Batman script
Batman (1989)
Synopsis: Batman is a 1989 American superhero film directed by Tim Burton and produced by Jon Peters, based on the DC Comics character of the same name. It is the first installment of Warner Bros.' initial Batman film series. The film stars Michael Keaton as Bruce Wayne/Batman, alongside Jack Nicholson, Kim Basinger, Robert Wuhl, Pat Hingle, Billy Dee Williams, Michael Gough, and Jack Palance. In the film, Batman is widely believed to be an urban legend until he actively goes to war with a rising criminal mastermind known as "the Joker".

FADE IN:

EXT. CITYSCAPE - NIGHT

The place is Gotham City. The time, 1987 -- once removed.

The city of Tomorrow: stark angles, creeping shadows,

dense, crowded, airless, a random tangle of steel and

concrete, self-generating, almost subterranean in its

aspect... as if hell had erupted through the sidewalks and

kept on growing. A dangling fat moon shines overhead, ready

to burst.

EXT. CATHEDRAL - NIGHT

Amid the chrome and glass sits a dark and ornate Gothic

anomaly:
old City Cathedral, once grand, now abandoned --

long since boarded up and scheduled for demolition.

On the rooftop far above us, STONE GARGOYLES gaze down from

their shadowy, windswept perches, keeping monstrous watch

over the distant streets below, sightless guardians of the

Gotham night.

One of them is moving.

EXT. GOTHAM SQUARE - NIGHT

The pulsing heart of downtown Gotham, a neon nightmare of

big-city corruption, almost surreal in its oppressiveness.

Hookers wave to drug dealers. Street hustlers slap high-

fives with three-card monte dealers. They all seem to know

each other... with one conspicuous exception:

A TOURIST FAMILY, Mom, Dad, and little Jimmy, staring

straight ahead as they march in perfect lockstep down the

main drag. They've just come out of a bit show two blocks

over; the respectable theatre crowd has thinned out, and

now -- Playbills in hand -- they find themselves adrift in

the predatory traffic of Gotham's meanest street.

MOM:

For God's sake, Harold, can we

please just get a taxi??

DAD:

I'm trying to get a --

(shouting)

TAXI!!

Three cabs streak pass and disappear. MOM grimaces in

frustration as LITTLE JIMMY consults a subway map.

JIMMY:

We're going the wrong way.

Nearby, STREET TYPES are beginning to snicker. DAD surveys

them nervously, gestures toward the subway map.

DAD:

Put that away. We'll look like

tourists.

TWO COPS lean on their patrol car outside an all-night

souvlaki stand, sipping coffee and chatting with a HOOKER.

The HOOKER smiles at JIMMY. JIMMY smiles back. MOM yanks

him off down the street and glowers at DAD.

DAD (cont.)

We'll never get a cab here. Let's

cut over to Seventh.

JIMMY:

Seventh is that way.

DAD:

I know where we are!

EXT. SIDE STREET - THAT MOMENT - NIGHT

A deserted access street, sidewalks lined with the husks of

stripped-down cars. MOM, DAD, and JIMMY take a deep breath

and march down the darkened street. A VOICE startles them.

VOICE:

Hey, mister. Gimme a dollar?

The VOICE belongs to a DERELICT -- nineteen or twenty,

acne-scarred -- who sits between two garbage cans, his palm

uplifted. His ratty t-shirt reads: 'I LOVE GOTHAM CITY.'

MOM, DAD, and JIMMY pause for the merest of seconds, then

move on -- pretending not to hear.

DERELICT:

Mister. How about it. One dollar?

(standing up)

One dollar, man. Are you deaf?

Are you deaf? -- Do you speak

English??

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Sam Hamm

Sam Hamm (born November 19, 1955) is an American screenwriter. Hamm is perhaps best known for writing the screenplay for Tim Burton's Batman and Batman Returns. As a result of his work, he was invited to write for Detective Comics. The result was Batman: Blind Justice, which introduced Bruce Wayne's mentor, Henri Ducard, who later appeared in Batman Begins. Hamm's other screen credits include Never Cry Wolf and Monkeybone. He also wrote unused drafts for Planet of the Apes and Watchmen adaptations. more…

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