EXT. WASHINGTON D.C.-DAY Our musical score provides an atmosphere of power and anticipation. The National mall in all its glory; the brilliant-white washington monument pierces the deep blue sky. EXT. ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE- DAY Lois lane -- Jimmy Olsen behind her -- moves through a security checkpoint. They then moe onto the tarmas ,we pan with them revealing AIR FORCE ONE UNDER PROR. White house staff and member sof the press climb the stairs to enter the plane. Lois and Jimmy follow. INT. AIR FORCE ONE - COCKPIT-DAY The CREW preforms a flight check. INT. AIR FORCE OE Lois and Jimmy take their seats . Shes trying hard not to reveal her giddy excitment-then the sound of JET ENGINES STARTING UP- EXT. AIR FOCE ONE-DAY The turbines begin to turn and we push in on a nengine panel at the front of the plane-its LOOSE. RATTLING. And on this foreboding image we cut: INT. CLARKS APARTMENT-DAY We push through the moving boxes that litter the place. and theres clark ,asleep in bed. His radio alarm goes off, music plays. Clark hits the snooze button and within seconds is asleep. EXT. SKY-DAY Air force one climbs in altitude. INT. AIR FOCE ONE-DAY Lois looks over hnotes. Jimmy is putting napkins, menu cards, anything "air force once" into his camera ga, Lois sees this says quietly LOIS Jimmy ! JIMMY What? Oh come on they know were goin to take this stuff! A staff member approaches talks to lois. STAFF MEMBER The president will see you now. LOIS Thank you Lois gives jimmy a look, then heads to the front. EXT. AIR FORCE ONE-DAY The plane flies -- and the camera moves in, to the engine with the loose panel -- we push in--it shakes violently- INT. AIR FRCE ONE - COCKPIT-DAY The pilot, as the plane reaches it 33,000feet altitude. Suddenly emergency light flashes -- a constant buzzing-- they react- technical chatter. INT. AIR FORCE ONE Lois follows staff member down the isle as the "fasten your seatbelt" light illuminates, EXT. AIR FORCE ONE-DAY The engine panel rips loose and is sucked into the turbines --blades hatter -- theengine explodes --the plane banks hard. INT. AIRFORCE ONE-DAY Lois falls to the floor-people scream-everything tilts-one of the journalists, on a plane phone reports JOURNALIST Oh my god-robt were going down-were in a dive! INT. AIR FORCE ONE-COCKPIT-DAY The pilots frantically try to correct the planes altitude-feverish radio calls. EXT. AIR FORCE ONE the plane dives hard -- and we smash cut to INT. CLARKS APARTMENT DAY Clark is uncousious. his radip goe soff again: D.J.(v.o.) Orce One is appearently having engine probl- Clark hits snooze again-instantly alseep- INT. AIR FORCE ONE - COCKPIT-DAY Its MAYHEM- alarms blaring, PILOT TWO Engine two redlining! EXT. AIR FORCE ONE-DAY A second engine blows-black smoke pouring from it as the plane plummets- INT. AIR FORCE ONE Lois --terrified--holds on to the eats as she desperatly tries to make it back to jimmy-- We now see the president, who, along with his wife and daughter are surrounded by secret service agents, all terrified- INT. CLARKS APARTMENT Push in on clark as a reporters voice fades up- T.V. REPORTER WAE ARE RECIEVING INFORMATION FROMA SOURCE ON THE AIRPLANE THAT AIR FORCE ON HAS LOST TW OOF ITS ENGINES AND AT THIS MOMENT IS-plunging towards earth! sUDDENLY clark bolts awake-he turns top look and rack focus-a cross the street in an apartment , behind a closed window, a women irons while wwatching the news report. REPORTER Repeat breaking news : it has been confirmed that air force one if in a steep, uncontrolled dive, headed for collision. Clark springs from his bed-his mind races-he realizes what todo. He turns to the moving boxes -- scans them all- rips one open-under sweaters and sweatshirtsis a canister. A whip of the wrist and the suit bounds out and into the middle of the apartment ,standing like it once did before, but this time...itll fit! Off clarks face -- awash in trepidition -- we suddenly pull back at lightspeed to: EXT. CLARK APARMENT Outside his apartment, a long shot, we make out clark as he puts the suit-the suit puts itself on him- and in this same shot we race-blur-stopping at the roof where superman burts through the door, knocking it off its hinges. Then we quickly push in tight on superman face as he searches the skies. Though of course, this is still cakr, his typical fear is overwhelmed by intense determination. And in that moment he takes off into the sky. EXT. SKY - DAY Air Force one spin dives -- two f-18s appear, flanking the failing aircraft. INT. F 18 - DAY One of the pilots into his radio: F-18 PILOT Negitive that theres nothing we can do from here, INT. AIR FORCE ONE - DAY Lois is trying to climb up towards the rear of the plane, tears streaming down her face. EXT. SKY Piercing the clouds-a humen bullet bluring hrough the sky -- superman blasts across the horizon. For a moment, superman stops -- steadying himself, still new to flight, we push in tight on his face as his extraoriginary eyes and ears scrutinize the sky - he hears the straining of engines and he takes off again. EXT. BOSTON-DAY Pedestrians in Harvard sqaure looking upwards: PEDESTRIA 1 Look! up in the sky! PEDESTRIAN 2 (who cares) Its bird. PEDESTRIAN 3 Its a plane! PEDESTRIAN 2 Oh my god it is a plane! EXT. SKY Air force one cant recover -- the engines straining loudly, the plane psins, f-18s still flaning. Then the camera pivots, rvealing superman as he approaches the plane-- as he reaches for a wing, the plane spirals, sending him tumbling -- Superman steadies himself mid-tumble and dives again for the plane- he first grabs one of the wings and tries to make the plane stop spinning, INT. F-18 The pilot- having seen supeman-is astonished: PILOT Fellas? INT. AIR FORCE ONE-DAY lOIS GETS TO A WINDOW -- LOOKS OUT--SEES SUPERMAN FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME-as henflys back underneatth the belly of the plane-her mind spins. Jimmy appears, jumos infront of her snapping pictures. EXT. BOSTON More and more people gather to watch the event unfold-many run terriefied. EXT. SKY - DAY Hoisting the entire aircraft on his back, superman begins to lift the plane, superman strains under the nourmous weigfht-AND RESOTRES IT TO ITS NORMAL ALTITUDE INT. AIR FORCE ONE-DAY Lois is in disbelief-she almost wants to laugh- The president and hisfamily , relieved ut confounded, look at out the window, trying to understand whats happened.. INT. AIR FORCE ONE -DAY The crew reacts: NAVIGATOR Wally, good job! PILOT Guys, Im not doing anything. INT. F-18 PILOT Uh, is anyone else seeing this? RADIO VOICE(in disbelief) I think so. EXT. BOSTON - DAY Some pedestrians are running like mad -- others -most) stunned, frozen in shock -- as air foce one is carried safely down into the city, towar the missle of boston commons, by man dressed in a fully body blue suit and red cape. INT AIR FORCE ONE COCKPIT-DAY NAVIGATOR Should we put down the landing gear? PILOT(in shock) what the hell? EXT.BOSTON COMMONS - DAY The park middle of the city-countless bostonians cheer widly as superman gently sets down the presidents airplane. out of breathe superman looks up at the crowd, laughing, yelling, in shock, applause, lots of picture taking. Superman -- clark-- is so unacustomed to this moment0-such a superneophyte, that he is unable to enjoy it. Emergency chutes activate and secret service agents begin to slide off the plane-followed by the president, who moves towards superman, agents holding himn back but he waves them off. PRESIDENT Escuse me sir, do you speak english? SUPERMAN Yessir... PRESIDENT Well then. iwant to say two words to you, son. two words ive never ment more in my- SUPERMAN excuse me. superman walks past the president over to lois-who has just slid down the slide. she looks up -- his hand is there. she takes it and he helps her up, her breathe taken away, SUPERMAN You ok? LOIS Me? She looks at stunned and grateful to the core. Hes perpplexed that she doesnt know who he is. LOIS Who are you? SUPERMAN Ill give you a hint...fly. LOIS(oblivious, in shock0 I know I saw-how do you do that? It hits him-she doesnt knpw who he is. then, from behind him, half a dozn video cameras and reporters- REPORTERS Sir! in the red and blue! who are you? are youa republican? where are you frm? whats youir name? are the alien weve been hearing about? what does the s stand for? Cameras going wild the whole time -- the hoard of reporters surprisingly iritating for superman, he looks ackat lois, who stares at him, behgolden. captivated. but hes too anxiou to say anything but SUPERMAN Excuse me- and with a magnificent LEAP, superman bounds into the sky -- everyone gasps, some scream or faint-camera catching every glimpse-including jmmys. JIMMY Oh my god miss lane, oh my god, oh my god, miss lane.