The Dark Knight Rises
written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan, from a story by David S. Goyer and Christopher Nolan, from characters created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. Chuck Dixon, Doug Moench, and Graham Nolan created Bane. Dennis O'Neil and Bob Brown created Talia al Ghul.
Blake: But we've met before. It was a long time ago. I was a kid. Uh, St. Swithin's. It used to be funded by the Wayne Foundation. It's an orphanage. My mom died when I was small. It was a car accident, I don't really remember it. But my dad got shot a couple years later over a gambling debt... and I remember that one just fine. Not a lot of people know what it feels like, do they? To be angry... in your bones. I mean, they understand. Foster parents. Everybody understands... for a while. And then they want the angry little kid to do something he knows he can't do. Move on. So after a while, they stop understanding. They send the angry kid to a boys' home. I figured it out too late. You gotta learn to hide the anger. Practice smiling in a mirror. It's like putting on a mask.
So you showed up this one day, in a cool car. Pretty girl on your arm. We were so excited. Bruce Wayne, billionaire orphan. I mean, we used to make up stories about you, man. Legends. And, you know, with the other kids, that's all it was, just stories, but.... Right when I saw you, I knew who you really were. I'd seen that look on your face before. It's the same one I taught myself. I don't know why you took the fall for Dent's murder... ...but I'm still a believer in the Batman... even if you're not.
Bruce Wayne: Why did you say that your boys' home used to be funded by the Wayne Foundation?
Blake: Because the money stopped. Might be time to get some fresh air. Start paying attention to the details.
Bane: Identify yourself to the world.
Dr. Pavel (Alon Moni Aboutboul): 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, good doctor!
[Bane snaps Dr. Pavel's neck. The crowd screams in terror.]
Bane: 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.
Bruce Wayne: 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 is a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth: Hope. Every man who has rotted 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 seawater from uncontrollable thirst... many have died trying. l learned here 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 that they can survive... so that you can watch them clambering over each other to stay in the sun. You can watch me torture an entire city. And then 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: I broke you. How have you come back?
Batman: You think your the only who could learn 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: But he is not the child of Ra's al Ghul. [She stabs Batman in the side with a knife.] I am. And though I'm not ordinary, I am a citizen.
[She holds up the trigger to the nuclear bomb.]
Batman: Miranda? Why?
Miranda: Talia. My mother named me Talia before she was killed. The way I would have been killed if not for my protector ... Bane. Goodbye. I climbed out of the pit. I found my father and brought him back to exact terrible vengeance, but by that time, the prisoners and doctor had done their work on my friend. My protector. The League took us in. Trained us. But my father could not accept Bane. He saw only a monster. His very existence was a reminder of the hell he'd left his wife to die in. He excommunicated Bane from the League of Shadows. His only crime was that he loved me. l could not forgive my father. Until you murdered him.
Batman: He was trying to kill millions of innocent people.
Miranda: Innocent is a strong word to throw around Gotham, Bruce. I honor my father by finishing his work. Vengeance against the man who killed him is simply a reward for my patience. You see ... it's the slow knife ... the knife that takes its time. The knife ... that waits years without forgetting ... then slips quietly between the bones. That's the knife ... that cuts deepest.
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