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[Bane wrecks the CIA plane and grabs Dr Pavel
: Calm down, Doctor! Now's not the time for fear. That comes later.
: [to three prisoners
] The flight plan I just filed with the agency lists me, my men, Dr. Pavel here but only one of you! First one to talk gets to stay on my aircraft!
[grabs a hood
] CIA Agent
: Who paid you to grab Dr. Pavel?
[No answer, the agent fires his gun away from the prisoner's head
] CIA Agent
: He didn't fly so good!
[pulls the hood back into the plane
] CIA Agent
: Who wants to try next?
[grabs another prisoner
] CIA Agent
: Tell me about Bane! Why does he wear the mask? A lot of loyalty, for a hired gun! Bane
: Or perhaps he's wondering why someone would shoot a man, before throwing him out of a plane? CIA Agent
: At least you can talk. Who are you? Bane
: It doesn't matter who we are, what matters is our plan.
[the Agent removes the hood
: No one cared who I was until I put on the mask. CIA Agent
: If I pull that off, would you die? Bane
: It would be extremely painful. CIA Agent
: You're a big guy! Bane
: For you. CIA Agent
: Was getting caught part of your plan? Bane
: Of course... Dr. Pavel refused our offer in favor of yours, we had to find out what he told you. Dr. Pavel
: Nothing! I said nothing! CIA Agent
: Well, congratulations! You got yourself caught! Now what's the next step in your master plan? Bane
: Crashing this plane... with no survivors!
: I'll die before I talk. Bane
: I'm on your schedule, captain.
[Bane crushes Jones' windpipe
: Speak of the devil and he shall appear.
: I had no choice. I needed a way to keep them from killing me. Batman
: You just made a serious mistake. Bane
: Not as serious as yours, I fear... Batman
: Bane Bane
: Let us not stand on ceremony, Mr. Wayne.
[Catwoman appears shocked
: Theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated... but we are initiated, aren't we Bruce? Members of the League of Shadows!
[Lifts Batman by the neck
: And you betrayed us! Batman
: You were excommunicated... by a gang of psychopaths!
[Bane viciously beats Batman and throws him to the ground
: I AM the League of Shadows, and I'm here to fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny! Bane
: You fight like a younger man, with nothing held back. Admirable but mistaken.
[Batman uses an EMP device to cut the lights
: Oh, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!
[grabs Batman from the shadows and continues to beat him
: The shadows betray you, because they belong to me!
[repeatedly punches Batman in the face, breaking his cowl
: I will show you where I have made my home while preparing to bring justice. Then I will break you.
[hits detonator, blowing a hole into the bottom of Wayne Enterprise
: Your precious armory, gratefully accepted! We will need it.
[Batman desperately stands and swings at Bane
: Ah, yes... I was wondering what would break first...
[lifts Batman high
: Your spirit, or your body?
[slams him on his knee
: [Listening to the national anthem before the Gotham football game
] What a lovely, lovely voice.
[Song ends and football game begins
: Let the games begin!
[hits detonator and bombs go off across Gotham
: [to Batman
] Peace has cost you your strength! Victory has defeated you!
Hooded Man #2
: Have we started the fire? Bane
: Yes. The fire rises.
: Why are you here? Sewer Thug #1
: [to Gordon
] Answer him! Bane
: [to thug
] I was asking you.
: We both know that I now have to kill you. You'll just have to imagine the fire!
: So, you came back to die with your city. Batman
: No. I came back to stop you.
: Why didn't you just... kill me? Bane
: You don't fear death... You welcome it. Your punishment must be more severe. Bruce Wayne
: Torture? Bane
: Yes. But not of your body... Of your soul. Bruce Wayne
: Where am I? Bane
: Home, where I learned the truth about despair, as will you. There's a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth... Hope. Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy... So simple... And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clamoring over each other to "stay in the sun." You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny... We will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die
[Bane's men announce their entry into the stock exchange, as the food delivery man shoots down a trader, while the shoeshiner and janitor fire their guns into the trading screen. As the screens shut off, Bane comes in and walks over to one trader
] Trader #1
: This is a stock exchange! There's no money you can steal! Bane
: Really? Then why are you people here?
[Bane drags the trader by his tie across the floor to a computer terminal, slams his head against the table, and uses his security card to log-in and start the application on the shoeshiner's laptop
: We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you... the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please. Start by storming Blackgate, and freeing the oppressed! Step forward those who would serve. For and army will be raised. The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests, and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened. Spoils will be enjoyed. Blood will be shed. The police will survive, as they learn to serve true justice. This great city... it will endure. Gotham will survive!
: What. The hell. Is going on? Bane
: Our plan is proceeding as expected. John Daggett
: Oh really? Do *I* look like I'm running Wayne Enterprises right now? Your hit, on the stock exchange, it didn't work, my friend! And now you have my construction crews going around the city at 24 hours a day! How exactly is that supposed to help my company absorb Wayne's? Bane
: [to Stryver
] Leave us! John Daggett
: No! You stay here, I'm in charge! Bane
: [puts his hand on Daggett's shoulder
] Do you *feel* in charge?
] John Daggett
: I paid you a small fortune. Bane
: And this gives you *power* over me? John Daggett
: What is this? Bane
: Your money and infrastructure have been important... 'til now! John Daggett
: What are you? Bane
: I'm Gotham's reckoning. Here to end the borrowed time you've all been living on! John Daggett
: You're pure evil! Bane
: I'm *necessary* evil!
[breaks Daggett's neck; Stryver flinches
[Fox and Miranda come off the elevator at Wayne Enterprises, heading for a board meeting
] Lucius Fox
: I still don't see the need for a board meeting for the energy project. Miranda Tate
: Bruce got a lot of things right. Keeping the board in the dark wasn't one of them.
[They enter the boardroom, and find Bane and several of his henchmen standing at the head of the table, holding the board members hostage with assault rifles. Bane turns to the newcomers
: How good of you to join us, Chair, President. All I need now is one more one ordinary member. Mr. Fox, would you like to nominate?
[Fox starts to speak, but Fredericks interrupts and stands
: No. I will volunteer. Lucius Fox
: Where are you taking us?
[Bane doesn't reply and he starts walking off
[after imploding the football field, Bane and his mercenaries appear, and Bane picks up a microphone off one of the coaches
: Gotham, take control! Take control of your city. This... this is the instrument of your liberation!
[His mercenaries bring Dr. Pavel forward and make him kneel in front of Bane
: Identify yourself to the world.
[holds microphone in front of Dr. Pavel, as if he is conducting a news interview
] Dr. Pavel
: Dr. Leonid Pavel, nuclear physicist. Bane
: And what... what is this? Dr. Pavel
: It's a... fully primed neutron bomb, with a blast radius of six miles. Bane
: And who is capable of disarming such a device? Dr. Pavel
: Only me. Bane
: Only you. Thank you, doctor.
[snaps Dr. Pavel's neck. The crowd screams in terror
: Now, this bomb is armed! This bomb is mobile! And the identity of the triggerman is a mystery. For one of you holds the detonator! And we came here not as conquerors, but as liberators to return control of this city to the people. And at the first sign of interference from the outside world, or for those people attempting to flee, this anonymous Gothamite - this unsung hero - will trigger the bomb. For now, martial law is in effect. Return to your homes, hold your families close, and wait. Tomorrow you claim what is rightfully yours.
[Bane drops the mike, turns, and leaves the playing field
: I broke you. How have you come back? Batman
: You think you're the only one who can find the strength to escape? Where's the trigger? Bane
: But I never escaped. Batman
: But the child... the child of Ra's al Ghul made the climb. Miranda Tate
: [from behind Batman
] But he's not the child of Ra's al Ghul
[She stabs Batman with a knife. He reels in pain and shock
] Miranda Tate
: I am. And though I'm not ordinary, I am a citizen.
[She reveals the trigger
] Miranda... why? Miranda Tate
: Talia. My mother named me Talia before she was killed, the way I would've been killed if not for my protector: Bane.
: [addressing media reporters outside the prison
] Behind you is a symbol of oppression. Blackgate Prison, where a thousand men have languished under the name of this man,
[holds up a picture of Harvey Dent
: Harvey Dent, who has been held up to you as the shining example of justice! John Blake
: [to Gordon, at Blake's apartment
] Commissioner, we need to keep you moving until we can get you in front of a camera. Bane
: You have been supplied with a false idol to stop you from tearing down this CORRUPT CITY! Let me tell you the truth about Harvey Dent from the words of Gotham's police commissioner, James Gordon.
[holds up Gordon's speech papers and begins to read
: "The Batman didn't murder Harvey Dent, he saved my boy then took the blame for Harvey's appalling crimes so that I could, to my shame, build a lie around this fallen idol. I praised the mad man who tried to murder my own child but I can no longer live with my lie. It is time to trust the people of Gotham with the truth and it is time for me to resign."
[calls to prisoners
: And do you accept this man's resignation? Do you accept the resignation of all these liars? Of all the CORRUPT?
[prisoners roar with approval
] John Blake
: Those men locked up for eight years in Blackgate, and denied parole under the Dent Act, based on a lie? Jim Gordon
: Gotham needed a hero... John Blake
: It needs it now more than ever. You betrayed everything you stood for. Jim Gordon
: There's a point, far out there when the structures fail you, and the rules aren't weapons anymore, they're... shackles letting the bad guy get ahead. One day... you may face such a moment of crisis. And in that moment, I hope you have a friend like I did, to plunge their hands into the filth so that you can keep yours clean! John Blake
] Your hands look plenty filthy to me, Commissioner.
: Hang them where the world can see.
Sewer Thug #1
: [Sewer thugs have captured Jim Gordon, who is barely conscious
] It's the police commissioner. Bane
: And you brought him down here? Sewer Thug #1
: We didn't know what to do. Bane
: You panicked, and your weakness has cost the lives of three others. Sewer Thug #1
: No he's alone...
[Bane grabs the thug and crush his throat, he drops dead to the ground
: [to the second thug
] Search him, then I will kill you.
[Jim Gordon throws himself over the balcony into the running sewer water, the thugs shoot at him
] Sewer Thug #2
: He's dead. Bane
: So show me his body. Sewer Thug #2
: The water runs to any one of the outflows. We'll never find him. Bane
: [Bane puts a GPS in the thugs pocket
] Follow him! Sewer Thug #2
: Follow him?
[Bane shoots the sewer thug
: This is a stock exchange. There's no money you can steal. Bane
: Really? Then why are you people here?
: I've long waited for this moment. With your death, I will find peace.
: Move it along, big boy. Bane
: No. He's coming for you now. And when he gets here, I'm going to kill him. So YOU wait. The Joker
: Well, this should be interesting.
: [after defeating Bane, who has suffered brain-damage due to the TN-1
] I must find... the Bat Man. I... must find the Bat Man. Batman
: Good luck with that.
: So either you kill Bane... Batman
: No. I won't kill him. Bane
: But you will. You will fight me with all your resolve, or you will die. Someone IS going to die. You, me, or the clown. The question of whichever one of us it is... is in your hands.
: [in the Batwing
] Alfred? Alfred? Bane
: I am in your house, Bruce. Batman
: Bane. Bane
: Come home, say your goodbyes. When you've had time to turn grief into anger, then you will be ready to face me. I have left enough life in him for some final words, IF you hurry. Batman
: When we fought before, I broke the bat. Today, I break the man.
: Hello, Bruce. Sorry I couldn't be there for this, but I have a rather large check to pick up. Payment for dealing with you. Oh, you were concerned about where I put your parents. Don't be. They're very close. Rest in peace.
: Wait. A further toast. I've been trying to kill Batman for 10 years. Well, this time, I did better than kill him, I humiliated him. Metallo
: Here, here. Mirror Master
: Each of us finally got the better of our opposite numbers and it's all thanks to the genius of one man. Vandal Savage. Metallo
: Yes, he's the man. Bane
: Ha, ha, to the man. Metallo
: His check's clear. Bane
: I love my money.
: Our business is completed. You are, of course, free to go. Ma'alefa'ak
: You hinted at a larger scheme and said there would be a place for us in it should we so choose. Vandal Savage
: I did. And the offer remains open to you all. But I fear you lack the vision to go along with me. The next stage of my plans might be considered genocidal. Metallo
: What are you gonna do, destroy the world? Vandal Savage
: Nothing so crude. Half. Two-thirds at the most.
] Vandal Savage
: It's not a joke. It's the next step in a plan to transform the planet in a manner that will render your $100-million payday both trivial and meaningless. Bane
: What possible profit could be in destroying the world? Vandal Savage
: The first thing you have to understand is that I am old. Older than the human race. Ma'alefa'ak
: I know that you believe this to be true. Vandal Savage
: It is true.
: Eighty-thousand years ago, I was living in what is now the island of Sumatra. One night, the sky lit up with streaks of fire. Meteors. But my primitive mind thought the stars were falling from the sky. One meteor fell to Earth in my valley. My compatriots ran, but it was very cold and the glowing stone was warm. I slept there bathed in the meteor's strange radiations. And when I awoke the next morning, I was forever changed. The radiation mutated me, evolving me. I was instantly aware of my increased intelligence. It was only with the passage of time that I discovered the rest of my gift. So far as I know, I cannot die. Cheetah
: Is that a fact? Vandal Savage
: Go ahead. Mirror Master
: [Cheetah slashes Vandal's throat
] Why'd you do that? Cheetah
: Don't you realize what he's planned? In his new world our money doesn't matter. Vandal Savage
: You are correct. Money won't matter. It's trivial in the long run.
] Vandal Savage
: Let me tell you about the long run. I've lived thousands of lives. I've been a laborer, a scientist, a priest, an artist, a healer, thief. Ma'alefa'ak
: But most often a conqueror. Cheetah
: I'm still not seeing how this makes up for my money. Vandal Savage
: Seventy-five-thousand years ago, a disaster nearly rendered humanity extinct. I enslaved the survivors and ruled with an iron hand. In a few generations, my people were well under way to repopulating the Earth and becoming the planet's dominant species. I was happy then. Cheetah
: You're taking the world over out of nostalgia? Vandal Savage
: I'm taking over because humanity is prideful and belligerent and once again needs my guiding hand. But before I take over, I intend to soften them up. Ma'alefa'ak
: By destroying half the world. Vandal Savage
: Those who survive will happily follow a leader who offers food, comfort and order. Bane
: That could work. Ma'alefa'ak
: It will work. Vandal Savage
: To you, my warlords, I offer dominion over as much of what remains of the planet as each of you can hold, second only to me. Interested? Cheetah
: You haven't left us much choice. Bane
: Heh, how do you propose to kill that many people? Even without the Justice League, they will fight. Vandal Savage
: They'll lose.
: You can't believe how I've looked forward to this.
[swings Batman around by his cape, flinging him against the wall
: Though I was hoping for more of a fight. But what can I expect from a killer of children?
: [Wiping blood from his jaw
] You would fight to the death? Batman
: It makes no difference now.
Commissioner James Gordon
: There's no place to run, Wayne. Bane
: Good, I want to finish him slowly.
[Gordon shoots a warning shot near Bane's feet
] Commissioner James Gordon
: I want him alive! Alive, to rot away in Arkham. Surrounded by the monsters he's created. Bane
: Poetic, but no.
[lunges at Gordon and swats the gun away
] Commissioner James Gordon
: We had a deal! Bane
: Thought about it. Didn't work for me.
[Knocks Gordon over the edge, leaving him dangling for life
: Please, give your dear Barbara a kiss from me.
: Time to die! Batman
: You first.
: You are beaten! Beg for mercy! SCREAM MY NAME! Batman
[as Batman trips Bane's Venom-inducer, causing an overload into his brain
: You can't do this to me! I am invincible! I AM BANE!
[the phone rings in a strange apartment, and Batman picks up
: You are lucky, Batman. Were I a common sniper, you would never have reached the phone.
: I will break you, Batman, then the bruja! Batman
: No, Bane, this time I break YOU.
: I will fold you like paper!
: You know nothing of strength!
: Is it Bane or "Ba"ne? Bane
: Do not mock me!
: By combining our talents, we will rule Gotham City. Anyone we wish to imprison, you, Riddler, will entrap. Any from whom we require allegiance, you, Hatter, will control. And any that stand in our way, I will break! The Riddler
: I've always wanted to team muscle with my mind, and any chance to test my new puzzles, of course. Bane
: [to Mad Hatter
] And you, my friend. Are you in? The Mad Hatter
: Tweedle-Bane, and Tweedle-Brain? If it's all the same, I'll play your game.
[Robin and Superman, disguised as Batman, burst in on Bane, Riddler, and Mad Hatter
: Sorry to bust in, but we couldn't WAIT to spoil your fun! Bane
: On the contrary. I feared you were gone forever, Batman. And that would have meant I'd never feel your spine crumble in my hands.
[activates Venom injection gauntlet, increasing his muscle mass and strength
: [Entire conversation in Spanish
] You give me back my greatest weapon? What's the catch? L-1
: No catch. It would hardly be a test of his champion's prowess if you were not at your best. Bane
: You want my best?
[Activates the Venom feed
: You got it!
: [Robin has disappeared
] Has that little fool already been captured? Aqualad
: No. He just does that. Kid Flash
: Stay put. I'll get our intel and be back before Boy Wonder.
: Wait. Kid!
: Theater and deception we are. It is a powerful drug for the novice that is not blues. But what we will start? Shadow of League Members! Batman
: This ship is going down in less than a minute, Bane. Bane
: That's all the time I need.