B A T M A N F O R E V E R Written by AKIVA GOLDSMAN PRODUCTION DRAFT ---------------- June 24, 1994 1 EXT. ARKHAM ASYLUM - NIGHT 1 A castle of shadow. (OVER) RAIN, HOWLING evil wind. Sudden lightning CRACKS, illuminates the aged structure, the hanging metal sign. 2 INT. ASYLUM CORRIDORS - NIGHT 2 DR. BURTON, the Chief Psychiatrist moves down the old hallway, face tense. He steps through a doorway into... 3 INT. MAXIMUM SECURITY - NIGHT 3 Security cells. Criminal maniacs sealed behind protective casings. A GUARD stands before a heavy door. GUARD Hell of a night, huh Doc? BURTON Hell's in here. Hydraulics HISS. The cell door unseals. 4 INT. SECURE ISOLATION CELL 4 Small. Walls, ceiling, floor, padded. A single window casts the room in pallid moonlight. A figure sits in shadow, bound by the wraps and ties of a straight jacket, gaze fixed out the window. Lightning flashes, brightening the room. THUNDER CRACKS. DR. BURTON Mr. Dent... No answer. Burton steps closer. DR. BURTON Counselor... Still nothing. Another step. DR. BURTON Harvey.... Burton reaches towards the figure. DR. BURTON Harvey are you alright... Burton touches his shoulder. Lightning flashes as... THE BODY WHIPS around. An orderly, gagged, sits bound to the chair with bedsheets. The sheets around the chair have been rigged. Now they yank him up so he spins frantically from the ceiling fan. Lightning flashes again, illuminating a madman's scrawled writing on the wall. WRITING - CLOSE. "The Bat Must Die!" THUNDER 5 EXT. GOTHAM CITY SKYLINE - SUNSET - FALL 5 Gothic towers of granite and glass shimmer golden in the late day sun. 6 MOVE IN towards the city as an executive helicopter 6 CROSSES FRAME. Through the window BRUCE WAYNE, still handsome but a few lines starting to show, sits watching a seatback video screen. 7 CONTINUE In over Gotham Harbor towards the skyline as 7 (OVER) A NEWSCASTER talks. NEWSCASTER ...And in Gotham City, ex-District Attorney Harvey Dent escaped from Arkham Asylum for the Criminally Insane. 8 CLOSER on a single building, its power generated by a 8 small but mighty dam below. A glowing sign reads Wayne Enterprises. NEWSCASTER (OVER) Dent, once Gotham's leading contender for Mayor, was horribly scarred during an indictment hearing over a year ago. HOLD on a single window. MOVE IN 9 INT. BRUCE WAYNE'S OFFICE 9 Elegant. Oak. A wall monitor runs the same newscast. 10 INSERT SCREEN 10 Dent questions a crime boss on the stand. A thug throws a vial of acid toward Harvey, searing half his face. NEWSCASTER (OVER) Dent, whose left-brain was damaged during the assault, launched a grizzly crime spree before being captured by The Batman. He is extremely dangerous. Repeat.... 11 WIDER 11 Bruce Wayne ENTERS, his Armani suit the only thing fresh about him, followed by a sudden stream of EXECUTIVES, SECRETARIES, ASSISTANTS and GOTHAM SOCIETY MATRONS. EXECUTIVE The solar generator tests are back. BRUCE Uh... great, could you wait a second... ASSISTANT The Mayor's office called again - SOCIETY MATRON Who are you asking to the circus - SECRETARY Five minutes to your inspection - BRUCE Stop! Everybody freezes. BRUCE Okay, I want you all to just stand here for fifteen seconds, okay? Fifteen, everybody got it? Folks nod. BRUCE Good. Nobody move, now. And with that, Bruce turns and walks out. BRUCE (to himself) I gotta give myself a raise... 12 INT. WAYNE ENTERPRISES - ELECTRONICS DIVISION - TWILIGHT 12 Endless work-spaces stretching into infinity. Bruce, a Junior Exec ENTOURAGE trailing, tours an assembly line where robotic arms weld laser tools. FRED STICKLEY, a fuss-budget plant manager, leads. STICKLEY Your weekly inspections are a departmental highlight. BRUCE Really? (a warm smile) You all need to get out more. 13 CRANE UP high over the factory floor, across acres of 13 assembly lines and work stations. ANGLE DOWN on 14 INT. EDWARD NYGMA'S WORK STATION (CONTINUOUS) 14 A clutter of computer parts. Paperwork everywhere. Rubik's cubes, games, dozens of puzzle books all boasting the green suited caricature of "The Guesser". 15 MONITOR-CLOSE. A crossword puzzle. Features reflect over the acrostic. The two images resolve into one; the face itself is a puzzle. 16 REVERSE ANGLE 16 EDWARD NYGMA, awkward, brilliant and feverishly anxious stares up at the screen, TALKING to himself. EDWARD We'll probably go to the house for dinner. Yes. Yes. Maybe he'll throw a little party in my honor. Suddenly Edward BANGS his head against the desk-top. Hard. A brief window on the inner Edward, all insecurity and self loathing. EDWARD Idiot! Should have rented a tuxedo. (suddenly calm) Relax. I'm sure Wayne manor has extra. After all, we're almost the same size. 17 The opposing wall is a shrine to Bruce Wayne: newspaper 17 headlines, a GQ cover, magazine photos. 18 Approaching COMMOTION. 18 EDWARD Oh my God. It's him. 19 INT. WAYNE ENTERPRISES - BREAK AREA 19 Workers greet the boss. Bruce is friendly, welcoming, Edward appears on the edge of the group. Stickley spots Edward. A cloud crosses his face. STICKLEY Well, Mr. Wayne, on to R&D? Stickley rests his hand on Wayne's elbow. Begins to steer him away. Not in time. Edward steps forward. A man so uncomfortable, his very skin seems to be a costume. He marches right up to Wayne, takes his hand, fawning, the burning eyes of a sycophant. BRUCE Mr...? EDWARD Bruce Wayne. In the flesh. BRUCE (easy going) Um...I'm pretty sure I'm Bruce Wayne. And you are? EDWARD Nygma. Edward Nygma. You hired me. Personally. Just like I tell everyone. (sotto voce) Well, we've never actually met, but your name was on the hire slip. He still hasn't let go of Bruce's hand. BRUCE I'm gonna need that hand back, Ed. EDWARD What? Ah yes. Of course. I'm sorry. It's just that...you're my idol. (off Stickley) And some people have been trying to keep us apart. BRUCE Mr. Nygma, you'll forgive me for being rude. But what exactly is on your mind? EDWARD Precisely. What's on all our minds? Brainwaves. The future of Wayne Enterprises is Brainwaves! It's hard to imagine anyone more awkward. The effect is painful. Folks stare, mouths wide. STICKLEY (sotto voce) I really do apologize, Mr. Wayne. His project was terminated this morning... EDWARD (ignoring Stickley) Let me ask you something, Bruce. What is man's greatest tool? A few of the WOMEN SNICKER. For a second, Edward's face twitches, a crack in the facade. EDWARD Man's greatest tool is...The mind. 20 Edward gestures to his cubicle. A rat's nest cluttered 20 with components of his Rube Goldberg-like invention. 21 EDWARD 21 Voila. While holographically enhancing any TV picture, my invention connects directly to the viewer's brain, puts the audience inside the show. Think of the entertainment problems we can solve. STICKLEY I can think of a couple problems that need solving right here. A few more folks CHUCKLE. Edward looks around. Another ripple of anxiety, another quick recovery. EDWARD Why be brutalized by an uncaring world? My RES Box will give Joe Q Public a realm where he is king. (sultry) Not that someone like you would need it. Someone so intelligent. Witty. Charming. But for the lonely, the... STICKLEY Paranoid? The psychotic? EDWARD (didn't miss it) ...The Box can change their lives. (looking around) Our stock coupons will spike. Edward turns, actually CLAPS Stickley on the back. EDWARD Hell. Might even bring old Stickley here a few extra bucks. Huh, Fred? STICKLEY Fred? Bruce takes off his glasses, rubs his eyes in vague disbelief, cleans the lenses. EDWARD Wayne Enterprises will spearhead an entertainment revolution. Edward removes his glasses, cleans them in exactly the same manner as Bruce. EDWARD I just need a bit of additional funding. For human trials. Let me show you.... Bruce seems about to speak when suddenly - 22 THE BATSIGNAL 22 beams bright against the night clouds over Gotham City. 23 BRUCE 23 (time to move) Maybe some other time.. EDWARD I want you to know, we'll be full partners in this, Bruce. (waxing rhapsodic) What talks we'll have, late into the night. Now, I'm not used to business travel, so go easy on me. As for recognition, I'm sure after a time I'll get used to it. (a beat) Look at us. Two of a kind. Edward is suddenly aware of dozens of co-workers all around him, SNICKERING and WHISPERING. EDWARD Bruce...? Bruce's eyes dart again toward the Batsignal. BRUCE Call my secretary, she'll set something up. (turning) Factory looks great, folks. Keep up the good work. EDWARD (desperate) Wait. You can't go. BRUCE We'll talk some other - EDWARD (sudden rage) No. Don't leave me! My invention! I need you! Edward has grabbed Bruce's arm. The room goes dead quiet. Bruce's eyes narrow. Then he dislodges gently. BRUCE I'm sorry, Edward. Just feels a bit like mind manipulation. It raises too many question marks. Bruce heads off. STICKLEY Alright everyone, back to work. (to Edward) We'll discuss this later. Edward stares after Bruce. EDWARD You were supposed to understand. HOLD on this tiny man, all alone in the labyrinthine work-place, eyes darkening now with growing obsession. EDWARD I'll make you understand. 24 INT. BRUCE WAYNE's PRIVATE OFFICE 24 Bruce ENTERS. BRUCE Lock. 25 THE DOOR - CLOSE. LOCKS. Bruce falls into a leather chair. 25 BRUCE Capsule. 26 Suddenly the chair seat drops, fast, sliding into a 26 transport capsule. 27 INT. TRANSPORT TUNNEL 27 The capsule shoots through the underground tunnel, lights WHIPPING past at near super-sonic speed. 28 INT. CAPSULE 28 Speed and time readouts appear on the windscreen beside the craggy face of ALFRED PENNYWORTH. BRUCE Alfred... 29 ALFRED 29 I saw the signal, is. All is ready. 30 INT. BAT CAVE - COSTUME VAULT 30 Alfred watches the capsule arrive. 31 QUICK CUTS of glove, boot, and cape being donned. 31 32 INT. BATCAVE 32 FOLLOW Batman's feet as he steps up to the Batmobile. ALFRED I suppose I couldn't convince you to take along a sandwich. Batman jumps into the Batmobile. BRUCE (to Alfred) I'll get drive-thru. (to the car) Go... 33 The car shoots a whitish-blue light from under it's 33 belly. Hub Caps and detailing glow as The Batmobile zooms out of the cave. 34 INT. CAVE ACCESS TUBE 34 The car SHOOTS through a series of underground arches. The car picks up speed, the blue-white fusion drive going blue, then purple, then red. The single bat wing splits into two as the car becomes a stealth bullet. 35 EXT. WAYNE ESTATE - NIGHT 35 The dark car WHIPS through a holograph of trees that masks the entrance to the Batcave, SCREECHING onto... 36 EXT. FOREST ROADS - NIGHT 36 The car speeds towards Gotham. 37 ANGLE OUTSIDE THE WINDOW ON 37 The Batsignal, cutting the darkness. PULL BACK TO REVEAL 38 INT. SECOND BANK OF GOTHAM - 22ND FLOOR - NIGHT 38 A worried THUG peers at the Batsignal out the skyscraper window. Across a narrow abyss stands a skyscraper under construction, all girders and scaffolding. 39 In f.g., a spinning silver dollar flips up into frame, 39 blocking out the Batsignal. THUG 1 Bat should show any minute, Face. A HAND catches the coin, flips it again. 40 WIDER 40 Witness the rakishly handsome profile of HARVEY TWO-FACE DENT, the other side of his face hidden in shadow. TWO-FACE You. Sport. Any thoughts? Counting on Batass to rescue you? PULL BACK TO REVEAL A SECURITY GUARD, laying on the floor, wrists and feet bound, trembling with fear. TWO-FACE _We_ sure are. GUARD ...You gonna kill me? TWO-FACE Might. Might not. Could say we're of two minds on the subject. GUARD I got family. ...Please. TWO-FACE What say we flip for it? Two-ace shoves the silver dollar under the Guard's nose. One side shines in mint condition. TWO-FACE What could be fairer than the random toss of an honest coin? Life... The other side bears deep, disfiguring burns. TWO-FACE ...or death. GUARD Please. I swear I won't say noth- TWO-FACE The coin _wants_ to decide. 41 Two-Face flips. The coin spins, gleaming, lands on the 41 floor only inches from the Guard's face. 42 Two-Face STOMPS the coin. Winks at the sweating Guard. 42 TWO-FACE Exhilarating, isn't it? The suspense? Sudden death or a new lease on life? Really makes a man live in the moment. Two-Face removes his foot. Unblemished side up. TWO-FACE You're in luck. You get to live to whimper another day. The Guard SOBS with relief. Harvey's Thugs GRUMBLE. Two-Face folds his jacket into a pillow, places it under the Guard's head, now the nicest crook in the world. TWO-FACE That floor has got to be very hard. Is that better? GUARD Uh, yeah. Thanks, Mr..uh...Face. TWO-FACE Just call us Harvey. Can we get you a sandwich? A soft drink? Given all the trouble we caused you, how about we cut you in for a share of tonight's haul? THUG 2 Face! For cryin' out loud! You're not gonna pay him-- Two-Face turns on Thug 2 with a vengeance, shooting out a hand that pins the fellow's throat to the wall. TWO-FACE Did we ask your opinion? The coin has rendered its verdict. This man has a family to take care of. You have a problem with that? We now see for the first time the LEFT HALF OF HIS FACE: hideously repulsive, an acid eaten mutilation of flesh. THUG 2 Oh no, Face. Anything you say. 43 EXT. PAN-ASIA TOWN - STREET - NIGHT 43 Sweeping spots. Swat teams. Police wagons. 44 COMMISIONER GORDON, 50s, a man who's seen enough pain 44 for a lifetime, stands in his trademark trenchcoat, lighting a cigarette. Beside him stands a beautiful, professionally dressed young woman. DR. CHASE MERIDIAN. 45 HIGH ABOVE 45 The Batmobile SCREECHES to a stop on a pedestrian bridge. 46 THE BATSIGNAL is suddenly obscured, flows for a moment 46 into the shape of Batman's cape as the Dark Knight leaps 47 down past the spotlight, lands face to face with Chase. 47 CHASE Hot entrance. Batman turns, all business as he speaks to Gordon. BATMAN Two-Face? GORDON Two guards dead. He's holding the third hostage. Didn't see this one coming. CHASE We should have, though. The men turn to face her. CHASE _Two_ million dollars waiting to be transferred from the _Second_ Bank of Gotham on the _22nd_ How could Harvey? _Two_-Face resist? BATMAN And you are? GORDON Batman, I'd like you to meet-- CHASE (offering her hand) Chase Meridian GORDON I asked Dr. Meridian to come to Gotham to consult on this case. She specializes... BATMAN ...dual personalities. Abnormal psychology. Washington's poster child for the criminally insane. I read your work. CHASE I'm flattered. Not every girl makes a super-hero's night table. You might have some interesting insights into Two-Face. BATMAN Why's that? CHASE Let's just say I could write a hell of a paper on a grown man who dresses like a flying rodent. BATMAN Bats aren't rodents, Dr. Meridian. CHASE I didn't know that. See? You _are_ interesting. And call me Chase. By the way, do you have a first name? Or do I just call you bats? GORDON May I remind you two we have a psychopathic murderer on the loose here? A titanic BOOM rocks the night. 48 SEARCHLIGHTS race up the skeletal skyscraper to REVEAL.. 48 A giant CRANE and WRECKING BALL. The wrecking ball SMASHES again into the bank building. 49 INT. BANK OF GOTHAM - NIGHT 49 The already crumbling wall behind Two Face EXPLODES. Two- Face checks his watch, unfazed, as the giant wrecking ball CRASHES into the room within inches of the villain. TWO-FACE Right on schedule. Two-Face's men scramble to the hole, attach chains to... 50 EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - NIGHT (CONTINUOUS) 50 ...an even thicker chain dangling 30 stories from the roof of the construction site. FOLLOW THE CHAIN UP as it yanks tight, revealing... A BLACKHAWK HELICOPTER already atop the construction site, perched on steel beams. REVVING its mighty rotors. 51 A giant winch aboard the Blackhawk starts to haul the 51 safe chain over pulleys up into a cargo hatch. 52 INT. - SECOND BANK OF GOTHAM. 22ND FLOOR, NIGHT 52 Thug 1 stares out the window. THUG 1 The Bat's taking the bait! What now? 53 Harvey flips the coin. 53 54 FOLLOW THE COIN as Two-Face snatches it from mid-air, 54 slaps it on his wrist. Bad side up. 55 ANGLE ON - Two-Face's left side. Scarred, gloating evil. 55 TWO-FACE At last, The Bat dies! The chains suddenly yank the safe towards the hole in the wall. Thug 2 gestures to the Guard on the floor. THUG 2 What about him? TWO-FACE Kill him too. Thug 2, grinning, draws a GUN from his waistband. GUARD Wait! You said you'd let me go! TWO-FACE Never heard of a double-cross? 56 A DING from the elevators. 56 The Thugs and Harvey all whirl, machine guns coming up, open FIRE, armor piercing bullets punching holes in the metal doors, shredding anyone inside. THE GUARD lays bound on the floor. Suddenly a clamp-ended bat-cable drops from above. With a tiny CLICK, the smart- clamp hooks onto the Guard's wrist bindings. 57 ELEVATORS 57 HARVEY AND THUGS empty magazines. Re-load. TWO-FACE Come on in, the water's fine. All stand watching as the now perforated elevator doors slide, jerking, open to reveal...an empty elevator. The skylight overhead EXPLODES and, in a rain of glass, Batman drops to the floor on a Batrope. 58 THE GUARD is apparently attached to the Batrope's other 58 end because, as the Caped Crusader comes down, the Guard shoots up, hoisted fast to the safe rooftop above. 59 FIRE DOORS 59 BLOW open. Two SWAT teams burst in, armed for bear. SWAT LEADER Police! Freeze! TWO-FACE Not the guest list we had in mind. Boys, the party's over. Two-Face drops a SMOKE GRENADE. Then he leaps directly out the hole in the wall. His Thugs take off after him. 60 EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - NIGHT (CONTINUOUS) 60 The Thugs come leaping through the hole, using the now rising safe as a springboard to close the windy gap, roll to safety on the construction site next door. They scatter, begin scaling various beams and girders. 61 INT. BANK 61 Swat Teams race through the smoke in close pursuit, come up short at the edge of the urban precipice. The safe has risen too high, now, to serve as a springboard, so the cops drop, begin FIRING across the gap. Suddenly... A DARK WING explodes out of the smoke behind them, flying across the abyss. 62 INT. CONSTRUCTION SIGHT 62 A Thug fires at the figure hurling towards him. Batman lands on the Thug's chest, smashing him to the floor. Suddenly, from above, BULLETS CRACK off the girders beside the Caped Crusader's head. 63 REVERSE ANGLE 63 TWO-FACE glides upward, riding the wrecking ball as it overtakes the safe, shooting down at Batman. 64 BATMAN starts scaling the scaffolding after Two-Face. 64 He's climbing fast but Harvey has too great a lead. 65 BATMAN - POV. A motorized gantry is carrying one of the 65 Thugs up to the roof. 66 Batman FIRES a Batarang. The bat-shaped clamp bites into 66 the wooden base of the rising gantry. He toggles the launcher into winch mode, is hoisted fast towards the rising gantry above. 67 ON THE GANTRY 67 The riding Thug leans down, sees the rising shadow, grabs the Batrope in both hands and flips over the gantry. 68 ON THE BATROPE 68 The Thug slides fast down to kicking range, draws back his boot to dispatch Batman. Batman hits a switch on his launcher, increasing the winch speed, shooting him higher, faster. He grabs the Thug's foot in his hand, shoves him up so his head CRACKS against the bottom of the gantry. Batman swings the unconscious Thug onto a hanging construction hook, leaving him dangling in mid-air by his nose ring, hoists himself up onto... 69 THE GANTRY 69 From the scaffolding above, a Thug drops to one end of the gantry, nun-chucks spinning madly. Behind Batman, another Thug drops INTO FRAME, drawing a machine pistol. Batman reaches forward, grabs the Thug's spinning nun- chuck, stunning his face with the wooden sticks. In a single move, Batman spins and lets the weapon fly into the pistoled assailant, knocking him flat. 70 BATMAN - POV. Two-Face has reached the chopper. 70 71 INT. HELICOPTER - NIGHT 71 Two-Face climbs into the chopper's cargo bay. TWO-FACE (to the pilot) Let's fly. 72 EXT. GANTRY - NIGHT 72 Batman sees the helicopter start to rise, pulling the safe overhead along with it. 73 Batman jumps, drops through the abyss between the two 73 buildings, landing on... 74 A HIGH TENSION WIRE - CLOSE. The wire bends like a bow, 74 shooting Batman like an arrow straight into the air. 75 Batman grabs the rising chain, slides down it's links so 75 he is standing atop the safe. 76 He FIRES a Batarang into the bank wall, making an anchor, 76 attaches the Bat-cable to the hitch atop the safe. 77 INT. HELICOPTER - NIGHT 77 The chopper is straining against Batman's bank-embedded tether. Two-Face looks down in fury. TWO-FACE The man is taking his job _much too seriously_. 78 EXT. TOP OF SAFE - NIGHT 78 Batman palms a compartment on his utility belt and a small delivery mechanism SNAPS a tiny acetylene torch into his gloved hand. A BLUE FLAME ignites. Batman starts to cut the chains. 79 EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE - NIGHT 79 Batman's torch slices the last link. Batman reaches up and grabs the winch chain, is jerked suddenly upward with the now un-tethered chopper as... 80 THE SAFE 80 now freed, swings like a pendulum on it's anchor line, arcing straight for the hole in the bank wall from which it was originally drawn. 81 INT. BANK BUILDING 81 The safe comes flying through the hole, sliding across the floor and SLAMMING back into place before the bewildered faces of the SWAT team. 82 INT. HELICOPTER - NIGHT 82 Two-Face stares out the side of the chopper. TWO-FACE That was our money. Two-Face grabs the controls from the pilot. TWO-FACE He wants to play. Fine, let's play. 83 Two-Face pulls back on the throttle, the chopper shooting 83 straight up into the sky like a rocket. 84 EXT. GOTHAM SKY - NIGHT 84 Batman hangs from the chain, trailing the chopper, a wing of shadowy quicksilver disappearing into the night. 85 EXT. ARKHAM SQUARE - NIGHT - ESTABLISHING 85 Gotham's Times Square. Tall. Narrow. The crawl of bumper- to-bumper traffic. Glutted with neon signs and giant animated billboards. 86 The helicopter ROARS into view. BATMAN hangs on for dear 86 life as the city rushes past. 87 A SERIES OF SHOTS as street folks look up in wonder. 87 88 SIGN - CLOSE. For Ginsu Knives. A couple of giant hands 88 make fast work of a steak on a smoking barbecue. The chopper swings Batman _through_ the ad, falling blades just missing him, dragging him through the thick smoke. The chopper swings across the square, heading for... 89 ANOTHER SIGN - CLOSE. This time a tremendous set of 89 clacking teeth turn yellow to white each time the cap lifts off of a giant tube of toothpaste. 90 The chopper barrels straight for the opening mouth. 90 At the last moment the chopper banks, whipping the dangling Batman inside the mouth. 91 The mouth closes on the Caped Crusader. 91 92 The chopper pulls away, the chain pulling like floss 92 through the closed teeth. 93 INT. MOUTH 93 Batman, still clutching the chain, is flying towards the barricade of closed teeth. 94 EXT. ARKHAM SQUARE - MOUTH SIGN 94 Batman SMASHES through the two front teeth. 95 BATMAN - CLOSE. His face suddenly bathed in an ever 95 brightening yellow glow. 96 INT. CHOPPER 96 TWO-FACE'S POV - THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD Dead ahead, another sign. This one is essentially a giant neon sun, the Wayne Tech logo burning bright yellows and reds over the message Solar: The Power of the Future. 97 Harvey GUNS the chopper's engines. 97 PILOT Face!!! 98 EXT. GOTHAM SKY 98 The chopper BLOWS straight through the nova, neon EXPLODING like stars in all directions. 99 INT. HELICOPTER 99 As the Pilot, in the b.g. regains control of the chopper, Harvey walks to the hold, looks down through the hatch at the dangling chain below. No Batman. TWO-FACE Ah, to finally be rid of that pointy eared, steroid eating, rubber suited, cross dressing, night rat... 100 THROUGH THE WINDSHIELD 100 a familiar blue cape falls down over the plexi-glass. PILOT Uh...boss.... Harvey spins, draws his machine pistol. PILOT No! Too late. Harvey SPRAYS wildly, blowing holes in the windshield and Pilot as well. 101 EXT. HELICOPTER 101 The cape slips off the windscreen 102 INT. HELICOPTER 102 The chopper dives. Two-Face staggers towards the pilot's chair. He rests free the corpse, regains control. A FIST SMASHES through the side window into Harvey's jaw. BATMAN Harvey, you need help. Give it up. 103 EXT. HELICOPTER 103 Batman stands on one of the struts, begins trying to climb into the open side of the speeding bird. TWO-FACE Words of wisdom from our ex-friend? Harvey SLAMS Batman's face with his foot. He goes down. TWO-FACE Mano a Mano a Bato. Batman pulls himself back up. Grabs Harvey's foot. Flips him to the floor. Drags him half way out of the bird. BATMAN Surrender. TWO-FACE Ever been to Arkham, Batman? You'd feel right at home. You took a year of my life. So I'm here to pay you back. There's only one way out of this waltz. One of us dies. BATMAN I won't kill you, Harvey. Batman gets Harvey by the throat. TWO-FACE Batman doesn't kill? Bullshit. (epiphinous) You're a killer too. Somehow Harvey's words seem to shake Batman a beat. It's all the distraction Harvey needs. He SMASHES Batman across the face. Batman slips, falls out of sight. 104 WINDSHIELD - CLOSE. Lady Gotham is coming up fast. 104 105 EXT. HELICOPTER 105 Batman hangs by one hand from the support strut, the bird hurling towards the giant statue. 106 INT. HELICOPTER 106 Harvey locks "The Club" onto the controls, fixing the chopper on it's deadly course. 107 Batman hoists himself into the chopper through the open 107 side in time to see Harvey standing over the cargo hatch. TWO-FACE Goodbye old pal. With that Harvey leaps through the cargo hatch. 108 Batman stares frozen in disbelief as Two-Face plummets to 108 the dark water below. 109 Then a sudden flurry of expanding color caught in Lady 109 Gotham's lighthouse beam, and a parachute opens over Two- Face, unfolding into a giant Yin-Yang. 110 BATMAN - POV - The windshield SHATTERS into the statue. 110 111 EXT. HELICOPTER - LADY GOTHAM - NIGHT 111 The helicopter EXPLODES into the left side of Lady Gotham's face. A tremendous fireball splits the night. 112 EXT. GOTHAM SKY - NIGHT 112 Batman is falling. Still. Eyes closed. Maybe dead. FLASHES OF 113 (OVER) A SCREAM. Two SHOTS. A pair of roses hit pavement. 113 114 A BOY runs through a storm, a book clutched in his hands. 114 115 A FALL down a narrow stone chute, into a cave. 115 116 A BAT, huge, evil, SCREECHING. 116 TWO-FACE'S WORDS (OVER) - "YOU'RE A KILLER TOO." 117 BATMAN FALLING - CLOSE 117 Batman plummets towards the water. His eyes open. 118 EXT. GOTHAM HARBOR (CONTINUOUS) 118 Batman SPLASHES into the harbor. Dark. Still. Then, a familiar cowl breaks the surface, GASPING for breath. Batman stares up at the sky. 119 PAN UP 119 Lady Gotham's one beautiful face now burns the night. 120 INT. WAYNE ENTERPRISES - NIGHT 120 Dark, save the light from a single cubicle. 121 INT. EDWARD'S WORK STATION - NIGHT 121 Edward sits hunched over his desk, working on his invention. Sweat beads his brow, lips MUMBLING furiously. EDWARD (obsessive repetition) Too many questions. Too many questions. Edward glances up at the picture of Bruce Wayne. EDWARD I'll show you it works. STICKLEY (O.S.) What the hell is going on here? Stickley stands before Edward's cubicle. Not happy. STICKLEY Your project is terminated. I'm calling security. Stickley turns to go. Mistake. Edward CRACKS Stickley on the head with a coffee pot. Down he goes. EDWARD Caffine'll kill you. 122 INT. EDWARD'S CUBICLE - MINUTES LATER 122 Stickley awakens to find himself strapped in a swivel chair. Edward is placing an elaborate computerized headband over Stickley's head. (OVER) a small TV hooked into Edward's contraption runs a fishing show. EDWARD This won't hurt a bit. (musing) At least I don't think it will. Edward reaches for a small transceiver fused to the TV. STICKLEY Goddamnit, you press that button and- 123 Too late. A green beam explodes from the TV screen, 123 engulfing Stickley. 124 IN THE BEAM - a small holographic representation of the 124 fisherman reeling in a prize bass. 125 STICKLEY - POV - As far as Fred is concerned he's on the 125 shore, the fisherman's catch flapping in his face. 126 The TV signals begin to waver and tremble. 126 EDWARD Loosing resolution. More power. He increases the power toggle. BACKFIRE. A sudden white light shoots back into the TV and up, surrounding Ed. STICKLEY - CLOSE. His eyes dull, glaze over. EDWARD - CLOSE. The effect on him seems to be quite the opposite. Invigorating, sexual. THE BEAM-FLARES. A tiny nova. Overload. Both men SCREAM. All light vanishes. EDWARD - CLOSE. His face buried in his hands. Edward peers up from his hands. Look into his eyes. One thing is sure. Edward Nygma has gone power mad, totally insane. EDWARD (game show host) Fred Stickley. Come on down. You're the next contestant on I Want Your Brain. (Wayne-like) Nygma your machine has unexpected side effects. A feed back loop has caused your brain to absorb Stickley's neural energy. (hyper) Stickley, I've had a break- through! And a breakdown? Maybe. Nevertheless. I'm smarter. Hell, I'm a genius. More than a genius. Several geniuses. Genae. Genie. Ed rises, BABBLES a dazed Fred's lips with his finger. EDWARD (short order cook) Yo. Charlie. Gimmie an order of brain deep-fry. Extra well done. Hold the neurons. (a scientist) Patient exhibits symptoms of psycho neural overload. Notation: obviously higher settings can be dangerous to the subject. (pacing) Riddle me this, Fred. What is everything to someone and nothing to everyone else? Your mind of course. And now mine pumps with the power of yours. (urban) New from Brain-bok. Da pump. Think faster. Reason higher. Out-cog-nate every homey on the court of life. Da pump. Yeah. (Shakespearian) Ho! Mark. I sense an odd penchant for the anagramatic. The acrostic. The crypto-graphic. What doth this bode? Answer me Marcutio, you little runt. (gourmet) Fred, I must confess you were a wonderful appetizer. Simply divine. But now I yearn for a meal of substance. The main course. A wide and varied palette. Ah, to taste the mind of a hero. A nobleman. A poet. (Groucho) A chick in a short skirt wouldn't be so bad either. STICKLEY ...Fired...your fired...your fired. You understand?! Fired!! EDWARD I don't think so. Edward savagely sends Stickley careening across the slick floor still strapped to the swivel chair. 127 Stickley heads straight for the huge round window. 127 128 Edward seems like he has regrets as he dashes after 128 Stickley. The chair... 129 SMASHES THROUGH THE ROUND WINDOW 129 It teeters on the edge of the building, dam and RUSHING water below. Stickley is being held on the precipice by the long wire attached to his headband. It is really only this that Edward came to save. 130 EDWARD 130 Fred. Babe. _You_ are fired. Or should I say Terminated! He yanks the invention from Stickley's head and he crashes below to certain death. Ed races back to... 131 EDWARD'S CUBICLE 131 EDWARD Question marks, Mr. Wayne? He stands staring at the picture of Bruce Wayne. EDWARD My work raises too many question marks? In a frenzy, Edward begins tearing up the magazines lying on his desk, ripping out individual words, pasting them quickly onto a blank piece of paper. EDWARD Two years. 3.5762 percent of my estimated lifespan toiling for your greater glory and profit. He SMASHES the framed GQ cover of Bruce on the floor. EDWARD Well, let me ask you some questions, Mr. Smarter Than Thou. Why are you so debonair? Successful? Richer than God? Why should you have it all and not me? Yes, you're right, there are too many questions, Bruce Wayne. Edward STOMPS on the picture, pulverizing the glass. EDWARD Like why hasn't anybody put you in your place? And it's time you came up with some answers. Starting right now! A SERIES OF IMAGES- 132 (OVER) A SCREAM. SHOTS. Roses fall to the pavement. 132 133 A YOUNG BOY stands staring into a parlor where two 133 coffins rest. Thomas and Martha Wayne. Dead leaves whip through the hallway. 134 SMALL HANDS touch a leather bound book. Suddenly the 134 pages are splattered with blood. Wind blows out two flickering candles. 135 THE BOY runs through a dark, stormy night, the book 135 clutched in his hands. He slips. A sinkhole. 136 A FALL down a narrow chute. The boy lands in a dark cave. 136 137 A GIANT MONARCH BAT, fangs bared, SCREECHES towards us. 137 TWO-FACE (V.O.) You're a killer too. 138 INT. WAYNE MANOR - BRUCE'S BEDROOM - MORNING 138 In his bed, Bruce wakes, trying to blink away the images. Alfred draws the curtains, welcoming rich autumn sun. ALFRED The dreams again, sir? BRUCE I think they're getting worse. ALFRED It's a wonder you sleep at all. As Bruce sits up, Alfred notices a fresh set of bruises. ALFRED What a marvelous shade of purple. Bruce shoots him a look. ALFRED Really, sir, if you insist on trying to get yourself killed each night. Alfred picks up Bruce's carelessly-tossed Batsuit from the floor. Ripped, dented, punctured. ALFRED ...Would it be a terrible imposition to ask you to take better care of your equipment? BRUCE Then you'd have nothing to complain about. ALFRED Hardly a worry, sir. Alfred brings a robe, holds it out for Bruce. ALFRED Commissioner Gordon phoned. There's been an accident at Wayne Enterprises. 139 INT. - WAYNE ENTERPRISES - MORNING 139 As the window is replaced in b.g., Edward Nygma stands SOBBING before the head of personnel. With augmented brain power apparently comes augmented acting talent. EDWARD (inconsolable) Why? Oh, why? I can't believe it. Two years. Working in the same office. Shoulder to shoulder, cheek to cheek, ---we're talking face, by the way---and then this. (handing her a note) I found this in my cubicle. You'll find the handwriting matches his exactly as does sentence structure and spelling. (suddenly sobbing again) I couldn't possibly continue on here. The memories. I'll just get my things. 140 ANOTHER ANGLE 140 Edward slips out a side door, quickly avoiding Bruce and Gordon as they walk towards Bruce's office. GORDON We've questioned everyone who worked on the floor. Computer records show no one going in or out after Stickley. BRUCE Computer records can be forged. I'll have my people pull up -- A cop hands Gordon the forged note. GORDON Suicide. With all due respect, leave the police work to us. We'll be in touch. As the Commissioner exits, Bruce heads into his office, followed by his secretary, MARGARET. 141 INT. BRUCE'S OFFICE (CONTINUOUS) 141 MARGARET The society matrons of Gotham have called a record thirty-two times. Not to mention the press. I think that if they don't know soon who you plan to take to the charity circus, the world will most surely come to an end. Bruce notices an envelope on his desk. BRUCE What's this? MARGARET I don't know. I didn't see anyone... BRUCE No postmark. No stamp. Bruce opens the envelope. 142 LETTER - CLOSE. A photo of Bruce. Below: letters cut from 142 newspapers and magazines read: (RIDDLE#1) (to be written) signed -The Riddler 143 Bruce raises an eyebrow. 143 BRUCE The Riddler? Why can't anyone in this town have a normal name? Phone RINGS. Bruce hits a switch and a desk video-phone lights into life. Alfred. ALFRED Channel 12, sir. Bruce presses a button and Alfred's image shrinks to a small box in the corner, superimposed atop a TV picture. 144 ON SCREEN - 144 A talk show in progress. A radiant black host: VONDELLE MILLIONS talks to a panel of experts. VONDELLE --joined us, we're talking about the mutilation of Lady Gotham, caused late last night by Batman- 145 BRUCE 145 _Excuse_ me?! VONDELLE -- will take up to nine months to repair. Today's topic: Batman-crime- fighter or criminal? BATMAN How 'bout Two-Face? Anyone here heard of him? The shot WIDENS to reveal the panel. 146 ON SCREEN - Our first expert: DR. JANISLAUS ROYCE. 146 ROYCE Batman is a major cause of crime in Gotham. So-called super-villains seek him out hoping to prove themselves in violent conflict. Batman does not deter crime, he invites it. VONDELLE I'm sure our audience objects to your gender bias. Batperson. The second expert PIPES in, DR. DAVID AIMS. AIMS What is the Dark Knight's credo? Batman does not kill? What of those slain during his fight with Jack Napier aka Joker? Or in his Christmas conflict with the orphan Cobblepot? Batman belongs behind bars, not his morally disadvantaged victims. CHASE (O.S.) Bull (bleep)! 147 WIDER 147 Chase sits at the end of the panel. VONDELLE What did you say? CHASE Which part of the word didn't you understand? 148 Watching, Bruce sits a little straighter, more hopeful. 148 BRUCE I could like this woman. 149 CHASE 149 Batman is a _reaction_ to the crime in this city, not a creator of it! Without him many more would be dead. Batman is a true hero... VONDELLE Hey, Doc, got the hots for Batman? HOOTS and HOLLERS from the audience. CHASE - CLOSE. Busted. 150 On screen, a graphic: BATMAN: CRIMEFIGHTER OR CRIMINAL? 150 VONDELLE What do you think? Call us at... A HAND reaches up and SNAPS off the TV. The screen goes black to reveal a reflection in the glass: Two-Face. PULL BACK TO REVEAL INT. TWO-FACE'S HIDEOUT - DAY Two-Face turns away, disgusted. TWO-FACE Batman, Batman, Batman. God, we want that man's blood on our hands. 151 WIDER 151 LEATHER sits to one side of Harvey. Ruby lipstick, tight leather outfit, a choker o spikes, razor blade earrings, stroking a muzzled black doberman. LEATHER Oh you are most obscene, my frightful grotesque. Another set of arms entwine Two-Face. LACE, a submissive blonde in Victoria's Secret's lacy best nuzzles his good side, pets a white kitten. LACE Don't listen to her. You're every girl's dream. LEATHER Waste Dorothy and Toto here, you and me can get down to business. Harvey SLAPS Leather, hard. LEATHER Harder, baby. Hit me again. TWO-FACE No. LEATHER (hotter still) Sadist. He turns now to Lace, caresses her face gently. WIDEN TO REVEAL Two-Face's hideaway, divided straight down the middle. Lace's half is all light and order. Leather's domain looks like an S&M club. TWO-FACE Too many bats to fry to think about fun. We wanna take him apart limb by hyper-extended limb. Feel his bones crunch in our hands. Beat him until he's as black and blue as that ridiculous rubber suit. Without thinking, Harvey steps over the Laceland. His demeanor instantly changes, now more reasoned and calm. TWO-FACE On the other hand, perhaps something slow, a delicious incursion of despair, a campaign to shatter his psyche and bring him crumbling to his knees. He wanders back across to Leatherland. TWO-FACE Hell. Why wait? Rupture his organs. Shatter his spine. Still have time for a late dinner. Back in Laceland. TWO-FACE But simple murder? It's just too damn simple. Besides, it's been done. No. We need a plan. Back to Leatherland. TWO-FACE Yes. Something senseless, brutal, savage, violent. Back to Laceland, stopping to add... TWO-FACE Yet witty. 152 EXT. WAYNE MANOR - NIGHT 152 Edward peddles a bicycle down a service road towards Wayne Manor, an envelope jutting from his shirt pocket. 153 INT. BATCAVE - NIGHT 153 Alfred stands over a cage of bats. A hand-held scanner producing distance readings. Bruce sits before his Master Console. BRUCE How's the sonar coming, Alfred? ALFRED A few hitches sir, but I'm confident we'll have a prototype in no time. BRUCE It'll never work. ALFRED I believe you said the same thing about the Batmobile. (OVER) a doorbell RINGS. Alfred disappears upstairs. 154 BRUCE - OVER THE SHOULDER 154 Bruce works a keyboard, manipulating the images on various screens. 155 SCREEN ONE - Replays the CNN story on Two-Face 155 156 SCREEN TWO - Replays the Vondelle Williams show. 156 157 SCREEN THREE - Runs news footage of Chase. 157 158 As Alfred returns, Bruce splits the Chase screen, a list 158 of psychiatric texts scrolling beside her portrait. ALFRED Scholarly research? BRUCE She has an excellent mind. ALFRED If I misinterpreted your interest in the lady, I humbly apologize-- BRUCE I wonder if she'd go out with me. ALFRED Apology hastily retracted. Bruce freezes the image of Vondelle Williams over the familiar graphic: Batman: Crimefighter or Criminal? BRUCE They don't understand. They think I became Batman to fight crime. Bruce leans back, closes his eyes, his past never far. BRUCE Do you remember the night I fell into that cave and the bat chased me? ALFRED Your parents' wake. Rain fell like tears. BRUCE ...The night Batman was born. (a beat) What was I doing in the fields that night, Alfred? What sent me running out into that storm? I keep dreaming about it but I just can't remember. ALFRED I don't know, sir. Your dear parents. Suddenly gone. So much loss... BRUCE I remember the bat, though. His scream. Those eyes. i was sure the fear would kill me. (a beat) In time I came to believe that if I became a monster, that if I was feared, I wouldn't be scared anymore. I was wrong. (off the screen) They think I became Batman to fight crime. I became Batman to fight the fear. And instead I became the fear. Alfred hands him an envelope. ALFRED Perhaps it's time you paid a bit more attention to Bruce Wayne. There was no one at the door, just this. Within, (RIDDLE #2). His expression darkens. 159 EXT. UGLY TENEMENT - BAD NEIGHBORHOOD - NIGHT 159 (OVER) SOUNDS OF POUNDING 160 INT. HALLWAY OUTSIDE EDWARD'S APARTMENT - NIGHT 160 The source of the POUNDING -- MRS. LUCERTOLA, Ed's middle-aged, no-bullshit landlady. MRS. LUCERTOLA Ya wanna cough up your rent, or do I post an eviction notice? Locks TURN. The door opens a crack. Edward peeks out. EDWARD Mrs. Lucertola. What a surprise. Come in. I was just sitting down to write the check. 161 INT. EDWARD'S APARTMENT - NIGHT 161 Mrs. Lucertola barges inside -- then stops, aghast. HER POV- Five people might live here. Sports magazines. Stock market tickers. Half completed paintings and sculptures. Blueprints. In the corner an old circus booth containing a manikin of the green-clad, can wielding Guesser. MRS. LUCERTOLA What is it exactly that you do, Mr. Nygma? EDWARD My dear Ms. Lucertola. Italian, isn't it? For lizard. How fitting. I think the question better asked: what is it that I don't do? Ed guides Mrs. Lucertola to a sofa before the TV. EDWARD Most recently I have devised a way to change the destiny of mankind and the world as we know it, all in my favor of course. MRS. LUCERTOLA The rent Nygma!!! EDWARD Might I persuade you to take a seat on this couch? To indulge me in a little experiment? He shoves her down. MRS. LUCERTOLA Hey, I got no time for- Edward clamps a new, streamlined headband on her head. EDWARD Showtime. He clicks on the TV. An evening soap. MRS. LUCERTOLA My favorite story. Atop the TV rests a small box. The next generation of his Remote Encephalographic Stimulator. EDWARD Yes. TV. Balm to the minds of the masses. The great deadener. If only it were more lively. But wait. I can help. He hits a switch on the Box and the familiar beam engulfs his landlady, the holographic image of the screen's kissing couple now hovering in mid-air before her. MRS. LUCERTOLA Oh my lord. EDWARD Not quite. But I'm getting there. 162 MRS. LUCERTOLA - POV - She might as well be sitting on the 162 foot of the bed as the two lovers' embrace heats up. Edward waves his hand in front of her eyes. Nothing. The same dazed expression that Stickley wore. EDWARD Now this is much better. No pain. Just a little holographic TV to keep your mind off the fact... Edward PLANTS an ELECTRODE on his forehead. EDWARD ...That I'm taking your mind. (professional) Not your thoughts, mind you. Just your neural energy, simply sucking some IQ points as it were. A GREEN-BLUE aura forms around Edward's head. EDWARD (announcer) His intelligence jumps. Ms. Lizard don't know it. The crowd goes wild. (CEO) Boys, I want one of these babies in every home. (Clinton) It's the new information super highway and, pay attention now kids. I'm the on ramp. (ad-man) From their brains to the TV to my brain, with no commercial interruptions! (announcer) There are seven million brains in the Naked City... (menacing) ...and they're all mine! 163 EXT. MUNICIPAL POLICE COMPLEX - DAY 163 Gothic. Active. Bruce enters the complex. 164 INT. POLICE COMPLEX - CHASE'S OFFICE 164 Comfortable. Well appointed. Degrees on the walls. Chase opens her door to Bruce Wayne. CHASE Mr. Wayne. Chase Meridian. The sparks he felt from her as Batman don't fly. CHASE How can I help you, Mr. Wayne? BRUCE Somebody's been sending me love letters. Commissioner Gordon thought you might give me your expert opinion. Chase spread the `Riddler' letters before her. Bruce TAPS his fingers absentmindedly as he watches her read. CHASE Psychiatrists make you nervous? BRUCE Just ones this beautiful. CHASE The infamous Wayne charm. Does it ever shut off? BRUCE On occasion. Usually at night. Bruce stops tapping, examines books on aberrant behavior. The Dark Side. Turns a tiny wicker doll over in his hand. BRUCE Still play with dolls, Doctor? CHASE She's a Malaysian dream warden. She stands sentry while you sleep and calms your dreams. (off Bruce's expressions) Need one? BRUCE Me? No. Only things that need calming in my dreams are the Rockettes. Chase holds his eyes a beat. Not buying. But she lets it go, looks back over the letters. CHASE My opinion. This letter writer is a total wacko. BRUCE Wacko? That a technical term? CHASE Patient apparently suffers from acute obsessional syndrome with potential homicidal styles. Work better for you? BRUCE So what you're saying, this guy's a total wacko, right? CHASE (a slight smile) Exactly. He notices batman research on her desk. Spots a framed print hanging on the wall. A bat. BRUCE You have a thing for bats? Chase follows his gaze. CHASE That's a rorschach, Mr. Wayne. People see what they want to. Bruce looks back up. In fact, just an ink blot. Only he saw a bat within it's bleeding lines. CHASE I think the question would be, do you have a thing for bats? BRUCE So, this Riddler, he's dangerous? CHASE What do you know about obsession? BRUCE Not much. CHASE Obsession is born of fear. Recall a moment of great terror in your life. Say you associate that moment with... (random) ...a bat. The bat's image becomes a cancer of the mind, grows more real than your daily life. Can you imagine something like that? BRUCE It's a stretch but I'll manage. CHASE The letter writer is obsessed with you. His only escape may be... BRUCE To kill me. CHASE You understand obsession better than you let on. BRUCE No insights here, doc. Just trying to get comfortable on your couch. (checking his watch) Oops. Times up. CHASE That's usually my line. BRUCE Look, I'd love to keep chatting- CHASE Would you? I'm not so sure. BRUCE But I'm going to have to get you out of those clothes. CHASE Excuse me. BRUCE And into a black dress. Bruce throws her startled expression his best smile. BRUCE Tell me, Doctor, do you like the circus? Despite herself, Chase smiles back. 165 A SIGN - CLOSE - Gotham Hospital Charity Circus. WIDER 166 EXT. HIPPODROME - NIGHT 166 Immense. On the lapping edge of Gotham Harbor. Searchlights sweep the sky. FLAGS flutter on the Hippodrome's oval roof, Limos spill Gotham's finest. The night of the season. 167 INT. CENTER RING 167 THE FLYING GRAYSONS -- Mother, Father, and two sons all wearing colorful red and green outfits with yellow cape- -- race out to greet the crowd. They discard their capes, cartwheel to four guywires. RINGMASTER Ladies and gentlemen. Seventy feet above the ground, performing feats of aerial skill without a net, the Flying Graysons! The lights dim. Spots follow each Grayson as hoist cables whisk them up to the trapezes and high wire. 168 ON THE TRAPEZE 168 Dad and Chris Grayson hang by their knees, upside down on opposite trapezes. 169 Mom jumps to Chris' hands, hangs in mid-air. Chris swings 169 back and forth, building momentum, then sends her to Dad in a poetic double somersault. 170 BELOW 170 The Hippodrome is packed solid. 171 VIP SECTION 171 Bruce and Chase in evening finery take their seats amidst a barrage of flashing photographers. The Gotham Society matrons crowd for a photo op. CHASE (off the flashes) I'm surprised you aren't blind by now. BRUCE (as if he were) I'm sorry. Who are you? Chase smiles. The Press and Matrons disappear. BRUCE Now we can just sit back and watch the show like normal folks. RINGMASTER (OVER) Tonight's benefit has raised $375,000 for Gotham Children's Hospital. Let's thank our largest single donor: Bruce Wayne. SPOTLIGHT finds Bruce and Chase. WILD APPLAUSE. CHASE (through her smile) Like normal folks. BRUCE (deadpan) What? This isn't normal? 172 RINGMASTER 172 And now Richard, the youngest Flying Grayson, will perform The _Quadruple_ Flying Somersault! 173 DICK GRAYSON, handsome, only happy when he is in flight, 173 jumps to his father's hands, hangs in air. 174 DICK'S POV - The world flips, dizzying, four times. 174 175 Chris catches Dick's hands. Shaky. One hand slips free. 175 The Crowd GASPS. Dick dangles for an instant. 176 Chris hoists Dick to safety. An uproarious OVATION! 176 177 CHASE watches Bruce. He's riveted, eyes like a child's. 177 BRUCE That kid is amazing. CHASE I don't get you Bruce Wayne. BRUCE Me? I'm easy. Especially after a couple of martinis. CHASE The glib, cavalier routine, it really is an act, isn't it? BRUCE Don't believe it. I'm just skin deep. But he holds her eyes and in the smile that passes between them, sweet electricity. Maybe something more. 178 THE RINGMASTER stands watching the Graysons feats of 178 aerial wonder. Something catches his eye. 179 A GLOVED HAND extends through the curtain leading 179 backstage, beckons him with a single finger. 180 THE RINGMASTER - CLOSE. Puzzled. Steps out of the ring. 180 181 BACK TO BRUCE AND CHASE 181 BRUCE Look, I'm rock climbing Sunday. How about coming along? CHASE Bruce, much to my surprise, you seem like a really great guy... BRUCE But... CHASE Well, I met someone... BRUCE Fast work. You just moved here. CHASE You could say he kind of dropped out of the sky and bang-. I think he felt it too. BRUCE He sure did. CHASE What? BRUCE (awkward) I said I'm sure he did. Bruce looks towards... 182 CENTER RING 182 A TINY CAR, horn HONKING away, ROARS into the middle ring and begins dislodging clowns, all tumbling out of the cars and over each other. 183 A new Ringmaster steps into the arena. Two-Face. 183 TWO-FACE Ladies and gentlemen, and I do use the term loosely, your attentions please. Tonight, a new act for your amusement. We call it Massacre Under the Big Top. 184 His thugs slip out of their clown costumes and seal every 184 exit. 185 They pull machine guns and start SHOOTING over the 185 audience's heads. PANIC. SCREAMS. 186 TWO-FACE 186 People, people. Show some grace under pressure. A little decorum, please. (into his mike) _SHUT UP_!!! 187 More machine gun BURSTS as Thugs move into sentry 187 positions at each section of bleachers. Folks quiet. 188 TWO-FACE 188 If we may direct your attention... 189/90 A Thug trains a spot on a crate hung in the rafters. 189/90 191 TWO-FACE 191 Inside that wooden box: two hundred sticks of TNT. (showing a box) In our hand: a radio detonator. Two-Face presses a button. 192 DETONATOR - CLOSE. A digital countdown. 3:00. 2:59. 2:58... 192 193 TWO-FACE 193 You have three minutes. 194 THE MAYOR 194 What the hell do you want? 195 TWO-FACE 195 Want, Mr. Mayor? Just one little thing. Batman. Bruised. Broken. Bleeding. In a word: dead. Two-Face turns, showing his good side. TWO-FACE Who do we have assembled before us? Gotham's finest. Rich, Influential. Smart. One of you must know who Batman is. Hell, we'd lay odds one of you _is_ Batman. Two-Face spins, offers his evil side. TWO-FACE So, unless the bat is surrendered to us post haste, we're off on a proverbial killing spree. City wide mayhem and murder. Starting tonight. With all you lovely folks as our very first corpses to be. You have three ---well just under three--- minutes. 196 BRUCE, his eyes riveted on the bomb. No secret is worth 196 innocent lives. He stands. Chase, misunderstanding, tries to pull Bruce back down. WIDER Suddenly everyone jumps up, SHOUT and SCREAM, point towards the rafters. 197 REVERSE ANGLE 197 The Graysons scale the scaffolding, heading for the bomb. TWO-FACE Boys! Move, move, move! (a beat) Cannot get good help these days. 198 Any Thugs not standing sentry fan out, speed up guywires. 198 199 CHRIS 199 (to Dick) Go! We'll hold them off! Mom, Dad and Chris swing from trapeze to guywire to platform, trying to delay the Thugs who are actually well-trained gymnasts. 200 Dick launches himself from trapeze to trapeze, bounces 200 off the high wire, grabs a catwalk and hoists himself up. 201 Bruce uses the distraction to hop the rail, race through 201 the SCREAMING CROWD. 202 THE TIME - CLOSE. 1:03. 1:02. 1:01. 202 203 ON THE TRAPEZE 203 204 A Thug grabs Dad Grayson by the leg. Dad manages a jump 204 to another trapeze. 205 Mom's not so lucky. A Thug punches her off the uppermost 205 platform. She falls in mid-air. 206 FOLKS in the audience SCREAM. 206 207 BRUCE moves fast towards one of the sentry Thugs. 207 208 MOM snags a wildly swinging trapeze with one leg, wraps 208 her ankle around a rope, hanging over the floor. 209 A THUG points to the Time Clock 0:45. 0:44. 0:43. 209 210 THE THUGS quit the fight, slide down ropes and guywires. 210 211 DAD AND CHRIS form a human chain to reach Mom. Dad 211 anchors Chris who swings out towards Mom. Mom swings her trapeze to gather momentum. 212 IN THE RAFTERS 212 Dick has reached the Bomb. Begins un-lashing the crate. 213 ON THE CIRCUS FLOOR 213 The Thugs begin to pour through the trap door. A few thrill-seekers fire their MACHINE GUNS over the crowd. 214 THE TIMER - CLOSE. 0:15. 0:14. 0:13. 214 215 DICK scales a service ladder, vies with a roof hatch. 215 216 TRAPEZE - CLOSE 216 Dan and Chris make their final swing. Mom lets go and sails gloriously towards Chris. Below them, no net. 217 BRUCE taps the watching Thug on the shoulder. He spins. 217 BRUCE Show's over. A punch and the guy is out. Bruce starts for Two-Face. Another Thug springs up before him, blocking his way. 218 TWO-FACE stares up at the dangling Graysons. He reaches 218 into his pocket. Pulls out a familiar coin. TWO-FACE Day in, day out, it always comes down to the same old question. Life... (flips the coin) Or death. He looks down. Scarred side up. He draws his gun. TWO-FACE Our kinda day. 219 BRUCE fells the other Thug. Starts to sprint across the 219 ring towards Two-Face. 220 AT THE ROOF 220 Dick shoves the hatch open, climbs out. 221 TIMER - CLOSE. 0:10. 0:09. 0:08. 221 222 MOM spots the pointing gun far below. She SCREAMS. 222 223 BRUCE races for the aiming Two-Face. Almost there. 223 Another Thug hits him broadside, knocking him flat. 224 TWO-FACE FIRES. Twice, the first bullet cutting, the 224 225 second severing the rope that holds the Graysons. 225 TWO-FACE Never did like the circus. Too many freaks. 226/27 Two-Face disappears down the tunnel. Bruce struggles 226/27 to his feet. A CHARGE blows inside the escape hatch, filling the access-way with fire. No way out. 228 CLOCK - CLOSE. 0:07. 0:06. 228 229 EXT. HIPPODROME ROOF - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT 229 Dick scrambles onto the roof, begins whipping the bomb rope like a sling. 230 INT. HIPPODROME - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT 230 CLOCK - CLOSE. 0:05. 0:04. 0:03. 231 EXT. HIPPODROME ROOF - CONTINUOUS - NIGHT 231 Dick let's fly, the bomb soaring out towards the harbor. 232 THE BOMB hits the water. Sinks. A beat. The night is 232 split by a funneling EXPLOSION. 233 INT. HIPPODROME - NIGHT 233 Dick swings excitedly down onto the catwalk. He freezes at the rail. DICK No!!!! DICK - CLOSE. On his face, his life's end. 234 DICK'S POV -- STRAIGHT DOWN 234 The dead bodies of his mother, father and brother. Bruce Wayne stands over them, looking up at the boy. 235 BRUCE - CLOSE. His face a tragic echo of Dick's pain. 235 236 EXT. - WAYNE MANOR - NEXT AFTERNOON 236 A police car heads towards the manor. Dick Grayson, pack on his back, winds his motorcycle behind the cruiser. Bruce comes out to greet Gordon. Dick, slightly awestruck, dismounts, wanders into the house. GORDON It's good of you to take him in. He's been filling out forms all day. He hasn't even eaten. Bruce nods, watches Gordon drive off. Heads into... 237 INT. WAYNE MANOR FOYER - LATE DAY 237 As Bruce ENTERS through the open door, Alfred arrives from the other direction. ALFRED Welcome, Master Grayson. I'm Alfred. DICK How ya doin', Al? ALFRED (mouthing) Al? DICK (to Bruce) Big house. How many rooms? BRUCE Gee, I'm not sure. (across the foyer) Alfred? How many rooms? Total? ALFRED Ninety-three, including the sauna. BRUCE Take any three you like. After you get settled we can... 238/39 But Dick isn't listening, stares instead over 238/39 Bruce's shoulder as Gordon's cruiser disappears out of sight. DICK Okay. I'm outta here. BRUCE Excuse me. DICK I figure telling that cop I'd stay here saved me a truckload of social service interviews and good will. So no offense but thanks. See ya. Dick heads toward the door. Alfred slips away. BRUCE Where will you go? The circus is halfway to Metropolis by now. DICK I got no place at the circus without my family. I'm going to get a fix on Two-Face. Then I'm going to kill him. BRUCE Listen, Dick. Killing Two-Face won't take the pain away. It'll make it worse. DICK Look, spare me the sermons, okay. You're just some rich guy who is trying to do a good deed. You don't even know me. Bruce stares beyond Dick, into his own past. BRUCE It's not just the sadness. Is it? The shame is worse. Feeling like somehow you should have saved them. Dick is looking at Bruce now. BRUCE You're right. I don't know you. But I'm like you. Just then Alfred returns with a tray. Rare London broil. Baby potatoes. Fresh greens. An aromatic feast. ALFRED Oh, is the young master leaving? Pity. I'll just toss this away then. Perhaps the dogs are hungry - Alfred turns, heads up the stairs. ALFRED I'll set this up in the guest suite. Just in case. Dick follows, led by his nose. Bruce smiles, nods slowly, heads into... 240 INT. - WAYNE LIBRARY 240 Bruce touches a vase of fresh roses. Stares at framed photos of Thomas, Martha, of himself, younger. Happy. With no knowledge of the future. 241 He turns. Suddenly their coffins are in the middle of the 241 room again, the still corpses white in death. He's a boy. There on the desk. A leather bound book. (OVER) THUNDER CRACKS. 242 THE FRONT DOOR flies open. An evil wind whips the house. 242 243 THE BOOK is splattered with blood. 243 244 THE WINDOW explodes, shattering glass, and out of the 244 darkness flies a huge, evil bat. ALFRED (OVER) Master Bruce? 245 Bruce is sitting in a chair, holding a rose, head down, 245 the images only flashes of memory. Night has fallen. He looks up, eyes. red. BRUCE It's happening again. Just like my parents. A monster comes out of the night. A scream. Two gunshots. I killed them. ALFRED What did you say? BRUCE He killed them. Two-Face. He slaughtered that boy's parents. ALFRED No. You said I. I killed them. BRUCE Don't be ridiculous. Suddenly a pale light through the window illuminates the room, bathes their faces. 246 THE BATSIGNAL beams in the sky. 246 247 INT. GUEST (DICK'S) BEDROOM 247 Dick Grayson finishes eating. He moves into the 248 HALLWAY 248 the house seems empty. DICK Hey?.. Hello?... Anybody home? He's puzzled. 249 EXT. GOTHAM CITY STREET - NIGHT 249 Batman speeds along in the Batmobile. He hits top speed as the car's fusion drive glows red. 250 A giant projector, beaming the Batsignal on the fast night clouds. Batman leaps from a neighboring roof to find no one. Just the huge light and the city wind. BATMAN Commissioner...? A shadow appears from behind the searchlight. Chase. CHASE He's home. I sent the signal. BATMAN What's wrong? CHASE Last night at the circus. I noticed something about Dent. His coin. He's obsessed with justice. It's his Achilles' heel. It can be exploited. He steps close to her. Intimidating. BATMAN You called me here for this? The Batsignal is not a beeper. Instead of backing off, Chase moves towards him. CHASE I wish I could say my interest in you was purely professional... BATMAN Are you trying to get under my cape, Doctor? CHASE A girl cannot live by psychoses alone. BATMAN It's the car, right? Chicks love the car. CHASE What is it about the wrong kind of man? In grade school it was guys with earrings. College, motorcycles and leather jackets. Chase is right up against him. She runs her fingers along the outline of Batman's mask. CHASE Now black rubber. BATMAN Try a fireman. Less to take off. CHASE I don't mind the work. Pity I can't see behind the mask. Batman stills her hand. BATMAN We all wear masks. CHASE My life's an open book. You read? BATMAN I'm not the kind of guy who blends in at a family picnic. CHASE We could give it a try. I'll bring the wine, you bring the scarred psyche. BATMAN You are direct, aren't you? CHASE You like strong women. I've done my homework. Or do I need skin-tight vinyl and a whip? Their bodies are close. BATMAN I haven't had much luck with women... CHASE Maybe you just haven't met the right woman... Their mouths are close. Suddenly Commissioner Gordon, trench-coat over pajamas, rushes onto the roof. GORDON I saw the beacon. What's going on? BATMAN Nothing... False alarm. 251 Batman shoots a Batarang into the night and dives from 251 the building. CHASE Are you sure? 252 EXT. SEEDY PART OF TOWN - DAY 252 SIRENS WHINE as two cruisers fly down a pot-holed street. 253 ANGLE ON - A bridge structure. 253 254 INT. TWO-FACE'S HIDEOUT - DAY 254 The room is dark. POLICE SIRENS FADE as a trap door opens in the floor. Two-Face emerges. TWO-FACE Ever have one of those days where you just want to kill someone? VOICE IN THE DARK Riddle me this. (Riddle #3) REVERSE ANGLE A mysterious silhouette stands in the dark. Two-Face draws his gun. VOICE IN THE DARK The answer is, your enemy. TWO-FACE Who are you? VOICE IN THE DARK You can just call me... The Riddler. The figure steps out of shadow. A new costume, lime green, covered with question marks, an emerald eye mask, derby and cane. An exact replica of the Guesser's outfit. TWO-FACE How'd you find us? RIDDLER You _are_ Two-Face, you would need to face both rivers, both uptown and downtown simultaneously. Only one spot in Gotham serves these bi- zonal, bi-coastal needs... TWO-FACE Congratulations. You get to die on the dean's list. Two-Face trains his gun, COCKS the trigger. RIDDLER Has anyone ever told you have a serious impulse control problem? (looking around) You know, I simply love what you've done with this place. Heavy Metal with just a touch of House and Garden. He crosses to Leatherland. RIDDLER It's so dark and Gothic and disgustingly decadent... He moves to Laceland. RIDDLER Yet so bright and chipper and conservative! (to "bad" side) It's so you. ("good" side) And yet so _you_! (touching his suit) Very few people are both a summer _and_ a winter. But you pull it off nicely. TWO-FACE A man with a death wish. RIDDLER Harvey. You need me. Since you've gotten out of Arkham, you've managed, what? To bungle stealing a safe? Wreck a statue? And, correct me if I'm wrong here, but weren't you outsmarted by an acned acrobat at the circus? TWO-FACE Let's see if you bleed green. Two-Face COCKS back the hammer. RIDDLER Alright, counselor. Go ahead. Fire away. But before you do, let me ask you one question. Is it really me you want to kill? The Riddler knits his thumbs together, waves his hands over one of the exposed light bulbs that illuminate the room, making a shadow on the wall. The shadow of a bat. RIDDLER Do you know about hate, my dual visaged friend? Slow, burning hate that keeps you sleepless until late in the night, that wakes you before dawn. Do you know that kind of hate? I do. (circling Harvey) Kill him? Seems like a good enough idea. But have you thought it through? A few bullets, a quick spray of blood, a fast, thrilling rush, and then what? Wet hands and post-coital depression. Is it really enough? (up close) Why not ruin him first? Expose his frailty. And then, when he is at his weakest, crush him in your hand. 255 Riddler gestures to the front of the room, where Leather 255 and Lace, on their respective sides, are fixed to their TV's via the green beam of the box. He tosses a receiver electrode to Two-Face. RIDDLER ...Take a hit. Two-Face looks at the electrode curiously. RIDDLER (taps his forehead) Up, up, up. A beat. Then, gun still trained on the Riddler, Two-Face holds the receiver to his skull. He's blasted with a dose of Leather and Lace's neural energy. TWO-FACE Holy shit. RIDDLER So not everyone can be a poet. Still, I respect the sentiment. Riddler waves his hand in front of the girls' eyes. No response. Definitely zoned. RIDDLER (to the girls) This is your brain on the box. (off Harvey) This is your brain on their brain. He plants an electrode on his own forehead. RIDDLER This is my brain on your brain on their brain. Does anybody else feel like a fried egg? The Riddler grabs Two-Face's receiver. TWO-FACE No. Wait... RIDDLER Addictive isn't it? Just Say No. Until I say yes. A little fringe benefit of working with me. Now here's the concept, counselor. Crime. My I.Q., your AK-47. You help me gather production capital so I can produce enough of these (pulling a Box from his vest) to create an empire that will eclipse Bruce Wayne's forever. And, in return I will help you solve the greatest riddle of all. Who is Batman? Two-Face eyes The Riddler, interest dawning in his eyes. TWO-FACE You are a very strange person. You speak as if we are old friends, which we are not. You barge in here unarmed when it is clearly suicidal to do so. Still, an intriguing proposition. (pulling his coin) Heads: we take your offer. He rests the barrel on The Riddler's temple. TWO-FACE Tails: we blow your _goddamned head off_! 256 FOLLOW THE COIN 256 as Two-Face FLIPS it high in the air... SPINNING... 257 INT. JEWELRY EXCHANGE 257 Thugs grab handfuls of gems as a Guard presses the ALARM BUTTON. LOONY TOONS and MERRIE MELODIES THEMES play as Riddler's animated face fills the surveillance screens. WIDER The Riddler and Two-Face stand over a palette of black jeweler's felt. Littered with bright, sparkling diamonds. The Riddler slips on a monocle, lifts a stone. Two-Face grabs the entire palette, pours the diamonds into a loot bag, heads towards another counter. 258 INT. BATMOBILE - MOVING 258 WINDSCREEN - CLOSE. A flashing message: Crime In Progress. 259 An ever changing tactical map shows Batman's narrowing 259 proximity to the crime site. 260 EXT. STREET 260 The Batmobile rushes to a halt. Batman leaps out, SMASHES through a door into... 261 INT. BEAUTY SALON 261 ...Girls LAUGH and flirt. Even behind his mask, Batman fumes. Obviously misled. 262 INT. WAYNE MANOR - BRUCE'S BEDROOM - DAY 262 Bruce sits watching the news. ANCHOR ...working with Two-Face, Gotham's new criminal mastermind is calling himself The Riddler. Twenty million in diamonds were stolen yesterday with no sign of Batman. 263 SCREEN - CLOSE. Changes. Edward stands on the Claw Island. 263 A small abandoned island in Gotham Harbor. ANCHOR In other news, entrepreneur Edward Nygma has signed a lease for Claw Island. Nygma says he plans to break ground on an electronics plant.... 264 EXT. ARMORED TRUCK BASE 264 Armored trucks sit open on the street. Two-toned thugs carry out bags of loot. Two-Face and the Riddler stand before four guards, each sentry held captive by a two-toned crony. TWO-FACE Close your fist. Reach back. Two-Face swings, clocks the guard on the chin. CRACK. Out like a light. TWO-FACE Get it? Riddler nods tentatively. Manages a weak fist. Throws a feeble punch. The Guard looks barely startled. TWO-FACE Riddler. You punch like a girl. Put some heart into it. Two-Face hauls off, hits the third Guard. Out he goes. RIDDLER Okay. Okay. I got it. He leans way back, tries again. Barely a glancing blow. TWO-FACE My God. He walks away, shaking his head, disgusted. The Riddler turns back to the guard. Ready for another try. 265 INT. WAYNE MANOR - HALLWAY 265 266 NEWSPAPER - CLOSE. RIDDLER & TWO-FACE TERRORIZE GOTHAM. 266 PULL BACK TO REVEAL Alfred, newspaper in hand, finds Dick trying to open the door which leads to the Bat Cave. ALFRED May I help you, Master Grayson? DICK How come this is the only locked door around this museum? What's back there? ALFRED Master Wayne's dead wives. Dick grins. Alfred watches him go, a wry smile on his face. The coast now clear, he disappears into the secret doorway. 267 WIDER 267 Dick stands hidden in an alcove, watching. 268 EXT. CLAW ISLAND - DAY 268 Tremendous construction in progress. 269 INT. CLAW ISLAND 269 Silhouettes of robot arms manufacture the Box. Edward watches on, giving Two-Face a quick hit from a glowing electrode, then snatches back the receiver. Harvey eyes the electrode with an addict's hungry eyes. 270 EXT. GOTHAM LOADING DOCK 270 Two-Face and Thugs steal priceless paintings while the Guards sit bound and gagged in their booth. Riddler stares up at a freshly spray-painted (RIDDLE #4) on the boat's hull. 271 INT. WAYNE MANOR - LAUNDRY ROOM 271 Dick stands watching TV while he washes and dries his clothes using martial arts techniques. 272 VONDELLE (ON SCREEN) 272 Has Batman lost his touch? We've become a city of sissies crying Batman, Batman, Batman at the first sign of trouble. 273 INT. GOTHAM OPERA - NIGHT 273 The Barber of Seville is in full swing. As the bejewelled audience watches, the translation is being spelled out for them on a large electronic screen over the stage. 274 BACKSTAGE 274 Green gloved hands attach a Box to the translator. 275 AUDIENCE 275 The familiar green beam of The Box transfixes the audience and the performers. Two-Face and his Thugs take the balcony in protective green sunglasses, strip folks of their cash and jewels. 276 The Riddler stands on stage. 276 RIDDLER I just love a captive audience. He picks up the ARIA A-CAPELLA, races through the stunned orchestra, collecting valuables. As he goes, he moves the mouths of his victims, turning the robbery into an opera of his own. RIDDLER (singing) Oh, but all I want is to take all your jewels oh oh. (moving a woman's mouth) No, oh you villain don't take my jewels, oh no. (singing back) I will. (a man's mouth) No you won't. (singing) I will. (another man) No you won't. 277 Still SINGING, he leaps back onto the stage where Harvey 277 and his Thugs arrive, bags full of loot. Riddler plays tiny hidden buttons in his cane, directing Batman. TWO-FACE Where are you sending Batboy this time? RIDDLER Here. Get a good seat. 278 OUT THE WINDOW 278 The Batmobile makes a quick stop before the opera house. 279 Riddler, Two-Face and Thugs disappear just as... BATMAN drops to the Stage from the ceiling. He looks around at the stunned audience. He spots a small box with a question mark on it sitting center stage. Lifts the top. Within, a pair of plastic hands applaud him. 280 THE TRANSLATOR - CLOSE. Vaporizes, the beam snapping off. 280 281 THE AUDIENCE 281 startled by Batman's sudden appearance on stage, starts LAUGHING. Until someone notices her tiara is missing. A SCREAM. The first of many. 282 EXT. GOTHAM TIMES BUILDING - NIGHT 282 Electronic headlines circles- BAT FLOPS AT OPERA. RIDDLER AND TWO-FACE STEAL MILLIONS. 283 EXT. NYGMATECH HEADQUARTERS - CLAW ISLAND - DAY 283 Finally complete. In the b.g. a giant corporate sign reading NYGMATECH is raised by cranes. Edward Nygma, dressed like Bruce Wayne to the smallest detail, stands on a podium, giving a press conference. Scores of APPLAUDING Employees and Media watch on. The Gotham Society Matrons COO. EDWARD (OVER) Why sit back when you can be part of the show? 284 QUICK CUTS OF NEWSPAPERS 284 EDWARD (OVER) ...Nygmatech brings the joy 3-D entertainment into your own home. 285 CUTS OF MAGAZINES all proclaiming Edward as the new King 285 of Electronics in Gotham City. EDWARD Ladies and gentlemen. Let me tell you my vision for the future. "The Box" in every home in America. And one day, the world. 286 EXT. GOTHAM CITY - MONTAGE 286 A tenement, where a poor family scrapes together their savings on a newspaper ad for "The Box".... 287 An electronics store, where Alfred, at the head of a long 287 line, hands over a check to receive "The Box"... 288 A resplendent household where husband, wife, and kids 288 each watch individual TV's connected to their own Boxes. 289 INT. NYGMATECH - RIDDLER'S CONTROL ROOM 289 Riddler sits atop a tremendous electronic throne, facing a wall bank of TV monitors all running newsreel footage of folks using "The Box". From overhead, a giant diode delivers massive pulses of glowing neural energy. 290 RIDDLER'S HEAD - CLOSE. His brain is growing. 290 291 EXT. ELECTRONIC STORES 291 Crowds of people line up. Some stores say "SOLD OUT" others "YES, WE HAVE `THE BOX'." 292 INT. BATCAVE 292 Bruce stands over the Batcomputer. BRUCE Riddler and Two-Face are tweaking the data before the computer pulls it off the emergency bands. Alfred stands in his lab area, trying to disassemble "The Box". He gets the lid off. 293 BOX - CLOSE. The circuitry inside automatically vaporizes. 293 294 INT. NYGMATECH - EDWARD'S CONTROL ROOM - NIGHT 294 Leather and Lace sit with the Riddler and Two-Face as the two villains pass an electrode between them. TWO-FACE Sure, E = MC squared. Until you factor in more than three dimensions. Then... Damn. Hit us again. RIDDLER Haven't you had enough? Don't Think And Drive. Harvey waves his revolver in Riddler's face. RIDDLER Be my guest. Two-Face and Leather and Lace take another hit of the glowing neural energy. Smiles. TWO-FACE Our Paleolithic yearnings are best expressed in a pre-linguistic- (off the befuddled girls) Sorry. Just thinking out loud. Harvey leans back, buzzed, the electrode slipping from his hand. Leather grabs for it. Not fast enough. Riddler snatches it away. RIDDLER (to Leather) Not until you do that thing I like. (taking a hit) On se tue pour des mesnonges. J'ai gache ma vie... (off the electrode) Woah. Harsh toke. TWO-FACE Don't bogart that 'trode. He tosses Harv the electrode over Lace's ill-timed grab. Harvey takes a hit. TWO-FACE (epiphanous) Oh my God. Jim Morrison was right. RIDDLER About what? TWO-FACE Everything. RIDDLER & TWO-FACE (simultaneous) ...Yeah. 295 INT. WAYNE MANOR - DAY 295 TV - CLOSE. Vondelle stands before the familiar panel of experts. AIMS This Box is nothing more than an electronic narcotic. ROYCE Thousands more Gothamites each day are tuning out by tuning in to its holographic fantasies. AIMS It's turning citizens into zombies... VONDELLE Gripe, gripe, gripe. Isn't this what they said about TV? I think "The Box" is the future. What's your opinion? I want to know... 296 FAVOR Alfred as he shuts off the set, moves into the 296 297 hallway and the locked door to the Batcave. 297 ALFRED (calling out) Master Dick? High above, Dick appears on the third floor landing. DICK Up here, Al. ALFRED Just checking, young sir. DICK (to himself) Four seconds from... Below, Alfred opens the door. DICK Now! Alfred disappears inside and the door begins to close. Dick leaps the bannister, grabs the chandelier, swings to a large tapestry, slides down and into the passageway as the door SLAMS shut. 298 INT. SECRET HALL 298 Unable to stop, Dick barrels through a dark doorway, tumbles down the long stairway onto 299 THE BATCAVE FLOOR 299 Alfred stands in his lab area. The two stare at each other in utter disbelief. 300 INT. CHASE'S APARTMENT - NIGHT 300 Big. Open. A life still in boxes. The door opens, producing Bruce and Chase. BRUCE The style of the letters I'm getting matches those found at the crime sites. Why would The Riddler be sending me riddles? (looking around) Who's your decorator? U-Haul? CHASE Sorry. I haven't even had time to unpack. Instant coffee okay? Chase disappears into the kitchen as Bruce takes off his coat. She reappears with a small box. Hands it to Bruce. BRUCE What's this? Bruce opens the box. Within, a dream doll. CHASE Call it clinical intuition. I thought your dreams might need changing. Bruce looks at Chase. He stares out the window a beat, deciding. As he speaks now his words are halting, self disclosure difficult for him. BRUCE My parents were murdered. In front of me. I was just a kid. Chase nods. She knows. BRUCE A lot of what happened is jagged. Pieces missing. I can't really remember. I just get flashes. Usually in my dreams. I'd kind of gotten used to them. At least accepted them.... CHASE And now.... BRUCE They've changed. The dreams, I mean. There's a new element I don't understand. A book. Black. Covered in leather.... (OVER) The kettle begins to WHISTLE. CHASE Damn. I'll be right back. Bruce is agitated, starts to looking around. At her desk he finds a virtual shrine to Batman. Pictures. Newsphotos. Articles. CHASE (OVER) Find anything interesting? BRUCE Why do I feel like the other man, here? CHASE Come on, Bruce. This is what I do for a living. BRUCE I'd say this goes a little beyond taking your work home. CHASE What do you want me to say? That I'm not attracted to him? 301 She hits a button and on screen newsfootage rolls of 301 Batman fighting Catwoman. 302 CHASE 302 (mesmerized) Look at the abuse he's taking. He's not just fighting criminals. He's punishing himself. Chase hits a button, freezing on Batman's face. CHASE It's as if he's paying some great penance. What crime could he have committed to deserve a life sentence of such agony? Bruce hits a key, blanking the screen. BRUCE Maybe he just had a lousy childhood, is that it Doc? Chase grabs his hand as it comes away from the keyboard. CHASE Why do you do that? BRUCE What? CHASE Throw up that ridiculous superficial mask. If you're jealous... BRUCE I'm not- CHASE You want me close but you won't let me near. What's the terrible, dark secret you're protecting everyone from? In the mirror they are half in shadow, half in light. CHASE In a sense we are all two people. The side we show in daylight. And that side we keep in shadow. BRUCE Rage. Anger. Passion. Pain. He pulls her to him. Their faces are close. A breath apart. Suddenly his watch begins to BEEP. 303/04 Bruce turns over his wrist. Depresses a stud on 303/04 his watch. The face turns into a screen. ALFRED Sorry to bother you, sir. I have some rather distressing news about Master Dick. BRUCE Is he all right? ALFRED I'm afraid Master Dick has... gone traveling. BRUCE He ran away? ALFRED Actually, he took the car. BRUCE He boosted the Jag? (relieved) Is that all? ALFRED Not the Jaguar. The _other_ car. BRUCE The _Rolls_? ALFRED _No_, sir. _The_ _other_ _car_! A beat. Then Bruce closes his eyes. 305 EXT. ARKHAM SQUARE - NIGHT 204 Gotham night life. Neon, traffic, sleaze. The Batmobile cruises into the center of the strip. A group of flashy low riders pull in front of the Batmobile. They hydraulic up and down competitively. The Batmobile wipers sweep the windshield. The bat-foil opens and closes. Finally the car hydraulics higher and faster, but a bit wildly, the driver barely in control. 306 The low riders, put to shame, PEEL OUT. (OVER) A SCREAM 306 cuts the night. A GIRL runs for her life, chased by SIX GANG MEMBERS into a dark alley. The Batmobile TEARS after her. 307 EXT. ALLEY - NIGHT 307 The Thugs have the Girl surrounded, push her back and forth between them like a rag doll. The Batmobile SCREECHES into the alley. The door slides open. From the smoking hatchway emerges...Dick. Needless to say, this get the Thugs' attention. They let go of the girl. THUG Who the hell are you? DICK (low, ominous) I'm Batman. (looking down) Damn, did I forget to dress again? The Thugs close. One rushes Dick while another swings a chain at his head. Mistake. DICK Chains. You don't seem like the type. Dick's hand shoots out fast, grabbing the chain. He open palms the Thug in the chin, whips the chain into the gut of the other villain. DICK The Caped Crusader strikes again. Sans cape, of course. Two more rush him. DICK Another victory for the Dark Knight. Dick goes up with a flying front kick, knocking one down, fells another on the return with a spinning back fist. DICK (off the unconscious goons) Dark nighty-night. Dick stares at the remaining thug. Smiles. DICK Is your will up to date? The last Thug takes a look at Dick, turns and races away. DICK I could definitely get behind this super hero gig. Dick nods to the awestruck Girl. DICK Ma'am. He starts towards the car. GIRL Wait. She moves close. GIRL You forgot the part where you kiss the girl. DICK (grinning) Right. He leans in, happy to oblige when suddenly... (OVER) SCREAMS AND SHOUTS as the Thug who got away comes racing back into the alley, followed by maybe thirty new gang members, all wielding bats and chains. DICK Uh-oh. He pulls the girl behind him, readies for war. 308 A DARK FIGURE 308 flies out of the night. Batman, on a wire, swings into the group, sending them scattering in all directions. The bad guys race off. 309 THE BATMOBILE 309 REVS UP, races to Batman. 310 Batman lifts Dick by his collar, drops him into the 310 passenger seat. Hops into the other side. GIRL (shouting) Don't you want my number? She watches as the Batmobile speeds away into the night. 311 INT. BATCAVE - NIGHT - LATER 311 Bruce and Dick argue. DICK I need to be part of this. BRUCE Absolutely not. DICK Me and my brother Chris were putting money aside so our folks could retire. Dad's knee was going. Chris was engaged, you know that? Two-Face took...everything. Now I can pay him back. BRUCE What I do isn't about revenge. Dick glances at a framed headline. The Wayne murders. DICK Right, slick. Whatever you say. Bruce grabs him. Hard. BRUCE This isn't a game. Dick pushes him off. Harder. DICK Back off, man. BRUCE You don't understand. It's an addiction. You fight night after night, trying to fill the emptiness. But the pain's back in the morning. And somewhere along the way it stops being a choice. (a beat) I want better for you. DICK Save the sermons about how great you want my life to be, okay, Bruce? If it weren't for Batman my parents wouldn't be dead. You don't get it, do you? This is all your fault. Dick storms out. Bruce stares after him with tired eyes. 312 EXT. RITZ GOTHAM HOTEL - NIGHT 312 At the marble entrance, the red carpet is rolled out for a pull-out-the-stops party. Over the door, a banner proclaims "Nygmatech -- Imagine the Future." At the curb folks dressed in over-the-top runway fashions, pour from luxury cars, hand off keys to a battalion of scurrying valets. Next car up -- Bruce Wayne's Rolls, driven by Alfred. A valet helps Chase out. She looks stunning. Bruce leans over Alfred before stepping out of the car. BRUCE Too much wealth. Too fast. Half of Gotham zombied-out. A technology that self destructs. He's protecting more than industrial secrets, Alfred. ALFRED I shall be near at hand. Should you need me. And sir, I know it's difficult but try and have a good time. 313 INT. RITZ GOTHAM ROOF - NIGHT 313 Over the top golden glitz. A kind of Versailles meets punk meets couture. And in the middle, Edward, dressed as Louis XIV. The room is packed with people sipping exotic cocktails, munching hors d'oeuvres. Conversation BUZZ is high. Into this zoo walk Bruce and Chase. As brightly-lighted stations throughout the room, showy displays announce "THE NEW BOX". Pretty, barely-clad showgirls invite partygoers step into various green columns of light. 314 Bruce scans the room as he and Chase pause by the first 314 display, where a Socialite steps into a column of energy. She GASPS with delight as she finds herself suddenly dazzling in diamonds from head to toe. 315 They pass the next column where a CHUBBY PROFESSOR, sword 315 in hand, fights off a knight on horseback. 316 They pass the next display where a BALD GUY steps into a 316 beam. Suddenly, he is in a classic stoner's pad circa 1967. And, best of all, he has long flowing hair. Chase looks amused, Bruce suspicious. CHASE If I didn't know better, I'd say you were sulking. BRUCE Keep me off the couch, Doc. Your fees are a little rich for me. CHASE Touchy, touchy. BRUCE (not biting) So how goes your `scholarly' pursuit of Batman? CHASE Oh God, Bruce. You're still jealous. BRUCE (flaring) Spare me the diagnosis, okay? You're being ridiculous. I can't be jealous of Batman. (to himself) Can I? 317 ACROSS THE ROOM 317 Edward stands flanked by Gotham's Society Matrons as PRESS, including Vondelle Millions, SNAP photos and hurl questions. NEWSCASTER You're outselling Wayne Enterprises. Any comments? EDWARD Actually, I'm outselling Wayne Tech two to one... JOURNALIST The Times has named you Gotham's bachelor of the year. What do you have to say about that? EDWARD You might want to ask Bruce Wayne. (calling) Bruce, old man! 318 Edward crosses the room to greet Chase and Bruce. All 318 stand now, surrounded by press and partygoers. EDWARD So glad you could come. BRUCE What? Oh, Edward. Hi. Congratulations. Great party- EDWARD The press were just wondering what it feels like to be outsold, outclassed, and generally outdone in every way... (noticing Chase) And what light through yonder window breaks? `Tis the east. And you are... CHASE (charmed) Chase? EDWARD Of course you are. And what a grand pursuit you must be. (to Bruce) What do you think of my new invention? BRUCE What? Oh, it's very impressive. EDWARD Gracious even in defeat. How vaguely disappointing. When all this could have been ours together. Edward stills a passing waiter and his tray of champagne. Crystal flutes for all. He toasts Chase. EDWARD No grape could be more intoxicating than you, my dear. But we make due. To your charms. (clinking hers) Skol. BRUCE (raising his) Nostrovia. EDWARD (pausing) La'chiem. BRUCE (casual) Slanta. EDWARD Rinka. BRUCE Banzai. CHASE I'm drinking. And she does. EDWARD I notice you've sub-divided your B coupons. Feeling a little light on principle? BRUCE Actually, I like to divest just before a major re-capitalization. EDWARD I wouldn't race to the bank. Old regimes crumble every day. Life is a cycle. Remember Yeats; turn, turn the widening gyre. The Falconer cannot hear the Falcon... BRUCE (finishing the poem) And the beast slouches towards Bethelem. CHASE Excuse me, boys. I'd hate to stop this testosterone flood on my account- EDWARD Quite right. Shall we dance? And with that, Edward draws Chase onto to dance floor. 319 As Chase and Edward dance in the b.g. Bruce walks over to 319 one of the displays. Examines a control station for the green beam. Tries to pry open a circuit panel. SHOWGIRL (OVER) Naughty, naughty. She slaps his hand playfully. Bruce smiles an apology. Looks around. No other choice. He steps into a beam. 320 EDWARD twirls Chase, watches Bruce enter the beam. He 320 smiles. 321 BRUCE - POV. Colorful planets soar all around him. Suddenly 321 the beam flashes. There, racing towards him, a giant Bat. 322 BACK TO SCENE 322 All beams wink out as GUN FIRE bursts across the room. TWO-FACE and his Thugs stand at every entrance. BRUCE backs away, slips towards a service door. TWO-FACE Alright, folks, this is an old- fashioned, low-tech stick-up. We're interested in the basics: jewelry, cash, watches, high-end cellular phones. Hand 'em over nice and easy and no one gets hurt. Two-Face's Thugs charge the room. The crowd SCREAMS. 323 EXT. RITZ GOTHAM ALLEY - NIGHT 323 Bruce hand-slides down fire-escapes, hits the alley running. 324 EXT. ALLEY 324 Bruce ducks into the Rolls. BRUCE Emergency, Alfred. 325 INT. ROLLS 325 A secret panel in the back opens. A Batsuit. 326 INT. PARTY 326 The Thugs circulate quickly, yanking jewels from ears and necks, grabbing wallets and purses, filling sacks. Ed pushes his way against the crowd, through Two-Face's ring of personal guards and right up to Two-Face's face. EDWARD You're ruining my big party. Are you insane? Actually, considering your dual persona, let's just forget the question. TWO-FACE We're sick of waiting for you to deliver The Bat, Riddle boy. You promised us Batman. EDWARD Patience, oh bifurcated one. TWO-FACE Screw patience. We want him dead. (looking around) An nothing brings out The Bat like a little mayhem and murder. EDWARD Oh well, in that case. As long as you were going to rob me, you could have at least let me in on the caper. We could have _organized_ this, _planned it_, pre-sold the movie rights. (OVER) the CRASH of breaking glass. 327 BATMAN 327 flies in through a window, kicking a row of Thugs down before he lets go his rope and lands on the floor. EDWARD Harv, babe, I gotta be honest. Your entrance was good. His was better. What's the difference? Showmanship. Two-Face shoves Edward away, looking for a clean shot. He FIRES a couple of times, but only destroys an ice sculpture and some liquor bottles. More SCREAMS. 328 One huge Thug charges Batman. Batman heaves him overhead, 328 throws him, CRASHING, into a display of stacked Boxes. VONDELLE (OVER) Batman, Batman, Batman help! A Thug has a gun to his throat. Batman kicks the weapon out of his hand. VONDELLE Batman. You're my _God_!!! 329 Another Thug has Chase to a wall, hand around her pearls. 329 BATMAN (OVER) Excuse me. He head-butts the Thug. The guy goes down. Chase leans up and kisses him, hard and hot on the mouth. The chemistry here is undeniable. CHASE Call me. Batman spins, goes for another group of Thugs. (OVER) POLICE SIRENS. TWO-FACE Okay boys. Phase two. And with that, he and his Thugs race for the elevator. The doors close. 330 (OVER) CHEERS erupt for Batman as he races onto the 330 balcony -- and jumps! 331 BATMAN'S - POV - AERIAL 331 Harvey and Thugs disappear past Under Construction signs, down the stairs of an as yet completed subway station. 332 EXT. RITZ GOTHAM - NIGHT 332 PARTY GUESTS - POV. Gripping the edges of his cape, Batman glides 60 floors down the skyscraper towards the street. 333 Batman plummets into the construction sight. 333 334 INT. DESERTED SUBWAY STATION - NIGHT (CONTINUOUS) 334 Gothic. Deserted. Under construction. Batman hits the platform. BATMAN - POV. Shadows race down the dark tunnel ahead. He pursues. 335 TUNNEL 335 Harvey and Thugs, racing away. THUG Bat's right behind us. TWO-FACE Excellent. 336 INT. ABANDONED STATION - VENTILATION SHAFT 336 A wide spiral staircase of scaffolding hugs the walls of a tremendous ventilation shaft. The Thugs race down the steps, knocking out bits of scaffolding as they go, sending entire chunks of already traversed staircase plummeting past them. PAN UP Batman arrives on a wide platform of scaffolding at the top of the staircase. His cape whips up around him as if from some low infernal wind. 337 BATMAN - POV. Down the fragmenting staircase, at the bottom 337 of the shaft, a tremendous fan spins, chewing chunks of falling scaffolding and plaster, spitting plumes of dust. 338 TWO-FACE 338 stands at the bottom of the well. He grabs a rack of scaffolding and wrenches the old aluminum supports away. 339 THE PLATFORM 339 where Batman is standing gives way, planks falling, sending Batman tumbling towards the deadly blades below. 340 BATMAN - POV. The giant whirling blades, coming up fast. 340 341 BATMAN falls, stairways and laughing Thugs whipping past. 341 His hand shoots out and grabs A THUG by the jacket, wrenching the fabric over the goon's head, jerking him hard into the railing like a human anchor. Batman climbs the struggling Thug like a ladder, leaps onto the staircase, CRACKS the Thug's head on the rail, then races down the stairs. 342 BOTTOM OF THE SHAFT 342 The remaining Thugs disappear through a dark doorway. Batman runs past the BEATING fan blades into... 343 INT. ABANDONED TUNNEL 343 Dark. Steep and sloping. The Thugs are running dead ahead. Without stopping they begin grabbing pieces of debris, flip them under their feet, begin riding down the descending tunnel like snow-boarders. Batman races after them. 344 THE SNOWBOARDERS 344 really are good. They ride the rails. The low gas pipes. Even bank the curving sides of the tunnel. 345 A THUG - CLOSE. Looks back to see Batman closing. Mistake. 345 WHIP PAN as he is clotheslined by a low hanging danger sign. He flies off the snowboard backwards. Out cold. Batman races past him. 346 The end of the tunnel slopes so drastically the dark maw 346 at the end seems more a pit than a door. 347 The boarders circle and one by one, drop through like 347 bits of filth down a drain. 348 Batman drops into the darkness landing on a small ledge. 348 Beyond a precipitous drop he turns to face... 349 INT. ABANDONED SUBWAY STATION 349 Years ago this cavernous space glistened with immense Gothic statuary, elaborate tile mosaics, tremendous decorative arches and spectacular cathedral ceilings. No more. Now the giant space, from floor to ceiling is a frozen maelstrom of twisting cast iron trusses, broken steam pipes, fragmented scaffolding and hanging cables. 350 Down these man-made slopes and obstacles ride the 350 snowboarding Thugs. Cruising pipes. Jumping curved faces of statues. Jacking from scaffold to truss. 351 Batman whips a pair of nun-chucks from his belt over a 351 hanging metal rail, using the chain as a pulley, shoots down a curving rail into the mad dance of twisting steel. 352 A THUG 352 FIRES at him from his whizzing board as it careens along an adjacent piece of scaffolding. 353 BATMAN angles towards him, picking up speed. 353 354 THE THUG banks off some statuary. Takes a few more SHOTS. 354 355 BATMAN shoots around the curve, jumps from one rail to 355 the next, catches the villain in the face with his boot, and sends him flying. 356 ANOTHER THUG shoots past over head. 356 357 BATMAN flips onto another pipe, is closing fast, chasing 357 the Thug towards a loop that banks towards the blackness of an abandoned tunnel. He is closing on the Thug. Closer. Closer. 358 Suddenly the Thug, hops to a truss, the rail Batman is on 358 whipping him around a curve that banks into the mouth of the tunnel. (OVER) GUNSHOTS. 359 TWO-FACE 359 stands in the shadows, FIRING his machine pistol, blowing a hole in the curving rail directly in front of Batman. 360 The RAIL breaks. 360 Batman flies off directly into the dark tunnel. 361 BATMAN - POV. A rushing darkness. He SMASHES into a wall. 361 362 INT. MOUTH OF TUNNEL 362 Two-Face stands staring into the dark with his Thugs. He grabs an aging valve wheel set into the crumbling wall. TWO-FACE Nothing worse than a bad case of gas. He begins to turn the CREAKING wheel. 363 INT. INNER TUNNEL 363 A long forgotten pipe by Batman begins to HISS a thick purple gas. 364 INT. MOUTH OF TUNNEL 364 Two-Face swings a grenade launcher before him. Takes a step back. Aims into the tunnel. TWO-FACE Lights. Camera. Action. As his Thugs scramble for cover, Two-Face FIRES. The grenade flies into the tunnel, SLAMMING into the gas main. AN EXPLOSION. Suddenly a tremendous secondary EXPLOSION. Debris falls everywhere as the gas ignites, the mouth of the tunnel suddenly brightening into a flaming white fireball. 365 INT. TUNNEL 365 The huge fireball rushes towards Batman. Batman wraps himself in his cape. 366 HAND - CLOSE. As he reaches to his utility belt. Presses a 366 stud there. 367 His cape begins to run and flow like water morphing into 367 a protective sphere just as... 368 A tremendous fireball ROARS races down the tunnel 368 engulfing Batman in a world of flame. 369 INT. MOUTH OF TUNNEL 369 Two-Face stands staring into the inferno. Billowing smoke, residual flame and falling debris everywhere. No Batman. A moment of dead quiet. TWO-FACE Finally. Then Two-Face's smirk vanishes. THUG It can't be. 370 REVERSE ANGLE 370 A shape rises, phoenix-like, out of the flames. The figure moves forward. 371 BATMAN - CLOSE. As his cape parts over his face. 371 WIDER He lifts his arms, the cape splitting down the center, reverting to it's original form, arms going wide to familiar wings. The Bat heads towards Two-Face and his men. 372 TWO-FACE - CLOSE. Consumed with rage. 372 He grabs a section of the wall's support scaffolding and begins to wrench it free with crazed fury. TWO-FACE Why won't you just die?! In a final rage of maniacal fury, Harvey wrenches the scaffolding free. It's ancient supports gone... 373 THE CEILING 373 begins to crack and fall, debris pouring in at an ever more furious pace. BATMAN is suddenly doused in a rain of rock and sand. 374 THE TUNNEL 374 between Harvey and Batman is obstructed by tons of falling metal and plaster and sand. TWO-FACE stands as the ceiling falls all around him. 375 BATMAN is driven down by a storm of wreckage. 375 376 TWO-FACE can barely contain his joy. Plaster and rubble 376 fall ever more furiously. 377 BATMAN stumbles as the ground beneath him suddenly gives, 377 sucking him into a quickly filling pit of sand and tile. He reaches for his utility belt but its too late. 378 BATMAN is nearly buried, sand coming up over his mouth, 378 his eyes, until finally he is gone. 379 TWO-FACE stands watching, eyes full of childish delight. 379 The floor in front of him begins to give way, running with deep cracks. TWO-FACE Boys, let's go have us a party. (turning) Anybody else feel like donuts? Harvey and his men head away, up out of the tunnels. 380 THE SAND PIT - CLOSE. Still. No motion. 380 A gloved hand breaks the surface, clutching a Batarang. A weak flip of the wrist. The Batarang hist the sand. The hand goes limp. A beat. Another. Suddenly... A GREEN GLOVED HAND - CLOSE. Grabs Batman's hand. WIDER Dick hangs on a wire above Batman in an aerialist's maneuver. He secures his grip and pulls. DICK - CLOSE. Straining. Suddenly, Batman's face breaks the sand. Dick uses the leverage of his body on the rope to pull harder. Batman begins to rise. Free. The two face each other. Hands still clasped. 381 INT. BATCAVE - LATER 381 Bruce sits in his robe being bandaged by Alfred. Dick is pacing. BRUCE What the hell did you think you were doing? DICK You have a real gratitude problem. You know that, Bruce? I need a name. Batboy? The Dark Earl? What's a good side kick name? BRUCE How about Richard Grayson, college student? DICK ...I missed Two-Face by a heartbeat. When we catch him, you gotta let me kill him! BRUCE We don't kill. Killing is what damns you. It-. What am I talking about? This conversation is over. You're going away to school. DICK I saved your life. You owe me. So either you let me be your partner or I'm going after Harvey on my own. And with that Dick turns and storms out of the Batcave. BRUCE It's starting all over again, Alfred. Another boy lost to rage. And it's my fault. If Harvey hadn't come gunning for me at the circus...His family... Bruce glances at Gotham Times, of Headline- "Bat More Harm Than Good?" BRUCE Maybe they're right. ALFRED Which `they' might that be, sir? BRUCE Jack Napier's dead. My parents are avenged. The Wayne Foundation contributes a small fortune to police and crime prevention programs. Bruce touches a cowl resting on the control panel. BRUCE Why do I keep doing this? ALFRED Why, indeed? BRUCE Could I let Batman go? For Dick. For me. Could I leave the shadows? Have a life. Friends. Family... ALFRED Dr. Meridian... Bruce touches his lips, the spot Chase kissed Batman. BRUCE (pained) She's the first woman in a long time that's... No. She's the first woman ever. And she loves Batman. Not Bruce Wayne. If I let go of Batman I'll lose her. ALFRED Perhaps. Perhaps not. Why not ask the lady? BRUCE How? As Batman, knowing she wants me? Or as Bruce Wayne and hope...? Bruce reaches to the phone. Hits an autodial key. (OVER) TONES as the phone begins to dial. PHONE (CHASE) Hello?..Hello?..Who is this? He disconnects the phone. BRUCE Who am I Alfred? I don't think I know anymore. 382 INT. CHASE'S BEDROOM - NIGHT 382 Dark. Moonlight through curtains. Night SOUNDS. Chase lays asleep in bed. A shadow crosses her face. She stirs. REVERSE ANGLE At the french doors to her bedroom stands a familiar silhouette. Batman. Chase rises, moves across the room, the pale light catching her white nightgown. She pulls the doors wide. Chase faces him, bodies close. She reaches up, touches his mask. Kisses him. His cape WHIPS around her. THE KISS - CLOSE. Passionate. Sustained. Chase pulls away. CHASE I'm sorry. (sorry) I can't believe it. I've imagined this moment since I first saw you. (touching his glove) Your hands. (touching his mask) Your face. (touching his chest) Your body. She turns, walks across the room. CHASE And now I have you and.... (shaking her head) Guess a girl has to grow up sometime. She comes back to him, touches his cheek. CHASE I've met someone. He's not...you. But... I hope you can understand. He sees now that over her desk, her Batman's memorabilia has been replaced by photos and files on Bruce Wayne. BATMAN - CLOSE. Smiles. Then he's over the balcony and gone, a shadow on the wing in the dead of night. 383 INT. CLAW ISLAND CONTROL CENTER - DAY 383 On his throne, in his sphere, electronically getting more brilliant every second, Edward fills all his screens with Chase's image from the party. HIS BRAIN - CLOSE. Rivulets of neural energy ripple and dance as his brain grows under his magenta hair. Suddenly Two-Face gets him by the throat. TWO-FACE You know, Ed, we woke up this morning, we just knew we were gonna kill something. The Bat got away. Looks like it's gonna be you. Two-Face draws his gun with his free hand. Trains it on Riddler's head. By the look in his eyes, he's serious. TWO-FACE Why do we need you? You only come between us. We can be the smartest person in Gotham City. We want the empire for ourselves. Time's up, laughing boy. RIDDLER Kill me? Well, alright. Go ahead. Take the empire. All yours. (grabbing his own head) Hell, Harv, old pals. I'll kill me for you. Riddler grabs his hair, starts SLAMMING his own head into the desk-top. RIDDLER Too...bad...about...Batman. Harvey grabs his head. Stops him. TWO-FACE What about Batman? Riddler smooths his hair. RIDDLER What if you could know a man's mind? Would you not then own that man? Riddler hits a switch. Suddenly his screens fill with the image of Bruce stepping into the simulation at the party. RIDDLER A few dozen extra IQ points and my little invention learned a new trick. It does more than drain your brain. It makes a map of your mind. The screens change, now showing a turning schematic of a brain, alive with neural lightning. RIDDLER Would you like to see what my old friend Bruce has in his head. 384 Riddler hits a switch. Another image pulls free from the 384 schematic brain. A trapped bat. Fierce. Monstrous. The very picture of imagined evil, made live. Bruce's nightmare. RIDDLER Riddle me this, what kind of man has bats on the brain? Two-Face stares at him. RIDDLER Go ahead. You can say it. TWO-FACE You're a genius. The tow begin to LAUGH. 385 CLOSE ON BAT 385 It's a fake one on top of a pole. 386 CAMERA PULLS BACK TO REVEAL 386 Group of YOUNG KIDS in Halloween costumes running through GOTHAM CEMETERY - DUSK Two gravestones alone on a hill under a tree. The kids pass Bruce who is visiting his family's graves. KIDS Happy Halloween. BRUCE Happy Halloween. Bruce lays two roses on Thomas and Martha Wayne's graves. BATMAN ...Tonight it ends. 387 DICK (OVER) 387 What the hell do you mean, it ends? WIDER INT. BATCAVE Bruce and Dick are in mid-conversation. BRUCE From this day on, Batman is no more. Bruce hits a switch. The machines in the cave go dark. DICK You can't-. BRUCE Dick, let go. Revenge will eat you alive. Trust me. I know. DICK But what about all the good we can do? There are monsters out there. Gotham needs us. BRUCE And when you finally get Two-Face? Dick looks away. BRUCE Exactly. And once you'd killed him you'd be lost. Like me. (off the cave) All this has to be a choice. Otherwise...it's a curse. DICK Bruce, you can't. BRUCE Chase is coming for dinner. Why don't you join us. And with that, Bruce turns, heads up into the house. Dick stands all alone in the still, dark cave. (OVER) A doorbell RINGS. 388 EXT. WAYNE MANOR 388 Alfred opens the doors to the Trick or Treaters we saw earlier. Hands out bags of candy. 389 EXT. WAYNE MANOR - ACCESS ROAD 389 A mysterious van sits parked on the gravel byway. 390 INT. VAN 390 Two-Face, Riddler, and men sit watching the manor. 391 RIDDLER - POV. A taxi pulls up. Chase emerges as the Trick 391 or Treaters leave. 392 RIDDLER 392 And today not even my birthday. Two-Face couldn't care less about Chase. He tosses his 393 coin. HOLD ON the spinning faces as (OVER) we hear... 393 TWO-FACE Bruce, Batman. Bruce, Batman. 394 INT. COSTUME VAULT, BATCAVE - NIGHT 394 Opens with a HISS. Dick passes the Batman costumes until he comes to a standing figure different from the rest. His Robin costume. He packs to leave forever. 395 EXT. WAYNE ESTATE 395 Dick rides his motorcycle through the protective hologram of the trees, heading away into the dark night. 396 INT. WAYNE MANOR - DINING ALCOVE - NIGHT 396 Intensely romantic. Filled with live roses, Alfred leaves having served an intimate candlelight dinner to Bruce and Chase. BRUCE There's something I want to talk with you about. It's...Well, we.. I... CHASE Okay, tiger, take it slow. You going to give me your pin or something? Bruce LAUGHS. He's obviously having trouble. CHASE Let me go first, okay? I think I've found something. About your dreams. I pulled the files on your parents' murders. There was a missing diary, Bruce. Alfred told the police your father always kept it on his desk. But the day after the murders, it was gone. Maybe that's the book you're- But Bruce isn't listening. He's pressing his eyes. Hard. 397 BRUCE - POV. A series of images. The coffins. The book. The 397 run through the stormy night. The fall. The bat. 398 CHASE 398 What is it? What's wrong? BRUCE Flashes. Images. Of that night. CHASE Your memories are repressed. They're trying to break through. Relax. Try to remember-. BRUCE I don't want to remember! CHASE Stop fighting. A long beat. Then Bruce Wayne surrenders, leans back. Closes his eyes. Remembers. BRUCE My parents are laid out in the library. Their skin smells like talcum powder. I'm so small. My father's diary is on his desk like always. I'm opening the book. Reading. I'm running out into the storm. The book is in my hands. I can't hear my screams over the rain. I'm falling... CHASE What does it say? What hurts so much, Bruce? What does the book say? BRUCE I don't-. CHASE You do know. Try. Bruce opens his eyes. Clear. He remembers. BRUCE The last entry read, Bruce insists on seeing a movie tonight. (a beat) Bruce insists. I made them go out. I made them take me to the movie. To that theater... (finally) It was my fault. I killed them. CHASE Oh God, Bruce, you were a child. You weren't responsible. BRUCE (to himself) ...Not the bat? CHASE What? BRUCE I always thought it was the bat that scared me that night that changed my life. But it wasn't. The real fear was hiding underneath: what I read in the journal, that my parents' deaths were my fault. That's what I couldn't remember. That's the crime I've been paying for all these years. CHASE What are you talking about? BRUCE Chase. There's something I need to tell you-- (OVER) The doorbell RINGS. 399 FRONT DOOR 399 Alfred peers out to a sea of Halloween Masks. LITTLE VOICE Trick or Treat? Alfred grabs his candy bags as he opens the door to... 400 The Riddler, Two-Face and the Thugs. 400 RIDDLER Trick. He CRACKS Alfred on the head with his cane. Down he goes. TWO-FACE (to his thugs) Get the girl. 401 INT. DINING ALCOVE 401 (OVER) A COMMOTION. BRUCE What the hell? Thugs appear at both doorways. Bruce moves fast as he grabs a silver serving tray, flips it into one of the screaming Thugs' faces, swings the platter into the other's head. Two down. Bruce grabs Chase's hand and they're out the door, racing fast, several more henchmen in close pursuit. 402 MEANWHILE 402 The Riddler uses the scanner in the head of his cane to locate and open the secret door to the Batcave. 403 INT. HALLWAY 403 Bruce and Chase race towards the stairway. Bruce pulls standing display suits of armor to the floor as he goes, blocking the Thugs' way. 404 INT. BAT CAVE 404 Riddler has found heaven. From his pouch he produces tiny green bombs shaped like bats. He winds one up, its head SCREECHING with each twist of the neck, lets it fly. RIDDLER What's that I hear? 405 Like a tiny bat, the first bomb flies into the video 405 wall. A tremendous EXPLOSION. 406 RIDDLER 406 Why it must be the fat lady getting ready to sing. 407 The next bat-bomb flaps into the costume vault. BLOWS 407 408 it completely. The crime lab EXPLODES next. 408 409 The Riddler winds a bunch of bat-bombs now, lets them 409 fly. The tiny green bats sail high forming a giant question mark in mid-air before plummeting suddenly in formation down into the cockpit of the Batmobile. 410 RIDDLER 410 (Jack's favorite line) Gonna have a hot time in the old town tonight. (a beat) Who used to say that? Somebody always used to say that. 411 The car EXPLODES. 411 412 INT. WAYNE MANOR - GRAND STAIRCASE 412 Bruce and Chase flee up the giant staircase, the Thugs a step behind. One two-toned bad-guy leaps forward, gets a fistful of Chase's dress. She goes down. Looks like she's done for. At the last moment, Chase gives a mighty kick and the Thug topples backwards, down the stairs. Bruce is holding off a couple more, closing near the top step. He spins, a powerful roundhouse clocking one in the head, sending him backwards down the stairs. BRUCE Go! Chase moves behind him, up to the landing, turns to see Bruce fell another with a spinning back kick, a third with a flying back-fist. Bruce and Chase race to the top of the stairs. 413 TWO-FACE stands on the floor below. Just the moment he's been waiting for. TWO-FACE See ya. He SHOOTS. The bullet grazes Bruce's head. He falls down the grand staircase. CHASE SCREAMS as Thugs grab her. BRUCE hits the floor. Hard. No movement. None at all. TWO-FACE Bruce, you sure know how to throw a party. Two-Face stands over the prostrate form. Draws his gun. SLAMS in a new clip of ammo. RIDDLER (OVER) Sheath your weapon my impetuous cohort. 414 Riddler has appeared from the Batcave. 414 TWO-FACE We want to dust him. We truly want to dust him bad. RIDDLER Oh yes, and certainly _WE_ will! Riddler walks over to the unconscious Wayne. Kneels. Looks at him, tender, like a lover. Caresses his face. RIDDLER My poor sweet hero. He stands, kicks him hard in the rib cage. Bones CRACK. RIDDLER We'll kill him alright. But first... (calling) Boys. With that, the Thugs drag out a freshly bound Chase. CHASE Bruce! Riddler drops an envelope (RIDDLE #4) on Bruce. RIDDLER ...We're going to make him suffer. 415 INT. BATCAVE 415 Sputtering. Burning. 416 THE COSTUME VAULT 416 BATSUIT - CLOSE. Surrounded by licking flames, the Bat emblem begins to melt. DISSOLVE TO 417 BRUCE'S EYE - CLOSE 417 418 ZOOM IN 418 as we fall again into a dark hole, the Monarch Bat flying straight at the CAMERA, his red eye filling the SCREEN. DISSOLVE TO 419 BRUCE'S EYE - CLOSE 419 WIDER 420 INT. BRUCE'S BEDROOM - MORNING 420 Bruce is in bed, head bandaged. Alfred is walking a doctor to the door. DOCTOR The injuries are relatively minor. The shot did cause a concussion. Watch for headaches. Memory lapses. Odd behavior. I'll check back in a few days. Alfred ushers him out, returns to Bruce's bedside. ALFRED How are you feeling, young man? BRUCE Not that young. It's been a long time since you've called me that. ALFRED Old habits die hard. Are you alright? BRUCE As well as can be expected, I guess. Give me the bad news. ALFRED Dick has run away. They have taken Dr. Meridian. And I'm afraid they found the cave, sir. It's been destroyed. Bruce looks up at Alfred, eyes narrow, puzzled. BRUCE The case? What cave? 421 EXT. POLICE HEADQUARTERS ROOFTOP 421 The Batsignal lights the sky. Gordon paces. GORDON Where is he? A concerned DEPUTY emerges onto the roof. DEPUTY The Mayor's called again. (off the signal) He's not going to show. Maybe he's hurt sir. Maybe he's--. GORDON No! (not so sure) ...No. 422 INT. BATCAVE 422 Or what's left of it. Melted ruin and rubble. Bruce stands with a worried Alfred, surveying the landscape. BRUCE (disbelieving) I'm Batman? I remember my life as Bruce Wayne. (looking around) But all this. It's like the life of a stranger. ALFRED Perhaps the fall... BRUCE There's one other thing. I feel.. ALFRED What? BRUCE ...Afraid. ALFRED Bruce. Son. Listen to me. You are a kind man. A strong man. But in truth you are not the most sane man. BRUCE ...A bat. ALFRED What? BRUCE I remember a bat. A monster. A demon. Chasing me. (child's terror) Oh my God, Alfred. ALFRED No demons, son. (touching his head) Your monsters are here. Until you fact that, I fear you will spend your life fleeing them. 423 INT. RIDDLER'S CONTROL ROOM 423 Riddler sits on his throne, absorbing pulses of neural energy, his head growing. RIDDLER It's happy time Gotham. Have you hugged your little boxes today? (singing) I'm in heaven. I'm in heaven with a girl like you. 424 WIDER 424 Chase has been chained to the floor of his throne. CHASE Batman will come for me. RIDDLER (singing) Someday my bat will come. Some day my bat will come. (suddenly lethal) I'm counting on it. He puts his face close to Chase's. CHASE You're frying your brain. RIDDLER Nap time gorgeous. The Riddler draws a hypo filled with green liquid. He plunges it into her neck as she passes out. 425 INT. BATCAVE 425 Bruce stands before a dark, rocky mouth. Through this passage, the cave as it once was, sweating granite, a shifting world of shadow. Bruce steps inside. 426 INT. INNER BATCAVE 426 FAVOR BRUCE as he walks deeper into the darkness. The walls around him undulate, as if covered in water. 427 WALLS - CLOSER. The movement isn't water at all. It's the 427 restless shrugging of bats. Thousands of bats. 428 Bruce presses on. Sweat beads on his face. 428 Ahead, a diffusion of moonlight illuminates a curving rock chamber, bats here too bringing the walls to life. Bruce moves into the moonlight. Looks up. 429 BRUCE - POV. A narrow chute. The fall he took as a child. 429 He kneels, there on the floor, worn by years of weather, a single book. A diary. Bruce kneels, touches the leather cover, fingers lingering for a moment on his father's embossment, before he turns yellowed pages to the last entry. Painfully, by moonlight, he reads. BRUCE (OVER) (dreaded confirmation) Bruce insists on seeing a movie tonight... He pauses, gathers himself. He continues. BRUCE (OVER) But Martha and I have our hearts set on Zorro, so Bruce's cartoon will have to wait until next week. Bruce stares at the book in disbelief. Then he looks up at the moonlight, tears streaming down his face. BRUCE ...Not my fault. It wasn't my fault. 430 Suddenly, in the darkness ahead, a dark shape moves, head 430 rising, slits opening to reveal two blood red eyes. The giant monarch bat spreads its wings, huge, as it rises, suddenly airborne, rushing toward him. 431 BRUCE - CLOSE. And terrified. He turns to run. The bat's 431 flapping wings BEAT like drums, closing fast. Bruce holds his ground. Resolved. He turns and faces the monster, SCREECHING towards him, glistening fangs barely inches from his face. Something remarkable happens. The bat holds its position, stares into Bruce's eyes, wings spreading wide. A beat. Then Bruce raises his arms, a living mirror. The two stand facing each other, man and bat. In the moon- light on the wall, their shadows begin to blend, to merge, becoming one _SHIMMERING WHITE LIGHT!_ 432 INT. BATCAVE 432 The mouth of the inner cave. A sudden SCREAMING DIN as a storm of bats explode into the cave, a shooting column of life and there, from within, steps a man. 433 REVERSE ANGLE 433 ALFRED stands at the entrance. ALFRED Master, Bruce? BRUCE ...Batman, Alfred. I'm Batman. 434 EXT. NIGHT SKY 434 The Batsignal shines. Suddenly the air above the familiar circle begins to shimmer and glow, becoming... A giant green question mark. The Batsignal itself is now just the small period at the symbol's bottom. 435 INT. BATCAVE - NIGHT 435 Bruce stands at the ruined control platform. Riddles are spread before him. Including the most recent. BRUCE All the answers are numbers. ALFRED But 1, 3, 1, 8, & 5. What do they mean? BRUCE What do maniacs always want? ALFRED Recognition, of course. BRUCE Precisely. So this number is probably some kind of calling card. Bruce stares at the numbers. Adds them: 18. Squares them: 1916425. No luck. Starts again, separating them: 13/18/5. BRUCE Letters in the alphabet. ALFRED Of course. 13 is M....MRE. BRUCE How about, MR. E. ALFRED Mystery. BRUCE And another name for Mystery? ALFRED Enigma. BRUCE Exactly. Mr. E. Mister Edward Nygma. 436 INT. STONE STAIRCASE 436 Bruce leads Alfred through a secret stairway. BRUCE Good thing Mr. E. didn't know about the cave under the cave. 437 INT. SUBTERRANEAN CAVE 437 Dark, jagged, surrounded by water. Here, the Batwing and Batboat are stored. ALFRED What now sir? BRUCE Claw Island. Nygma's headquarters. I'm sure that's where they're keeping Chase. (realizing) Are all the Batsuits destroyed? ALFRED All except the prototype with the sonar modifications you so disapprove of. But it hasn't yet been tested. BRUCE Tonight's a good night. 438 CLOSE ON - Batman's fist being shoved into a new gauntlet. 438 439 CLOSE ON - Batman's new boot snapping shut. 439 440 CLOSE ON - the improved Utility Belt buckling on firmly. 440 441 CLOSE ON - the new cowl sliding down over Batman's head. 441 442 PULL BACK TO REVEAL 442 The Batman - a darker enemy to fear. BATMAN What do you suggest, Alfred. By see or by air? DICK (OVER) Why not both? A figure steps out of the shadows. Dick. The cape is now black, yellow on the inside only. A red armored vest compliments green tights with knee armor, a utility belt and flexible black boots. BATMAN Dick... Where did you get that suit? ALFRED I...um..took the liberty, sir. DICK I thought you could use a friend. Bruce stares at him a beat. BATMAN Not a friend. He extends his hand. BATMAN A partner. The Dynamic Duo clasp hands. 443 EXT. WAYNE MANOR - TENNIS COURT - NIGHT 443 Fast clouds. Bowing trees. Suddenly, the entire tennis court slides away. The Batwing rises into the night sky. 444 EXT. STORM DRAIN 444 The Batboat hits the water. 445 EXT. ROOFTOP OF POLICE HEADQUARTERS - NIGHT 445 Commissioner Gordon and his deputy, standing vigil under the false moon of the Batsignal. GORDON (finally) He's not coming. Shut it down. The Deputy reaches for the power switch. Suddenly, a ROAR cuts the night. 446 ANGLE UP TO 446 The Batsignal. The ROAR grows louder. Light and shadow dance, for a second it seems the Batsignal itself is flying toward us. Suddenly -- The Batwing bursts _through_ the signal. 447 The dark plane BUZZES Police Headquarters, dipping a wing 447 to Gordon. 448 A triumphant Gordon waves Batman onward. 448 449 INT. COCKPIT 449 Working the controls, Batman is back. 450 EXT. GOTHAM HARBOR - NIGHT 450 Still, night waters. Suddenly, the Batboat, running silent and dark, cuts across the harbor. 451 Dick is at the helm, wearing night-vision goggles. 451 452 DICK'S POV -- INFRA-RED. Claw Island looms ahead. 452 453 SEARCHLIGHTS 453 atop the island headquarters pop on, one by one, flooding the water with light. 454 INT. RIDDLER'S CONTROL CENTER - NIGHT 454 The Riddler and Two-Face stand clutching controls on opposite sides of a holographically generated game of Battleship. Each is firing tiny blips at the small dot crossing the floating screen. RIDDLER A-14. TWO-FACE Miss. 455 EXT. GOTHAM HARBOR - NIGHT 455 A mortar EXPLODES aft of the Batboat, shooting a WATER SPOUT high in the sky. 456 INT. RIDDLER'S CONTROL CENTER - NIGHT 456 TWO-FACE B-12. RIDDLER A miss. And my favorite vitamin, I might add. 457 EXT. GOTHAM HARBOR 457 Another EXPLOSION to stern. Dick is thrown as a third shell hits the Batboat. The craft EXPLODES. 458 INT. NYGMATECH - RECREATION ROOM 458 TWO-FACE A hit. RIDDLER You sunk my battleship. 459 EXT. GOTHAM HARBOR - NIGHT 459 Dick slips a re-breather into his mouth. Dives underwater, starts to swim towards Claw Island. 460 UNDERWATER 460 A SPEAR shoots past leaving a trail of bubbles. Another. 461 A HIDDEN BUNKER 461 issues a stream of armed frogmen. 462 EXT. GOTHAM HARBOR - NIGHT 462 The BATWING soars over the water. 463 INT. BATWING COCKPIT 463 INFRA-RED SCREEN - CLOSE A Dick blip, besieged underwater by frogmen blips. 464 EXT. CLAW ISLAND - NIGHT 464 A laser shoots from the top of the stronghold, neatly 465 severing one of the Batwing's wings. 465 466 EXT. BATWING - GOTHAM HARBOR - NIGHT 466 The Batwing dives straight into the river. 467 INT. COCKPIT 467 BATMAN - POV - THROUGH THE WINDSCREEN. The water comes up fast, a rushing EXPLOSION. 468 EXT. GOTHAM HARBOR - UNDERWATER 468 Dark panels shift, sealing wheel hubs, growing sleek fins as the Batwing morphs now into the Batsub. 469 UNDERWATER 469 Two frogmen hold Dick by arms and legs as several more swim towards him with exposed knives. 470 THE BATSUB 470 BLASTS over an underwater reef. 471 A TORPEDO TUBE - CLOSE. FIRES a dark rocket towards the 471 frogmen at blinding speed. 472 A FROGMAN - CLOSE. Spins. 472 473 FROGMAN'S POV - THROUGH MASK. The torpedo racing towards 473 him unfurls to reveal...Batman. 474 BATMAN'S FIST smashes the glass of the Frogman's mask. 474 475 THE THUG rises in a mass of bubbles. 475 476 DICK uses the distraction and kicks free. Batman and Dick 476 take on the frogmen, hand to hand. 477 EXT. CLAW ISLAND SHORE - NIGHT 477 Batman and Dick break the surface. Dick discards his re- breather. Climbs onto the shore. DICK Holy rusted metal, Batman. BATMAN What? Dick takes a few steps forward, kneels. DICK (off the rusted floor) The ground. It's metal and its full of holes. You know. Holey. BATMAN This place was a refueling station for subs during the war... Just as Batman starts to climb out of the water (OVER) a horrendous CRUNCHING as Dick begins to rise. 478 WIDER 478 The island surface is actually the top of a tremendous metal sphere balanced atop an enormous cylindrical oil tank, rising, now, fast out of the water. BATMAN Dick. 479 Batman throws a Batarang but it glances off the side of 479 the sphere. 480 WIDER 480 Batman stands staring up at Dick, who stands alone atop the metal sphere now near five stories high. No way up. Batman spots a rusting access panel in the giant support cylinder. He RIPS it off and climbs inside. 481 EXT. DOME 481 Dick stands looking down at the ocean. TWO-FACE (OVER) The Bat or the Bird. We couldn't decide who got to kill who. (a beat) Or is it whom? Dick spins. Two-Face has emerged from a hatch atop the dome. He stands smiling at Dick, a knife in his hands. TWO-FACE We flipped for it. We got you. Two-Face's leap is savage, catching Dick by the throat. 482 WIDER 482 The two slide down the sloping edge of the dome, their descent stopped by a narrow, rusting metal lip. Two-Face SMASHES Dick's head into the side of the dome. Once. Twice. Three times. TWO-FACE What's wrong, circus-boy? No mommy and daddy to save you? Two-Face raises his blade over the dazed Dick. Brings it down fast. Dick rolls clear, the blade wedging into the rusted metal surface. All the time Dick needs. He back-flips erect, kicks Two-Face hard in the head. DICK For my mother. A flying front kick to the chin. DICK For my father. A spinning back kick knocking him to his knees. DICK For Chris. Dick hauls off and smashes him in the face. DICK For me. The punch sends Two-Face rolling down the side of the dome, fingers raking sloping steel, finding no purchase. 483 At the last second, Two-Face grabs a small metal dimple 483 on the belly of the dome's curve, hanging on for dear life, feet kicking wildly over the abyss. TWO-FACE The scales are tipped. The blindfold torn from the lady's eyes. Justice will be served. The rusting metal bulge starts to tear and break. TWO-FACE You're a man after my own heart, son. The metal breaks free. TWO-FACE (grinning) See you in hell. Two-Face's hands tear through the rust. He falls. 484 DICK'S HAND grabs him. WIDER Dick hoists him to safety. DICK No. I'd rather see you in jail. TWO-FACE The Bat's taught you well. Noble. Two-Face spins, a gun suddenly in his hand, pressing now into the flesh between Dick's eyes. TWO-FACE A mistake. But definitely noble. Two-Face COCKS the trigger. 485 INT. CYLINDER 485 Immense. Empty. Just the CRASHING surf and rocks below. Batman looks up. The ceiling is... 486 A GIANT STEEL GRATE flush with the sides of the cylinder. 486 Batman loads a Batarang into his launcher. FIRES. 487 THE BATARANG flies high, secures purchase on the grate. 487 488 BATMAN attaches the cable to the winch on his belt. 488 Begins rising fast. 489 THE GRATE BOLTS 489 EXPLODE, causing the giant grate to fall towards Batman. 490 BATMAN twirls on the rope so he is rising upside down, 490 his feet racing towards the plummeting grate. He hits a switch on his utility belt- 491 THRUSTERS 491 on his new Batsuit ROCKET him feet first towards the descending grate. 492 IMPACT! The grate flips like a pie pan. Batman lets go of 492 the wire, cutting his thrusters and tumbling in mid-air so his hands now extend before him. He grabs one of the steel girders in the darkness overhead. 493 Batman hangs, watching the now dislodged grate fall to 493 the watery depth below. A beat. He hoists himself onto a steel platform to face... 494 INT. RIDDLER'S CONTROL ROOM 494 The Riddler sits across the room in his throne, a huge antenna shooting up into the night sky behind him through a round hole in the dome. A large ring of Green Neon encircles him, feeding him more and more brain power. RIDDLER Welcome to my parlor said the Riddler to the Bat. How's tricks? BATMAN No more tricks, Edward. Release Chase and Dick. This is between you and me. Two-Face steps from behind The Riddler. TWO-FACE And me and me. BATMAN (off the antenna) ...Of course. The Box does more than enhance neural energy. You've been sucking Gotham's brainwaves. RIDDLER And now it's new. Improved. Better than ever. 495 SCREENS - CLOSE - Endless schematics of flickering brains. 495 496 BATMAN 496 ...The jolt I felt in the beam at your party. (getting it) You've devised a way to map the human brain. To read men's minds. RIDDLER Oh, Bruce, you are clever. How fitting that numbers lead you to me. For numbers will crown me king. My Box will sit on countless TV's around the globe, mapping brains, giving me credit card numbers. Bank codes. Safe combinations. Numbers of infidelities. Of crimes. Of lies told. No secret is safe from my watchful electronic eye. I will rule the planet. For if knowledge is power then tremble world, Edward Nygma has become a God. (to Harvey) Was that over the top? I can never tell... (to Batman) By the way, B-man, I got _your_ number. 497 SCREENS - CLOSE form a towering picture of Batman. 497 498 OTHER SCREENS - CLOSE form a towering picture of Bruce. 498 499 The images collide, forming a half Bruce, half Batman. 499 RIDDLER I've seen your mind. Yours is the greatest Riddle of all. Can Bruce Wayne and Batman ever truly coexist? Stop me if I'm wrong here. Batman remains stoic, but The Riddler is right on. RIDDLER So let's help you decide, once and for all, who you really are. Behind Curtain #1... A curtain rises: Chase in a cylinder, bound unconscious. RIDDLER The captivating Dr. Chase Meridian. Love of Bruce Wayne's life. Behind curtain #2... Another curtain reveals: Dick in similar peril. RIDDLER Batman's one and only partner. (a beat) Below, my personal favorite... 500 TRAP DOORS 500 beneath Chase and Dick open wide. ANGLE DOWN to the jagged rocks and crashing surf below. RIDDLER A watery grave! 501 A BUTTON - CLOSE. Shaped like a glowing green skull. 501 502 RIDDLER 502 A simple touch and five seconds later these two day players are so much gull feed on the rocks below. Not enough time to save them both. So who will it be? Bruce's love? Batman's partner? You decide. Is this fun or what? BATMAN Edward, you've become a monster. RIDDLER You flatter me. No monster. Just The Riddler, and here's yours. What is without taste or sound, all around, but can't be found? On your mark, get set... The Riddler reaches for the button. Batman steps forward. 503 ANGLE from the water below. 503 The floor between where Batman stands and the Riddler's throne platform is translucent. A hologram masking a tremendous gap. Batman is about to step into an abyss. 504 Batman stops short. Looks up at Riddler. 504 BATMAN Death. (louder) Death. Without taste, sound and all around us. (getting it) Because there is no way for me to save them or myself. This is one giant death trap. RIDDLER Excellent. See. Who says a guy in a rubber suit can't be smart? Well, it's been grand. Sorry you all have to die now. Riddler touches the skull button. (OVER) A SCREECH. Batman looks up. 505 HIGH ABOVE the Riddler's antenna a giant monarch bat 505 glides across the night. 506 THE BAT - CLOSE. 506 507 BATMAN - CLOSE. No fear. A moment of communion. 507 BATMAN Wait. I have a riddle for you. RIDDLER For _me_? Really? Tell me. BATMAN I see without seeing. To me, darkness is as clear as daylight. What am I? RIDDLER Oh please. You're blind as a bat. BATMAN Exactly! Batman SLAMS his Utility Belt, releasing a high energy Batarang which he hurls at the Riddler's huge antenna. 508 THE BATARANG 508 SMASHES into the Riddler's antenna. A tremendous EXPLOSION of sparks as the transceiver short circuits. RIDDLER No! The room goes pitch black. 509 RIDDLER'S FINGER - CLOSE. Hits the skull button. 509 510 DICK AND CHASE 510 drop, plummet through space. 511 BATMAN - CLOSE. Two metal lids SHUT over Batman's eyes. 511 512 BATMAN'S POV - INSIDE THE MASK 512 Small sonar screens on the back of Batman's eyepieces reveal the phantom floor and the wild criss-cross of interconnected steel beams and the crashing ocean below. 513 BATMAN 513 throws another Batarang, which lassos a beam overhead, swings forward, grabbing a falling Chase as he passes, depositing her on a steel platform. 514 BATMAN - POV (SONAR SCREENS). Dick drops to certain death. 514 515 BATMAN 515 dives towards the sea below as he whips another Batarang 516 around a passing girder. He catches Dick just above the 516 rocks precisely as the Batrope pulls taught, using the bat-winch to shoot them back up to the platform. 517 BATMAN - POV (SONAR SCREENS) 517 As he rests Dick on the platform beside Chase. Suddenly his world flares a blinding white. 518 TWO-FACE 518 stands on the platform before him, a halogen light strapped around his head, blinding Batman's sensors. Two-Face brandishes his gun. TWO-FACE All those heroics for nothing. No more riddles, no more curtains one and two. Just plain old curtains. He COCKS the trigger. BATMAN Haven't you forgotten something, Harvey? You're always of two minds about everything.... The handsome side of Harvey's face turns toward them. TWO-FACE Oh. Emotion is so often the enemy of justice. Thank you, Bruce. He takes out his famous coin and flips it. Batman starts to reach for his Utility Belt, to out-smart Two-Face. But as the coin flies high up in the air, it comes down just a hair too far away. TWO-FACE No! 519 As Two-Face reaches out to catch it, he loses his balance 519 and falls to the rocks and angry sea below. BATMAN Help Chase. I'll be back. CHASE (groggy) Did Two-Face call him Bruce? DICK Of course not. 520 Batman starts scaling girders, pulls himself back into... 520 521 INT. RIDDLER'S CONTROL ROOM 521 The lights are still down but the antenna's functioning again, the Riddler in his throne, absorbing pulses of neural energy. Too much. his entire head seems to distort, fluctuating in size and wavering. RIDDLER Why can't I kill you? Now there's a riddle? (more juice) Not smart enough. Find a way. (more juice) Too many questions. (more juice) Why you and not me? (more juice) Why me? (more juice) Why??!! Batman SLAMS the power switch, the throne going dark. EDWARD - CLOSE. Knees drawn to his chest. Pathetic. WHIMPERING. Mad. Batman looks down, his eyes sad, compassionate. BATMAN Poor, Edward. I had to save them both. You see, I am Bruce Wayne and Batman. Not because I have to be. Now because I choose to be. Batman reaches out to Edward. Ed jerks in fear, looks up. 522 EDWARD'S POV - Coming towards him, not Batman, but a 522 hideous demonic giant bat. 523 EDWARD - CLOSE. SCREAMS 523 524 EXT. ARKHAM ASYLUM - NIGHT 524 Another stormy night. 525 INT. MAXIMUM SECURITY WING 525 Dr. Burton walks the corridor with Chase. DR. BURTON Edward Nygma has been screaming for hours that he knows the true identity of Batman. They reach Edward's cell. 526 THEIR POV -- INT. PADDED CELL 526 Lit only by the moon. Chase speaks through the small barred set into the heavy door. CHASE Edward... EDWARD Who is it? CHASE It's Dr. Meridian. Chase. Do you remember me? EDWARD (O.S.) How could I forget? CHASE Dr. Burton tells me you know who Batman is. EDWARD (O.S.) (giggle, giggle) Yesssssss. I know! Chase and Burton look at each other, on edge. CHASE Who is The Batman, Edward? EDWARD (O.S.) Can't tell if you don't say please. CHASE You're right, Edward. I didn't mean to be impolite. Please. No response. Just GIGGLES. CHASE Edward, please. Who is Batman? A beat. Suddenly a huge silhouette of a bat appears on the padded wall. Into it leaps Edward, the sleeves of his straightjacket madly flapping like the wings of a bat. EDWARD I AM BATMAAAAAAANN!!! 527 EXT. ARKHAM ASYLUM - NIGHT 527 Chase comes down the front steps to find Alfred waiting with the Rolls, holding the rear door open. CHASE Alfred? ALFRED Mr. Wayne sent me to pick you up. 528 INT. ROLLS - MOVING 528 Alfred drives out the front gates of Arkham Asylum. CHASE Where's Bruce? ALFRED He asked me to convey his deepest apologies, Dr. Meridian. But he wanted me to give you this. Alfred hands her a small wicker figure. The dream doll. ALFRED He said to thank you. And to tell you he no longer needs it. She notices the Batsignal in the night sky. CHASE Does it ever end Alfred? ALFRED No, Miss. Not in this lifetime. Chase looks out the car window. In the distance, the shape of the bat shimmers against the clouds. 529 ZOOM INTO 529 The Batsignal, filling the screen. PAN DOWN 530 EXT. TOP OF SKYSCRAPER - NIGHT 530 Batman stands on the edge of the gargoyled building, a lone silhouette keeping vigil over the city. Then another figure steps up into frame, taking his place behind Batman. Their capes billow in the city wind. Now there are two guardians of the night: Batman and Robin. Beware! FINAL FADE TO BLACK.