Spoilery rumor of the day: Did the Dark Knight Rises script leak?

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Marc Bernardin
Dec 14, 2012

In the world of online scoopery, leaked versions of screenplays are a dime a dozen. But, according to, they've got their hands on Jonathan Nolan and David Goyer's screenplay for Christian Bale's final go as the Caped Crusader.

There's no way for us to know, truthfully, if the script discussed here is the real one. Even Scriptflags itself has some doubts, though they admit "if it is fake, it's the best fake we have ever come across." Still, it's best to take what follows with an iceberg-sized grain of salt. Here's what's in the script:

  • The assassin Deadshot (Floyd Lawton) is broken out of prison and brought to Gotham City
  • Crime is way down in Gotham, and Batman has become more of a myth than anything else
  • Batman has a Batwing-like aircraft called "The Wraith," a rebuilt Wayne Manor and Batcave and an EMP-equipped Batmobile
  • Wayne Enterprises is struggling with competition (and a lawsuit) from Roland Daggett's Daggett Industries (which, in the animated series, invented the goop that turns actor Matt Hagen into Clayface), and Lucius Fox feels he must turn against the irresponsible Bruce Wayne
  • The villainous Black Mask has hired Deadshot and is working with Roland Daggett, although it's unclear who he's been hired to kill (probably either Batman or Bruce Wayne, of course)
  • Edward Nashton has the Riddler's name but Hugo Strange's character, as he has figured out Batman's identity and uses this to mess with the Dark Knight's head
  • Commissioner Gordon and a Detective Adams are heading up a task force to catch Batman
  • Talia al Ghul makes a brief appearance

To us, this feels a little busy and lacks the interlocking elegance of a Christopher Nolan Bat-film. It's also missing the two female leads who Nolan's been looking to cast. Sure, this could be an early version, but still ... there's a lot that doesn't quite jibe here.

(Via io9 and Scriptflags)