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He sits up and does not recognize his surroundings. He turns his head to see Alfred standing in the doorway wearing dress pants and a collared shirt. Alfred: “I thought I heard you stirring.” Brue antalgically makes his way to the edge of the bed. His body painted with bruises from his previous encounter. Wayne: “Nice shirt.” Alfred: “Miss Gordon allowed me to borrow several of the Commissioner’s outfits.” Wayne: “Barbara?” Barbara appears in the doorway alongside Alfred. Barbara: “You can thank me later.” Wayne: “What happened?” Barbara moves from the doorway closer to Bruce. Barbara: “Apparently your enemies decided trying to kill you in your house was easier than on rooftops.” Wayne: “The League of Shadows, Talia.” Barbara: “Whoever they are nearly got you and Alfred last night.” Wayne: “So I guess the secret’s out with you.” Barbara: “I already knew. It became obvious to me after Batman was considered dead my dad took a strong interest in the whereabouts of Bruce Wayne. Your secret is safe with us.” Wayne: “You used the emissions meter.” Barbara: “Guilty” Wayne: “How did you know to come?” Barbara: “Call it a hunch. I overheard your conversation with Ra’s al Ghul and Bane the other night. I was at Ace Chemicals when you crashed through the containment facility. Followed you
back. I didn’t know how bad you were hurt and then they came. I had to act.” Wayne: “Thank you.” Bruce stands from the bed pushing up with his elbow. He does not grimace in pain and it able to flex and extend it. Barbara: “You can thank me later for that too.” Wayne: “How did you do it?” Barbara tosses a medicine vial to Bruce. Barbara: “It’s an analgesic steroid used on race horses. Takes the pain away for hours at a time. Just re-administer every six hours and you’re good to go.” Bruce stands and begins examining his battered suit lying on the floor. Barbara: “So what’s next?” Wayne: “Regroup, did they burn the house?” Alfred: “Just the cave. The house was spared.” Wayne: “Avoiding unnecessary attention.” Barbara: “Are you finally gonna let me tag along? It’s obvious you need my help.” Wayne: “What gave you that impression?” Bruce picks up his cowl which breaks into several pieces. Barbara: “If your solo act is just a way for you to die for something then that’s all it will be. Another dead man wearing a mask, but if you really want to beat this then let me help you.” Bruce pauses for a moment looking out the bedroom window at Gotham’s skyline. Wayne: “Alfred it has been quite some time since we visited Cana Bay Island.” Alfred smiles: “Particularly the North Ridge.”
EXT: HIGHWAY-DAY A car travels down through the busy traffic. INT: CAR (CONTINUOUS) Bruce and Barbara share the back seat. Wayne: “Wayne Enterprise renovated the island eight years ago. During the project I had a replica of the cave built into the North Ridge of the mountain, for scenarios like this.” Alfred from the driver’s seat: “I still say it could have been a lovely vacation home.” EXT: BRIDGE (CONTINUOUS) Their car continues onto a bridge hanging over water, leading to the island. EXT: CANA BAY ISLAND (CONTINUOUS) The beautiful island sports luxurious landscaping. Waves gently crash the beach as young and old couples enjoy the view. Runners pace along the sidewalk’s edge breathing in the clean air. The car follows along the winding road then takes a side road toward the man made mountain. EXT: MOUNTAINSIDE (CONTINUOUS) Their car peels off the road, into brush, out of sight. They come to a stop and Alfred puts the car in park. INT: CAR (CONTINUOUS) Barbara looks all around to see nothing but over grown trees and shrubs. Barbara: “You know I’m all for this go green movement but this might be a little extreme don’t ya think?” Wayne smiles: “Just sit tight.” The car shakes startling Barbara. She looks out the window to see the camouflage platform slowly lower the car into a dark abyss.
INT: ABYSS (CONTINUOUS) As the car clears the ground area a panel slides over the open area. Lights cut on, lighting up the room, displaying the architecture of Batcave. INT: CAR (CONTINUOUS) Barbara gazes down as the platforms below begin assembling. Barbara: “That’s a little more like it Mr. Wayne.” INT: BATCAVE (CONTINUOUS) The platform reaches the floor and the car settles. The three exit gazing upon the massive cave. Directly ahead of them a catwalk leads to the main computer console. Separate platforms rise revealing the Batpod, Tumbler, and Batwing. They make their way over the catwalk to the main console. Bruce manipulates several controls and the computer comes to life. A computerized voice announces “Commencing system setup”. Wayne: “It’ll take several hours for the entire network come online.” Barbara: “So what do we do in the mean time?” Bruce sits down in the computer chair leaning back propping up his feet. Wayne: “Sit back and enjoy the quiet.” Alfred: “I’ll start a pot of tea Master Wayne. Miss. Gordon, can I offer you the same?” Barbara: “We’re not seriously going to sit around here drinking tea while Cobblepot and Bane wreck Gotham?” Bruce still showing no panic: “It’s organic cinnamon black.” Barbara rolls her eyes but realizes there’s no point in fighting it. Barbara: “Yeah sure”
EXT: WAREHOUSE ALLEY-NIGHT A black SUV pulls into the alley. Several armed men meet the car as it breaks. One of the henchmen opens to the rear passenger door and out steps Cobblepot smoking a cigar. The henchmen escort Gotham’s mayor inside.
INT: WAREHOUSE (CONTINUOUS) Inside the building appears to have been abandoned for some time. Moon light creeps onto its’ floor through large pain windows laced with cracks. Bane stands at a shadows edge. Cobblepot: “Where is he?” Bane looks over his shoulder nodding. From the darkness the sound of a faint grown of a weakened man being drug into the light by two henchmen. They toss him into a lighted area and is revealed to be beaten and battered Grange. He looks up at Cobblepot shielding his eyes. Cobblepot: “Daniel, how has the world been treating you?” Grange slowly gets to his hands and feet. Grange: “Why don’t you go ahead and kill me like the savage you are Oswald.” Cobblepot: “You may now address me as Mayor and don’t wish your life away my friend. Sometimes you get what you wish for.” Grange: “Mayor?” Cobblepot: “Oh you didn’t hear? I guess a month without seeing so much as the light of day has its effects.” Grange: “How did you sucker Gotham’s people into that?” Cobblepot: “Oh it was not I. I simply explained what my intentions for the city were. It was you that brought them to the light and encouraged their votes to sway in my favor.” Grange’s face fills with disbelief and anger. Grange: “What did you do?”
Cobblepot: “You should have seen them. They trusted you. They hung on every word believing you were the heartbeat of this city. All the way to the point when you publicly removed yourself from the ballot to fully endorse me.” Grange jumps to his feet rushing at Cobblepot. Grange: “Trader! You will pay for this!” Before Grange can take action a henchman lands a punch to his gut followed by face putting him back on the floor. Cobblepot is unfazed by the out lash. Cobblepot: “I can see the confinement has yet to take your resentment.” Grange wipes the blood from his nose. Grange: “When this is over resentment is the only thing you’ll have left. How did you do it, body double? Dress up one of your pawns?” Cobblepot smiles: “Not exactly” From the shadows emerges a man looking exactly like Grange wearing a business suit. Cobblepot: “What I love about this city is things are never as they appear.” Grange’s twin smiles has his body transforms into an exact replica of Jim Gordon and then Cobblepot. Twin Cobblepot: “It’s all a matter of prospective.” Grange’s face feels with fear and uncertainty. Grange: “What are you?” Twin Cobblepot transforms into Bruce Wayne. From behind Grange, Cobblepot puts a gun to his back and whispers in his ear. Cobblepot: “What you could never be.” BANG the gun goes off. INT: GORDON’S OFFICE
Gordon sits at his desk looking over documents. Several coffee cups, a crinkled up food wrapper, and strained eyes paint the picture of an overwhelmed man. He here’s a knock at his door. Gordon looks up and through his glasses sees Captain Sawyer standing at his door. Gordon: “Come in Captain.” Sawyer enters and closes the door behind her. Sawyer: “Some day.” Gordon closes the folder leaning back in his seat. Gordon: “Take a seat.” Sawyer does so. Sawyer: “If it’s any consolation everyone at MCU flooded Cobblepot’s office with calls about starting a Christmas pension program.” Gordon has a light chuckle. Gordon: “He’d probably rather deal with annoying Commissioners all day instead of that.” Sawyer: “They took the phone off the hook by lunch.” Gordon shifts in his chair. Gordon: “What’s your question Captain? I don’t believe you came here just to update me on your phone records.” Sawyer’s face shifts from a light hearted smile to a serious tone. Sawyer: “It’s not so much a question. A couple of weeks ago I applied for a position with Metropolis PD. It was just to see what was out there. I never thought I would get the job.” Gordon: “You don’t have to explain Maggie. Better to get out now before things get worse. Henderson has Metropolis going in a good direction.” Sawyer stands from her chair: “It was an honor serving under you Sir. Keep your head up. The people here believe in you.”
Gordon stands from his chair walking toward her. Gordon: “Right now people don’t know what to believe in.” Gordon embraces Sawyer with a hug. Gordon: “It was a pleasure working with you Captain. Good luck.” INT: BATCAVE AT CANA BAY ISLAND Bruce sits at a metal table using tools to manipulate a alternate wrist cuff. Barbara sits at another table inspecting a Batarang. Barbara: “They’re a lot lighter than I thought they’d be.” Bruce concentrating on this work cracks a smile. Wayne: “It’s the best way to make sure they get where I need them to.” Barbara inspects the Batarang a moment longer and then launches it across the room stabbing a wall. This quickly takes Bruce’s attention from his work looking at the half Batarang sticking out of the wall. Wayne: “Not bad.” Barbara notices the wrist cuff. Barbara: “What’s that?” Wayne: “Something that will hopefully even out my next encounter with Bane.” Bruce places the silver cuff onto his wrist. Wayne: “Several years back Wayne Enterprise funded a developmental prototype project with a prosthesis company out of Beijing. They were using Trimetric expansion technology. The idea was to provide amputees with a compact brace, like this, that would expand in space forming the full prosthesis. In the end the project faded out so I bought the patens and modified it for more generalized use.” Bruce manipulates the brace, the cuff powers up, and quickly blocks of metal flow from the brace forming around the entire
hand. Barbara’s eyes widen at the spectacle. Bruce opens and closes his fist moving the fingers. Wayne: “Light weight alloy with the punch of a sledge hammer. Brass knuckles for the hand.” Barbara: “Not many things in this world a billion dollars can’t buy.” Bruce manipulates the cuff and the iron fist retracts. Wayne: “There are a few things.” Bruce removes the cuff placing it on the table. Barbara: “If I don’t get the chance I want to say thank you.” Wayne: “For what?” Barbara: “Being there for my father all these years.” Wayne: “Your father is a great commissioner and even greater man. Gotham is lucky to have him.” Barbara: “You’ve taken a lot of heat off his back.” Wayne: “I’ve put a lot of heat on his back.” Barbara: “I remember when I was a little girl I would lie awake at night scared that he might not come home. That something bad would happen. But then I would always remember the Batman was out there and would keep him safe. Even now I still sleep better knowing we have you on our side.” Bruce looks at Barbara for a moment with appreciative eyes fiddling with a small tool in his hands. Wayne: “Don’t thank me yet Barbara. Wait until when the only thing Gotham does at night is sleep.” A beeping noise goes off on the large computer. Bruce and Barbara make their way to the screen to find a GPS map of Gotham with a signal flashing. Barbara: “What’s the signal from?” Bruce manipulates several controls analyzing signal data.
Wayne: “It’s a signal from the device Ra’s al Ghul gave me.” Barbara: “Someone just activated it. He’s supposed to be dead.” Wayne: “I watched him die” Bruce further manipulates controls zooming in on the map. His eyes come cold and stoned. Wayne: “The signal is coming from inside my house.” EXT: WAYNE MANOR-NIGHT All is still at the large estate. Darkened windows, the house free of any tampering. Two shadowy figures move onto the roof slowly entering through a balcony window into a guest bedroom. It’s Batman and Barbara. INT: BEDROOM (CONTINUOUS) Without making a sound Batman and Barbara scan the area seeing nothing suspicious. Batman glances down at a tablet screen displaying a house schematic with the signal location. Batman turns to an alert Barbara. Batman: “Coming from downstairs.” Barbara acknowledges with a simple nod and the two proceed into the dark hall. INT: HALL (CONTINUOUS) As they navigate toward the stairs a faint light is visible from downstairs. Batman throws up his hand stopping Barbara. Batman: “There’s a back stairwell behind a large painting in the master bedroom. It leads downstairs. Take it.” Barbara: “Don’t you think we should stay together?” Batman: “They won’t expect anyone else to be with me. You can take them by surprise.” Barbara: “I guess your loner reputation can come in handy.” Barbara takes off in the opposite direction. Batman proceeds to the light.
INT: ATRIUM (CONTINUOUS) The room’s lights are on with a view of Batman ending his journey down the stairs. He stops in his tracks taken back to what he sees. The camera pans back to reveal Grange, dead, hanging from the ceiling. A grandfather clock pivots out from the wall. Barbara enters and is startled at seeing the former Mayor. Batman: “It’s just him.” Barbara: “Mayor Grange, suicide?” Batman examines the body closer noticing the gunshot wound in his chest. Batman: “He wouldn’t have hung himself and then put a gun to his chest. Especially when there’s not one here. It was a murder but he didn’t die at this house.” Barbara examines the area around the body. Barbara: “No blood residue on the floor. Someone’s setting you up.” Batman pulls the tracking device from Granges pants pocket. Batman: “Or sending a message. If I was being set up they would not have wanted me finding the body first. I was lead here by Cobblepot.” As they both fall silent in thought a faint noise can be heard in the distance. Both of their heads turn toward it. Barbara: “Is that a TV?” Batman: “The living area.” Both proceed toward the sound.
INT: LIVING AREA (CONTINUOUS) They enter to find the room empty except for the TV. Barbara: “Looks like no one’s here. Why would the TV be on?”
Batman takes a closer look to notice Grange being interviewed by JACK RIDER on the Jack Rider Show. Batman: “Impossible” Barbara: “Is that live?” Batman: “Yes, all of Rider’s shows are broadcasted real time.” Barbara shocked: “Then how can that be Grange if he’s dead hanging from your ceiling? Body double?” Batman: “A body double wouldn’t be able to fool his family that long. Mannerisms, expression, personality, vocabulary identical to the real Grange. Only one man is capable of pulling that off.” Barbara looks at Batman with a confused face. Barbara: “Who?” Batman: “Hagen” Barbara: “Matt Hagen? Matt “Clayface” Hagen? He was declared dead two years ago after the sewage accident.” Batman: “That case was suspended as I remember.” The two cut their attention back to the TV. Rider: “It goes without saying you accomplished so many feats, overcoming plenty of obstacles as your time as Mayor. So what now? You’re a free man from those responsibilities. Where do you go?” False Grange smiles: “One word Jack. Vacation, not for a week or a month but a much needed extended uninterrupted vacation.” Rider turns back toward the camera. Rider: “You heard it here folks. Take a good look at this face because we’ve seen the last of Daniel Grange for the near future.” Barbara: “So that’s it? He covers up his death with an extended vacation?”
Batman: “It’s closure to prevent suspicion. Cobblepot doesn’t need Grange anymore. Hagen will move onto someone else.” Barbara: “Cobblepot is the Mayor. Who else would he need to control?” As the question leaves Barbara’s mouth their eyes meet with an equal chill rolling down their spines. Batman: “Where’s the Commissioner?” Barbara: “Working late at the office.” The two dart out of the room. EXT: WAYNE MANOR DRIVEWAY (CONTINUOUS) The Tumbler’s engines roar as it squeals tires toward Gotham City. INT: COMMISSIONER’S OFFICE (CONTINUOUS) The pile of files and paperwork has nearly doubled since earlier. The bags under Gordon’s eyes along with their blood shot appearance tell the story. Gordon pulls back from the documents, removes his glasses, and runs his hands over his face. He presses a button on the desk phone: “Margret hold my calls. I’m gonna take a breather for a little while.” Margret’s voice comes back over the intercom: “Yes sir Commissioner.” Gordon stands from his desk, grabs his coat, and exits the office shutting the door behind. As the door shuts the cell phone on his desk begins vibrating with Barbara’s picture flashing on the screen. INT: TUMBLER (CONTINUOUS) Barbara has her cell phone pressed to her ear and then pulls it down. Barbara: “He’s not answering. I’m gonna try an office phone.” Batman: “Don’t, they’ll have it tapped and be expecting us.”
The fear and uneasiness pours from Barbara’s face. Barbara: “Let’s just get there.” EXT: GCPD BUILDING ROOFTOP (CONTINUOUS) Gordon stands next to a turned off Bat signal sipping coffee gazing at the beautiful lights of Gotham’s skyline. INT: GCPD BUILDING LOBBY (CONTINUOUS) False Jim Gordon enters through lobby doors making his way to the security check in. Margret: “Quick break Commissioner” False Gordon: “Just needed to recharge my battery.” Gordon clears security check in and proceeds toward an elevator. As he enters a custodian, security officer, and office worker follow him in. The door closes. INT: ELEVATOR (CONTINOUS) False Gordon pulls a gun from his coat pocket and transforms into Matt Hagen’s normal appearance. Mid 30’s male, medium build, short blonde hair, chiseled face. The other three pull guns from their clothing. Hagen: “Bane’s on the roof. We wait for his signal.” EXT: GCPD BUILDING ROOFTOP (CONTINUOUS) Gordon lights up a cigarette inhaling and releasing a cloud of smoke. Bane: “Smoking can kill you Commissioner. I would be careful.” Gordon, startled, quickly turns to see the large masked villain standing behind him. Gordon: “Bane” Bane: “You’ve heard of me. I’m flattered.” Gordon: “So I guess you’re here to kill me as well?”
Bane: “In time but there’s something I want to show you.” Gordon: “Just get it over with. I’m not gonna be your puppet.” Several League of Shadows members emerge from the shadows. Bane: “Please Commissioner let us be sensible.” Gordon’s stern face turns to submissive and follows Bane. INT: GCPD HALLWAY (CONTINUOUS) Bane leads as Gordon is escorted by several League of Shadows member. Gordon: “You sure kidnapping the Police Commissioner at the police department is a good idea? Sounds like a good way to get out numbered pretty fast.” They arrive at Gordon’s office where the door is shut. Bane grabs the door handle. Bane: “I suggest you do not underestimate the League of Shadows Mr. Gordon.” Bane turns the handle opening the door. Gordon looks in, his face turns to stone as his eyes fall on a copy of himself sitting at his desk. False Gordon leaned back in the chair, feet propped on desk, and hands behind head. The office worker, custodian, and security guard are also in the room wearing henchmen attire. False Gordon: “You look like you’ve seen a ghost Commissioner.” Gordon: “Hagen” False Gordon: “Good eye Commissioner.” Gordon: “The Penguin must be desperate.” False Gordon: “Not as desperate as you’re about to become.” EXT: ALLEY (CONTINUOUS) Tumbler comes to a stop. The roof slides open. Barbara and Batman exit.
Batman: “Take the front lobby and I’ll enter from the rooftop. Try and cut off any entrance and escape routes.” Barbara checks her gun and badge from her coat pocket. Barbara: “If we run into Bane I figure a bullet may slow him—“ She looks up but Batman is already gone. Barbara: “—down.” INT: GCPD BUILDING LOBBY (CONTINUOUS) Barbara walks through the lobby up to the Margret’s desk. Margret: “Officer Gordon I didn’t realize you were back on duty.” Barbara smiles: “I just wanted to see how this place was holding up without me. Is my dad still here?” Margret: “He just came through about 15 minutes ago. He looks so tired. I wish he would take a few days off.” Barbara: “I agree but try convincing him of that.” She checks in at the security check point and proceeds into the elevator. EXT: GCPD BUILDING ROOFTOP (CONTINUOUS) Batman goes to the nearest door. He attempts to open it and realizes the door handle has been broken off. He manipulates the com in his cowl. Batman: “The door on the roof has been tampered with. Be on the look out.” INT: GCPD HALLWAY (CONTINUOUS) Barbara: “Copy that. I’m almost there.” INT: GORDON’S OFFICE (CONTINUOUS) Gordon sits in a chair surrounded by armed henchmen. Across the desk False Gordon leans back with a smirked face. Bane’s presence hangs over the room.
Gordon: “So this is the new Gotham. If you’re not on board with the plan Cobblepot replaces you.” Gordon turns toward Bane. Gordon:”You can’t replace all of us.” Bane: “Transforming the masses’ identity is not our concern. It’s their mind we seek. Gotham is a young child easily moldable susceptible to the ideas of greater men.” Gordon: “Is that how the Penguin took the Mayor’s seat? Influencing the weak?” Bane looks to False Gordon relaxing behind the desk. Bane: “Mr. Hagen” False Gordon transforms into Grange. False Grange: “I would personally like to take credit for that.” The hair on Gordon’s neck stands up has he temporally holds his breath. Bane: “Stifling isn’t it Commissioner?” Gordon’s voice reeks of fear: “The Demon’s Head has no boundaries” Bane leans back raising his arms to the sky: “You have seen the light. But where light exists darkness soon follows.” As he finishes that statement the sound of men struggling can be heard from the hall. Gordon turns toward the noise. Bane: “Right on time. Savor your final moments Commissioner.” INT: HALL OUTSIDE GORDON’S OFFICE (CONTINUOUS) Barbara takes on three henchmen out dueling them punch for punch. After a brief moment she stands over her beaten opponents. Barbara looks at the unconscious man. Barbara: “I expected more.”
The door to Gordon’s office opens, out stepping Bane. Barbara’s face goes from confident to a hint of fear. Barbara: “I knew I shouldn’t have said that.” Bane: “Please Ms. Gordon, no need for apologies.” INT: GORDON’S OFFICE (CONTINUOUS) Bane escorts Barbara into the office. Gordon jumps to his feet at the sight of his daughter. Gordon: “Barbara!” Two henchmen forcefully put the Commissioner back in his seat. Gordon: “She has nothing to do with this!” Bane: “Commissioner you had to know your daughter’s presence in the police force would eventually be used against you.” Pain and sweat pour from Gordon’s face. Gordon: “It doesn’t make a difference. Do what you have to with me but this isn’t her fight.” Bane: “Have you not yet realized. This is Gotham’s fight. A new regime is born.” Barbara: “What makes you think Cobblepot won’t cut you off as soon as he has his power? You’re just as expendable as the rest of us.” Bane shoves Barbara into her father’s lap knocking them both over. Bane: “The title of expendable is a very loose term Commissioner. You must understand the difference between expendable and collateral damage.” Gordon and Barbara are hoisted to their feet. They both attempt to fight the henchmen’s grip but are to no prevail. A henchman unholster’s his pistol placing it at Barbara’s temporal. Barbara aggressive attitude quickly stiffens.
Bane: “The tragic murder of your daughter will surely bring you the sympathy vote Commissioner.” Gordon grits his teeth with the terror of losing his daughter. Gordon: “Just kill me!” In the midst of the tension the large office window shatters as Batman explodes into the office putting two feet into Bane’s back. Glass rains down causing everyone to shield their eyes. Two smoke pellets cloud the room with smoke. Amongst the chaos, Batman takes down the armed henchmen with earth shattering punches to the cranium and gut. He grabs the disoriented Barbara and Gordon from the smoke. As the room clears Bane and Hagen find the room empty except for their unconscious henchmen. INT: ALLEY (CONTINUOUS) Batman quickly leads Barbara and Gordon to the Tumbler. Barbara: “Guess I owe you this time.” Batman: “We’re even.” Batman grabs Gordon who is still coughing from the smoke. Batman: “Are you ok?” Gordon catches his breath: “I’m fine. They were gonna replace me with Hagen the same way they did Mayor Grange. This is escalating out of control.” Batman: “I know and they’ll be back for you. Barbara is going to take you somewhere safe. Stay there until I get back to you.” Barbara: “Where are you going?” Batman: “I’ve got to figure out what we’re dealing with.” INT: ICEBERG LOUNGE VIP AREA-NIGHT Cobblepot throws a glass shattering it against a wall. Cobblepot: “You had them right there and you let them escape?! All you had to do was pull the trigger!”
Armed henchmen line the hundred million dollar room’s walls. Bane: “I wanted the Batman.” Cobblepot: “And you got him! I’m aware of what you did with Grange’s body. You set a trap that only Batman could fall into. As soon as he realized Hagen was doubling, the Commissioner would become the next target. So you set it up for him to crash your little party. I’ve told you from the beginning I need him. He’s the key to everything.” Bane: “Batman is too dangerous to be left alive. If given the opportunity he will become a problem.” Cobblepot, angrily, walks up to Bane getting close to his face. Cobblepot: “Right now the only problem I see is you. Just remember our deal hangs on me getting what I want and only until then will you receive what you desire.” EXT: GOTHAM MEAT HANGER ROOFTOP-NIGHT Batman creeps amongst the shadows left by large coolant vents. The voice of an unknown identity emerges from the shadows: “Some things never change.” Batman stops in his tracks turning toward the voice. From the shadows emerges the elegant prance of a woman dressed in a seductive, skin tight, dark purple suit. Her cowl leaves her face exposed with two tiny pointed extensions rise from her cranium. A coiled up whip is attached to her belt revealing to be SELINA KYLE CATWOMAN. She begins to slowly pace in circles around Batman. Catwoman: “Still hiding in the shadows of Gotham.” Batman: “Or luring my next victim into the open.” Catwoman: “Oh please do I look like a victim? I’m the one doing circles around you.” Batman: “Tides can change quickly Selena.” Catwoman: “Enough with the small talk. What do you want from me?” Batman: “I need information.”
Catwoman: “You need information? That nerd boy computer of yours run out of memory?” Batman: “I need to know about Bane.” Catwoman: “Might want to get in line. Didn’t take long for Cobblepot to make him the hot ticket in town.” Batman: “That’s why I came to you.” Catwoman: “What makes you think I know anything you don’t?” Batman: “This is over your head Selena. If I can’t stop him you and the rest of Gotham won’t survive. You know the back channels. Who is he?” Catwoman: “What’s in it for me?” Batman: “You want a chance to stop chasing Maroni and actually put your hands on him?” Catwoman stops her circling directly in front of Batman. Her face bleeds of intrigue. Catwoman: “That creeps off the grid. Somewhere in the Caribbean if I had to guess.” Batman: “I can give you an address if you give me a history.” Catwoman’s once arrogant expression transforms into willingness to cooperate. Catwoman: “Bane was a gun for hire. He tore a hole through Asia stringing from Indonesia to North Korea. He was considered more of a ghost than a man. Something you can relate to.” Batman: “How did he become involved with Ra’s al Ghul?” Catwoman: “On his trek across western Asia they gained a common enemy, Albert Krieger a Nazi anarchist. Ra’s and Bane went to war against Krieger eventually destroying his regime. During the battle Bane was nearly burnt to a crisp. Ra’s took him in and, to save his life administered, an experimental venom he had constructed. The mask he wears provides a continuous aerosol version of the compound. It gives him is strength and inability to feel pain, but most of all it keeps him alive.”
Batman: “Why didn’t Ra’s use Lazarus Pit?” Catwoman: “Bane was a well known mercenary. He was not about to grant someone like that immortality.” Batman: “That’s why Bane betrayed him. Ra’s made him dependent on the venom that only he could create. Bane became his slave. Cobblepot is gonna let him use the pit so he’ll no longer be bound to the venom.” Catwoman: “Not gonna lie but even you might be in over your head. Oswald has the entire crime belly at his disposal along with the League of Shadows. Quite intriguing but not my problem. I’ve given you all I know.” Seductively Catwoman gets in Batman’s face caressing his chin. Catwoman: “The cat wants her treat.” Batman pulls a miniature GPS chip from his utility belt and flips it to Catwoman. Batman: “Make sure you pack sunscreen Ms. Kyle.” Batman walks past her toward the rooftop. Catwoman examines the chip and then looks toward Batman walking away. Catwoman: “So when do I get a name to call you other than a pain in my side?” Batman mounts the roof’s edge: “That’ll do for now.” Batman disappears into the darkness.