Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1

Synopsis: Batman has not been seen for ten years. A new breed of criminal ravages Gotham City, forcing 55-year-old Bruce Wayne back into the cape and cowl. But, does he still have what it takes to fight crime in a new era?
Director(s): Jay Oliva
Production: WARNER BROTHERS PICTURES
  5 nominations.
 
IMDB:
8.0
Rotten Tomatoes:
100%
PG-13
Year:
2012
76 min
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[ENGlNES REVVlNG]

[TlRES SCREECHlNG]

WOMAN:
Bruce. You're pushing the car

too hard. It's not meant to take it.

I'll coax it.

That's it,

I'm engaging computer override.

[BEEPlNG]

Don't think it's working.

You son of a b*tch,

are you trying to kill yourself?

Hmm.

[BEEPlNG]

[ALL GASPING]

BILL [OVER TV]:
Spectacular finish

to the Neumann elimination.

Looked like a flaming coffin

for billionaire Bruce Wayne for sure.

Turns out Wayne bailed

at the last second...

...suffering only minor burns.

Hideous slaying of a group of nuns

last night...

...the latest in the brutal crime spree

attributed to the Mutant gang.

Crime is at a record high,

the city has gone to hell...

...and no one seems to be

doing anything about it.

Death threats have once again

been leveled by the Mutants...

...against soon-to-retire,

...who had this to say in response:

I've got one more month at this job,

and I'd love to spend it nailing the Mutants.

If they want to take me on, I'm delighted.

Come and get me.

Nearly coinciding

with Gordon's retirement...

...tonight also marks the 1 0th anniversary

of the last sighting of the Batman.

Most of our younger viewers

now think of him as a myth...

...many others still debate

whether his one-man war on crime...

...was right or wrong...

...but this reporter hopes that wherever he is,

he's enjoying a toast with good friends.

To 1 0 years and my finally joining you.

[PlANO MUSlC PLAYING]

That was some stunt

you pulled at the racetrack.

Keeps the blood flowing.

So long as most of it stays inside you.

Worried about me?

Let's just say I'm glad

you survived Batman's retirement...

...and I was hoping you'd keep

it that way.

[OVERTV] Some officials have speculated

that Gordon's departure...

...may help de-escalate violence...

...from the Mutants, as the mysterious

Mutant Leader has repeatedly singled out...

...the commissioner as a target.

You're not worried about me, are you?

No more than I am the rest of the city.

People have given up, Jim.

They're hiding, turning a blind eye.

These are scary times. And the Mutants,

they're not like the usual street crooks.

A mugger, he's after a wallet.

It makes sense.

These kids, it's just random violence.

-There's no humanity in them at all.

-Sounds like someone l used to deal with.

Thank God he's keeping quiet.

Remember how you had us all going

back then?

You with that ginger ale of yours,

pretending it was champagne.

Made up for lost time on that since.

-Makes it easier.

-Makes what easier?

-Staying retired.

-Things are different now, Bruce.

The government, the public,

they wouldn't stand for you anymore.

-Talk to Dick lately?

-You know l haven't.

Shame you didn't keep up with him.

Could've been a shoulder to lean on,

after what happened with Jason.

Let's call it a night, Jim.

MAN:

The day ofjudgment is coming, brother.

[TECHNO MUSIC PLAYING OVER SPEAKERS]

One

Two

One, two, three, four

Come on, baby

Come alive

[GRUNTS]

MUTANT:

Aces. He sees us.

Don't go all billy. Go around, behind him.

Slice and dice.

Show him we nasty.

I don't know man, spud's awful big.

And look at him.

-Come on.

-Jeez, man, spud's into it.

-So, what? Slice and dice.

-Come on.

No.

Can't do it when they into it.

Blow this, let's go to the arcade.

[SlGHS]

[CHlLD LAUGHING]

THOMAS:

Wow, look at him go.

MARTHA:
What are you gonna do

when you catch him, Bruce?

[YOUNG BRUCE LAUGHlNG]

[YOUNG BRUCE SCREAMlNG]

[YOUNG BRUCE WHIMPERING]

[GRUNTS]

[THUD]

ALFRED:
Master Bruce.

You set off the alarm, sir.

This somnambulism

is becoming a problem...

...especially for those of us

with a penchant for sleeping at night.

Sir?

BRUCE:

Just remembering a promise, Alfred.

ALFRED:
Which was?

BRUCE:
Never again.

Sorry I woke you.

When did you shave?

MAN [OVER TV]:
Still feeling this

record heat wave in Gotham...

...temperatures reaching

into the upper 90s, friends.

But rains should come in soon

and cut all this heat.

[MUTTERlNG]

Hah!

ORDERLY:

Think he cares about the weather?

I don't think this one's cared about anything

for a long time.

Guess crazy has its moments.

Guy doesn't even sweat. Look at him.

You look at him. He makes me sick.

[DOOR OPENS]

WOLPER:

Don't be nervous, Harvey.

Doctor Willing and l have done outstanding

work on you, inside and out.

Doctor Wolper, I have to agree.

WOLPER:
Psychologically, I'm confident you're

ready to face the world and say, "Hey, l'm okay."

And you look great too.

Harvey Dent, meet Harvey Dent.

Ah. Looks like the patient

needs a little convincing.

Been a long time

since both sides matched.

-It's some of my finest work ever, Harvey.

HARVEY:
Both sides match.

WOLPER:

You look completely normal.

-I don't know what to say.

-Say thank you.

I can't express enough gratitude

to my plastic surgeon, Dr. Herbert Willing...

...and my psychiatrist,

Dr. Bartholomew Wolper.

I don't expect the people

of Gotham City...

...to forgive my crimes overnight...

...I only ask that they give me

a second chance.

MAN 1 :

Harvey. How do you feel?

MAN 2:

Why should we think this time is different?

MAN 3:
Are you nervous about starting over?

MAN 4:
ls Two-Face gone for good?

[REPORTERS CLAMORlNG]

[CAMERAS CLlCKlNG]

Those were Harvey Dent's last words

before he disappeared.

The one-time district attorney,

later known as Two-Face...

...immediately evaded supervision

upon his release earlier today...

...from the Arkham Home.

Husband and wife found murdered

in their sleep this morning.

Wayne, who sponsored Dent's rehabilitation,

had this to say just days before Dent's release:

As a city, we have to give Harvey every chance

to return to society.

We must believe we can all defeat

our own private demons.

LOLA:
After today's developments,

Wayne was unavailable for comment.

TED:
Murder rates on the city's

subways have reached an all-time high.

Kidnapping and murdering

young children...

...a line even the Mutants

hadn't crossed until now.

Despite the family paying the ransom,

the Mutants still took the boy's life.

This marks a chilling escalation...

...from a group many are already calling

the worst criminals Gotham City...

...has seen since the Joker.

[UPBEAT MUSlC PLAYS OVER TV]

NARRATOR:
Tonight's presentation of

Tyrone Power in The Mark of Zorro--

[CHUCKLES]

[GRUNTS]

[CHUCKLES]

[GRUNTS]

Take that. Yah!

--can only assume Two-Face

will return to his criminal ways.

TED:

Four killed in a senseless attack--

BILL:
--the assault and mutilation and terror

that poor little boy must have felt.

Storm coming in,

like the wrath of God about to hit Gotham.

[GRUNTS]

[THUNDER CRASHING]

BATMAN:
You try to hold me back,

but you're weak.

[PANTlNG]

You know it in your soul.

You're nothing but a hollow shell.

[GUNSHOT]

A rusty trap.

The time has come.

[BAT SCREECHES]

[RAIN PATTERlNG]

[THUNDER CRASHING]

[GRUNTS]

MAN:

Come in here where it's warm, Mommy.

No. Please.

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Robert Kane, known professionally as Bob Kane (born Robert Kahn ; October 24, 1915 – November 3, 1998), was an American comic book writer and artist who co-created, with Bill Finger, the DC Comics character Batman. He was inducted into the comic book industry's Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1994 and into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1996. more…

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