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Synopsis: The Dark Knight is a 2008 superhero film directed, co-produced, and co-written by Christopher Nolan. Featuring the DC Comics character Batman, the film is the second part of Nolan's The Dark Knight Trilogy and a sequel to 2005's Batman Begins, starring an ensemble cast including Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Heath Ledger, Gary Oldman, Aaron Eckhart, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Morgan Freeman. In the film, Bruce Wayne/Batman (Bale), James Gordon (Oldman) and Harvey Dent (Eckhart) form an alliance to dismantle organized crime in Gotham City, but are menaced by a criminal mastermind known as the Joker (Ledger) who seeks to undermine Batman's influence and create chaos.

BURNING. Massive flames. A dark shape emerges- The BAT

SYMBOL. Growing. Filling the screen with BLACKNESS.

CUT TO:

DAYLIGHT. Moving over the towers of downtown Gotham...

Closing in on an office building... On a large window...

Which SHATTERS to reveal-

1 INT. OFFICE, HIGH RISE -- DAY 1

A man in a CLOWN MASK holding a SMOKING SILENCED PISTOL ejects

a shell casing. This is DOPEY. He turns to a second man,

HAPPY, also in clown mask, who steps forward with a CABLE

LAUNCHER, aims at a lower roof across the street and FIRES a

cable across. Dopey secures the line to an I-beam line-

CLAMP on- sends a KIT BAG out then steps OUT the window...

2 EXT. HIGH-RISE -- DAY 2

...into space. The men SLIDE across the DIZZYING DROP...

landing on the lower roof across the street.

3 EXT. DOWNTOWN GOTHAM -- DAY 3

A MAN on the corner, back to us, holding a CLOWN MASK. An

SUV pulls up. The man gets in, puts on his mask. Inside

the car- two other men wearing CLOWN MASKS.

GRUMPY:

Three of a kind. Let's do this.

One of the Clowns looks up from loading his automatic weapon.

CHUCKLES:

That's it? Three guys?

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2.

GRUMPY:

There's two on the roof. Every guy

is an extra share. Five shares is

plenty.

CHUCKLES:

Six shares. Don't forget the guy

who planned the job.

GRUMPY:

Yeah? He thinks he can sit it out

and still take a slice, then I get

why they call him the Joker.

Grumpy cocks his weapon. Bozo pulls the car over in front

of the GOTHAM FIRST NATIONAL BANK.

4 EXT. ROOFTOP, BANK -- CONTINUOUS 4

Dopey PRIES open an access panel-

HAPPY:

Why do they call him the Joker?

DOPEY:

I heard he wears make-up.

HAPPY:

Make-up?

Dopey pulls out thick bundles of blue CAT 5 cables.

DOPEY:

Yeah. To scare people. War paint.

5 EXT. BANK -- CONTINUOUS 5

Grumpy, Chuckles and Bozo get out of the car and march into

the bank CARRYING ASSAULT RIFLES--

6 INT. BANK -- DAY 6

The Security Guard looks up- Grumpy FIRES into the ceiling.

Customers SCREAM. Chuckles CRACKS the Security Guard.

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Jonathan Nolan

Jonathan "Jonah" Nolan (born 1976) is a British-American screenwriter, television producer, director and author. He is the creator of the crime drama series Person of Interest. He has co-written several screenplays with his elder brother, filmmaker Christopher Nolan, including The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises, and Interstellar, and his short story "Memento Mori" was the basis for Memento. more…

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