In Superman: The Movie, Lex Luthor (Gene Hackman) and his cronies Eve
Teschmacher and Otis (portrayed by Valerie Perrine and Ned Beatty,
respectively) track a large chunk to Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, where they
steal it from a museum under the cover of night.
In “Superman Returns’, Lex Luthor (now portrayed by Kevin Spacey)
enters the Metropolis Museum of Natural History and steals the Addis
Ababa L9 Pallasite Meteorite, which was discovered at the Kebe Mine in
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
224 INT. LUTHOR’S LAIR – DAY
CAMERA CLOSE on the front of a newspaper held by EVE who reads it intently, OTIS peering over her shoulder. The banner headline is clearly visible: I SPENT THE NIGHT WITH SUPERMAN – an exclusive interview by Lois Lane. CAMERA PANS to the desk.
LUTHOR sits behind a massive pile of books, notations, calculators, etc. He works feverishly with a slide rule, his face aglow with demonic inspiration.
Now then … given the location of the galaxy he
mentions . . .
(more slide rule)
And its proximity to our own solar system ..amazing…
(eyes lighting up)
Too good to be true! …
You said it … six-four, blue eyes, doesn’t drink, tells
the truth …
LUTHOR suddenly slams the slide rule down on the desk in a rage. It breaks in two, part of it whizzing across the room. EVE looks up, terrified. LUTHOR manages a patient smile, rises.
Some people can read War and Peace and come away
thinking it was a simple adventure story. Others can
read the ingredients on a chewing gum wrapper and
unlock the secret of the universe.
I read the article, Lex.
Exactly, Miss Teschmacher.
LUTHOR crosses to the massive wall of books behind him, climbs a large rolling wooden ladder attached to the shelves. He turns to OTIS .
Onward to the letter N. Otis. Let’s roll!
OTIS crosses to the ladder.
Was that “M,” Mr. . Luthor?
As in “moron”? No, Otis, N, as in nitwit, nincompoop,
OTIS begins to push the rolling ladder along the wall.
Now then. According to that interview the planet
Krypton blew up on May 23, 1948. ” The rocket
carrying the revolting little freak took three years to
reach Earth. Ergo?
He is thirty years old?
The staircase stops. LUTHOR looks down.
Do you know why the number 200 is so vitally descriptive
of both of’ us, Otis? It represents your weight – and my I.Q.
Think, people, think! Deductive reasoning, that’s the name
of the game!
LUTHOR turns dramatically, pulls out a specific periodical, starts to leaf through it.
Since .fragments of Krypton must have been shot
out into space by the explosion, it’s reasonable to
assume some of the debris would have landed here
You mean meteorites?
He finds the page he was looking for, his face lighting up. EVE and OTIS pick it up eagerly, look.
Et … voila!
LUTHOR lets the periodical sail down to the floor. EVE and OTIS pick it-up eagerly, looks.
The photo shows an ETHOPIAN FARMER holding a wedge-shaped green rock about a foot long and five inches high. The FARMER grins at the camera. The caption beneath reads: Meteorite Lands near Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June, 1951.
226 BACK TO SCENE
EVE and OTIS stare at the picture, mystified.
I know I’m going to get rapped in the mouth for saying
this, but – so what?
So -what? You mean to us it’s just a meteorite? Fair
enough. . .
But because of its high level of specific
radioactivity – to someone from the planet
Krypton – this substance would be lethal!
You mean bullets and .fire can’t hurt him, but
this kind of rock
Will kill him!
LUTHOR steps off the ladder, beams proudly at EVE.
At times like these you must experience a certain
shudder of ecstasy just being in the same room
Not like the kind of shudder you’re going to feel
when you try and lay that rock on him. He can spot
you coming miles away with those super-peepers
LUTHOR stares up at the ceiling dramatically.
Lord, you gave them eyes, but
they see not!
And neither can Superman – through lead. Four doors,
Miss Teschmacher, lead doors, and he had to rip them
all down to find that poisoned pellet. This bilious bluebird
has two Achilles’ heels!
(dawning on her)
You mean lead can hide things from him…
And the Kryptonite – will destroy him!
Any more Questions?
I wonder what they’re wearing in Addis