Silence. CAMERA PANS UP to the faces. The FIRST ELDER pauses momentarily.
The FIRST ELDER'S face instantly disappears from the domed ceiling.
The SECOND ELDER'S face disappears. One by one the remaining NINE ELDERS vote "guilty'" in rapid succession until the ceiling has become a black void.
11CLOSE ON JOR-EL AND VILLANS
JOR-EL faces GENERAL ZOD, his aura glowing as a separate island of light outside the circle.
Do you have anything to say before
the decision of the Council is pronounced?
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.
(JOR-EL stares blankly)
Join us. 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 hesitates briefly, then suddenly disappears - his electric white aura extinguishing itself. ZOD's face twists with rage.
One day you will bow down before
12EXT. TRIAL CHAMBER IN SPACE - DAY
The domed roof of the building cracks open, starts to swivel back. In the distance:
a slate-gray atmospheric eminence (THE PHANTOM ZONE) travels rapidly through
the sky, approaches the opening.
13INT. TRIAL CHAMBER
The VILLANS are alone in the trial chamber. ZOD rants:
I swear it! No matter that it
takes an eternity! You will bow
down before me...
The gray mass of the Phantom Zone has entered through the open dome, closes down on the VILLANS, erasing the ring of white light as it progresses .
...Both you, and then one day,