matters of mere fact. There are questions to be asked. And it is time, for you to do so. Here in this, this fortress of solitude, we shall try to find the answers together. So my son. Speak.
Clark (Jeff East): Who am I?
Jor-El: Your name is Kal-El. You are the only survivor of the planet Krypton. Even though you have been raised, as a human being you are not one of them. You have great powers, only some of which you have, as yet discovered. Come with me now my son, as we break through the bars of your Earthly confinement, travelling through time and space... In the 6 known dimensions...Your powers, will far exceed those of mortal man...It is forbidden for you to interfere with human history. Rather let your leadership, stir others to... In this next year, we shall examine, the human heart. It is more fragile than your own... For the past 2 years...As we pass through the flaming turmoil which is the edge of your own galaxy, we will enter the realm of the red Krypton sun. Source of your strength and nourishment and, cause of our eventual destruction. The planet Krypton, my son, your home, as it was... This year, we shall examine the various concepts of immortatility, and their basis in actual fact... The total accumulation of all knowledge spanning the 28 known galaxies, is embedded in the crystals which I have sent along with you. Study them well my son, and learn from them...Over the past 12 years, we have reasoned out logical judgments...By the time we return to the confines of your galaxy, 12 of your years will have passed... For this reason among others, I have chosen Earth, for you... It is now time for you to rejoin your new world, and to serve its, collective humanity. Live as one of them Kal-El, to discover where your strength and your power are needed. But always hold in your heart the pride, of your special heritage. They can be a great people Kal-El they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you, my only son.
(Now an adult, Superman emerges from the Fortress. The crowd goes wild.)
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