Revealing mistake: In the final scene, Superman is returning the White House's flag to its rightful place, flying over the fountain on the lawn...which is frozen solid in place. Obviously a photo backdrop.
Realizing that the battle of the titans in Metropolis will accomplish nothing but death and destruction for the city and its human inhabitants, Superman flies away to his Fortress of Solitude in the far north. The super-villains follow close behind, with Lois Lane and Lex Luthor in tow. After attempting to battle in the Fortress of Solitude, the super-villains threaten to kill Lois unless Superman gives up. He steps into the chamber that removed his powers earlier in the film, but has anticipated this move and so has reversed its effects--the chamber protects him from losing his powers, while the super-villains who are standing outside the chamber instead lose theirs.Superman finally kneels before General Zod, only to crush his hand and throws him into a deep crevasse. Non tries to fly to the rescue of his master, only to fall into another crevasse himself. Finally, Lois punches Ursa, who then falls into yet another crevasse. Superman and Lois fly back to Metropolis, leaving the traitorous Lex Luthor to fend for himself. Back in Metropolis, Superman causes Lois to forget his secret identity with a super-kiss so as to spare her from the despair of knowing that they can never be together. He is again and forever Superman, and ties up a couple of other loose ends as the movie closes.
Clark Kent: I have to go back.
Lois Lane: You can't go back, there's no way now.
Clark Kent: I have to. I've gotta try dammit, I've got to try something. Anything.
Lois Lane: It's not your fault. You didn't know this was going to happen.
Clark Kent: They knew. They tried to tell me. But, I didn't listen.
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