Superman (1978) Poster


Trevor Howard: 1st Elder



  • Military Officer : The energy input to Jor-El's quarters is now in excess. Our data indicates the loss is due to a mis-use of power.

    First Elder : Investigate.

    2nd Elder : And if our suspicions prove correct?

    First Elder : He knew the penalty he faced, even as a member of this Council. The law will be upheld.

  • First Elder : [following the trial and sentencing of General Zod and Company]  An unpleasant duty has been masterly performed, Jor-El. They have received the fate they deserve: isolation in the Phantom Zone, an eternal living death.

    Jor-El : A chance for survival, nonetheless... as opposed to us, if we continue to ignore these facts. It's suicide! No, it's worse. It's GENOCIDE!

    First Elder : Be warned, Jor-El. The Council has already evaluated this outlandish theory of yours.

    Jor-El : My friends, you know me to be neither rash nor impulsive. I'm not given to wild, unsupported statements. And I tell you that we must evacuate this planet immediately!

    First Elder : Jor-El, you are one of Krypton's greatest scientists.

    2nd Elder : Ah, yes, but so is Vond-Ah.

    Vond-Ah : It isn't that we question your data. The facts are undeniable. It's your conclusions we find unsupportable.

    Jor-El : This planet, and its red sun with it, will destabilize and burst within thirty days... likely within seven.

    Vond-Ah : I tell you Krypton is simply shifting its orbit.

    2nd Elder : Jor-El, be REASONABLE.

    Jor-El : My friend, I've never been otherwise. This madness is yours.

  • First Elder : [after the Council of Elders has voted unanimously against Jor-El's desperate proposal]  Any attempt by you to create a climate of fear and panic among the populace must be deemed by us an act of insurrection.

    Jor-El : You would accuse me of insurrection? Has it now become a crime to cherish life?

    First Elder : You would be banished to endless imprisonment in the Phantom Zone, the eternal void which you yourself discovered.

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