Batman - Reboot Idea - Script

Batman - Reboot Idea - Script

Hi, yesterday I put together a short script, I have now finished the script (Don't worry, it is not actually 100's of pages long, it is a short script done in the style of a trailer). Like I mentioned i hope to have brought in many elements of the Bat rouges gallery and Bat-Family. I hope if have the time you will enjoy and comments, constructive comments, mind you ;) are welcome

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By Knightrider - 8/7/2012
FADE IN:

EXT. MONARCH THEATER -- NIGHT

Monarch Theater -- Stylistic, modern and upbeat movie theater -- "Mask of Zorro" is displayed in bright lights above the doors -- people of all ages enter with smiles and excitement.

BATMAN (v.o.)

It began here...

FADE TO:

EXT. MONARCH THEATER -- NIGHT

Monarch Theater -- Now rundown -- Windows smashed and front doors broken open -- "Mask of Zorro" still hangs, but missing "A" and an "R" while the "F" hangs upside down -- only people outside are whores and drug dealers.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...This is where the roots of Gotham's evil finally surfaced, finally showing itself and began spreading like a virus...

A large shadow in the shape of a BAT moves swiftly over them.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...It is where I decided to become the cure...

CUT TO:

INT. CRIMINOLOGY STUDIES CLASSROOM -- DAY

A young BRUCE WAYNE has several books on his desk -- He is focused -- His concentration is broken by his TEACHER, grey hair, older figure who hands him a piece of paper -- It is a test with "A" stamped on it.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...First I trained my mind to understand the sickness plaguing my city...

CUT TO:

INT. SCIENCE LAB -- DAY

BRUCE is mixing a varying amount of chemicals, until "BANG" -- Everyone in the classroom is stunned, but not Bruce as he scribbles down his findings.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...Be ready for it, resist it...

CUT TO:

INT. ADVANCED TECH CENTER -- DAY

Various cuts of Bruce working on and building several devices -- Firstly the tip of what will become his grapple gun -- It looks like a silver spike until it pops open revealing 3 additional spikes all facing downwards -- Then we see Bruce strapping electrodes to his arm, with a flex of his forearm in a specific fashion launches "Ninja Star" style projectiles from under his wrist.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...Learn how to use my knowledge to fight it...

Lastly a small LCD which when pressed starts up an old car in front of him, which gains a small smile from Bruce.

BATMAN (V.O)(CONT'D)

...With my mind ready, I trained my body...

CUT TO:

EXT. TIBETAN MONASTERY -- EVENING

Candles surround Bruce as he meditates -- suddenly he is attacked, but he reacts taking out his 3 would-be attackers.

BATMAN (V.O)(CONT'D)

...I traveled the world...

CUT TO:

EXT. RUSSIAN STREET -- NIGHT

About 50 men, most shirtless are gathered in a circle -- Cheering and chanting -- Inside we find Bruce Wayne -- Bearded -- Fighting a man who looks twice his size -- There isn't the grace this time -- This is about fighting with grunt -- Wayne strikes his opponents body strategically chopping the man down before finishing the job with a swift and effective upper cut.

BATMAN (V.O)(CONT'D)

...I learned how to fight, who to fight...

CUT TO:

INT. JAPANESE TEMPLE -- DAY

Four men, each with large swords guard a small box that is centered between them.

BATMAN (V.O)(CONT'D)

...And when to use the shadows and the environment to my advantage...

Suddenly the temple's bell rings -- The men, distracted, turn -- A second chime -- Bruce takes one of the men down, noise of the bell covering his movements -- The three men left realise they are being taken out -- Lights suddenly go out -- one man lights a torch to reveal he is now alone -- Creaks are heard all around -- Behind -- In front -- To the Left -- Suddenly he is grabbed from above

Bruce walks over to the box and opens it to reveal the message "YOU ARE READY"

BATMAN (V.O)(CONT'D)

...All that was left was to prepare the city...

CUT TO:

EXT. CONSTRUCTION SITE -- DAY

BRUCE WAYNE appears happy with a shovel in hand, digging it into the ground -- This is one of many Wayne funded projects that have begun over the last couple of years -- A small group on photographers and reports, including VICKI VALE, a hard edged and determined reporter, good looking, but demands respect, capture the moment.

BATMAN (V.O)(CONT'D)

...Wayne funded projects provided me with the opportunity to place strategic strongholds and bases around the Gotham...

CUT TO:

INT. WAYNE MANOR -- NIGHT

BRUCE stares out a large window GOTHAM CITY is seen in the distance.

BATMAN (V.O)(CONT'D)

...I now had the means, but I still lacked the method...

A Bat comes crashing through the window -- SMACKS into the PORTRAIT OF THOMAS AND MARTHA WAYNE before heading ground -- BRUCE stares as the blood of the bat drips off painting.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...A Bat. Only Gotham City would provide inspiration in the form of a such a 'demonic animal'...

CUT TO:

EXT. ALLEY WAY -- NIGHT

A DEALER, wearing a black leather jacket, old t-shirt and has a scruffy beard, is running down an alley way -- He is constantly checking over his shoulder.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...So to become the cure this city wanted, I became...

Whoosh -- A figure swoops between the camera and the DEALER -- It was quick -- The DEALER IS NOW GONE.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...A hunter...

CUT TO:

INT. DRUG HOUSE -- NIGHT

2 Men, both large builds are cutting a line of cocaine -- The lights go out just as one man was about to snort.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...A stalker of my prey...

One of the men lights a match -- TWO HANDS wrap around his face and pull him into darkness -- Match still alight falls to the floor.

CLOSE UP: Match on the floor as batman's boot steps on it putting in out.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...A creature of the night...

FADE TO BLACK:

EXT. GOTHAM CITY SKYLINE -- NIGHT

WIDE GOTHAM -- BATMAN STANDING ON A ROOFTOP -- CAMERA STARTS TO PULL FURTHER OUT FROM THE CITY.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...But like any virus, it became resistant...

CUT-IN: VARIOUS CUTS OF JOKER, RIDDLER, HUGH STRANGE, PENGUIN AND TWO FACE

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...Growing into a new form of evil, and declaring war on me and my city...

CUT-IN: Shots of NIGHTWING TAKING OUT SEVERAL ARMED MEN, TIM DRAKE ROBIN ANALYSING BULLET FRAGMENTS AND JIM GORDON TURNING ON THE BAT-SIGNAL.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...So I raised an army of my own to combat this new wave of cancer...

CUT-IN: A SHOT OF A ROBIN COSTUME (JASON TODD'S) IS A GLASS CONTAINER.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...We have suffered losses...

CUT-IN: A SHOT FROM BEHIND A WOMAN IN A WHEEL CHAIR AS IN FRONT OF HER A LARGE AMOUNT OF COMPUTER SCREENS BOOT-UP.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...But our resolve never dies...

ABOVE WIDE SHOT IS NOW REVEALED TO BE A REFLECTION IN A PAIR OF BINOCULARS.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...Now there is a new hunter...

Man lowers binoculars revealing a face completely covered in bandages.

BATMAN (V.O.)(CONT'D)

...And I am the prey...

CUT TO BLACK:

Bat logo appears

LITTLE GIRL (SINGING)

HUSH little baby don't say a word...
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Jaywing - 8/7/2012, 7:55 PM
Love this!
Knightrider - 8/7/2012, 8:19 PM
@Jaywing Cheers. If I get enough of a positive response might write a full script and just email to folks who want it.
Jaywing - 8/7/2012, 8:50 PM
I would love it... This would make a great film/short film even. Very cool my friend... I look forward to reading more of your work!
MrReese - 8/7/2012, 8:50 PM
haha this is great!!! Great job dude.Love the ending.
Knightrider - 8/7/2012, 9:01 PM
Thank you chaps, much appreciated.
TruthJusticeSuperman - 8/8/2012, 2:41 AM
I really like this as an idea I think its really cool but I'm curious on how you would introduce the bat family in this reboot of yours. I mean it just doesn't make sense for batman to take a kid and train him to take on the dangerous life he takes especially because of his past experiences. But it looks like a really cool idea don't know if taking a kid and training him would work but hey it's your universe that's what makes batman so great you can do anything with this mother[frick]er and make it cool so can't wait to read your full script.
TruthJusticeSuperman - 8/8/2012, 2:55 AM
I like you showing his science skills hopefully show more of a detective side of him with starting with the Riddler or a crime flim like I'm doing with my reboot with Two-Face. Even make Nightwing like a secret vigilante, like a copycat of Batman but one that is actual good at doing it and have him confront with Batman about what to do with the criminals of Gotham like a Red Hood Batman relationship. Just suggesting What do you think I should do with my reboot ?
Knightrider - 8/8/2012, 3:11 AM
A "copy-cat" sounds like a really good idea, someone who was inspired by Batman to create his own persona in Bludhaven.

In terms of the "Kid" aspect I personally have never liked Robin as a 10 to 12year old, or even anything below the age of 18.

So this might be bad and will annoy people faithful to the source material, but I see Bruce Wayne in this version being around 35 to 40 and would have been Batman for at least 7 to 10 years, his first 2 maybe 3 years he didn't face a "super-Villain" either.

So I imagine Greyson was with his acrobat training started with Bruce Wayne at 16 didn't head out until 18, with Bruce being 27 to 29, and lastly 3 years.

Jason Todd was 19 when he joined up with Bruce, 5months after the first Robin left he was reckless and never completed his training, his time as Robin in this version lastly a mere 3months.

After spending 2years solo, Tim Drake, discovered who Batman was at the age of 20. Since then has been with Batman ever since. As I see Tim as the Robin who is being groomed to take over as the Batman, which I know Dick is the obvious choice, but he wanted to be his own man in Nightwing, whereas Tim wants to be Batman, and has the patience that Jason lacked, couple with the detective skills and Bruce's combat training he might just do that.
soda9 - 8/8/2012, 5:50 AM
Fantastic!!! This is how a Batman movie should be! Set it 12 years after he became Batman, and here you go!
Knightrider - 8/8/2012, 6:02 AM
@Soda9 Thanks buddy appreciate it.
TruthJusticeSuperman - 8/8/2012, 7:28 AM
You should check out my justice league script I would love to see your opinion on it
PJ - 8/8/2012, 1:50 PM
Wow, man. Make a whole script. LEMME READ!
PJ - 8/8/2012, 1:55 PM
Nice. If you make the script notify me.
Knightrider - 8/8/2012, 9:17 PM
Will do. Just got to find the time. I am glad people like the premise etc.

Thank you to everyone who has commented
darenshancdf - 11/16/2012, 7:55 AM
mate seriously, dunno if you been writing many scripts but this was very good, even for a paid writer of comics. cant wait for your full script :)
comicmoviesdcmarvel - 11/20/2012, 9:24 PM
I personally want the next Batman movie to be like the current New 52 series with all main characters established and a younger Batman

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