Starring: Christian Bale, Gary Oldman, Tom Hardy, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Anne Hathaway, Marion Cotillard, Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Matthew Modine, Alon Aboutboul, Ben Mendelsohn, Burn Gorman, Daniel Sunjata, Aidan Gillen, Juno Temple, Liam Neeson, Cillian Murphy, Josh Pence
OUR RATING: ★★★★☆
Superhero action sequel, and the final installment in Nolan’s The Dark Knight Trilogy, directed and co-written by Christopher Nolan. The story picks up eight years after Batman (Christian Bale), in collusion with Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman), vanished into the night. We see Bruce Wayne living as recluse in Wayne Manor, seen only by the trusted Alfred (Michael Caine). Gotham appears at peace, with organized crime dropping, however, the arrival of a cunning cat burglar, Selina (Anne Hathaway), and a merciless terrorist named Bane (Tom Hardy), force Batman out of exile and into a battle he may not be able to win.
Our Favorite Quotes:'You got to learn to hide the anger, and practice smiling in the mirror. It's like putting on a mask.' - Blake (The Dark Knight Rises) Click To Tweet 'There are always people you care about. You just don't realize how much until they're gone.' - Bruce Wayne (The Dark Knight Rises) Click To Tweet 'Maybe it's time we all stopped trying to outsmart the truth and just let it have its day.' - Alfred (The Dark Knight Rises) Click To Tweet 'Suffering builds character.' - Miranda (The Dark Knight Rises) Click To Tweet
Best Quotes (Total Quotes: 159)
[first lines; Gordon is giving a speech about Harvey Dent]
Commissioner Gordon: I knew Harvey Dent, I was his friend. And it will be a very long time before someone inspires us the way he did. I believed in Harvey Dent.
[three men are captured and given to a CIA agent who’s looking for Bane]
CIA Op: Dr. Pavel, I’m CIA.
Barsad: He wasn’t alone.
CIA Op: Uh, you don’t get to bring friends.
Dr. Pavel: They are not my friends.
Barsad: Don’t worry, no charge for them.
CIA Op: And why would I want them?
Barsad: They were trying to grab your prize. They work for the mercenary, the masked man.
CIA Op: Bane?
[Barsad nods his head]
CIA Op: Get him on board, I’ll call it in.
[inside the plane, the three masked men are brought to their knees]
CIA Op: The flight plan I just filed with the agency, lists me, my men, Dr. Pavel here. But only one of you!
[he indicates to one of his men to slide open the plane door]
CIA Op: First one to talk gets to stay on my aircraft!
[one of the hooded men is held by the open door of the airplane]
CIA Op: Who paid you to grab Dr. Pavel?
[the hooded man doesn’t answer, the CIA Op shoots his gun and one of his men drags the hooded man back in]
CIA Op: He didn’t fly so good! Who wants to try next?
[another masked man is held by the open door of the aircraft as the CIA Op holds his gun against his head]
CIA Op: Tell me about Bane? Why does he wear the mask?
[the second masked man doesn’t answer]
CIA Op: A lot of loyalty, for a hired gun!
[the third hooded man speaks]
Bane: Or perhaps he’s wondering why someone would shoot a man before throwing him out of the plane.
CIA Op: At least you can talk! Who are you?
Bane: It doesn’t matter who we are, what matters is our plan.
[the CIA Op slowly removes the man’s hood revealing that it’s Bane]
Bane: No one cared who I was till I put on the mask.
[referring to Bane’s face mask]
CIA Op: If I pull that off will you die?
Bane: It will be extremely painful.
CIA Op: You’re a big guy.
Bane: For you.
CIA Op: Was getting caught part of your plan?
Bane: Of course. Dr. Pavel refused our offer in favor of yours, but we want to find out what he told you.
Dr. Pavel: Nothing! I said nothing!
CIA Op: Well, congratulations! You got yourself caught! So, now what’s the next step of your master plan?
Bane: Crashing this plane with no survivors!
[at that moment another plane flies above, and four men jump out and their smaller plane in a mid-air assault that ends up dragging the plane almost upside-down in mid-air, as most of the CIA men on the plane die, Dr. Pavel and a body attached to an IV remain]
[after Bane’s men attack the CIA plane, Bane stops one of his men from trying to save himself from the plane]
Bane: No! They expect one of us in the wreckage, brother.
Bane’s Thug: We started a fire.
Bane: Yes, the fire rises.
[Bane grabs hold of Pavel who shouts in fear]
Bane: Calm down, doctor. Now is not the time for fear. That comes later.
[Bane presses a button and the CIA plane plummets to the ground with Bane holding onto Pavel and the rope from the other bigger plane]
[the Mayor is giving a speech being at hosted at Wayne Manor]
Mayor: Harvey Dent Day may not be our oldest public holiday, but we’re here tonight because it’s one of the most important. Harvey Dent’s uncompromising stand against organized crime has made Gotham a safer place than it was at the time of his death, eight years ago. This city has seen a historic turn around. No city is without crime, but this city is without organized crime because of Dent’s act gave law enforcement teeth in its fight against the mob. Now people are talking about repealing the Dent Act, and to them I say, not on my watch.
[the audience claps]
Mayor: I want to thank the Wayne Foundation for hosting this event, and I’m told, Mr. Wayne couldn’t be here tonight. I’m sure he’s with us in spirit.
[as they listen to the Mayor’s speech about Harvey Dent at Wayne Manor]
Congressman: Have you ever laid eyes on Wayne at one of his events?
Foley: No one has, not in years.
[the Mayor continues his speech at Wayne Manor]
Mayor: That people put their faith in a murderous thug in a mask and a cape. A thug, who showed his true nature, when he betrayed the trust this great man, and murdered him in cold blood.
[he points to the large photo of Harvey Dent behind him]
Mayor: Jim Gordon, can tell you the truth about Harvey Dent. He could, but I’ll let him tell you himself. Commissioner Gordon!
[the audience claps as Gordon makes his way to the stand, Gordon looks down at his prepared speech and says to himself as he remembers the real truth of what happened to Dent]
Commissioner Gordon: The truth…
[he addresses the audience]
Commissioner Gordon: I have a speech telling the truth about Harvey Dent. Maybe the time isn’t right.
[he puts the speech away in his jacket pocket]
Commissioner Gordon: Maybe right now, all you need to know is that there are one thousand inmates in Blackgate Prison as the direct result of the Dent Act. These are violent criminals, essential cogs in the organized crime machine. Maybe, for now, all I should say about the death of Harvey Dent is this; it has not been for nothing.
[in the kitchen of Wayne Manor during the Harvey Dent Day, we see the maids talking about Bruce, one of the maids is Selina Kyle]
Selina: Did you see the guy who owns the house?
Maid #2: No. No, I heard he never leaves the East Wing.
Maid #3: You know, I heard he had an accident. Yeah, that he’s disfigured. He has to…
[suddenly Alfred interrupts them]
Alfred: Mr. Till, why are your people using the main staircase? And where’s Mrs. Bolton?
Selina: Uh, she’s up at the bar, sir. Can I help?
Alfred: The East drawing room, unlock the door, put the tray on the table, lock the door again. Nothing more.
[Alfred places the key on the tray for Selina to take to Bruce]
Alfred: I’m sorry, Miss Tate, I tried, but he won’t see you.
Daggett: You know, you musn’t take it personally. Everyone knows that Wayne’s hold up in there with eight-inch nails, peeing in a Mason jar. It’s very good of you to let me on the grounds.
Daggett: Why are you wasting your time, trying to talk to a man who threw away your investment, on some ‘save the world’ vanity project? He can’t get your money back, I can.
Miranda: I could try explaining that a ‘save the world’ project, vain or not, is worth investing in, Mr. Daggett. But you only understand money and the power you think it buys. So why waste my time indeed?
[Miranda turns and walks off]
[after his speech]
Commissioner Gordon: The second shift reports in?
Foley: You should spend some more time with the Mayor.
Commissioner Gordon: Well, that’s your department.
[Gordon walks off]
Congressman: Anyone shown him the crime stats?
Foley: He goes by his gut and it continues to bother him, no matter what the numbers.
Congressman: Must be popular with his wife.
Foley: Not really, she took the kids and left for Cleveland.
Congressman: Well, he’ll have plenty of time for visits. The Mayor’s going to dump him in the spring.
Foley: But he’s a hero.
Congressman: A war hero, this is peace time.
[Selina drops off the food in the east wing, she sees a door open, we see her checking out a family photo and walking around the room wearing a pearl necklace, Bruce shows up next door and hears her, he suddenly shoots an arrow towards the archery target near Selina making her jump]
Selina: Sorry! Very sorry, I’m so terribly sorry, Mr. Wayne. It is, Mr. Wayne, isn’t it?
[Bruce walks out of the shadows towards her, looking bearded and walking with a cane]
Selina: Although you don’t have long nails or facial scars, sir.
Bruce Wayne: Is that what they say about me?
Selina: It’s just that, no, no one every sees you.
Bruce Wayne: That’s a beautiful necklace, it reminds me of one that belonged to my mother. It can’t be the same one, cause her pearls are in this safe.
[he opens the safe]
Bruce Wayne: The manufacturer clearly explained, it is uncrackable.
Selina: Oops. Nobody told me it was uncrackable.
Bruce Wayne: I’m afraid I can’t let you take those.
Selina: Look, you wouldn’t beat up a woman, anymore than I would beat a cripple.
[Selina walks towards Bruce and suddenly knocks his cane out from under him making him fall]
Selina: Of course, sometimes exceptions happen.
[she climbs up the window and turns to look at Bruce, who’s lying on the floor]
Selina: Good night, Mr. Wayne.
[suddenly she quickly flips backwards out of the open window, she quickly changes her outfit and gets in the car with the Congressman]
Selina: Can I have a ride?
Congressman: You read my mind. Let’s go.
[after Selina has left, Bruce checks inside the safe and Alfred walks in the room]
Alfred: Miss Tate was asking to see you again.
Bruce Wayne: She’s very persistent.
Alfred: And quite lovely, in case you were wondering.
Bruce Wayne: I wasn’t.
Alfred: What are you doing?
Bruce Wayne: Examining print dust, we’ve been robbed.
Alfred: And this is your idea of, uh, sounding the alarm, is it?
Bruce Wayne: She took the pearls, tracking device and all.
Bruce Wayne: One of the maids. Perhaps you should stop letting them in this side of the house.
Alfred: Perhaps you should start learning to make your own bed.
[Bruce starts to walk off]
Alfred: Why were you dusting for prints?
Bruce Wayne: I wasn’t. She was.
[while on the rooftop with the old, broken Bat-Signal, Gordon is approached by a young cop]
Blake: Sir, Congressman Gilly’s wife has been calling in, apparently the Congressman never made it home after the Wayne Foundation event.
Commissioner Gordon: That’s a job for the police.
Blake: When you and Dent cleaned up the streets, you cleaned them good. Pretty soon we’ll be chasing down uh, overdue library books. And yet, here you are, like we’re still at war.
Commissioner Gordon: What’s your name, son?
Blake: Blake, sir.
Commissioner Gordon: You got something you want to ask me, Officer Blake?
Blake: It’s about that night, this night, eight years ago. The night Dent died, the last confirmed sighting of the Batman. He murders those people, takes down two SWAT teams, breaks Dent’s neck and then just vanishes.
Commissioner Gordon: I’m not hearing a question, son.
Blake: Don’t you want to know who he was?
[Gordon looks at the broken Bat -Signal for a moment]
Commissioner Gordon: I know exactly who he was. He was the Batman.
[Gordon starts walking off]
Commissioner Gordon: Let’s go see about the Congressman’s wife.
[the next morning, Alfred finds Bruce missing from his room, he calls out to him but there’s not reply, eventually, Alfred finds Bruce inside the Batcave beneath Wayne Manor]
Alfred: You haven’t been down here in a long time.
Bruce Wayne: I’m trying to find out more about our jewel thief. I ran her prints, unless she’s lost a lot of weight, she was wearing someone else’s fingerprints. She’s good.
[his computer monitor shows a mug shot of a large male armed-robbery suspect]
Alfred: She may be, but we have a trace on the necklace.
Bruce Wayne: We do, so I cross-referenced the address she went back to with police data on high-end B and E’s, and, um…
[Bruce pulls up a photo of Selina on his monitor]
Bruce Wayne: Selina Kyle. The databases are full of close calls, tips from fences, she’s good, but the ground is shrinking beneath her feet.
Alfred: We should send the police before she fences the pearls.
Bruce Wayne: She won’t, she likes them too much. And they weren’t what she was after.
Alfred: What was she after?
Bruce Wayne: My fingerprints. There was printer toner mixed with graphite on the safe. It gives you a good pull, and it’s untraceable.
Alfred: Fascinating. You two should exchange notes over coffee.
Bruce Wayne: So Now you’re trying to set me up with a jewel thief?
Alfred: At this point, I’d set you up with a chimpanzee if it brought you back into the world.
Bruce Wayne: There’s nothing out there for me.
Alfred: And that’s the problem. You hung up your cape and your cowl, but you didn’t move on. You never went to find a life. To find someone…
Bruce Wayne: Alfred. I did find someone.
Alfred: I know, and you lost them. But that’s all part of living, sir. But you’re not living, you’re just waiting, hoping for things to go bad again. Remember when you left Gotham? Before all this, before Batman. You were gone seven years, seven years I waited. Hoping that you wouldn’t come back. Every year I took a holiday, I went to Florence. There’s this café, on the banks of the Arno. Every fine evening I’d sit there and order a Fernet Branca. I had this fantasy that I would look across the tables and I’d see you there, with a wife, maybe a couple of kids. You wouldn’t say anything to me, nor me to you, but we’d both know that you’d made it, that you were happy.
[we see flashback of Alfred seated in a café, spotting a couple at another table, thinking the man is Bruce, but as the man turns Alfred sees that it’s not Bruce]
Alfred: I never w wanted you to come back to Gotham. I always knew there was nothing here for you except pain and tragedy, and I wanted something more for you than that. I still do.
[Alfred turns and leaves]
[after Blake and his partner have found a body of a teenage boy in the tunnels of a concrete trough, Blake goes to the home for boys where he knew Jimmy used to stay]
Fr. Reilly: Jimmy hadn’t been here for months.
Blake: No? Why?
Fr. Reilly: Blake, you know why, he aged out. We don’t have the resources to keep boys on after sixteen.
Blake: Yeah, but I thought The Wayne Foundation give money for them.
Fr. Reilly: Not for the past couple of years.
Blake: He has a brother here, doesn’t he?
Fr. Reilly: Mark. I’ll tell him.
Blake: I’d like to, if that’s alright.
[Blake talks to Jimmy’s younger brother in the playground at the home for boys]
Blake: Do you know what was he doing down there in the tunnels?
Mark: A lot of guys been going down the tunnels when they age out. Say you can live down there. Say there’s work down there.
Blake: Work? What kind of work are you going to find in the sewers?
Mark: More than you can find up here, I guess.
Blake: So you know about him.
Mark: Of course. Do you think he’s coming back?
Blake: I don’t know.
[Selina is at a bar with a drunk guy dressed in a in a Hawaiian shirt, she goes over and sits at a table where a man dressed in a suit is sitting]
Stryver: You brought a date?
Selina: I like having someone around to open doors for me. Right hand. No partials.
[Selina passes him an envelope from which Stryver takes out a transparency slide and holds it up to the light]
Stryver: Very nice.
[Stryver keeps the slide]
Selina: Not so fast, handsome. You got something for me?
Stryver: Oh, yes.
[Stryver looks at one of his thugs who locks the door and another one of his thugs stands close to Selina]
Selina: I don’t know what you’re planning to do with Mr. Wayne’s prints, but I’m guessing you’ll need his thumb. You don’t count so good, huh?
Stryver: I count fine. In fact, I’m counting to ten, right now.
[the thug next to Selina puts a gun to her head]
[Selina takes out her cell phone from her purse and gives it to Stryver]
Selina: My friend’s outside. Just hit ‘send’.
[Stryver looks at the phone and hits ‘send’, just then someone knocks at the door and the other thug opens it, a woman enters and joins Selina and Stryver]
Jen: This place is a little dead.
Selina: It’ll liven up in a minute, trust me.
[Selina gives Stryver another envelope which holds the slide with Bruce’s thumb print on it]
Jen: Is everything okay?
Selina: Great. Catch you later.
[Jen leaves and Stryver takes out the slide from the envelope]
[after Jen leaves]
Selina: It would have been a lot easier to just give me what we agreed.
Stryver: We can’t have loose ends. And even in that dress, no one is going to miss you.
Selina: No. But my friend over there?
[referring to the guy in the Hawaiian shirt sitting at the bar, who we now see is the Congressman from earlier]
Selina: Every cop in the city is missing him.
[the TV at the bar shows the news with photo of the missing Congressman]
Stryver: That’s cute. But they’re not going to be looking in a place like this.
Selina: I don’t know. You did just use his cell phone.
[Stryver glances down at the cell phone, suddenly a car screech is heard outside, Selina quickly gets up and attacks the thug with the gun, a SWAT team attacks the bar and chase after the thugs, as they enter Selina pretends to be a victim and starts screaming and crying]
[after the SWAT team go after the thugs Selina goes over to the Congressman who is clutching his wounded leg]
Selina: Keep some pressure on that, sweetheart.
[Selina leaves the bar]
Congressman: Call me?
[as Selina leaves the bar she runs into Blake and pretends to be a victim]
Blake: Hey, miss?
Selina: He’s bleeding! You got to help him.
[Blake enters the bar with his gun drawn and sees the Congressman, he speaks into his radio]
Blake: I got the Congressman.
[outside Selina quickly makes her escape]
[after Gordon goes down a manhole chasing after the thugs and after some gun shots there’s an explosion, Blake and the other cops get over to the manhole]
Blake: What, they went down there? We’re going to go down there, right?
SWAT in Alley: That was a gas explosion, kid.
Blake: That wasn’t gas, it’s a sewer.
Foley: No one goes in there till we know what’s down there!
Blake: We know what’s down there, sir. The Police Commissioner!
Foley: Someone get this hothead out of here. And where’s that DWP guy!
[after the explosion in the sewers, Gordon gets knocked down and two thugs carry him in the tunnels to an area where it appears some construction is being done with gangs of homeless street kids, Gordon is taken to Bane, who is sitting crouched with his back to Gordon]
Bane: Why are you here?
[one of the thugs kicks Gordon]
Sewer Thug #1: Answer him!
Bane: I was asking you.
Sewer Thug #1: It’s the Police Commissioner.
[Bane stands and turns to face them]
Bane: And you brought him down here?
Sewer Thug #2: We didn’t know what to do. We just thought…
Bane: You panicked. And your weakness has cost the lives of three others.
Sewer Thug #1: No, he’s alone!
[Bane flips the thug’s chin up and we hear a crack and the thug fall to the ground; to the 2nd thug]
Bane: Search him. Then I will kill you.
[the thug takes out a piece of paper from Gordon’s pocket, which is the Harvey Dent speech, and gives it to Bane who opens the paper, just then Gordon rolls himself off the steps and into the flowing sewer water, gunshots are fired at him]
Sewer Thug #2: He’s dead.
Bane: So show me his body.
Sewer Thug #2: The water runs to any one of the outflows. We’ll never find him.
[Barsad, who is standing next to the thug hands Bane a GPS]
Bane: Follow him.
[Bane puts the GPS in the thug’s pocket]
Sewer Thug #2: Follow him?
[suddenly Bane shoots the thug who falls into the flowing sewer water, we then see Blake rescuing Gordon at the end of the sewer drain]
[Wayne knocks the door at Wayne Manor with Alfred answering the door]
Blake: I need to see Bruce Wayne.
Alfred: I’m sorry, Mr. Wayne doesn’t take unscheduled calls. Even from a police officer.
Blake: And if I go get a warrant, for the investigation of Harvey Dent’s murder? Would that still count as unscheduled?
[later, Bruce enters the study where Blake is waiting]
Bruce Wayne: What can I do for you, officer?
Blake: Commissioner Gordon’s been shot. He chased a gunman down into the sewers. When I pulled him out he was babbling about an underground army and a masked man called Bane.
Bruce Wayne: Well, shouldn’t you be telling your superior officers about this?
Blake: They asked me if he saw any giant alligators. He needs you. He needs the Batman.
Bruce Wayne: If Commissioner Gordon thinks…
Blake: Oh, he doesn’t know or care who you are. But we’ve met before. It was a long time ago, I was a kid. Uh, St. Swithings, it used to be funded by the Wayne Foundation, it’s an orphanage. My mom died when I was small, it was a car accident, I don’t really remember it. But, uh, my dad got shot a couple of years later over a gambling debt. And I remember that one just fine. Not a lot of people know what it feels like, do they?
[Bruce looks down and turns his back to Blake, looking out the window]
Blake: To be angry. In your bones. I mean, they understand. Foster parents, everybody, understands, for a while. But then they want the angry little kid to do something he knows he can’t do. To move on. So after a while they stop understanding and they send the angry kid to a boys home. I figured it out too late. You got to learn to hide the anger, and practice smiling in the mirror. It’s like putting on a mask. So you showed up this one day in a cool car, pretty girl on your arm. We were so excited. Bruce Wayne, billionaire orphan! We used to make up stories about you, man. Legends. And you know, to the other kids that’s all it was, just stories. But, right when I saw you I knew who you really were.
[Bruce turns and looks at Blake]
Blake: I’d seen that look on your face before. It’s the same one I taught myself.
[Blake gets up to leave]
Blake: I don’t know why you took the fall for Dent’s murder, but I’m still a believer in the Batman. Even if you’re not.
[Blake turns and starts walking towards the study door]
Bruce Wayne: Why did you say that your boys home used to be funded by the Wayne Foundation?
Blake: Because the money stopped. Might be time to get some fresh air and start paying attention to the details. Some of those details might need your help.
[Blake turns and leaves]
[Bruce and Alfred watch as Blake gets into his car and drives away]
Bruce Wayne: You checked that name? Bane?
Alfred: He’s a mercenary. No other known names. Him and his men were behind a coup in West Africa that secured mining operations for our friend John Daggett.
Bruce Wayne: Now Daggett’s brought them here.
Alfred: Or so it seems. I’ll keep digging.
[Alfred turns to leave]
Bruce Wayne: Yeah. Alfred, why did the Wayne Foundation stop funding boys homes in the city?
Alfred: The Foundation is funded by the profits of Wayne Enterprises. There have to be some.
Bruce Wayne: Time to talk to Mr. Fox, I think.
Alfred: I’ll get him on the phone.
Bruce Wayne: No. No. No. No. Do we still have any cars around the place?
[Alfred’s face lights up at hearing this]
Alfred: Yes! One or two.
Bruce Wayne: I need an appointment at the hospital for my leg.
[Bruce stars to walk off]
Alfred: Which hospital?
Bruce Wayne: Whichever one Jim Gordon’s in.
[Bruce visits the doctor at the hospital]
Doctor: I’ve seen worse cartilage in knees.
Bruce Wayne: That’s good.
Doctor: No, that’s because there is no cartilage in your knee. And not much of any use in your elbows or your shoulders. Between that and the scar tissue on your kidneys, a residual concussive damage to your brain tissue and the general scarred-over quality of your
body, I cannot recommend that you go heli-skiing, Mr. Wayne.
[the doctor walks out and leaves Bruce in the room]
Bruce Wayne: Right.
[Bruce gets up and pulls on a ski mask, pulls a wire from his cane, goes to the window and jumps down]
[Bruce visits Gordon in his room as he lies in his bed, hooked up to machines, he speaks in a weak voice]
Commissioner Gordon: We were in this together. Then you were gone.
Bruce Wayne: The Batman wasn’t needed anymore. We won.
[Bruce is sitting beside him wearing the ski mask]
Commissioner Gordon: Based on a lie. And now this evil rising from where we tried to bury it. The Batman has to come back.
Bruce Wayne: What if he doesn’t exist anymore?
Commissioner Gordon: He must. He must.
[Bruce gets up to leave]
[as Bruce uses his tracking device to look at where Selina is, we see Selina putting on the pearls in her apartment and next door she hears Jen being mishandled by a man]
Selina: Get out.
Yuppie: She took my…!
[suddenly Selina twists his arm behind him and throws him out of the apartment]
Jen: I don’t know what he’s so upset about, there’s’ only sixty bucks in here.
Selina: Probably the watch.
[Selina holds up her hand which has the man’s watch, Jen laughs as Selina throws the watch to her]
[Bruce attends a lavish charity ball where he watches Selina wearing a mask and dancing]
Miranda: Bruce Wayne at a charity ball?
[Bruce turns to find Miranda, wearing a small face mask]
Bruce Wayne: Miss Tate, isn’t it?
Miranda: Even before you became a recluse, you never came to these things.
Bruce Wayne: Proceeds go to the big fat spread. It’s not about charity, it’s about feeding the ego of whichever society has laid this on.
Miranda: Actually, this is my party, Mr. Wayne.
Bruce Wayne: Oh.
Miranda: And the proceeds will go where they should, because I paid for the big fat spread myself.
Bruce Wayne: That’s very generous of you.
Miranda: You have to invest to restore balance to the world. Take our clean-energy project.
Bruce Wayne: Sometimes the investment doesn’t pay off. I’m Sorry.
Miranda: You have a practiced apathy, Mr. Wayne. But a man who doesn’t care about the world doesn’t spend half his fortune on a plan to save it. And isn’t so wounded when it fails that he goes into hiding. Have a good evening, Mr. Wayne.
[Bruce watches Miranda as she turns and walks off]
[to the rich old man that Selina is dancing with at Miranda’s charity ball]
Bruce Wayne: Mind if I cut in?
[the old man, looking annoyed, leaves and Bruce starts dancing with Selina]
Bruce Wayne: Oh, you don’t seem happy to see me.
Selina: You were supposed to be a shut-in.
Bruce Wayne: I felt like some fresh air.
Selina: Why didn’t you call the police?
Bruce Wayne: I have a powerful friend who deals with things like this.
[referring to her cat ears]
Bruce Wayne: That’s a brazen costume for a cat burglar.
Selina: Yeah? Who are you pretending to be?
Bruce Wayne: Bruce Wayne, eccentric billionaire. Who’s your date?
[referring the old man she was dancing with and who is now watching them]
Selina: His wife’s in Ibiza. She left her diamonds behind, though.
Bruce Wayne: Mm.
Selina: Worried they might get stolen.
Bruce Wayne: It’s pronounced Ibeetha. You wouldn’t want any of these folks realizing you’re a crook not a social climber.
Selina: You think I care what anyone in this room thinks of me?
Bruce Wayne: I doubt you care what anyone in any room thinks of you.
Selina: Don’t condescend, Mr. Wayne. You don’t know a thing about me.
Bruce Wayne: Well, Selina Kyle, I know you came here from your walk-up in Old Town, a modest place for a master jewel thief. Which means that either you’re saving for retirement, or you’re in deep with the wrong people.
Selina: You don’t get to judge me just because you were born in the master bedroom of Wayne Manor.
Bruce Wayne: Actually, I was born in the Regency Room.
[as they continue to dance]
Selina: I started out doing what I had to. Once you’ve done what you had to they’ll never let you do what you want to.
Bruce Wayne: Start fresh.
Selina: There’s no fresh start in today’s world. Any twelve-year-old with a cell phone could find out what you did. Everything we do is collated and quantified. Everything sticks.
Bruce Wayne: Is that how you justify stealing?
Selina: I take what I need to from those who have more than enough. I don’t stand on the shoulders of people with less.
Bruce Wayne: Robin Hood?
Selina: I think I do more to help someone than most of the people in this room. Than you.
Bruce Wayne: I think maybe you’re assuming a little too much.
Selina: Maybe you’re being unrealistic about what’s really in your pants other than your wallet.
Bruce Wayne: Ouch.
Selina: You think all this can last?
[continuing to dance]
Selina: There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, cause when it hits you’re all going to wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.
Bruce Wayne: You sound like you’re looking forward to it.
Selina: I’m adaptable.
Bruce Wayne: Those pearls do look better on you then they did in my safe. But I still can’t let you keep them.
[Bruce takes the pearls off her neck, Selina, looking angry, kisses him hard and walks off, the old man that she was dancing with comes up to Bruce looking annoyed]
Rich Twit: You scared her off!
Bruce Wayne: Not likely.
[after Selina leaves Bruce goes to leave and find his Valet ticket is missing]
Bruce Wayne: I must have lost my ticket.
Valet at Museum: Your wife said you were taking a cab home.
Bruce Wayne: My wife?
[we see Selina racing down the street in Bruce’s car]
[as Selina has stolen his car, Alfred comes to pick him up and watches Bruce in the mirror as he gets into the car]
Alfred: Just you, sir?
[Bruce gives him glare]
Alfred: Don’t worry, Master Wayne. It takes a little time to get back into the swing of things.
[Bruce visits Wayne Enterprises]
Fox: Bruce Wayne. As I live and breathe. What brings you out of cryo-sleep, Mr. Wayne?
Bruce Wayne: I see you haven’t lost your sense of humor, even if you have lost most of my money.
Fox: Actually, you did that. If you funnel the entire R and D budget into a fusion project that you then mothball, your company is unlikely to thrive.
Bruce Wayne: What are my options?
Fox: Well, if you’re unwilling to turn on the machine…
Bruce Wayne: I can’t. I can’t, Lucius.
Fox: Well, then sit tight. Your majority keeps Daggett at bay while we figure out a future for the energy program with Miranda Tate. She has supported the project all the way. She’s smart, and quite lovely.
[Bruce gives Fox a disapproving look]
Fox: We all just want what’s best for you, Bruce. Show her the machine.
Bruce Wayne: I’ll think it over.
Fox: Anything else?
[Bruce gets up to leave]
Bruce Wayne: Nope. Why?
Fox: Well, these conversations used to end with and unusual request.
Bruce Wayne: I retired.
Fox: Well, let me show you some stuff, anyway. Just for old times sake.
[Fox hits a button which opens the bookcase]
[Fox takes Bruce to the huge space filled with gadgets and weapons]
Bruce Wayne: I figured you’d have shut this place down.
Fox: Well, it was always shut down, officially.
Bruce Wayne: What about all this new stuff?
Fox: After your father died, Wayne Enterprises set up fourteen different defense subsidiaries. For years I’ve been shuttering and consolidating all the different prototypes under one roof. My roof.
Bruce Wayne: Why?
Fox: To keep them from falling into the wrong hands.
[Fox hits a button which slides open another door]
Bruce Wayne: Oh, now you’re showing off.
Fox: Defense Department project for tight-geometry and pacification. Rotors are configured to maneuver between buildings without recirculation.
[we see a glimpse of a large vehicle]
Bruce Wayne: What’s it called?
Fox: Oh, it has a long uninteresting Wayne Enterprises designation. I just took to calling it the Bat. And yes, Mr. Wayne, it does come in black.
[Bruce touches the vehicle]
Fox: Works fine, except for the autopilot. It takes a better mind than mine to fix it.
Bruce Wayne: Better mind?
Fox: Well, I was trying to be modest. A less busy mind. Yours.
[in the Batcave Bruce uses straps to brace his knee and as he does so he winces in pain]
Alfred: Is it really painful?
Bruce Wayne: Well, You’re welcome to try it, Alfred.
Alfred: Happy watching, thank you, sir.
[Bruce gets to his feet and starts walking]
Bruce Wayne: Not bad.
[Bruce then uses his foot to knock out a brick wall]
Bruce Wayne: Not bad at all.
Alfred: If you’re seriously considering going back out there you should hear the rumors surrounding Bane.
Bruce Wayne: I’m all ears.
Alfred: There is a prison, in a more ancient part of the world. A pit, where men are thrown to suffer and die. But sometimes, a man rises from the darkness. Sometimes, the pit sends something back.
[Bruce walks over to his Batsuit which emerges from its cube]
Bruce Wayne: Bane.
Alfred: Bane. Born and raised in a hell on earth.
Bruce Wayne: Born in a prison?
Alfred: No one knows why, or how he escaped. But they do know, that once he did, he was trained by Ra’s Al Ghul. Your mentor.
[Bruce looks shocked]
Bruce Wayne: Bane was a member of the League of Shadows.
Alfred: And then he was excommunicated. And any man, who is too extreme for Ra’s Al Ghul, is not to be trifled with.
Bruce Wayne: I didn’t realize I was known for trifling with criminals.
Alfred: That was then. And you can strap up your leg and put your mask back on. But that doesn’t make you what you were.
Bruce Wayne: If this man is everything that you say he is, then this city needs me.
Alfred: The city needs Bruce Wayne. Your resources, your knowledge. It doesn’t need your body, or your life. That time has passed.
Bruce Wayne: You’re afraid that if I go back out there, I’ll fail.
Alfred: No. I’m afraid that you want to.
[Alfred turns and walks off]
[Bane and his men, who were disguised as food delivery people and shoe shiner, infiltrate the Gotham Stock Exchange and take it over; as Bane goes over to one of the traders]
Trader #1: This is a stock exchange, there’s no money you can steal!
Bane: Really? Then why are you people here?
[Bane grabs the trader and drags him across the floor a terminal, he slams his head on the table, and uses the traders security card to login to the terminal]
[outside the Stock Exchange building SWAT team arrives along with Foley]
Exchange Security Chief: You’ve got to get in there!
Foley: This is a hostage situation.
Exchange Security Chief: No! No! No! This is a robbery! They have direct access to the online trading desk.
Foley: I’m not risking my men for your money.
[just then Blake arrives and goes over to a construction vehicle]
Blake: Sir, we’re going to have to ask you to move, we have a situation here.
[back to the security chief and Foley]
Exchange Security Chief: It’s not our money, it’s everybody’s!
Foley: Really? Mine’s in my mattress.
Exchange Security Chief: If you don’t put these guys down, that stuffing in your mattress might be worth a whole hell of a lot less.
Foley: Cut the fiber cable and takeout that cell tower.
Exchange Security Chief: Thank you.
Foley: That’ll slow them down.
[back in the stock exchange building]
Shoe Shine Man at GSE: They cut the fiber. Cell’s working.
Bane: For now.
[as the SWAT team gets ready out the building with snipers]
Bane: How much longer does the program need?
Shoe Shine Man at GSE: Eight minutes.
Bane: Time to go mobile.
[Bane’s men start shouting and shooting at the hostages, the shoe shine man picks up a tablet and puts it in his bag, outside as the SWAT team watches the building suddenly the doors open and the crowd of hostages walk out, in amongst them are Bane and his men on come racing out on motorbikes with hostages strapped to their backs]
[as the bikes races through traffic with the hostages strapped to their backs, a police car falls in behind them, but they get instructed by Foley to back off shooting, as they follow the bikes into a tunnel the lights start going off]
Officer Simon Jansen: What’s going on with the lights?
[the lights in the tunnel start dying one after another, making the tunnel get darker and darker]
Veteran Cop: It can’t be…
Officer Simon Jansen: What the hell was that?!
Veteran Cop: Oh boy! You are in for a show tonight, son.
[as one of the hostages on the bikes make a run for it and is about to get shot by one of Bane’s men, Batman shows up and knocks him off the bike, Batman picks up a weapon, shoots at one of the racing bikes, but misses, just then the younger cop takes a shot at him, Batman turns and looks at the cop]
Officer Simon Jansen: Sorry.
Veteran Cop: Put that thing away before you hurt yourself! Get in!
[Batman rides off on his Batpod chasing after Bane and his men]
[to Blake as Foley hears sighting of Batman]
Foley: Let’s go! You, get in the car! they’ve spotted the Batman!
[they get in the police car and start racing off, Foley talks into the radio]
Foley: Call everyone in. Every car patrol, beat cop, off-duty, too! Call them in now!
Foley: I’m going to do what Jim Gordon never could.
Blake: What’s that?
Foley: I’m going to take down the Batman.
[at the same time as Batman has appeared, Selina dressed in her cat costume, is breaking into a Daggett’s safe when she hears on the police radio that they are chasing Batman]
Selina: Well, what do you know?
[as they continue to chase after Batman]
Blake: Sir, what about the armed robbers?
[Foley ignores him and we see Batman continuing to chase after Bane and his men, just then one of Foley’s officers radio’s in]
Police Officer’s Voice: One bike’s pulled off, no hostage. Should we pursue?
Foley: Negative! Stay on the Batman!
[referring to Bane]
Blake: He’s getting away!
Foley: Who do you want to catch, huh? Some robber, or the son of a bitch who killed Harvey Dent?
[after Batman grabs and frees one of the hostages from the shoe shiners bike, he grabs the shoe shiner, takes the tablet that he was using to steal the stock exchange money, takes out the USB drive as he sees the police closing in on him and takes off on his Batpod]
Police Officer’s Voice: We lost him.
[Foley replies into his radio]
Foley: How could you lose him?
Police Officer’s Voice: He’s got a lot of firepower.
Foley: What? And you don’t?!
Police Officer’s Voice: He’s heading back downtown.
Foley: Then he’s as dumb as he dresses
[into his radio]
Foley: Close it off, gentlemen!
[as Batman races down into a dark blind alley, the police close in on him, seemingly trapping him, Foley gets out of his car with arrogance]
Foley: Like a rat in a trap, gentlemen!
[as Foley goes to speak in the loudspeaker, suddenly the alley lights up and a loud noise is heard]
Veteran Cop: You might have the wrong animal there, sir.
[suddenly the massive cyclone, the Bat, flies out of the alley and over the police, Blake turns to Foley as they watch it fly off]
Blake: Are you sure it was him?
[at his penthouse, Daggett watches the TV coverage of the chasing of Batman]
Stryver: Bane says the Batman interfered, but the task was accomplished.
Daggett: And what about the men they arrested?
Stryver: He said, and I quote; they would die before talking.
Daggett: Where does he find these guys?
[to one of his men as he starts walking to his office]
Daggett: Open the champagne. And can we get some girls in here?
[as Daggett enters his office suddenly Selina pounces on him]
Selina: Careful what you wish for.
[Selina grabs him, throws him across the room slamming his back against the wall, as Daggett draws his gun but she pins his wrist to the wall using the high heel of her boot]
Selina: Cat got your tongue?
Daggett: You dumb bitch.
Selina: Nobody ever accused me of being dumb.
Daggett: You’re dumb for coming here tonight.
[Daggett whimpers as Selina leans her boot hard against his hand]
Selina: I want what you owe me.
[we hear a click as Stryver holds a gun to her head]
Daggett: ‘Want’ doesn’t get.
[Selina looks back at Stryver]
Stryver: Nice outfit. Those heels make it tough to walk?
Selina: I don’t know.
[suddenly Selina hits Stryver with her leg and takes his gun as he falls]
Selina: Do they?
[Selina quickly spins and holds Stryver’s gun to Daggett’s head]
Selina: So where is it?
Daggett: Where’s what?
Selina: The program. The ‘Clean Slate’.
Daggett: The ultimate tool for a master thief with a record.
[just then one of Daggett’s men bursts into his office]
Daggett’s Bodyguard: Hold it right there!
[Selina grabs Daggett, shoots the window shattering the glass and jumps out of the window whilst holding Daggett]
[after abducting Daggett, Selina lands on a window cleaning platform, plunging it down the side of the building and turns to Daggett]
Selina: Where is it?
Daggett: The ‘Clean Slate’? Where you type in someone’s name, date of birth and a few minutes their gone from every database on earth? Sound a little too good to be true.
Selina: You’re lying! Rykin Data took it to prototype stage.
Daggett: That’s why I bought them. But they had nothing. It was a gangland myth.
[Daggett’s men suddenly start approaching them, Selina takes Daggett and holds the gun by his throat]
Selina: Stay back!
[they continue to approach closer]
Selina: I’m not bluffing!
[just then Batman appears in the shadows]
Bruce Wayne: They know. They just don’t care.
[Selina suddenly starts attacking the men with Batman taking out one of the men as she’s about to shoot him]
Selina: You’ve got to be kidding!
Bruce Wayne: No guns. No killing.
Selina: Where’s the fun in that?
[as the men continue to attack Batman and Selina, Bane appears, so they leap off the roof and land into the Bat’s cockpit]
Selina: My mother warned me about getting into cars with strange men.
Bruce Wayne: This isn’t a car.
[Bane watches from the roof top as the Bat flies off]
[Bruce lands the Bat on top of a skyscraper and Selina gets out]
Selina: See you around.
Bruce Wayne: You’re welcome.
Selina: I had it under control.
Bruce Wayne: Those weren’t street thugs, they were trained killers. I saved your life. In return I need to know what you did with Bruce Wayne’s fingerprints.
Selina: Wayne wasn’t kidding about a ‘powerful friend’. I sold his prints to Daggett, for something that doesn’t even exist.
Bruce Wayne: I doubt many people get the better of you.
Selina: Hey, when a girl’s desperate.
Bruce Wayne: What’s he going to to do with them?
Selina: I don’t know. But Daggett seemed pretty interested in that mess at the stock market.
[a police chopper sweeps nearby, Bruce turns to look at it and then turns back to Selina]
Bruce Wayne: Miss Kyle…?
[he sees that Selina is gone and says to himself]
Bruce Wayne: So that’s what that feels like.
[as Bruce lands the Bat in the Batcave and gets out]
Alfred: Is see from the television coverage that you’ve got your taste for wanton destruction back.
Bruce Wayne: I retrieved this.
[he pulls out USB drive he took from the shoe shiner’s tablet]
Alfred: Aren’t the police supposed to be investigating them?
Bruce Wayne: They don’t have the tools to analyze it.
Alfred: They would if you gave them to them.
Bruce Wayne: One man’s tool is another man’s weapon.
Alfred: In your mind, perhaps. But there aren’t many things you can’t turn into a weapon.
Bruce Wayne: Alfred, enough! The police weren’t getting it done.
Alfred: Perhaps they might have if you hadn’t made a sideshow of yourself.
Bruce Wayne: You thought I didn’t have it in me.
Alfred: Don’t! You lead a bloated police force a merry chase with a load of fancy new toys from Fox. What about when you come up against him? What then?
[Alfred looks at the monitor where we see footage of Bane killing]
Bruce Wayne: I’ll fight harder, I always have.
Alfred: Take a good look. His speed, his ferocity, his training! I see the power of belief. I see the League of Shadows resurgent.
Bruce Wayne: You said he was excommunicated.
Alfred: By Ra’s Al Ghul. Who leads them now?
Bruce Wayne: Ra’s Al Ghul was the League of Shadows, and I beat him. Bane is just a mercenary, and we need to find out what he’s up to.
[Bruce uses USB and we see text scrolls on the monitor]
Bruce Wayne: Trades of some kind. Coded.
[suddenly the screen goes blank and a thumb print appears]
Bruce Wayne: They have my fingerprint, courtesy of Selina Kyle.
[Bruce pulls out the USB and gives it to Alfred]
Bruce Wayne: Get this to Fox, he can crack the code and tell us what trades they were executing.
[Bruce walks off]
[later in Wayne Manor; referring to the USB]
Alfred: I’ll get this to Mr. Fox. But no more. I’ve sewn you up, I’ve set your bones, but I won’t bury you. I’ve buried enough members of the Wayne family.
Bruce Wayne: You’d leave me?
Alfred: You see only one end to your journey. Leaving is all I have to make you understand, you’re not Batman anymore, you have to find another way. You used to talk about finishing, about a life beyond that awful cave.
Bruce Wayne: Alfred, Rachel died knowing that we had decided to be together. That was my life beyond the cave. I can’t just move on. She, she didn’t. She couldn’t.
Alfred: What if she had?
Bruce Wayne: She didn’t, I can’t change that.
Alfred: What if, before she died, she wrote a letter? Saying she chose Harvey Dent over you?
[Bruce watches Alfred, looking confused and upset]
Alfred: And what if, to spare you pain, I burned that letter?
Bruce Wayne: How dare you use Rachel to try to stop me?
Alfred: I am using the truth, Master Wayne. Maybe it’s time we all stopped trying to outsmart the truth and just let it have its day. I’m sorry!
Bruce Wayne: You’re sorry? You expect to destroy my world, and then think that we’re going to shake hands?
Alfred: No. I know what this means.
Bruce Wayne: What does it mean?
[Alfred starts crying]
Alfred: It means your hatred. And it also means losing someone that I have cared for since I first heard his cries echo through this house. But it might also mean saving your life. And that is more important.
[Bruce looks at Alfred with sadness]
Bruce Wayne: Goodbye, Alfred.
[Bruce turns and starts walking up the stairs]
[the next morning, Bruce is woken by the doorbell, he goes down the stairs and calls out]
Bruce Wayne: Alfred?
[Alfred is gone and Bruce opens the front door to find Fox]
Fox: Answering your own door?
Bruce Wayne: Yeah.
[Fox hands Bruce a newspaper]
Fox: Page three. Seems you made a series of large put options on the futures exchange, verified by a thumb print. Those options expired at midnight last night. Long term we may be able to prove fraud, but for now, you’re completely broke. And Wayne Enterprises is about to fall into the hands of John Daggett.
Bruce Wayne: The weapons, we can’t let Daggett get his hands on Applied Sciences.
Fox: Applied Sciences is all locked up, and off the books. The energy project, however, it’s a different story.
Bruce Wayne: Miranda Tate. We need to convince the board to get behind her. Let’s show her the reactor.
Fox: You’re meeting her there in thirty-five minutes, so you better get dressed.
[Fox leads Miranda to Wayne Enterprises Recycling Plant]
Miranda: You brought me out here to show me this, Mr. Fox?
Fox: Bear with me, Miss Tate.
[he takes her inside a portakabin]
Fox: Please keep hands and feet inside the car at all times.
[he hits a button and the office floor descends like an elevator]
Miranda: This is it, isn’t it?
Fox: The reactor is beneath the river so it could be instantly flooded in the event of a security breach.
Miranda: Is Bruce Wayne really that paranoid?
Fox: I’m going to plead the fifth on that one.
[as they descend into a concrete tunnel, the elevator stops and they step off, where Bruce meets them]
Bruce Wayne: I thought you might like to see what your investment built.
Miranda: No fossil fuels. Free, clean energy for an entire city. Three years ago, a Russian scientist published a paper on weaponized fusion reactions. One week later your reactor started developing problems. I think this machine works.
Bruce Wayne: Miranda, if it were operational, the danger to Gotham would be too great.
Miranda: Would it make you feel better to know that the Russian scientist died in a plane crash six months ago?
Bruce Wayne: Someone will work out what Dr. Pavel did. Someone will figure out a way to make this power source into a nuclear weapon. I need you to take control of Wayne Enterprises and this reactor.
Miranda: To do what with it?
Bruce Wayne: Nothing. Until we can guarantee its safety.
Miranda: And if we can’t?
Bruce Wayne: Decommission it and flood it.
Miranda: Destroy the world’s best chance for a sustainable future?
Bruce Wayne: If the world’s not ready, yes.
Miranda: Bruce, if you want to save the world you have to start trusting it.
Bruce Wayne: I’m trusting you.
Miranda: Doesn’t count. You have no choice.
Bruce Wayne: I could have flooded this chamber any time in the last three years. I’m choosing to trust you. Please.
[Bruce enters the boardroom at Wayne Enterprises where everyone is taking their place]
Fox: Alright, ladies and gentlemen. This meeting will now come to order
Daggett: You know, I’d like to point out that we have a non-board member here. This is highly irregular, even if his family name is above the door.
Board Member #1: Bruce Wayne’s family built this company.
Board Member#2: And he himself has run it…
Daggett: Into the ground, sir! Does anybody disagree? Check the share price his morning. Crazy gambling on futures is not only cost Mr. Wayne his seat, it’s cost us all a lot of money. And he has to go.
Fox: I’m afraid he has a point, Mr. Wayne.
[Bruce gets up, glances at Miranda who nods at him, and leaves]
Daggett: So back to business.
[as Bruce exits Wayne Enterprises building he finds himself surrounded by reporters and his car being towed away, just then Blake shows up]
Blake: Looks like you need a ride, huh?
[after the board meeting]
Daggett: How the hell did Miranda Tate get the inside track on the Wayne board?! I mean, has she been meeting with him? Has she been sleeping with him?
Stryver: Not that we know of.
Daggett: Ah, clearly you don’t know much of anything, do you?! Where is Bane?
Stryver: Well, we told him it was urgent.
Daggett: Oh, where is the masked…?
[suddenly Bane appears behind them]
Bane: Speak of the devil and he shall appear.
Daggett: What the hell is going on?
Bane: The plan is proceeding as expected.
Daggett: Really? Do I look like I’m running Wayne Enterprises right now? Your hit on the stock exchange, it didn’t work, my friend! And now you have my construction crews going around the city at twenty four hours day! How exactly is that supposed to help my company absorb Wayne’s?
[Bane looks at Stryver]
Bane: Leave us.
Daggett: No! Stay here. I’m in charge!
[Bane places his hand on Daggett’s shoulder]
Bane: Do you feel in charge?
[Daggett doesn’t reply and Stryver leaves]
[after Stryver leaves them]
Daggett: I’ve paid you a small fortune.
Bane: And that gives you power over me?
Daggett: What is this?
Bane: Your money and infrastructure have been important. Till now.
[Bane gently takes Daggett’s head in his hand]
Daggett: What are you?
Bane: I’m Gotham’s reckoning. Here ends the borrowed time you’ve all been living on.
Daggett: You’re pure evil!
Bane: I am necessary evil.
[Bane places his hand on Daggett’s face and squeezes, Stryver standing outside flinches as he hears Daggett whimper]
[to Bruce as Blake drives]
Blake: When you started, why the mask?
Bruce Wayne: To protect the people closest to me.
Blake: Yeah, but you’re a loner, right? You didn’t have any family.
Bruce Wayne: There are always people you care about. You just don’t realize how much until they’re gone. The idea was to be a symbol. Batman could be anybody, that was the point.
Blake: Well, it’s damn good to see him back.
Bruce Wayne: Not everybody agrees.
Blake: They’ll figure that out in the end.
Bruce Wayne: You got anything on Bane’s whereabouts?
Blake: Yeah, I’ve got five hundred pages of tunnel records and a flashlight. I could use some help, actually.
Bruce Wayne: You know what? Drop me in Old Town.
[at her apartment, as Selina is packing she hears Jen heckling Bruce for money, she goes out to the stairwell]
Selina: He’s not a mark. And he doesn’t have a cent to his name, anyway.
[Bruce enters Selina’s apartment]
Selina: Yeah, it’s not much. But it’s more that you’ve got right now.
Bruce Wayne: Actually, they’re letting me keep the house.
Selina: The rich don’t even go broke same as the rest of us, huh?
[Selina continues to pack]
Bruce Wayne: My powerful friend might hope to change your mind about leaving.
Selina: And how would he do that?
Bruce Wayne: By giving you what you want.
Selina: It doesn’t exist.
Bruce Wayne: He says it does. He wants to meet, tonight.
Bruce Wayne: He needs to find Bane. He says you’d know how.
Selina: Tell him I’ll think about it.
Bruce Wayne: Okay. I like your place.
[he turns to leave]
Selina: Mr. Wayne? I’m sorry they took all your money.
Bruce Wayne: No, you’re not.
[and he leaves]
[Blake enters the room at the hospital where Gordon is staying at]
Foley: Can we help you, officer?
Blake: Uh, yeah. John Daggett’s body was just found in a dumpster about an hour ago. I thought you might want to to know.
Commissioner Gordon: Why?
Blake: Well, his name’s all over these permits I just pulled to, uh, map the tunnels under Gotham.
[Blake gives Gordon some files]
Blake: That’s MTA maintenance, uh, sewer construction, and other things.
Commissioner Gordon: Where did you get to with the tunnel searches?
[Foley looks at Blake]
Foley: Remind me to tell detail to keep hotheads out.
Foley: We’ve had teams down there, it’s a huge network.
Commissioner Gordon: Well, get more men, work a grid. I want him found.
Foley: Yeah, the, uh, masked man. We’re on it.
Commissioner Gordon: Lose the uniform, you’re working for me now. We could use some hotter heads around here.
Blake: Sir, that could all just be a coincidence.
Commissioner Gordon: You’re a detective now, son. You’re not allowed to believe in coincidence anymore.
[as Bruce returns to Wayne Manor and tries to get inside, Miranda comes up behind him]
Miranda: Nobody’s answering.
[Wayne turns to face her]
Bruce Wayne: No. I’m on my own now.
Miranda: Do you have keys?
Bruce Wayne: Never needed them.
[we then see them running in the rain together towards a large window, which Bruce opens and they enter the house]
Bruce Wayne: Hope you didn’t like me for my money.
Miranda: Suffering builds character.
[Miranda finds a photo of Bruce’s parents]
Miranda: I’ll take care of your parents’ legacy, Bruce.
[Miranda then picks up a photo of Rachel]
Miranda: Who’s this?
[Bruce doesn’t reply but takes the photo from her and stares at it]
Miranda: Where’s Alfred?
[Bruce replies with sadness in his voice]
Bruce Wayne: He left. Taking everything.
[Miranda takes the photo down from his hand and puts it down, she kisses him and he kisses her back passionately, suddenly the lights go out]
Miranda: What’s that?
Bruce Wayne: I think my power’s been shut off.
[the both laugh]
[later that night, after sleeping together, Bruce watches as Miranda tends to a fire]
Bruce Wayne: You’re good at that.
Miranda: When I was a child we had almost nothing. But on the nights when we had a fire, we felt very rich indeed.
Bruce Wayne: I assumed your family was wealthy.
Miranda: Not always. Not when I was young.
[Bruce strokes her shoulder and notices a scar]
Miranda: An old mistake.
Bruce Wayne: I’ve made a few myself.
[she turns to him and gets back into bed, Bruce holds her close]
Bruce Wayne: More than a few. We could leave, tonight. Take my plane. Go anywhere we wanted.
Miranda: Someday perhaps. Not tonight.
[he kisses her]
[as Miranda sleeps, Bruce slips out and goes to the Batcave to get his Bat suit, he then meets Selina, who’s dressed in her Cat suit, in a tunnel]
Selina: Don’t be shy.
[Batman emerges from the shadows]
Selina: Wayne says you can get me the ‘Clean Slate’.
Bruce Wayne: That depends.
Selina: On what?
Bruce Wayne: On what you want it for. I acquired it to keep it out of the wrong hands.
Selina: Still don’t trust me, huh? How can we change that?
Bruce Wayne: Start by taking me to Bane.
[Selina gets up and starts walking off]
Selina: You asked.
[Selina leads Batman through the tunnel]
Selina: From here, Bane’s men patrol the tunnels, and they’re not your average brawlers.
Bruce Wayne: Neither am I.
[as they go further through the tunnel they encounter a Mercenary]
Selina: He’s behind you.
[the Mercenary quickly spins round]
[we see Batman hanging upside down behind him]
Bruce Wayne: Me.
[after they encounter more Mercenaries and pick them off, Selina takes Batman further through the dark tunnel]
Selina: Just a little further.
[suddenly a grate slams down, trapping Batman, he turns to look at Selina]
Selina: I had to find a way to stop them trying to kill me.
Bruce Wayne: You’ve made a serious mistake.
[suddenly we hear Bane’s voice]
Bane: Not as serious as yours, I fear.
[Batman turns and sees Bane standing behind him]
Bruce Wayne: Bane.
Bane: Let’s not stand on ceremony here, Mr. Wayne.
[we see Selina look shocked as she realizes Bruce is Batman]
[Bane and Batman move towards each other on the catwalk, when suddenly Batman strikes Bane until Bane quickly catches his fist]
Bane: Peace has cost you strength. Victory has defeated you.
[Bane starts hitting Batman and Batman strikes back until Bane kicks him off the railing, Batman drops and Bane climbs down a chain, as he reaches Batman they start fighting again but as Batman falls after being hit, he hurls some flashbangs at Bane]
Bane: Theatricality and deception, powerful agents to the uninitiated. But we are initiated, aren’t we, Bruce? Members of the League of Shadows.
[Bruce starts throwing punches at Bane which Bane manages to avoid]
Bane: And you betrayed us!
[Bane takes Batman by the throat]
Bruce Wayne: Us? You were excommunicated, by a gang of psychopaths.
[Bane punches Batman several times in his side and throws him to the ground]
Bane: I am the League of Shadows. And I am here to fulfill Ra’s Al Ghul’s destiny!
[as they continue to fight, Batman hurls himself at Bane and starts punching him in the face, but Bane hits back and throws Batman off]
Bane: You fight like a younger man, with nothing held back. Admirable, but mistaken.
[suddenly Batman hits a switch on his belt which takes the lights go out]
Bane: Oh, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark, I was born in it. Molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man. By then it was nothing to me but blinding!
[in the shadows, Bane suddenly lunges towards Batman and captures him by his throat and throws him into the ground]
Bane: The shadows betray you, because they belong to me!
[Bane pounds Batman hard with his fists as Batman lies on the ground]
Bane: I will show you where I have made my home, while preparing to bring justice. Then I will break you.
[one of his men throws Bane a detonator, as Bane hits the detonator explosions burst around him and the ceiling falls through, Batman sees a Tumbler has fallen from the floor of Applied Sciences]
Bane: Your precious armory. Gratefully accepted. We will need it.
[as Bane’s men enter Applied Science, Batman gets up and Bane turns to look at him]
Bane: Ah, yes! I wondering what would break first.
[suddenly Batman takes a swing at Bane and misses, Bane punches him hard in the stomach and back, making him fall again]
Bane: Your spirit.
[Bane grabs Batman, lifts him and throws him down hard on his knee, breaking his back]
Bane: Or your body!
[we see Selina’s looking shocked as she watches Bane pick up Batman’s broken mask and throwing it aside, then Bane’s men lift Batman’s body and carry him off]
[after finding no one at Wayne Manor, Blake goes to where Selina lives and spots her trying to leave the city, she gets apprehended at the airport by Blake as she tries to escape and taken to the interrogation room]
Blake: I showed your picture to the Congressman, guess what?
Selina: Don’t tell me, still in love?
Blake: Oh, head over heels. Pressing charges, though. You’ve made some mistakes, Miss Kyle.
[Blake dumps a police file down on the table]
Selina: Girl’s got to eat.
Blake: And you have an appetite. Why would you run? You can’t hide from us with a record like this.
Selina: Maybe it’s not you I’m running from.
Blake: Who then? Bane? What do you know about him?
[Selina stares ahead, pauses before answering]
Selina: That you should be as afraid of him as I am.
Blake: We can offer you protection.
[Selina gives him a look filled with contempt]
[Blake closes the file and gets up to leave]
Blake: When I spotted you, I was looking for a friend of mine. Bruce Wayne.
[Selina looks at Blake in surprise]
Blake: Did they kill him?
Selina: I’m not sure.
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