Batman Number 2: Part One-a World Without Batman

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    BATMAN NUMBER#2
    PART ONE
    A WORLD WITHOUT BATMAN




    PAGE 1

    FULL PAGE PANEL

    EXTERIOR. GOTHAM CITY. EXTRA LONG SHOT-UPWARD ANGLE. BATMAN GLIDES THROUGH THE CITY OF GOTHAM. HIS CAPE BILLOWING IN THE WIND ALMOST LOOKING LIKE WINGS. THE LARGE BAT SYMBOL SITS AGAINST HIS CHEST. HIS ARMS ARE OUTSTRETCHED AS HE TUCKS IN HIS LEGS FOR A LANDING. HIS DARK EYES GLARE DOWN ON THE CITY THROUGH THE DEMONIC MASK HE WEARS.

    THE CITY OF GOTHAM STANDS HARSH AND TALL. GREY BUILDINGS. DIRTY. A HELL ON EARTH.

    CAPTION BOX#1
    Look at him. He was fabulous.

    CAPTION BOX#2
    He was a machine. Graceful. And beautiful.

    CAPTION BOX#3
    The way he would glide through the city. The way he would instill fear on others. Citizens and criminals alike.

    (END OF PAGE 1)

    PAGE 2

    PANEL ONE.

    EXTERIOR. GOTHAM RIVER. MEDIUM LONG SHOT. THE RIVER SITS CALM AND SOLITARY. NO SHIPS SAIL ACROSS IT. NOTHING MOVES WITHIN IT. THE ROBERT KANE MEMORIAL BRIDGE SITS OFF INTO THE DISTANCE. IT IS UNCLEAR FROM THSI DISTANCE.

    CAPTION BOX#4
    I once told him, we weren’t all that different. That was the only time I heard him laugh.

    CAPTION BOX#5
    What I wouldn’t give...

    PANEL TWO

    EXTERIOR. ROBERT KANE MEMORIAL BRIDGE. LOW ANGLE-MEDIUM SHOT. TWO MEN STAND ON THE SIDE OF THE BRIDGE. ONE IS LARGE AND DUM-LOOKING. THE OTHER, WE CANT SEE HIS FACE. IT IS HIDDEN UNDERNEATH A PURPLE WIDE-RIMMED HAT THAT MATCHES HIS PURPLE TRENCH COAT.

    MAN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    ...To hear him laugh just one more time...

    PANEL THREE

    HIGH ANGLE-EXTREME CLOSE UP. THE MAN LIFTS HIS HEAD UP REVEALING THE SOLEMN JOKER. HIS USUAL MACABRE SMILE HIS NOW A FROWN. IT’S CHILLING. HIS EYES ARE LOWERED.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    It was such a beautiful laugh, Butch.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    And now it’s gone.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Along with so much of the laughter in my life.

    PANEL FOUR

    LOW ANGLE-CLOSE UP. BUTCH LOOKS AT THE JOKER WORRIEDLY. NERVOUS ABOUT WHAT HE’LL SAY TO HIM. SWEAT DRIPS DOWN HIS FACE.

    BUTCH
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    Errr... listen Mr. J. Some of the boys have beeen talking...

    BUTCH
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    ... And they’re kind of worried about this whole... Bat obsession...

    PANEL FOUR

    HIGH ANGLE-EXTREME CLOSE UP. THE JOKER LOOKS UP AT BUTCH. HIS EYES NARROWED AND ANGRY.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    And do you share that concern, Butch?

    PANEL FIVE

    LOW ANGLE-CLOSE UP. BUTCH STEPS BACK A LITTLE AFRAID OF THE LOOK ON JOKER’S FACE.

    BUTCH
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#8
    No, no, no! I’m just telling you about what the guys are sayin’!

    PANEL SIX

    HIGH ANGLE-EXTREME CLOSE UP. THE JOKER SMILES WITH AN EVIL TOUCH OF KINDNESS.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#9
    Calm down, Butch. No harm no foul.

    PANEL SEVEN

    MEDIUM SHOT. THE JOKER HOLDS A GUN AT BUTCH. HE SHOOTS HIM IN THE HEAD.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#10
    But, thank you for telling me.

    PANEL EIGHT

    EXTERIOR. GOTHAM RIVER. MEDIUM LONG SHOT. WE SEE BUTCH FALL FROM THE BRIDGE IN THE DISTANCE.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#11
    Oh god, how I miss you.

    (END OF PAGE 2)
     
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    PANEL ONE

    A TELEVISION SCREEN SHOWS A BLOND NEWSCASTER SAT READING THE DAILY NEWS.

    NEWSWOMAN
    CAPTION BOX#1
    ...And in other news, Butch McGloughlin was found dead in Gotham River this morning. Police Commisioner Renee Montoya had this to say...

    PANEL TWO

    RENEE MONTOYA, A BEAUTIFUL LATINO WOMAN IN HER THIRTIES APPEARS ON THE SCREEN. SHE LOOKS ANGRY

    MONTOYA
    CAPTION BOX#2
    We have no doubt who killed Butch McGloughlin and I will make it my duty as Commisioner to see that the bastard is put behind bars once and for all.

    PANEL THREE

    THE BLOND NEWSWOMAN RETURNS TO THE SCREEN.

    NEWSWOMAN
    CAPTION BOX#3
    Those were the words of Commisioner Montoya, who I have no doubt will be grieving over the anniversary of her predecessor Commisioner Gordon’s death five years ago...

    PANEL FOUR

    A PICTURE OF JAMES GORDON APPEARS ON THE SCREEN. HE IS BROWN-HAIRED WITH STREAKS OF GREY ON HIS SIDES. LARGE GLASSES SIT ON HIS FACE.

    NEWSWOMAN
    CAPTION BOX#4
    Gordon was killed five years ago in an assassination during his congradulatory party for his third term as Commissioner...

    PANEL FIVE

    THE BLOND NEWSWOMAN RETURNS WITH A GIANT BATSYMBOL BEHIND HER.

    NEWSWOMAN
    CAPTION BOX#5
    One could wonder if the Commissioner would still be alive if not for the death of the Batman two weeks previous.

    PANEL SIX

    A PICTURE OF BRUCE WAYNE, A STRONG LOOKING MAN IN HIS MID FORTIES.

    NEWSWOMAN
    CAPTION BOX#6
    Killed in a warehouse explosion whilst after drug baron Lucius Farozi. The Batman was revealed to be forty-five year old billionaire Bruce Wayne...

    PANEL SEVEN

    THE NEWSWOMAN REAPPEARS AGAIN.

    NEWSWOMAN
    CAPTION BOX#7
    Wayne’s Butler and Ward Dick Grayson have been missing since the Wayne family mansion was ransacked and rioted by members of the criminal element such as The Joker.

    PANEL EIGHT

    EXTERIOR. TELEVISION STORE. MEDIUM SHOT. PEOPLE STAND OUTSIDE THE TELEVISION STORE WATCHING THE NEWS. THE NEWSWOMAN CONTINUES TO READ.

    NEWSWOMAN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    One call only hope they are still alive and well.

    THE PEOPLE AROUND DON’T SHARE HER VIEWS.

    MAN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    I bet ya they’re dead.

    WOMAN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    I’d be surprised if they lasted this long.

    A MAN CAN BE SEEN LEAVING THE PACK. HIS FACE HIDDEN UNDERNEATH A HOOD.

    (END OF PAGE 3)
     
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    PANEL ONE

    EXTERIOR. ROOFTOP. HIGH ANGLE-MEDIUM SHOT. AN ARMOURED MAN CROUCHES ON THE ROOFTOP. HE WEARS A BLACK AND ORANGE MASK. IT’S DEATHSTROKE. HE HOLDS A PAIR OF BINOCULARS TO HIS FACE LOOKING DOWN ON THE MAN CROSSING THE ROAD. IN HIS OTHER HAND IS A WALKIE-TALKIE.

    DEATHSTROKE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    I’ve got him. It’s Grayson alright. D’you want me to take him out?

    PANEL TWO

    INTERIOR. OFFICE. MEDIUM SHOT. OSWALD COBBLEPOT AKA THE PENGUIN SITS HIS DARKENED OFFICE. THE BLINDS ARE CLOSED OVER ALLOWING SMALL STREAKS OF LIGHT TO CREEP IN. HE IS A WELLDRESSED MAN WEARING A TUXEDO AND MONOCLE, A TOP HAT PERCHED ON HIS HEAD. HE SPEAKS DOWN HIS PHONE TO DEATHSTROKE.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    That will be unnecessary Mr. Deathstroke and rather vulger in broad daylight. Just follow him to where he is hiding. That should lead us to Ms Gordon and Mr Drake.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    After which wait for my men to come then disbose of them. But, leave Grayson for me. That boy has been costing me money in my shipping firms.

    DEATHSTROKE [VIA. PHONE]
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Yes, sir. Over.

    PANEL TWO

    LOW ANGLE-CLOSE UP. PENGUIN LEANS BACK INTO HIS CHAIR. SMUGLY.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    At last, those pests shall be taken care of.

    VOICE [O.S]
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    Make sure you get the files they stole...

    PANEL THREE

    MEDIUM SHOT. TWO-FACE SITS IN THE CHAIR OPPOSITE PENGUIN. ONE HALF OF HIS FACE CLEAN AND HANDSOME. THE OTHER GROTESQUE AND BURNT. HE SITS IN A BLACK AND WHITE SUIT. THE COLOURS ON THE SUIT ARE IN HALF JUST LIKE HIS FACE. HE FLIPS HIS COIN.

    TWO-FACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    It’s important to our operation that they don’t send them to Montoya. She’s been sniffing around and giving her relationship with Gordon and the Batman she’ll have great pleasure in shutting us down.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#8
    I know that, Dent. Montoya won’t get those files and plus, if she could she would have by now. She has nothing on us.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE-UP. PENGUIN LEANS FORWARD IN HIS CHAIR.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#9
    It makes me sad to think we couldn’t have done all this if Batman had not met his end.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#10
    Still life goes on.

    PANEL FIVE

    CLOSE UP. PENGUIN GLARES AT DENT SHREWDLY.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#11
    Have you found him yet?

    TWO-FACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#12
    No, there’s no sign of him. We lost him at the bridge when he killed Butch.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#13
    He’s another pest that needs to be taken care of. Have Mayor West sent here. I must speak with him.

    PANEL SIX

    CLOSE UP. TWO-FACE GLARES AT PENGUIN SPITEFULLY

    TWO-FACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#14
    Who are you to give me orders?

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#15
    Why, Harvey...

    (END OF PAGE 4)

    PAGE 5

    FULL PAGE PANEL

    MEDIUM SHOT. PENGUIN STANDS UP HOLDING HIS ARMS IN THE AIR GIVING PEACE SIGNS. HE LOOS EVILLY AS A LARGE BANNER SITS BEHIND HIM WITH A GAINT PICTURE OF HIM ON IT. “COBBLEPOT FOR MAYOR” IS WRITTEN ON IT.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    I’M THE MAYOR OF GOTHAM CITY!!!

    (END OF PAGE 5)

    PAGE 6

    EXTERIOR. BACK ALLEY. LOW ANGLE-MEDIUM SHOT.IT’S RAINING. NIGHT HAS FALLEN. THE ALLEY IS DRENCHED AND COVERED WITH PUDDLES. THE MAN WITH THE HOODIE IS WALKING THROUGH THE ALLEY. HIS SHOULDERS HUNCHED AND HOOD OVER HIS FACE. HE DOESN’T WANT TO BE NOTICED. HIS HANDS ARE TUCKED WITHIN HIS POCKETS.

    PENGUIN [O.S]
    CAPTION BOX#1
    “And it’s time cleaned up this city.”

    PANEL TWO

    EXTERIOR. ROOFTOP. HIGH ANGLE-MEDIUM SHOT. DEATHSTROKE CROUCHES ON THE ROOF LOOKING DOWN ON THE MAN. HE WATCHES AS THE MAN TURNS THE CORNER.

    PANEL THREE

    EXTERIOR. ROOFTOPS. MEDIUM SHOT. DEATHSTROKE RUNS ACROSS THE ROOFTOPS TOWARDS THE END OF THE ALLEYWAY.

    PANEL FOUR

    HIGH ANGLE-MEDIUM SHOT. DEATHSTROKE LOOKS DOWN AT THE ALLEYWAY TO FIND THE MAN IS GONE.

    PANEL FIVE

    EXTREME CLOSE UP. DEATHROKE’S LEFT EYE AND ONLY EYE WIDENS WITH SHOCK.

    DEATHSTROKE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Where’d he go?!

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    PANEL ONE

    LOW ANGLE-MEDIUM SHOT. DEATHSTROKE LOOKS AROUND CONFUSED FOR THE MAN.

    PANEL TWO

    LOW ANGLE-CLOSE UP. DEATHSTROKE CAN BE SEEN ON A TELEVISION SCREEN LOOKING CONFUSED AND LOKING AROUND FOR THE MAN.

    PANEL THREE

    INTERIOR. UNDERGROUND SUBWAY STATION. MEDIUM LONG SHOT. BARBARA GORDON, A BEAUTIFUL RED-HAIRED WOMAN SITS IN HER WHEELCHAIR IN FRONT OF A LARGE COMPUTER SYSTEM WITH MANY DIFFERENT SCREENS. TIM DRAKE, A TALL DARK-HAIRED 21 YEAR OLD STANDS NEXT TO HER.

    TIM
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    They got Deathstroke after us now?! This is just great!

    BARBARA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    Not surprising those files we took from Mayor West’s office are hazardous to Penguin’s control of Gotham.

    TIM
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    I still don’t understand why we don’t call the League to help us out. They know about the Penguin.

    PANEL FOUR

    MEDIUM SHOT. THE MAN FROM THE ALLEY WALKS DOWN THE STEPS OF THE SUBWAY STATION. HE TAKES OFF HIS HOOD REVEALING THE DARK-HAIRED DICK GRAYSON, 29.

    DICK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Because Bruce wouldn’t have wanted it that way. He would have wanted us to take care of Gotham.

    PANEL FIVE

    MEDIUM SHOT. TIM LOOKS AT HIM FLABBERGASTED.

    TIM
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    But, they could help us!

    DICK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    We’ve discussed this Tim and my position stands. We do this Bruce’s way or not at all.

    PANEL SIX

    EXTREME CLOSE UP. TIM ROARS AT DICK ANGRILY. HIS EYES NARROWED AND EYEBROWS ARCHED.

    TIM
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    IT’S BEEN FIVE YEARS DICK! AND WHERE HAS IT GOTTEN US! SELINA! HELEN! DINAH! HOW MANY HAVE TO DIE BEFORE YOU REALISE WE NEED HELP!?

    (END OF PAGE 7)

    PAGE 8

    PANEL ONE

    EXTREME CLOSE UP. DICK LOOKS AT TIM ENRAGED. HIS RAGE MANIFESTING ON HIS FACE MAKING HIM ALMOST SCARY.

    DICK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    THIS ISN’T UP FOR DISCUSSION TIM! WE DO THIS MY WAY! BRUCE’S WAY! HE STARTED THIS OPERATION AND DIED FOR IT! WE SHOULD HONOUR HIS MISSION!

    PANEL TWO

    EXTREME CLOSE UP. TIM GLARES AT HIM LIVID. HIS TEETH CLENCHED.

    TIM
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    BRUCE WOULD HAVE LET THEM HELP IF THINGS HAD GOTTEN THIS BAD!

    PANEL THREE

    EXTEME CLOSE UP. DICK ROARS AT TIM FULL OF RAGE MAKING HIM NOT THINK.

    DICK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    WELL, BRUCE ISN’T HERE ANYMORE! I AM! AND I’M IN CHARGE! AND I SAY WE DON’T NEED ANY HELP! AND IF YOU WANT TO STAY HERE YOU WILL ABIDE BY MY RULES!

    PANEL FOUR

    LOW ANGLE-MEDIUM SHOT. BOTH DICK AND TIM GLARE AT EACH OTHER. DICK TOWERING OVER.

    TIM
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Fine.

    (END OF PAGE 8)

    PAGE 9

    PANEL ONE

    MEDIUM SHOT. TIM WALKS AWAY ANGRILY DICK WATCHES ON ANNOYED WHILST BARBARA SITS LOOKING ON WORRIEDLY AT THE TWO AT EACH OTHERS THROATS.

    TIM
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    I’ll be in the training room!

    DICK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    FINE!

    PANEL TWO

    HIGH ANGLE-CLOSE UP. BARBARA LOOKS UP AT DICK ANGRILY.

    BARBARA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    Would it kill you to listen to him?

    PANEL THREE

    LOW ANGLE-MEDIUM SHOT. BARBARA LOOKS UP AT DICK. DICK DOESN’T LOOK AT HER. HE CONTINUES TO STARE AT WHERE TIM WAS. HE IGNORES WHAT BARBARA JUST SAID.

    DICK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Have you organised the rondeview with Montoya?

    PANEL FOUR

    HIGH ANGLE-CLOSE UP. BARBARA GLARES AT DICK PISSED AT HIS IGNORANCE.

    BARBARA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    You know you’re starting to sound like Bruce.

    PANEL FIVE

    MEDIUM SHOT. DICK WALKS AWAY TO A DOORWAY AT THE END OF THE ROOM.

    DICK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    One of us has to.

    BARBARA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    Bruce wanted you to be your own man. Why don’t you start doing that?

    PANEL SIX

    CLOSE UP. DICK LOOKS BACK AT HER BEFORE GOING THROUGH THE DOORWAY.

    DICK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#8
    Because I don’t know who he is anymore. Bruce always encouraged me to be my own man. But, now without him... it just seems harder to do that.

    (END OF PAGE 9)

    PAGE 10

    PANEL ONE

    HIGH ANGLE-MEDIUM SHOT. BARBARA PLACES A CONCERNED HAND ON HIS SHOULDER.

    BARBARA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    What happened with Bruce... it wasn’t your fault.

    DICK BOWS HIS HEAD.

    DICK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    I should have been there.

    PANEL TWO

    MEDIUM SHOT. DICK WALKS AWAY LEAVING BARBARA ALONE. SHE TAKES OFF HER GLASSES RUBBING HER EYES.

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    PANEL ONE

    EXTREME CLOSE UP. A LARGE BATSYMBOL CAN BE SEEN ON A BROAD CHEST.

    DICK
    CAPTION BOX#1
    How did you do it?

    PANEL TWO

    MEDIUM SHOT-HIGH ANGLE. INTERIOR. CABINET ROOM. DICK STANDS IN AN SMALL ROOM, COMPLETELY EMPTY. IT’S DARK. THE ONLY SOUCE OF LIGHT SHINES DOWN A GLASS CABINET WHICH THE BATSUIT HANGS.

    DICK
    CAPTION BOX#2
    How did you handle it all?

    DICK
    CAPTION BOX#3
    You taught me everythng you know. You taught how to disappear. I’ve done that.

    DICK
    CAPTION BOX#4
    You taught me how to fight. How to survive.

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. DICK LOOKS AT THE SUIT SADLY. HIS EYES TWINKLING AND HIS EYEBROWS LOWERED.

    DICK
    CAPTION BOX#5
    But, you never taught me how hard it would be. How can i save a city beyond saving?

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. DICK BOWS HIS HEAD AND CLOSES HIS EYES.

    DICK
    CAPTION BOX#6
    I’m not you. You always believed you could change things. And I always believed you could. I always saw it.

    (END OF PAGE 11)

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    FULL PAGE PANEL

    MEDIUM LONG SHOT. EXTERIOR. EDGE OF A BUILDING. BATMAN STANDS AT THE EDGE OF A BUILDING. HIS LONG CLOAK BILLOWS IN THE WIND. HE LOOKS ON AT GOTHAM.

    DICK
    CAPTION BOX#1
    The way you stood on those gargoyles at the edge of the building. Like a warrior waiting for orders.

    DICK
    CAPTION BOX#2
    And then, they’d call. And you would go to them. In to battle. I would follow. You’re loyal soldier. You were my general. Our general.

    DICK
    CAPTION BOX#3
    You chose us. You trained us. You cared for us. You showed us the way. The way taht we now fight for. You showed how to hang on for just a minute longer. How to keep on fighting.

    DICK
    CAPTION BOX#4
    You led us. All of us into battle. The NEVER ENDING BATTLE.

    (END OF PAGE 12)

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    PANEL ONE

    MEDIUM LONG SHOT. DICK CONTINUES TO LOOK AT THE BATSUIT AS ALFRED PENNYWORTH, AN OLD MAN IN HIS MID SIXTIES STANDS BEHIND HIM IN HIS USUALLY SUIT.

    DICK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    The world needs a Batman, Alfred.

    PANEL TWO

    CLOSE UP. ALFRED LOOKS AT DICK KNOWINGLY.

    ALFRED
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    Yes Master Dick. It does.

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. ALFRED LOWERS HIS EYES. A SMALL TEAR DRIPS FROM HIS LEFT EYE WHICH HE TRIES TO KEEP AT BAY.

    ALFRED
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    I miss him too.

    PANEL FOUR

    LOW ANGLE-CLOSE UP. DICK LOOKS DOWN GLUMLY. ALFRED LOOKING AT HIM CONCERNED.

    DICK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    But, I can’t be him. I can’t be Batman.

    ALFRED
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    I don’t think he wanted you to be anything more than yourself. But, like you said “The world needs a Batman”.

    PANEL FIVE

    MEDIUM LONG SHOT-HIGH ANGLE. DICK TURNS WALKS AWAY INTO THE LONG STREAK OF GOLDEN LIGHT COMING FROM THE DOORWAY LEAVING ALFRED WITH THE BATSUIT.

    DICK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    I can’t be that Batman. What the world really needs is him.

    (END OF PAGE 13)

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    PANEL ONE

    MEDIUM SHOT. ALFRED STANDS ALONE WITH HIS THOUGHT WITH THE BATSUIT. HE LOOKS AT IT. THE COWL IS LOPSIDED. THE CAPE IS COVERING ONE SHOULDER AND THE BELT HAS GOTTEN LOOSE.

    ALFRED
    CAPTION BOX#1
    They miss you terribly. And I can’t help but agree with him. No one can replace you.

    PANEL TWO

    CLOSE UP. ALFRED’S TWO HANDS MOVE THE COWL SO THAT IT SITS STEADY ON THE MANEQUIN THAT HOLDS THE SUIT.

    ALFRED
    CAPTION BOX#2
    I always thought you were mad. A man who dressed up as a Bat. Who wouldn’t have?

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. ALFRED BRUSHES THE CAPE BACK OVER THE SHOULDER.

    ALFRED
    CAPTION BOX#3
    But, i stood by you. We all did.

    ALFRED
    CAPTION BOX#4
    I used to think you were mad.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. ALFRED STRAIGHTENS THE BELT UP CLIPPING IT BACK INTO PLACE.

    ALFRED
    CAPTION BOX#5
    I was wrong.

    PANEL FIVE

    MEDIUM LONG SHOT-HIGH ANGLE. ALFRED WALKS OFF DOWN THE LONG STREAK OF LIGHT LEADING TO THE DOOR WAY. LEAVING THE BATSUIT WHERE IT STANDS.

    ALFRED
    CAPTION BOX#6
    You were more than just a man. You were the stuff of legends.

    ALFRED
    CAPTION BOX#7
    You were more than just a Master as well--

    ALFRED
    CAPTION BOX#8
    You were my friend--

    PANEL SIX

    LOW ANGLE-CLOSE UP. ALFRED LOOKS BACK TEARFULLY. THOUGH HE KEEPS THE TEARS AT BAY AS ALWAYS. HE LOOKS BACK AT THE SUIT AS HE LEAVES.

    ALFRED
    CAPTION BOX#9
    --You were my boy.

    ALFRED
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Sleep well, my son.

    (END OF PAGE 14)
     
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    PANEL ONE

    MEDIUM LONG SHOT. EXTERIOR. GOTHAM CITY. A TALL SKYSCRAPER TOWERS OVER GOTHAM CITY AND ITS TOWERING BUILDINGS MAKING ALL OF THEM SEEM INSIGNIFICANT AND TINY. DARK CLOUDS CIRCLE IT AS THOUGH AN OMEN FOR WHAT IS HAPPENING WITH THE BUILDING.

    PANEL TWO

    MEDIUM SHOT. INTERIOR. PENGUIN’S PENTHOUSE OFFICE. THE PENGUIN SITS IN HIS CHAIR AT HIS DESK. NUMEROUS PEOPLE SURROUND HIM, SOME SHROUDED IN THE SHADOWS. WE CAN SEE SOME OF THEM BEHIND HIM. BLACK MASK, THE VENTRILIQUIST AND SCARFACE (SAT ON THE VENTRILOQUISTS ARM) ARE THE MOST NOTABLE.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Welcome my friends, to our five year anniversary. Five years has it not been since we took Gotham, splitting each borough into sections and running them to fit our means.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    But, sadly. This chapter of our running of Gotham might come to a close. Unless--

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. PENGUIN LOOKS IN FRONT OF HIM. GLOWERING AT THE PERSON IN FRONT OF HIM. BUT WE DON’T SEE THEM.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    We erradicate some chinks in our armour.

    PANEL FOUR

    MEDIUM SHOT. PNEGUIN LOOKS OVER AT GAGGED AND TIED MAYOR WEST. HE IS WIRY MAN WITH LARGE GLASSES. HIS MOUTH IS SELLOTAPED SHUT AND HIS BODY IS TIED TO THE CHAIR HE SITS. SWEAT POURS DOWN HIS FACE.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Such as you Mayor West. Those files. You clumsily allowed Grayson to apprehend could spell the end for this entire operation.

    PANEL FIVE

    CLOSE UP. PENGUIN LOOKS EVILLY AT MAYOR WEST LIFTING HIS UMBRELLA UP TO EYE LEVEL.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    And we can’t tolerate incompetance can we.

    PANEL SIX

    CLOSE UP. SPARKS START TO FLY FROM THE TIP OF THE UMBRELLA ILLUMINATING THE PENGUIN’S FACE. PENGUIN SMILES.

    PANEL SEVEN

    MEDIUM LONG SHOT. EXTERIOR. PENTHOUSE. LIGHTNING STRIKES AS A HIGH-PITCHED SCREAMS ECHOES THROUGH GOTHAM.

    MAYOR WEST
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!

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    PANEL ONE

    MEDIUM LONG SHOT-HIGH ANGLE. CONSTRUCTION SITE. NIGHTWING SITS CROUCHED ON A GIRDER ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE. ROBIN STANDS NEXT TO HIM LEANING AGAINST ANOTHER GIRDER ARMS FOLDED.

    ROBIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    So when did Montoya say she was gonna meet us?

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    For the fifteenth time midnight. And don’t slouch.

    PANEL TWO

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. UNDERGROUND SUBWAY STATION. BARBARA LOOKS AT THE COMPUTER SCREENS ANNOYED. A COMLINK OVER HER HEAD SO SHE CAN COMMUNICATE WITH THE TWO.

    BARBARA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    And for the fifteenth time will you two shut up.

    BARBARA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Montoya will be there in two minutes.

    PANEL THREE

    MEDIUM SHOT-LOW ANGLE. EXTERIOR. CONSTRUCTION SITE. ROBIN LOOKS OVER AT NIGHTWING. AWKWARD. HIS ARMS FOLDED.

    ROBIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    So... listen sorry about...

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    It’s ok.

    ROBIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    No, I was wrong. I shouldn’t have... I mean, your right Bruce’s would have wanted us to do it this way...

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#8
    I know.

    PANEL FOUR

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. ROBIN FROWNS AT NIGHTWING.

    ROBIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#9
    I still don’t understand why you don’t take over. You’ve done it before. Bruce would have wanted you to do it. And like you said “the World needs a Batman”.

    PANEL FIVE

    HIGH ANGLE CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING DOESN’T LOOK AT ROBIN HE CONINUES TO LOOK DOWN ON THE STREETS BELOW.

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#10
    She’s here!

    (END OF PAGE 16)

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    PANEL ONE

    LOW ANGLE-MEDIUM LONG SHOT. NIGHTWING GLIDES DOWN THROUGH THE NIGHT AIR. TWO LIGHT-WIEGHT UNDERNEATH HIS ARMS ALLOWING HIM TO GLIDE THROUGH THE AIR. ROBIN FOLLOWS ON BEHIND SWINGING DOWN AFTER HIM ON A ROPE. HIS LONG YELLOW CLOAK BILLOWING IN THE WIND.

    ROBIN
    CAPTION BOX#1
    Will I ever get my answer?

    PANEL TWO

    MONTOYA STANDS ALONE ON THE ROOFTOP. SHE LOOKS AROUND AS NIGHTWING LANDS FIVE FEET FROM HER WITH ROBIN.

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Montoya. Glad you came.

    MONTOYA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    Glad you could come. Do you have it?

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    Yeah.

    PANEL THREE

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. ROBIN HANDS MONTOYA THE FILES. NIGHTWING AND ROBIN STAND ACROSS FROM MONTOYA.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#1
    Maybe Robin’s right. Maybe, I’m the Batman that Gotham... the world needs.

    MONTOYA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Good. These files could cause this whole mess to end. If what you told me is true about these files it could spell the end to Penguin’s control over Gotham.

    ROBIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    Who would have thought Mayor West’d kept a journal on all his dealings with Penguin?

    MONTOYA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    Probably, so he could have leverage in case things got too heavy.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#2
    I often wonder what’s stopping me from being Batman. Taking on the mantle.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING STANDS IN THOUGHT AS ROBIN AND MONTOYA TALK.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#3
    And then I remember... it’s my fault your dead. And for that I’m not worthy to take on the mantle.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#4
    Tim won’t wear it. He believes I should wear it.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#5
    But someone needs to be Batman.

    PANEL FIVE

    HIGH ANGLE CLOSE UP. MONTOYA PUTS THE FILES IN HER BAG.

    MONTOYA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    I should get this back to Headquarters. I’ll call you if what’s in this file is circumstancial.

    PANEL SIX

    HIGH ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. SUDDENLY, A BULLET FLIES THROUGH MONTOYA’S CHEST. BLOOD SPURTS FROM BULLET WOUND. SHE FALLS TO THE FLOOR. NIGHTWING AND ROBIN STEP BACK STUNNED BY WHAT’S JUST HAPPENED.

    ROBIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#8
    MONTOYA!!

    (END OF PAGE 17)

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    PANEL ONE

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. MONTOYA’S LIFELESS BODY LIES IN A POOL OF BLOOD ON THE GROUND. ROBIN AND NIGHTWING LOOK WIDE-EYED WITH SHOCK.

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    WHAT THE HELL HAPPENED?!

    MAN [O.S]
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    Order was restored.

    PANEL TWO

    MEDIUM LONG SHOT. LOW ANGLE. NIGHTWING AND ROBIN TURN AROUND TO SEE TWO-FACE, BLACK MASK, THE VENTRILOQUIST AND SCARFACE. ALL ARE ARMED AND READY TO FIRE.

    TWO-FACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    She was a traitor to the system.

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Why because she decided to make a stand? Is this what happens to people that you love, Dent. You either destroy them or kill them?

    BLACK MASK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    We’ll be having those files, Grayson.

    SCARFACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    And don’ even try to be a wise guy!

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING PULLS OUT A BATARANG FROM BEHIND HIS BACK.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. CLICK! TWO-FACE’S GUN *****. HE LOOKS AT NIGHTWING VICIOUSLY.

    TWO-FACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    I wouldn’t try that boy. We have snipers on different rooftops all aiming for you and the birdboy’s head.

    PANEL FIVE

    CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING AND ROBIN LOOK DOWN AT THEIR CHESTS TO SEE THREE RED DOTS POINTED ON THEM.

    TWO-FACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    Give me the files! And place your hands on your head.

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    PANEL ONE

    MEDIUM SHOT. NIGHTWING AND ROBIN PLACE THEIR HANDS ON THEIR HEADS. NIGHTWING TOSSES TWO SMALL BALLS TO THE GROUND LIGHTLY.

    PANEL TWO

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. SMOKE SHOOTS OF OUT OF THE BALL CREATING A SMOKE SCREEN ON THE ROOF. TWO-FACE, BLACK MASK AND THE VENTRILIQUIST ARE BLINDED BY THE SMOKE. TWO FACE SHOUTS DOWN A WALKIE-TALKIE.

    TWO-FACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    KILL THEM! SNIPER’S FIRE!!

    SNIPER [VIA COMLINK]
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    We can see anything!! Smoke’s too thick!!

    PANEL THREE

    HIGH ANGLE MEDIUM LONG SHOT. THE ROOFTOP IS FILLED WITH SMOKE. DARK FIGURES CAN BE SEEN ESCAPING THE SMOKE. WE CAN’T SEE WHO THEY ARE FROM THE DISTANCE.

    TWO-FACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    GET THE FILES!! MAKE SURE THEY DON’T TAKE THEM!!

    PANEL FOUR

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. NIGHTWING EXPLODES OUT OF THE SMOKE TAKING TWO-FACE BY SURPRISE. BLAM! TWO-FACE FIRES HIS GUN.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#1
    I remember him from when I was a child. The day he nearly beat me to death. How he tricked me in causing the death of an innocent man?

    PANEL FIVE

    CLOSE UP. THE BULLET HITS NIGHTWING’S ARM. IT’S A FLESH WOUND. BLOOD SHOOTS OUT.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#2
    And again you get the drop on me. But, it’s just a flesh wound. It wouldn’t have stopped him.

    PANEL SIX

    MEDIUM SHOT. NIGHTWING SOMMERSAULTS TO THE GROUND NEXT TO TWO-FACE. HE LANDS INTO A DEFENSIVE STANCE. TWO-FACE HOLDS HIS GUN AT NIGHTWING.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#3
    Would it Bruce.

    (END OF PAGE 19)

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    PANEL ONE

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. NIGHTWING GRABS TWO-FACE’S HAND HOLDING THE GUN. HE HAS HIS BACK TO HIM. HE ELBOWS TWO-FACE IN THE FACE. BLAM! TWO-FACE FIRES THE GUN ACCIDENTLY.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#1
    And yet, I wonder if you’d have run into such an obvious trap.

    PANEL TWO

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. NIGHTWING GOES TO PUNCH TWO-FACE. TWO-FACE BLOCKS IT.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#2
    I should have known they would follow Montoya. But, I was too wrapped up in getting things back to normal. I forget the basic rules you taught me.

    PANEL THREE

    HIGH ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. TWO-FACE PUNCHES NIGHTWING IN THE FACE. BLOOD SPURTS OUT OF NIGHTWING’S NOSE.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#3
    And now everything is falling apart.

    PANEL FOUR

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING HEADBUTTS TWO FACE. HIS TEETH CLENCHED WITH ANGER AS BLOOD RUNS DOWN HIS MOUTH.

    PANEL FIVE

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM LONG SHOT. THE SMOKE CLEARS A LARGE POLICE CHOPPER FLIES DOWN CLOSE TO THE FIGHT SCENE. NIGHTWING HOLDS A LIMP TWO-FACE READY TO FINISH HIM OFF. ROBIN STANDS FIVE FEET AWAY, HIS CAPE BILLOWING FROM THE WIND COMING FROM THE PROPPELLERS OF CHOPPER.

    BLACK MASK AND THE VENTRILIQUIST LIE WOUNDED ON THE FLOOR. A GUN LIES ON THE GROUND NOT TOO CLOSE TO BLACK MASK. THE POLICE SHOUT THROUGH A MEGAPHONE. A SPOTLIGHT SHINES ON THE PEOPLE. MONTOYA’S BODY LIES DEAD ON THE GROUND.

    POLICE [VIA MEGAPHONE]
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    HALT!! YOU ARE ALL UNDER ARREST FOR THE MURDER OF COMMISSIONER MONTOYA!!

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#4
    They early. Before anyone can find the body. Someone must have called them.

    (END OF PAGE 20)

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    PANEL ONE

    CLOSE UP. BLACK MASK GRABS THE GUN FROM THE GROUND.

    PANEL TWO

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. BLACK MASK POINTS HIS GUN AT ROBIN. KA-BLAM!! HE FIRES THE GUN AT HIM. IT PEIRCES ROBIN SQUARE IN THE CHEST. ROBIN FALLS BACK. NIGHTWING LOOKS ON IN HORROR IN THE BACKGROUND.

    BLACK MASK
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Night Bird Boy!

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    NOOOOOO!!!!!!

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. TIM’S EYES ARE WIDE WITH SHOCK. THEY’RE LIKE GLASS. HE FALLS BACK SLOWLY.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#1
    Tim. My brother. Not again. First Jason. Then, Stephanie. How many of us have to die?

    PANEL FOUR

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. TWO-FACE SMACKS NIGHTWING ACROSS THE HEAD WITH HIS GUN KNOCKING HIM TO THE GROUND.

    TWO-FACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    You should always keep both eyes on me, boy!

    PANEL FIVE

    CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING LIES ON THE FLOOR DAZED. A BLOOD PATCH ON HIS HEAD DRIPPING DOWN HIS FOREHEAD.

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    (Weakly) Tim!

    PANEL SIX

    CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING LOOKS OVER AT ROBIN LYING LIFELESSLY ON THE GROUND NEXT TO MONTOYA.

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    (Weakly) Tim!

    PANEL SEVEN

    LOW ANGLE KNEE SHOT. TWO FACE LOOKS DOWN ON NIGHTWING. HIS GUN AIMED AT HIS WEAKENED BODY.

    TWO-FACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    Finally, I’ll get to finish what I started years ago. And this time the Bat won’t be able to save you. But...

    PANEL EIGHT

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. TWO-FACE TAKES OUT HIS TWO HEADED SILVER DOLLAR.

    TWO-FACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    ...The coin shall decide you fate.

    PANEL NINE

    CLOSE UP. TWO-FACE’S THUMB FLIPS THE COIN UP INTO THE AIR. IT SPINS IN MIDAIR.

    (END OF PAGE 21)

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    PANEL ONE

    CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING KICKS TWO-FACE’S LEGS AWAY.

    PANEL TWO

    CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING SCURRIES TO HIS FEET RUNNING AWAY AS TWO-FACE CRASHES TO THE FLOOR. THE COP INSIDE THE CHOPPER OPENS FIRE AT HIM. THE BULLET BOUNCE OFF THE FLOOR WITH SLAB! SLAB! SLAB!

    PANEL THREE

    EXTERIOR. EDGE OF BUILDING. MEDIUM LONG SHOT. A SNIPER SITS AT THE EDGE OF A BUILDING. TWO FACE SHOUTS DOWN THE WALKIE TALKIE AS IN THE DISTANCE A POLICE CHOPPER AND TWO SMALL FIGURES THAT ARE TWO-FACE AND BLACK MASK OPEN FIRE ON NIGHTWING RUNNING IN THE DISTANCE.

    TWO-FACE [VIA COMLINK]
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    OPEN FIRE!! SHOOT HIM!!

    PANEL FOUR

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. THE SNIPER AIMS HIS RIFLE DOWN ON THE SCENE. HE LOOKS DOWN THE SCOPE TO AIM FOR NIGHTWING.

    PANEL FIVE

    WE SEE THROUGH THE SCOPE OF THE RIFLE TO SEE NIGHTWING JUMPING OFF THE BUILDING.

    PANEL SIX

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. BLAM!! THE SNIPERS FIRES HIS SHOT HE HAS CAREFULLY AIMED.

    PANEL SEVEN

    MEDIUM SHOT. NIGHTWING JUMPS OFF THE BUILDING. BLOOD SPURTS AS THE SNIPER’S SHOT HITS HIM IN THE LEG. BLOOD SPURTS AS THE BULLET FLIES THROUGH HIS LEG.

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    PANEL ONE

    MEDIUM SHOT. NIGHTWING CRASHES TOWARDS THE GROUND. HIS LEG COVERED WITH BLOOD. HE FIRES A GRAPPLE GUN INTO THE AIR TO TRY AND CATCH SOMETHING.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#1
    I’ve been hit. I need to get to Headquarters.

    PANEL TWO

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. NIGHTWING SWINGS DOWN THROUGH THE AIR TOWARDS AN ALLEYWAY.

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING CRASHES INTO A PILE OF BIN BAGS.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#2
    I can’t get there out in open.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING LIFTS OPEN A SEWER GRID.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#3
    I’ll have to go through the sewers line.

    PANEL FIVE

    MEDIUM SHOT. NIGHTWING DROPS DOWN ITNO THE SEWER.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#4
    Tim. What will they do with him? How could I leave him?

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#5
    I had no choice. I had to leave him. Tim would have done the same. He would have understood.

    PANEL SIX

    CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING GROANS IN PAIN AS HE LANDS ON THE GROUND. HE HOLDS HIS LEG IN PAIN.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#6
    I have to keep going. I’m all that’s left.

    PANEL SEVEN

    MEDIUM SHOT. NIGHTWING GETS TO HIS FEET. HIS LEFT LEG DIPPING A BIT. SWEAT RUNS DOWN HIS HEAD AND HE CLENCHES HIS TEETH IN PAIN.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#7
    I’m the last man standing.

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    PANEL ONE

    MEDIUM CLOSE UP. INTERIOR. UNDERGROUND SUBWAY STATION. ORACLE SHOUTS DOWN HER COMLINK WORRIEDLY.

    ORACLE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    NIGHTWING! NIGHTWING DO YOU COPY? NIGHTWING! I’VE SENT ALFRED FOR YOU! ESTABLISH YOUR LOCATION!

    PANEL TWO

    MEDIUM SHOT. A DARK FIGURE STANDS IN THE SHADOWS NEAR THE ENTRANCE OF THE SUBWAY STATION.

    MAN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    I’m sorry. But, you’re line has been disconnected. HAHAHAHA!!!

    PANEL THREE

    CLLOSE UP. ORACLE TURNS AROUND HOLDING A BATARANG. A BULLET FLIES THROUGH IT SHATTERING.

    PANEL FOUR

    MEDIUM SHOT. ORACLE GROANS IN PAIN HOLDING HER WRIST IN PAIN. THE JOKER STEPS OUT OF THE SHADOWS SMILING FROM EAR TO EAR.

    ORACLE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    What do you want?!

    PANEL FIVE

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. JOKER GRABS ORACLE’S CHAIR SO THAT SHE’S LOOKING AT HIM.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Just to see an old friend. And to give her a present.

    PANEL SIX

    CLOSE UP. JOKER SMILES EVILY AT HER.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    Come on let’s go and meet daddy.

    PANEL SEVEN

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. ORACLE’S FIST ROCKETS AT JOKER KNOCKING HIM BACK.

    PANEL EIGHT.

    MEDIUM SHOT. JOKER WHIPS BLOOD FROM HIS MOUTH. HE SMILES MENACINGLY. ORACLE GLARES AT HIM IN THE BACKGROUND.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    A little fight in you. This should be fun.

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    PANEL ONE

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. NIGHTWING WALKS DOWN THE STEPS OF THE SUBWAY STATION. HE IS WEAK. SWEAT ROLLS DOWN HIS FACE. HIS LEG DIPS ABIT. HIS LEFT ARM IS RIPPED. HE’S BANDAGED HIS LEG WITH THE FABRIC. PATCHES OF BLOOD CAN BE SEEN ON HIS LEG.

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    (Weakly) Alfred! Alfred!

    PANEL TWO

    HIGH ANGLE MEDIUM LONG SHOT. NIGHTWING STOPS IN HIS TRACKS AS HE LOOKS ON AT THE NOW COMPLETELY VANDALISED SUBWAY STATION. THE COMPUTER SYSTEM IS SMOKING AND SPARKLING IN PEICES. THE WORDS “HAHAHA” ARE WRITTEN REPEATEDLY ON THE WALLS. ORACLE’S WHEELCHAIR LIES DISCARDED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ROOM.

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    My god! BARBARA!!

    PANEL THREE

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. NIGHTWING LOOKS DOWN TO SEE BARBARA’S BODY LYING ON THE FLOOR A MACABRE SMILE STRETCHED ACROSS HER FACE. A DARK FIGURE STANDS BEHIND HIM.

    NIGHTWING
    CAPTION BOX#1
    No! Not again!

    PANEL FOUR

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. THE JOKER SMILES BEHIND HIM SMILING MENACINGLY. A GUN POINTED AT NIGHTWING.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    You should be proud of her. She didn’t scream. She didn’t whimper. She wasn’t much fun at all.

    PANEL FIVE

    CLOSE UP. JOKER EXPLODES INTO LAUGHTER ENJOYING HIS SICK JOKE.

    PANEL SIX

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING PUNCHES JOKER TO THE GROUND.

    NIGHTWING
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    I’LL KILL YOU!! YOU BASTARD!!

    PANEL SEVEN

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. JOKER LAUGHS SHOOTING NIGHTWING IN THE KNEE.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    WRONG!!! HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!

    PANEL NINE

    CLOSE UP. NIGHTWING LOOKS UP BROKEN AND WEAK. JOKER’S LAUGHTER RINGING IN HIS EARS.

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    PANEL ONE

    A TELEVISION SCREEN SHOWS A DARK-HAIRED NEWSMAN SAT GIVING THE DAILY NEWS.

    NEWSMAN
    CAPTION BOX#1
    Today we sit on the brink of grief as we say goodbye to two Gotham Officials.

    PANEL TWO

    A PICTURE OF BOTH MONTOYA AND MAYOR WEST APPEAR BEHIND THE NEWSMAN.

    NEWSMAN
    CAPTION BOX#2
    Last night both Mayor Adam West and Commissioner Renee Montoya were both found dead last night. Mayor West was found electrocuted in his penthouse suite on top of Gotham Towers Apartments.

    PANEL THREE

    A PCITURE OF ROBIN APPEARS ON THE SCREEN.

    NEWSMAN
    CAPTION BOX#3
    Found at the scene of Commissioner Montoya’s murder was Tim Drake known to many to be the Dark Knight’s sidekick Robin. Also found on the Boy Wonder was a gun matching the bullet forensics found in Montoya.

    PANEL FOUR

    THE NEWSMAN RETURNS TO THE SCREEN.

    NEWSMAN
    CAPTION BOX#4
    Police have tied these murders together and have believed Montoya and the Boy Wonder shot each other. Captain Bullock refused to give any comment but, Deputy-Mayor Ward had thsi to say.

    PANEL FIVE

    A CHUBBY GREYING HAIRED MAN IN HIS LATE FIFTIES STANDS AT A PODIUM. HE LOOSK VERY DYNAMIC AND EARNEST.

    DEPUTY-MAYOR WARD
    CAPTION BOX#5
    These senseless acts can not be tolerated. Last night we lost two good soldiers for the course of justice. Both dedicated to serving the will of the people.

    PANEL SIX

    WARD LIFTS UP HIS THROWS HIS FIST IN THE AIR WITH PASSION AS HE RALLIES THE PEOPLE AROUND HIM.

    DEPUTY-MAYOR WARD
    CAPTION BOX#6
    As such I am ordering Captain Bullock to arrest all masked vigilantes so that thsi terrible incident never occurs again.

    PANEL SEVEN

    INTERIOR. PENGUIN’S PENTHOUSE OFFICE. MEDIUM SHOT. TWO-FACE LOOKS AT PENGUIN KNOWINGLY WHO LOOSK AT THE TV WITH INTEREST.

    TWO-FACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    They’ll go into hiding you know.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    No, I had Deathstroke search the area he followed Grayson to. He found Grayson and Oracle dead. The Joker killed them. Now all we need to do is finish him off.

    PANEL EIGHT

    CLOSE UP. TWO-FACE LOOKS AT THE PENGUIN.

    TWO-FACE
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    He’S a hard man to find.

    PENGUIN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Find him! And Kill him!

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    PANEL ONE

    EXTREME CLOSE UP. A LARGE BATSYMBOL CAN BE SEEN ON A BROAD CHEST.

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#1
    Life just isn’t the same. Not without you.

    PANEL TWO

    INTERIOR. BATCAVE. MEDIUM SHOT. THE JOKER LOOKS UP AT A BROKEN CABINET HOLDING A RIPPED AND BATTERED OLD BATSUIT.

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#2
    I’ve killed so many people since you’ve been gone. Every one of them smiled back at me. Every one of them laughed themselves to death.

    PANEL THREE

    MEDIUM LONG SHOT. JOKER WALKS ACROSS THE BATCAVE SHOWING IT AS COMPLETELY DESTROYED. THE GIANT DINOSAUR LIES ON THE FLOOR IN HALF. THE GIANT SILVER DOLLAR LIES ON TOP OF IT. RUBBLE IS SCATTERED ALL OVER THE PLACE. THE BATCOMPUTER SITS DESTROYED AND TORN APART ON TOP OF A BALCONY.

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#3
    But, now it’s just getting dull. Where’s the thrill?

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#4
    You were that thrill. Now you’re gone.

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#5
    You used to chase me through this playground. I remember the rush. The never-ending buzz I felt when I saw you jump from the buildings.

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#6
    You were so... Majestic.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. THE JOKER PICKS UP A RED BOOK SAT ON A LAB TABLE COVERED WITH BROKEN GLASS.

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#7
    All I have of you is your journal. Your life written in these pages. And how you came to be.

    PANEL FIVE

    CLOSE UP. THE JOKER LOOKS AT THE BOOK INSANELY AND EXCITEDLY.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    That’s it! I have it! I have the handbook on what makes the perfect Batman!

    EXTREME CLOSE UP. A SHADOW DESCENDS DOWN THE JOKER’S FACE AS HE LOOKS MEANINGLY.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    And nothing makes a Batman like a good murder! HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA!!!!

    To Be Continued....

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    BATMAN NUMBER#2
    PART TWO
    MAKING A BATMAN





    PAGE 1

    FULL PAGE PANEL

    EXTERIOR. MOUNTAIN RANGE. MEDIUM LONG SHOT. SNOW FALLS DOWN ON THE TOP OF THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS. THE HARSH WIND BLOWS THE FLAKES OF SNOW LEFT AND RIGHT. THE MOUNTAINS STRETCH FOR MILES. A LARGE MONOSTARY STANDS ON THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN.

    CAPTION BOX#1
    My love.

    CAPTION BOX#2
    It has been six years since we last saw each other.

    CAPTION BOX#3
    And yet I may never see you again.

    PAGE 2

    PANEL ONE

    INTERIOR. MONASTARY. ROOM. MEDIUM SHOT. IT’S DARK. THE ONLY SOURCE OF LIGHT IS COMING FROM OUTSIDE. A WOMAN SITS ALONE. THE WIND BLOWS HER HAIR. SHE STANDS BY THE WINDOW. HER ARMS ARE FOLDED AS SHE TRIES TO KEEP WARM.

    WOMAN
    CAPTION BOX#1
    The only time I shall feel your body.

    WOMAN
    CAPTION BOX#2
    And the warmth of your lips will be when I sleep in my bed.

    PANEL TWO

    CLOSE UP. TALIA AL GHUL LOOKS OUT OF HER WINDOW. HER EYES LOWERED WITH SORROW. A SINGLE TEAR DROPS DOWN HER CHEEK.

    TALIA
    CAPTION BOX#3
    And then I wake up. Knowing your fate. And how I may never see you again.

    PANEL THREE

    MEDIUM SHOT. TALIA TURNS AROUND ANGRILY. HER SORROW DISAPPEARING AS A MAN BARGES TRHOUGH THE DOOR. THE MAN IS WEARING A BLACK NINJA GI. HE IS ASIAN AND HAS A THIN MUSTACHE. HIS EYES ARE WIDE WITH TERROR. SWEAT DRIPS OF HIS FOREHEAD.

    MAN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Madam Talia!

    TALIA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    What is it?!

    MAN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    There’s an incident in the Throne room!

    (END OF PAGE 2)
     
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    PANEL ONE

    VERY-CLOSE UP. WE SEE A MAN WITH A LARGE GROTESQUE SMILE ON HIS FACE. HIS EYES ARE WIDE OPEN AND HIS SMILES STRETCHES FROM EAR TO EAR. FROZEN.

    PANEL TWO

    INTERIOR. MONASTARY. THRONE ROOM. EXTRA LONG SHOT. A SEA OF BODIES LIE ON THE FLOOR OF THE THRONE ROOM. THE MONASTARY IS BUILT MOSTLY OF WOOD. CANDLES ARE SCATTERED AROUND THE MONASTARY. ALL THE BODIES HAVE THE SAME GROTESQUE SMILE. TALIA AND THE MAN STAND ON TOP OF THE STAIRWELL LOOKING DOWN ON THE SCENE.

    TALIA
    DAILOGUE BALLOON#1
    My god!

    PANEL THREE

    MEDIUM SHOT. A MAN SITS ON A THRONE SAT THE END OF THE ROOM. HE IS MASKED IN THE SHADOWS. HIS LEGS ARE PROPPED UP AGAINST THE ARM OF THE THRONE. HIS PANTS ARE PURPLE THAT’S ALL WE CAN SEE OF HIM.

    MAN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    You know, you assassins sure are a miserable lot.

    PANEL TWO

    MEDIUM SHOT. TALIA AND THE MAN BOTH LOOK AT THE MAN ANGRILY. BOTH PRODUCING A SWORD.

    TALIA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    WHAT ARE YOU DOING HERE?!

    PANEL THREE

    MEDIUM SHOT. THE MAN SITS UPRIGHT. THOUGH HIS FACE IS STILL HIDDEN WITHIN THE SHADOWS.

    MAN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    I just want to have a talk with daddy. About a common enemy we once had.

    PANEL FOUR

    VERY CLOSE UP. TALIA’S EYES WIDEN WITH SHOCK.

    TALIA
    CAPTION BOX#1
    My love?

    PANEL FIVE

    MEDIUM SHOT. TALIA REGAINS HER COMPOSURE LOOKING AT THE MAN IN FRONT OF HER COLDLY. SHE ADDRESSES THE ASIAN MAN.

    TALIA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    Watch him! If he moves... kill him.

    PANEL SIX

    MEDIUM SHOT. THE ASIAN MAN STANDS TO ATTENTION LOOKING OVER AT THE THRONE AS TALIA WALKS OFF HER DRESS BILLOWING IN THE WIND.

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    PANEL ONE

    INTERIOR. LAZARUS PIT. LOW ANGLE EXTRA LONG SHOT. TALIA OPENS THE DOOR. SHE IS SILHOUETTED IN A BRIGHT LIGHT. SHE STANDS ON TOP OF A SPIRAL STAIRWELL.

    PANEL TWO

    HIGH ANGLE EXTRA LONG SHOT. A LARGE CIRULAR BATH FILLED WITH A GREEN SUBSTANCE SITS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STONE ROOM. ITS IS LIT WITH CANDLES AROUND THE ROOM. A MAN LIES IN THE SUBSTANCE.

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. RA’S AL GHUL LIES NAKED IN THE SUBSTANCE. HIS EYES ARE CLOSE AND HE IS COMPLETELY SUBMERGED IN THE SUBSTANCE.

    PANEL FOUR

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. TALIA LEANS OVER THE BATH LOOKING DOWN ON HER FATHER.

    TALIA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Father. We have a... guest.

    PANEL FIVE

    CLOSE UP. TALIA MOVES HER HAND TOWARDS HER FATHER.

    TALIA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    Father.

    PANEL SIX

    CLOSE UP. RA’S’ HAND BOLTS UP GRABBING HER HAND.

    (END OF PAGE 4)

    PAGE 5

    PANEL ONE

    MEDIUM SHOT. RA’S SITS UP FROM THE BATH KEEPING HOLD OF TALIA’S HAND. HE LOOKS ANNOYED.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Daughter.

    RA’S ALL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    What is so important that you had to wake me from reguvination period?!

    PANEL TWO

    MEDIUM SHOT. RA’S STANDS UP. TALIA LOOKS UP AT HIM WORRIEDLY.

    TALIA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    We have a guest that wishes to see you.

    PANEL THREE

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. RA’S DRIES HIMSELF WITH A TOWL.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Yes, I was wondering when he would show up.

    PANEL FOUR

    HIGH ANGLE CLOSE UP. TALIS LOOKS UP AT HER FATHER SHOCKED AS HE CLIMBS OUT OF THE BATH.

    TALIA
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    You knew he’d come here?!

    PANEL FIVE

    MEDIUM SHOT. TALIA LOOKS AT HER FATHER SHOCKED AS HE PUTS HIS CLOTHES BACK ON. HIS PANTS ARE ALREADY ON. HE IS PUTTING HIS SHIRT ON.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    It was only a matter of time.

    PANEL SIX

    LOW ANGLE LONG SHOT. RA’S WALKS UP THE STAIRS HIS DAUGHTER FOLLOWING UTTERLY TAKEN ABACK BY HIS FORESIGHT.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    Now let us see to our guest.

    (END OF PAGE 5)
     
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    PANEL ONE

    INTERIOR. THRONE ROOM. CLOSE UP. THE ASIAN MAN HANGS BOLTED AGAINST A PILLAR. A LONG SPEAR IMPALED IN HIS STOMACH. A FLAG HANGS AT THE END OF IT SAYING: “BANG!”

    PANEL TWO

    MEDIUM LONG SHOT. TALIA AND RA’S LOOK AT THE IMPALED MAN. TALIA LOOKS ANGRILY WHEREAS RA’S SEEMS UNINTERESTED.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    I’m surprised you even fired the gun.

    PANEL THREE

    MEDIUM SHOT. THE MAN SITS IN THE THRONE SPINNING A SMOKING GUN PLAYFULLY IN THE AIR. HE IS STILL HIDDEN IN THE SHADOWS.

    MAN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    Just testing his relfexes.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. JOKER LEANS OUT OF THE SHADOWS HIS FACE CREASED IN DARKNESS AND LIGHT. HIS MACABRE SMILE STRETCHES ACROSS HIS EYES AND HIS EYES GLOWER MNEACINGLY.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    He needs to improve on them. It could have been a lot worse.

    PANEL FIVE

    CLOSE UP. RA’S GLARES AT JOKER.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    So, how can I help you?

    (END OF PAGE 6)

    PANEL ONE

    MEDIUM SHOT. JOKER WALKS TOWARDS RA’S AND TALIA HIS HANDS BEHIND HIS BACK.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Well, Ra’s me and you both have the same agenda cause chaos to make the world... a much happier place. But, another thing we share is a common enemy.

    PANEL TWO

    CLOSE UP. RA’S LOOKS AT HIM KNOWINGLY.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    The detective yes. And I assume you want a replacement.

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. JOKER CLAPS EXCITEDLY SMILING GIDDILY.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    Oh, you can read me like a book!

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. RA’S GLARES AT JOKER.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    My answer is no.

    PANE SIX

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. JOKER WAVES HIS HANDS DEFENSIVELY AT RA’S.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    Wait! I’m not suggesting using your men as the replacement.

    PANEL SEVEN

    MEDIUM SHOT. JOKERS LEANS IN TOWARDS RA’S HIS HAND OVER HIS MOUTH SO NO ONE CAN HEAR.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    No offense Ra’s. But, your men just aren’t up for the job.


    PANEL EIGHT

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. JOKER PLACES HIS FINGER ON HIS HEAD SMUGLY.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    Nope, I already have the ingredients on making a Batman.

    (END OF PAGE 6)

    PAGE 7

    PANEL ONE

    CLOSE UP. RA’S LOOKS AT HIM INTRIGUED.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    You have someone in mind.

    PANEL TWO

    MEDIUM SHOT. RA’S WALKS OVER TO HIS THRONE AS JOKER WATCHES HIM. TALIA FOLLOWS.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    Yes, a boy. Six years old.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    Why this boy?

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    He’s cut from the same cloth as our pal Bruce. Only child. Loving parents. Parents are well off. Not as much as Wayne’s.

    PANEL THREE

    LOW ANLE MEDIUM SHOT. RA’S SITS IN HIS THRONE LOOKING AT JOKER CURIOUSLY.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    All very well. But, why should I help you?

    PANEL FOUR

    MEDIUM SHOT. JOKER LEANS FOWARD LOOKING RA’S DEEP IN THE EYES.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    Because the world needs a Batman.

    PANEL FIVE

    EXTREME CLOSE UP. THE JOKER’S EYEBROWS ARCH MAKING HIM LOOK MENACING AS HE LEERS AT RA’S.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    And you know that.... Don’t you.

    (END OF PAGE 7)

    PAGE 8

    PANEL ONE

    HIGH ANGLE CLOSE UP. JOKER LOOKS DOWN ON RA’S. RA’S LOOKS AT HIM KNOWINGLY. HE’S RIGHT.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    So, what does this boy have to do with me? Or the Detective?

    PANEL TWO

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. THE JOKER TURNS AWAY FROM RA’S. HE HOLDS HIS COLLAR OF TRENCH COAT WITH MOCK EARNESTNESS.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    Every Batman needs a mentor. You could be the man that trains a new age of Batmen. And this boy has all the halmarks of a Batman. He just needs a man to guide him on the right path.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    And that man should be me?

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Yes. Unless you’re not up to the job?

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. RA’S LOOKS AT THE JOKER PEEVED. HIS TEETH CLENCHED.

    RA’S AL GHUL
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    So, what do you plan to do? Kidnap him and have me train him?

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. JOKER SMILES SMUGLY.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    Like I told you I have the ingredients on how to make a Batman.

    (END OF PAGE 8)
     
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    PANEL ONE

    BIG CLOSE UP. JOKER SMILES MENACINGLY BEARING HIS TEETH AS HE EYES NARROW.

    JOKER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    And one of the main ingredients is: Tragedy.

    PANEL TWO

    EXTERIOR. CINEMA. LOW ANGLE KNEE SHOT. A FAMILY OF THREE STANDS OUTSIDE A CINEMA. THE BOY IS HAPPY. EXCITED. HE JUMPS AROUND REVVED UP FROM BLOCKBUSTER. THE SIGN SAYS: “THE LEGEND OF THE DARK KNIGHT”. HIS MOTHER AND FATHER STAND BEHIND AMUSED BY HIS EXCITEMENT. THE BOY IS ABOUT EIGHT. WE SEE IT IN BLACK AND WHITE TO INDICATE DREAM SEQUENCE.

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#1
    Imagine it a family walk out after seeing a rousing summer blockbuster. What a beautiful picture?

    PANEL THREE

    EXTERIOR. STREET. LONG SHOT. THE FAMILY WALK DOWN A DARKENED STREET. THE ONLY LIGHT IS COMING FROM THE LAMP POST NEXT TO THEM.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. THE BOY HOLDS A SMALL BATMAN ACTION FIGURE MAKING IT DO KICKS

    PANEL FIVE

    MEDIUM SHOT. THE FAMILY WALK DOWN THE STREET THE BOY CONTINUING TO FIGHT INVISIBLE ENEMIES. WE ONLY SEE THE BACK TO THEM.

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#2
    But unknown to them.

    PANEL SIX

    CLOSE UP. A MAN WALKS BEHIND THEM HE IS COMPLETELY HIDDEN IN THE SHADOWS. THE LIGHT OF THE LAMP POST SHINES AN OUTLINE OVER HIM.

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#3
    A Mysterious figure hides in the shadows.

    PANEL SEVEN

    CLOSE UP. A GUN IS RAISED. CLICK! THE GUN *****.

    (END OF PAGE 9)

    PAGE 10

    PANEL ONE

    CLOSE UP. THE BOY LOOKS CONFUSED AS HIS FATHER PLACES A PROTECTIVE ARM IN FRONT OF HIM.

    PANEL TWO

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. A MAN STANDS OVER THEM HIS FACE HIDDEN WITHIN THE SHADOWS OF THE NIGHT. HE AIMS A GUN AT THEM.

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#1
    The plan is simple. The killer jumps out on him.

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. THE MAN PULLS THE TRIGGER OF THE GUN.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. THE GUN EXPLODES AS THE MAN FIRES THE GUN. A BULLET FLYING OUT OF IT.

    PANEL FIVE

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. THE BOY’S FATHER GASPS IN SHOCK AS THE BULLET HITS HIM KILLING HIM. HE FALLS TO THE FLOOR.

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#2
    And kill his family.

    PANEL SIX

    CLOSE UP. WE SEE THE BACK OF THE MAN AS HE TURNS THE GUN ON THE BOY’S MOTHER.

    PANEL SEVEN

    CLOSE UP. THE MAN PULLS THE TRIGGER.

    PANEL EIGHT

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. THE BOY’S MOTHER FALLS TO THE GROUND. HER EYES WIDE WITH HORROR.

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#3
    The trauma will put him on the path to being Batman.

    PANEL NINE

    CLOSE UP. THE BOY LOOKS UP TERRIFIED.

    PANEL TEN

    CLOSE UP. THE BOY LETS GO OF THE BATMAN DOLL IN HIS HAND.

    CLOSE UP. THE BATMAN DOLL FALLS TO THE GROUND.

    PANEL ELEVEN

    CLOSE UP. THE BATMAN DOLL HITS THE GROUND. BOUNCING TO A HALT ON THE BLOOD FILLED GROUND.

    PANEL TWELVE

    HIGH ANGLE LONG SHOT. THE BOY STANDS OVER HIS PARENT’S BODIES LOOKING DOWN ON THE SHAKEN. THE STREET LAMP SHINES DOWN ON THEM.

    JOKER
    CAPTION BOX#4
    Doesn’t it make you wanna laugh?

    PANEL THIRTEEN

    INTERIOR. MONASTARY. THRONE ROOM. CLOSE UP. THE JOKER EXPLODES INTO A FRENZY OF LAUGHTER. HIS INSANE LAUGHTER RINGING AROUND THE ROOM.

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    PANEL ONE

    EXTERIOR. GOTHAM CITY. RRRRRMMMMMBBBLLLLLLLLLLLL. THUNDER RUMBLES OVER THE CITY. KKKKKKRRAKKKKK. LIGHTNING STRIKES THE CITY.

    PANEL TWO

    INTERIOR. BEDROOM. LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. TERRY COOPER BOLTS UPRIGHT FROM A TERRIBLE NIGHTMARE. THIRTEEN AND BROWN-HAIRED, HE SITS DRENCHED WITH SWEAT.

    PANEL THREE

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. TERRY RUNS ACROSS THE ROOM TO THE BATHROOM.

    PANEL FOUR

    INTERIOR. BATHROOM. LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. THE WATER SPURTS OUT OF THE FOSIT OF THE TAP.

    PANEL FIVE

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. TERRY THROWS THE WATRE IN HIS FACE CLOSING HIS EYES AS HE DOES SO.

    PANEL SIX

    MEDIUM SHOT. TERRY LOOKS INTO THE MIRROR. AN INTENSE LOOK ON HIS FACE. HE IS BOTH SCARED AND ANGRY.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#1
    Five years. Five years tomorrow.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#2
    That was day I lost my childhood.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#3
    The day a young Terry Cooper met the man in the shadows.

    (END OF PAGE 11)

    PAGE 12

    PANEL ONE

    EXTERIOR. APARTMENT BUILDING. ROOF. TERRY STANDS ALONE FULLY DRESSED IN BAGGY PANTS AND A RED T-SHIRT ON TOP OF THE APARTMENT BUILDING HE LIVES IN. HE LOOOS OUT INTO THE DISTANCE AS THE RAIN FALLS ON HIM DRENCHING HIM.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#4
    My father died that night.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#5
    My mother.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#6
    The doctors got there just in time. But, she’s as dead as my father. After five years and she hasn’t woken up.

    PANEL TWO

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. TERRY BOWS HIS HEAD. THE RAIN DRIPPING OFF OF THE TIPS OF HIS HAIR. HIS HAIR COVERS HIS EYES.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#7
    I’ve almost given up hope.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#8
    But, i can’t. Aunt Herriet wouldn’t allow me to think this way.

    PANEL THREE

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. TERRY LIFTS HIS HEAD. HE LOOKS OUT AT THE DISTANCE WITH CONVICTION. NOT ALLOWING HIMSELF TO THINK THIS WAY.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#9
    She’ll wake up. I know it.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. TERRY CLENCHES HIS FIST.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#10
    I wish I knew who he was. Where he was.

    PANEL FIVE

    CLOSE UP. TERRY LOOKS CONFLICTED.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#11
    And do what? Kill him?

    PANEL SIX

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. TERRY GLARES AT THE GROUND.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#12
    Yes.

    PANEL SEVEN

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. TERRY SHAKES HIS HEAD.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#13
    I don’t even know anymore.

    PANEL EIGHT

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. TERRY BOWS HIS HEAD CLOSING HIS EYES.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#14
    No, it would break Aunt Herriet’s heart. More so than it already has.

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    PANEL ONE

    INTERIOR. AUNT HERRIET’S ROOM. LONG SHOT. A THIN STREAK OF GOLD LIGHT SHINES ON AUNT HERRIET, A DUMPY WOMAN IN HER FORTIES WITH CURLY RED HAIR.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#1
    She’s alread lost her brother.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#2
    And her best friend and sister-in-law is lying in a hospital bed.

    PANEL TWO

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. TERRY LOOKS THROUGH THE CRACK OF THE DOOR AT HIS AUNT GUILTILY.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#3
    Imagine what it would do to her if her nephew became a murderer.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#4
    But, he deserves it.

    PANEL THREE

    INTERIOR. HALLWAY. CLOSE UP. TERRY BOWS HIS HEAD SOLEMNLY. HIS EYES LOWERED.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#5
    No. I can’t think that way.

    PANEL FOUR

    INTERIOR. HOSPITAL ROOM. BIG CLOSE UP. TERRY’S MOTHER LIES IN A HOSPITAL BED. SHE IS OLDER. A BREATHING APPARATUS IS OVER HER MOUTH. TERRY SITS BY THE BED WATCHING HER.

    AUNT HARRIET
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    She seems to be doing well.

    PANEL FIVE

    CLOSE UP. AUNT HARRIET BEAMS DOWN AT TERRY WARMLY TRYING TO BRIGT HIS SPIRITS.

    AUNT HARRIET
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    I wouldn’t be surprised if she woke up any day now. She’ll be so pleased to see her little man.

    PANEL SIX

    CLOSE UP. TERRY LOOKS OVER AND SMILES MEEKLY AT HER. UNCONVINCED.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#6
    I humour her. She says this everytime we visit. And everytime she never wakes up.

    PANEL SEVEN

    MEDIUM SHOT. A DOCTOR OPENS THE DOOR. AWKWARDLY BUT, PROFESSIONAL.

    DOCTOR
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    Ms Cooper? Can I have a word please?

    AUNT HARRIET
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Yes of course.

    (END OF PAGE 13)

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    PANEL ONE

    HIGH ANGLE EXTREME LONG SHOT. TERRY SITS ON HIS OWN WITH HIS COMATOSE MOTHER HE HOLDS HER HAND. THE DOCTOR AND AUNT HARRIET’S OUTLINE IS SEEN THROUGH THE WINDOW.

    TERRY
    CAPION BOX#1
    It’s getting harder. Harder to keep these feelings bottled up.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#2
    We deserve retrobution. You, me, dad and Aunt Harriet. That man needs to pay.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#3
    The police’ll never find him. They’re as useful as a paper bag. Whole city has gone to pot.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#4
    Yesterday, I saw a man being mugged. I wanted to help but, something stopped me.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#5
    Maybe, it was because I knew who he worked for.

    PANEL TWO

    CLOSE UP. TERRY LOWERS HIS EYES ASHAMED.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#6
    I’m a coward.

    PANEL THREE

    MEDIUM SHOT. TERRY LOOKS OVER AT THE DOOR CURIOUSLY AS HE HEARS HIS AUNT PLEAD WITH THE DOCTOR.

    AUNT HARRIET
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Isn’t there some other way?

    DOCTOR
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    She’s been comatose for five years, Ms Cooper. I think its time we start thinking a long the lines of putting her to rest.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. TERRY LOOKS SHOCKED AS HE HEARS THIS.

    DOCTOR
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    I’m sorry. But, she’s showing no signs of waking and your insurance isn’t paying your bills anymore.

    PANEL FIVE

    KNEE SHOT. TERRY STANDS UP HIS FISTS CLENCHED. HE LOOKS ANGRILY AT THE DOOR.

    AUNT HARRIET
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    Ok, I guess your right.

    PANEL SIX

    EXTERIOR. HOSPITAL HALWAY. MEDIUM SHOT. TERRY OPENS THE DOOR OUTRAGED. HIS AUNT LOOKS UPSET AND IN TEARS. THE DOCTOR LOOKS SHOCKED.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    What are you doing?!

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    How can you this?!

    DOCTOR
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    Son, please calm down.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#8
    All these years you’ve been saying she’ll wake up making me feel better! And all the time I played a long! Because I never thought you’d ever take her off! She’s my mother! Your sister! And you’re gonna give up on her like this!

    PANEL SEVEN

    LOW ANGLE LONG SHOT. TERRY STORMS OFF OUTRAGED FROM HIS DISTRAUGHT AUNT AND THE SHOCKED DOCTOR.

    AUNT HARRIET
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#9
    TERRY!

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#10
    **** YOU!

    PANEL EIGHT

    CLOSE UP. THE DOCTOR PLACES A SYMPATHETIC HAND ON AUNT HARRIETS SHOULDER. SHE BURRIES HER FACE IN HER HANDS SOBBING.

    DOCTOR
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#11
    Don’t worry, Miss. He’ll come around in time.

    PANEL NINE

    CLOSE UP. THE DOCTOR HUGS AUNT HARRIET COMFORTING HER IN HER HOUR OF NEED.

    DOCTOR
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#12
    He’s just hurting.

    PANEL TEN

    VERY CLOSE UP. THE DOCTOR LAYS HIS HEAD ON HER SHOULDER. HIS EYES GLOWER AND A LARGE EVIL SMILE CREEPS ACROSS HIS FACE. A FAMILIAR SMILE FROM A PSYCHO LONG THOUGHT DEAD.

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    PANEL ONE

    EXTERIOR. APARTMENT BUILDING. ROOFTOP. LONG SHOT. TERRY STANDS ON ROOF OF HIS APARTMENT BUILDING. HE LOOKS OUT ANGRILY AT THE WHOLE WORLD.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#1
    He’s taken everything from me. My mother. My father. My childhood.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#2
    With my mother he just prolonged the pain. Let her live for a while. Then, snuff her out.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#3
    I can’t feel anything anymore.

    PANEL TWO

    LOW ANGLE KNEE SHOT. TERRY LOOKS DOWN AT THE GROUND BELOW. HE CLENCHED HIS FIST ANGRILY.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#4
    All I feel is hate. Anger.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#5
    I want him dead. I want him to feel the pain I had to go through.

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. TERRY TAKES OUT A SMALL GUN FROM HIS POCKET.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#6
    All I have to do is find him. And I know who’ll know.

    PANEL FOUR

    EXTERIOR. CRIME ALLEY. LONG SHOT. ERIC SKEEVER AND HIS FAMILY WALK THROUGH CRIME ALLEY. A DARK FIGURE STANDS HIDDEN IN AN ALLEY BEHIND THEM.

    PANEL FIVE

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. TERRY POINTS HIS GUN AT THEM.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Eric Skeever.

    PANEL SIX

    CLOSE UP. SKEEVER TURNS AROUND WITH HIS FAMILY. THEY RECOIL AS THEY SEE THE GUN.

    PANEL SEVEN

    CLOSE UP. TERRY POINTS THE GUN SHAKILY AT SKEEVER.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    I want some answers.

    PANEL EIGHT

    CLOSE UP. SKEEVER SHRUGS HIM OFF.

    SKEEVER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    Get lost kid. It’s past your bedtime.

    (END OF PAGE 15)

    PAGE 16

    PANEL ONE

    LOW ANGLE-CLOSE UP. TERRY LOOKS AT SKEEVER FURIOUSLY.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    I want the name of the man who—

    PANEL TWO

    CLOSE UP. SKEEVER’S FIVE YEAR OLD BOY RUNS IN FRONT OF HIS FATHER TEARFULLY.

    SKEEVER BOY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    No! Daddy! No!!

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. TERRY LOOKS SHOCKED AT THE BOY REALISING WHT HE HAS BECOME.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. TERRY’S P.O.V. THE SKEEVER BOY LOOKS UP AT TERRY TEARFULLY.

    PANEL FIVE

    CLOSE UP. KILLER’S P.O.V. A YOUNG TERRY LOOKS UP AT HIS PARENTS’ KILLER TEARFULLY.

    PANEL SIX

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM CLOSE UP. TERRY LOOKS AT THE GUN SHOCKED AND DISGUSTED. TEARS WELL IN HIS EYES.

    PANEL EIGHT

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. TERRY LOOKS AT THEM TEARFULLY.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    I’m sorry.

    PANEL NINE

    LONG SHOT. TERRY RUNS AWAY FROM THE SKEEVERS THE GUN STILL IN HIS HAND. TEARS FLECK FROM HIS EYES.

    SKEEVER
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    OY!!

    (END OF PAGE 16)
     
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    PANEL ONE

    EXTERIOR. GOTHAM DOCKS. LONG SHOT. TERRY STANDS AT THE EDGE OF THE DOCKS LOOKING OUT TEARFULLY AT THE HORIZON.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#1
    I’m a coward.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#2
    Like him. How could I point a gun at that man?

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#3
    Funny, Eric Skeever is a mob boss that controls most of Crime Alley. He kills, he cheats, he extorts innocent people. And yet I feel guilty for pointing a gun at that man.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#4
    That look his boy gave me. It reminded me of myself. Of that night.

    PANEL TWO

    TIGHT CLOSE UP. TERRY BOWS HIS HEAD.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#5
    I’m a coward.

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. TERRY’S P.O.V. HE LOOKS AT THE GUN IN HIS HAND. TWIRLING IT IN HIS FINGERS.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#6
    My father would be ashamed of me.

    PANEL FOUR

    MEDIUM SHOT. TERRY THROWS THE GUN INTO GOTHAM RIVER ANGRILY.

    PANEL FIVE

    EXTRA LONG SHOT. THE GUN SPLASHES INTO THE RIVER. TERRY IS MEARELY A DOT IN THE DISTANCE.

    (END OF PAGE 17)

    PAGE 18

    PANEL ONE

    MEDIUM CLOSE UP. TERRY LOOKS OUT INTO THE DISTANCE BREATHING HEAVILY.

    VOICE [O.S]
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Are you so desperate to find your parents’ killer that you become him yourself?

    PANEL TWO

    MEDIUM SHOT. TERRY TURNS AROUND TO SEE A SHORT MAN WITH GREY-HAIR AND A MUSTACHE STOOD BEHIND HIM.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    Who are you?

    MAN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    My name is Henri Ducard. I speak for a man named Rem Oris, a man greatly feared in the criminal fraternity. A man who can offer you a path.

    PANEL THREE

    CLOSE UP. TERRY LOOKS AT DUCARD SUSPICIOUSLY.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    What makes you think I need a path?

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. DUCARDS MOVES TOWARDS TERRY.

    DUCARD
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    Because I too have had that one day that shatters your entire life. And I know what it is life to loose yourself in the madness. But, you can’t let it control you.

    PANEL FIVE

    MEDIUM SHOT. DUCARD STOPS IN FRONT OF TERRY.

    DUCARD
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    If you come with me. I can offer you a path. The path of a man who shares his hatred of evil.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    What makes you think I hate evil?

    DUCARD
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#8
    Because evil destroyed you family. With one split second it detroyed you life.

    PANEL SIX

    BIG CLOSE UP. DUCARDS HOLDS OUT HIS HAND.

    DUCARD
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#9
    Let me show you something.

    (END OF PAGE 18)
     
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    PANEL ONE

    EXTERIOR. ALLEYWAY. LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. TWO MUGGER BEAT UP A MAN WHO LIES ON THE FLOOR BLEEDING. WE SEE DUCARD AND TERRY STOOD ON THE ROOFTOP.

    MAN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Please... someone!!

    PANEL TWO

    EXTERIOR. ROOFTOP. HIGH ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. DUCARD AND TERRY LOOKS DOWN ON THE SCENE.

    DUCARD
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    Do you feel it? The anger? The rage? Bubbling inside. You want to help him. But, you can’t.

    PANEL THREE

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. TERRY CLENCHES HIS FIST AS LOOK DOWN ON THE SCENE. DUCARD LOOKS AT HIM.

    DUCARD
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    But, with my help. I can put you on the path of righteousness. I can help you stop the evil that killed your parents.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#4
    What do I have to do?

    DUCARD
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#5
    A cargo ship is going to France in 2 days. Stowaway on it. Someone will be waiting for you. He will take you to your future.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. TERRY SHAKES HIS HEAD.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#6
    I can’t.... my aunt... school... I have too many responsiblities...

    PANEL FIVE

    CLOSE UP. DUCARD LOOKS UNINTERESTED.

    DUCARD
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#7
    The finest education will be at your disposal. We shall send your Aunt a letter offering you a scholarship.

    PANEL SIX

    CLOSE UP. TERRY LOOKS AT DUCARD COMING TO HIS SENSES.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#8
    Wait! I don’t even know you! Why should I trust you?

    DUCARD
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#9
    Because I am giving you something you have always wanted. A pathway. You have become lost since your father’s death. And now you mother is dead. You have become truly lost. I can help you find your way back.

    PANEL SEVEN

    HIGH ANGLE-MEDIUM SHOT. DUCARD WALKS TO WARDS THE ROOF DOOR TERRY WATCHING HIM AS HE GOES.

    DUCARD
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#10
    I know how you feel. Walkng the streets seeing evil in every turn and feeling helpless to do anything. When you are bored watching helplessly and pointing guns at families meet me at the docks and you will finally find what you’ve been yearning for.

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    PANEL ONE

    CLOSE UP. TERRY LOOKS AT DUCARD.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    Which is?

    PANEL TWO

    MEDIUM CLOSE UP. DUCARD LOOKS BACK AT TERRY.

    DUCARD
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    Purpose.

    PANEL THREE

    INTERIOR. TERRY’S BEDROOM. HIGH ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. TERRY SITS ON HIS BED LOOKING DOWN AT A SMALL TOY IN HIS HAND. HE IS CONFLICTED. IT’S DARK. THE ONLY SOURCE OF LIGHT IS COMING FROM OMENIC MOON OUTSIDE.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#1
    What do I do?

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#2
    Some strange comes to me and offers to help me. Wanting me to go abroad. Leave my family what’s with that.

    PANEL FOUR

    CLOSE UP. TERRY HOLDS A BATMAN ACTION FIGURE IN HIS HANDS. ITS DENTED ON THE HEAD.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#3
    What would you do?

    PANEL FIVE

    LOW ANGLE CLOSE UP. TERRY PLACES A HAND ON HIS HEAD. EXASPERATED.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#4
    Jesus! I’m talking to a doll. What’s wrong with me?

    PANEL SIX

    LOW ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. TERRY WALKS TO THE DOOR.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#5
    I need some air.

    (END OF PAGE 20)

    PAGE 21

    PANEL ONE

    EXTERIOR. ROOFTOP. LOW ANGLE LONG SHOT. TERRY STANDS ON THE ROOF HIS EYES CLOSED. THE WIND BLOWING AGAINST HIS CLOTHES.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#1
    I can hear them. The sirens. The never ending sirens. Like a lullaby they put me to sleep. I’m used to them.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#2
    I hear them every night. I know what they are. People hurt. Killed. Crime is echoing through the city.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#3
    Tonight I could have been one of them. And that guy is right. I do watch. I do see. And inside...

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#4
    I want to help. But, I’m too scared. I’m too weak. Inside, I’m more. Inside I want to stand up and stop it.

    PANEL TWO

    INTERIOR. CINEMA. LOW ANGLE LONG SHOT. PEOPLE SIT IN THE DARKENED WATCHING THE FILM. A WOMAN CAN BE SEEN ON THE SCREEN.

    WOMAN
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    You could die. At least tell me your name.

    PANEL THREE

    HIGH ANGLE CLOSE UP. TERRY, AGED 8 WATCHES THE FILM IN AWE. A VOICE ECHOES THROUGH THE ROOM FROM THE SCREEN.

    VOICE [O.S]
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    It’s not who I am underneath... But, what I do that defines me.

    PANEL FOUR

    PRESENT DAY. CLOSE UP. TERRY STANDS ON THE ROOFTOP LOOKING OUT ON GOTHAM. HE’S MADE HIS DECISION.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#5
    He’s right. I can’t hide. I can’t look away. I have to fight. I have to stop injustice. I have to help save Gotham.

    (END OF PAGE 21)
     
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    PANEL ONE

    EXTERIOR. STREET. HIGH ANGLE EXTRA LONG SHOT. A CAB SITS OUTSIDE TERRY’S APARTMENT BUILDING. TERRY STANDS WITH HIS AUNT HARRIET.

    TERRY
    CAPTIN BOX#1
    The letter came just like he said. I agreed. I’m leaving to god know where. All I know is: I have to.

    PANEL TWO

    MEDIUM SHOT. AUNT HARRIET HUGS TERRY NOT WANTING TO LET GO.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#2
    Aunt Harriet is coping. She has to. She has to stay strong. For me more than herself. Its taking every ounce of me not to say I’m staying.

    PANEL THREE

    MEDIUM SHOT. AUNT HARRIET LOOKS AT TERRY PROUDLY.

    AUNT HARRIET
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    They’d be so proud of you. Landing that scholarship. At high profile school no doubt.

    AUNT HARRIET
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    I won’t take her off life support. I’ve told the doctors. I’ll find some way to pay for the bills. I won’t do anything you don’t want me to do.

    PANEL FOUR

    HIGH ANGLE MEDIUM SHOT. TERRY LOOKS UP AT HIS AUNT NODDING.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    Thank you. I’ll send you some money once I get settled.

    PANEL FIVE

    MEDIUM SHOT. TERRY WAVES GOODBYE AS HE GETS INTO THE TAXI.

    (END OF PAGE 22)

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    EXTRA LONG SHOT. A LARGE CARGO SHIP SITS PARKED AT THE DOCK. THE TAXI DRIVES AWAY. TERRY STANDS WITH HIS BAG LOOKING AT HIS TRANSPORT.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#1
    I don’t know if I’ll have time to get a job for money.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#2
    She’s done so much for me. I have to try.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#3
    Money will help her a little. But, what I can do once I’m done. Then, I’ll pay her back. I’ll make it safe again.

    (END OF PAGE 23)

    PAGE 24

    PANEL ONE

    MEDIUM SHOT. DUCARD STANDS IN FRONT OF TERRY.

    DUCARD
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#1
    I knew you’d come. You best get on board before they go. One of my associates will be waiting for you. You will know who he is. He’ll only reveal himself to you.

    TERRY
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#2
    Thanks.

    TERRY
    CAPTION BOX#1
    I’m not sure what this guy’s game is but, I need his help. So, I have to trust him. I have no choice but to.

    PANEL TWO

    CLOSE UP. DUCARD WALKS AWAY AS TERRY WALKS TOWARDS THE SHIP.

    DUCARD
    DIALOGUE BALLOON#3
    Good luck.

    PANEL THREE

    LONG SHOT. DUCARD WALKS AROUND THE CORNER OF A CRATE.

    (END OF PAGE 24)
     

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