The Dark Knight Rises (2012) Poster

Christian Bale: Bruce Wayne



  • Jim Gordon : I never cared who you were...

    Batman : And you were right.

    Jim Gordon : ...but shouldn't the people know the hero whot saved them?

    Batman : A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy's shoulders to let him know that the world hadn't ended.

    [takes off in the Bat] 

    Jim Gordon : Bruce Wayne?

  • Blind Prisoner : You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak.

    Bruce Wayne : Why?

    Blind Prisoner : How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death.

    Bruce Wayne : I do fear death. I fear dying in here, while my city burns, and there's no one there to save it.

    Blind Prisoner : Then make the climb.

    Bruce Wayne : How?

    Blind Prisoner : As the child did. Without the rope. Then fear will find you again.

  • Alfred : I'll get this to Mr. Fox, but no more. I've sewn you up, I've set your bones, but I won't bury you. I've buried enough members of the Wayne family.

    Bruce Wayne : You'll leave me?

    Alfred : You see only one end to your journey. Leaving is all I have to make you understand, you're not Batman anymore. You have to find another way. You used to talk about finishing a life beyond that awful cape.

    Bruce Wayne : Rachel died believing that we would be together; that was my life beyond the cape. I can't just move on. She didn't, she couldn't.

    Alfred : What if she had? What if, before she died, she wrote a letter saying she chose Harvey Dent over you? And what if, to spare your pain, I burnt that letter?

    Bruce Wayne : How dare you use Rachel to try to stop me?

    Alfred : I am using the truth, Master Wayne. Maybe it's time we all stop trying to outsmart the truth and let it have its day. I'm sorry.

    Bruce Wayne : You're sorry? You expect to destroy my world and then think we're going to shake hands?

    Alfred : No... no, I know what this means.

    Bruce Wayne : What does it mean?

    Alfred : It means your hatred... and it also means losing someone that I have cared for since I first heard his cries echo through this house. But it might also mean saving your life. And that is more important.

    Bruce Wayne : Goodbye, Alfred.

  • Bruce Wayne : Why didn't you just... kill me?

    Bane : You don't fear death... You welcome it. Your punishment must be more severe.

    Bruce Wayne : Torture?

    Bane : Yes. But not of your body... Of your soul.

    Bruce Wayne : Where am I?

    Bane : Home, where I learned the truth about despair, as will you. There's a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth... Hope. Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy... So simple... And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clamoring over each other to "stay in the sun." You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny... We will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die

  • Bane : Theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated... but we are initiated, aren't we Bruce? Members of the League of Shadows!

    [Lifts Batman by the neck] 

    Bane : And you betrayed us!

    Batman : You were excommunicated... by a gang of psychopaths!

    [Bane viciously beats Batman and throws him to the ground] 

    Bane : I AM the League of Shadows, and I'm here to fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny!

    Bane : You fight like a younger man, with nothing held back. Admirable but mistaken.

    [Batman uses an EMP device to cut the lights] 

    Bane : Oh, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn't see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!

    [grabs Batman from the shadows and continues to beat him] 

    Bane : The shadows betray you, because they belong to me!

    [repeatedly punches Batman in the face, breaking his cowl] 

    Bane : I will show you where I have made my home while preparing to bring justice. Then I will break you.

    [hits detonator, blowing a hole into the bottom of Wayne Enterprise] 

    Bane : Your precious armory, gratefully accepted! We will need it.

    [Batman desperately stands and swings at Bane] 

    Bane : Ah, yes... I was wondering what would break first...

    [lifts Batman high] 

    Bane : Your spirit, or your body?

    [slams him on his knee] 

  • [In the pit] 

    Crowd : [chanting]  Deshi basara! Deshi basara!

    Bruce Wayne : What does that mean?

    Prisoner : Rise.

  • Selina Kyle : There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you're all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.

    Bruce Wayne : You sound like you're looking forward to it.

    Selina Kyle : I'm adaptable.

  • Catwoman : My mother warned me about getting into cars with strange men.

    Batman : This isn't a car.

  • Bruce Wayne : I watched you die.

    Ra's al Ghul : I told you I was immortal.

  • Bruce Wayne : Must've lost my ticket.

    Valet Attendant : Your wife said you were taking a cab home.

    Bruce Wayne : My wife?

  • Catwoman : I blow that tunnel open, I'm gone.

    Batman : There's more to you than that.

    Catwoman : Sorry I keep letting you down.


    Catwoman : Come with me. Save yourself. You don't owe these people any more. You've given them everything.

    Batman : Not everything. Not yet.

  • Alfred : [about Selina Kyle]  You two should exchange notes over coffee.

    Bruce Wayne : So now you're trying to set me up with a jewel thief?

    Alfred : At this point, I'd set you up with a chimpanzee if it'd brought you back to the world!

    Bruce Wayne : There's nothing out there for me.

    Alfred : And that's the problem. You hung up your cape and your cowl, but you didn't move on, you never went to find a life, to find someone...

    Bruce Wayne : Alfred... I did find someone.

    Alfred : I know, and you lost her. But that's all part of living, sir. But you're not living. You're just waiting, hoping for things to go bad again.

  • Lucius Fox : This conversation used to end with an unusual request.

    Bruce Wayne : I'm retired.

    Lucius Fox : Well let me show you some stuff anyway. Just for old time's sake.

  • Bane : I broke you. How have you come back?

    Batman : You think you're the only one who can find the strength to escape? Where's the trigger?

    Bane : But I never escaped.

    Batman : But the child... the child of Ra's al Ghul made the climb.

    Miranda Tate : [from behind Batman]  But he's not the child of Ra's al Ghul

    [She stabs Batman with a knife. He reels in pain and shock] 

    Miranda Tate : I am. And though I'm not ordinary, I am a citizen.

    [She reveals the trigger] 

    Batman : [anguished]  Miranda... why?

    Miranda Tate : Talia. My mother named me Talia before she was killed, the way I would've been killed if not for my protector: Bane.

  • Catwoman : I had no choice. I needed a way to keep them from killing me.

    Batman : You just made a serious mistake.

    Bane : Not as serious as yours, I fear...

    Batman : Bane

    Bane : Let us not stand on ceremony, Mr. Wayne.

    [Catwoman appears shocked] 

  • Batman : Tell me where the trigger is. Then... you have my permission to die!

  • [Batman and Selina have just escaped from Bane and his mercenaries in the Bat. Batman lands it on top of a skyscraper and Selina immediately hops out] 

    Catwoman : See you around.

    Batman : You're welcome.

    Catwoman : I had it under control.

    Batman : Those weren't street thugs, they were trained killers. I saved your life. In return I need to know what you did with Bruce Wayne's fingerprints.

    Catwoman : Wayne wasn't kidding about a "powerful friend".


    Catwoman : I sold his prints to Daggett. For something that doesn't even exist.

    Batman : I doubt many people get the better of you.

    Catwoman : Hey, when a girl's desperate.

    Batman : What's he gonna to do with them?

    Catwoman : I don't know. But Daggett seemed pretty interested in that mess at the stock market.

    [Batman is distracted by the spotlight of a police chopper doing the rounds. He looks up at it, then turns back to Selina] 

    Batman : Miss Kyle?

    [Catwoman has vanished] 

    Batman : So that's what that feels like...

  • Bruce Wayne : If this man is everything that you say he is, then this city needs me.

    Alfred : This city needs Bruce Wayne, your resources, your knowledge. It doesn't need your body, or your life. That time has passed.

    Bruce Wayne : You're afraid that if I go back out there I'll fail.

    Alfred : No. I'm afraid that you want to.

  • Doctor : I've seen worse cartilage in knees.

    Bruce Wayne : That's good.

    Doctor : No, that's because there is NO cartilage in your knee, and not much of any use in your elbows or your shoulders. Between that and the scar tissue on your kidneys, the residual concussive damage to your brain tissue, and the general scarred-over quality of your body, I cannot recommend that you go heliskiing, Mr. Wayne

    Bruce Wayne : Right.

  • Catwoman : You could have gone anywhere, but you came back.

    Batman : So did you.

    Catwoman : Well then I guess we're both suckers.

    [she kisses him] 

  • Alfred : If you're seriously considering going back out there, you should hear the rumors surrounding Bane.

    Bruce Wayne : I'm all ears.

    Alfred : There is a prison in a more ancient part of the world, a pit where men are thrown to suffer and die. But sometimes a man rises from the darkness. Sometimes the pit sends something back.

    Bruce Wayne : Bane.

    Alfred : Right. Born and raised in hell on earth.

    Bruce Wayne : Born in prison?

    Alfred : No one knows why or how he escaped, but they do know that once he did he was trained by Ra's Al Ghul, your mentor.

    Bruce Wayne : Bane was a member of The League of Shadows.

    Alfred : And then he was excommunicated. And any man who is too extreme for Ra's Al Ghul is not to be trifled with.

  • Batman : He was trying to kill millions of innocent people

    Talia al Ghul : 'Innocent' is a strong word to throw around Gotham, Bruce. I honor my father by finishing his work. Vengeance against the man who killed him is simply a reward for my patience...

    [Talia twists the knife in Batman's side] 

    Talia al Ghul : You see, it's the slow knife... the knife that takes its time, the knife that waits years without forgetting, then slips quietly between the bones... that's the knife that cuts deepest.

  • Bruce Wayne : Mind if I cut in?

    [the old man who was dancing with Selina leaves, annoyed, as Bruce starts dancing slowly with her] 

    Bruce Wayne : Oh, you don't seem happy to see me.

    Selina Kyle : You were supposed to be a shut-in.

    Bruce Wayne : I felt like some fresh air.

    Selina Kyle : Why didn't you call the police?

    Bruce Wayne : I have a powerful friend who deals with things like this.

    [notices the cat ears that are Selina's goggle lenses] 

    Bruce Wayne : That's a brazen costume for a cat burglar.

    Selina Kyle : Yeah? Who are you pretending to be?

    Bruce Wayne : Bruce Wayne, eccentric billionaire. Who's your date?

    [referring the old man she was dancing with and who is now watching them] 

    Selina Kyle : His wife's in Ibiza. She left her diamonds behind, though. Worried they might get stolen.

    Bruce Wayne : Mm. It's pronounced Ibeetha. You wouldn't want any of these folks realizing you're a crook, not a social climber.

    Selina Kyle : You think I care what anyone in this room thinks of me?

    Bruce Wayne : I doubt you care what anyone in any room thinks of you.

    Selina Kyle : Don't condescend, Mr. Wayne. You don't know a thing about me.

    Bruce Wayne : Well, Selina Kyle, I know you came here from your walk-up in Old Town, a modest place for a master jewel thief. Which means that either you're saving for retirement, or you're in deep with the wrong people.

    Selina Kyle : You don't get to judge me just because you were born in the master bedroom of Wayne Manor.

    Bruce Wayne : Actually, I was born in the Regency Room.

    Selina Kyle : I started out doing what I had to. Once you've done what you had to, they'll never let you do what you want to.

    Bruce Wayne : Start fresh.

    Selina Kyle : There's no fresh start in today's world. Any twelve-year-old with a cell phone could find out what you did. Everything we do is collated and quantified. Everything sticks.

    Bruce Wayne : Is that how you justify stealing?

    Selina Kyle : I take what I need to from those who have more than enough. I don't stand on the shoulders of people with less.

    Bruce Wayne : Robin Hood?

    Selina Kyle : I think I do more to help someone than most of the people in this room. Than you.

    Bruce Wayne : I think maybe you're assuming a little too much.

    Selina Kyle : Maybe you're being unrealistic about what's really in your pants other than your wallet.

    Bruce Wayne : Ouch.

  • Gangbanger : [Two street thugs catch a little boy that has stolen an apple from them]  You steal from us, you little bastard?

    [Selina appears and twists his arm from behind] 

    Selina Kyle : You boys know you can't come into my neighborhood without asking politely.

    [She cracks his arm, knocking the apple into her hand. The boy watches as she knocks both thugs out] 

    Selina Kyle : Never steal anything from someone you can't outrun, kid.

    [takes a bite out of the apple, and tosses it to the kid, who takes it and runs off] 

    Bruce Wayne : Pretty generous, for a thief.

    [Selina turns to see Bruce approaching] 

    Selina Kyle : I thought they killed you.

    Bruce Wayne : Not yet.

    Selina Kyle : If you're expecting an apology...

    Bruce Wayne : It wouldn't suit you.

  • [Bruce, wearing a ski mask, visits Gordon's hospital room] 

    Jim Gordon : [lying in a hospital bed]  We were in this together, and then you were gone.

    Bruce Wayne : The Batman wasn't needed anymore. We won.

    Jim Gordon : Based on a lie. Now this evil... rises from where we tried to bury it. The Batman has to come back.

    Bruce Wayne : What if he doesn't exist any more?

    Jim Gordon : He must... he must...

  • Batman : [Hands over device]  This blocks the remote detonator signal to the bomb. Get it onto it before sunrise. They might hit the button when it starts.

    Jim Gordon : When what starts?

    Batman : War.

  • Bruce Wayne : I'm not afraid. I'm angry.

  • Catwoman : He's behind you.

    Mercenary : Who?

    Batman : Me.

  • Bane : So, you came back to die with your city.

    Batman : No. I came back to stop you.

    [begin fighting] 

  • [from trailer] 

    Bruce Wayne : [to Lucius Fox]  I need you to get me back in the game.

  • Catwoman : [holding a gun to Daggett's head as Bane's henchmen approach her]  Stay back!

    [Bane's men continue to approach] 

    Catwoman : I'm not bluffing!

    Batman : They know! They just don't care.

    [Catwoman and Batman promptly attack the henchmen] 

  • Catwoman : [Batman kicks a gun out of Catwoman's hand]  You've gotta be kidding me!

    Batman : No guns, no killing.

    Catwoman : Where's the fun in that?

  • [Bruce straps braces onto his leg, grimacing with pain] 

    Alfred Pennyworth : Is it really painful?

    Bruce Wayne : Well, you're welcome to try it, Alfred.

    Alfred Pennyworth : Happy watching, thank you, sir.

  • [Bruce arrives at a charity ball, and sits at the bar as he watches Selina dancing with an old man] 

    Miranda Tate : Bruce Wayne at a charity ball?

    [Bruce turns to see Miranda wearing a small mask] 

    Bruce Wayne : Miss Tate, isn't it?

    [Miranda takes off her mask] 

    Miranda Tate : Even before you became a recluse, you never came to these things.

    Bruce Wayne : Proceeds go to the big fat spread. It's not about charity, it's about feeding the ego of whichever society hag laid this on.

    Miranda Tate : Actually, this is my party, Mr. Wayne.

    Bruce Wayne : Oh.

    Miranda Tate : And the proceeds will go where they should, because I paid for the big fat spread myself.

    Bruce Wayne : That's very generous of you.

    Miranda Tate : You have to invest to restore balance to the world. Take our clean-energy project.

    Bruce Wayne : Sometimes the investment doesn't pay off. I'm sorry.

    Miranda Tate : You have a practiced apathy, Mr. Wayne. But a man who doesn't care about the world doesn't spend half his fortune on a plan to save it. And isn't so wounded when it fails that he goes into hiding. Have a good evening, Mr. Wayne.

    [Miranda turns and walks off, and Bruce approaches Selina] 

  • [Talia's bomb has failed to detonate] 

    Batman : Maybee your knife... was too slow.

    Barsad : [entering]  The truck is under attack.

    Talia al Ghul : Gordon. You gave him a way to block my signal. No matter.

    [she viciously pulls the knife out of Batman, making him groan in pain] 

    Talia al Ghul : He's bought Gotham eleven minutes.

  • [Fox takes Miranda to a recycling plant] 

    Miranda Tate : You brought me out here to show me this, Mr. Fox?

    Lucius Fox : Bear with me, Miss Tate.

    [leads her inside a portakabin] 

    Lucius Fox : Please keep hands and feet inside the car at all times.

    [presses a button. The office floor descends like an elevator down a shaft] 

    Miranda Tate : This is it, isn't it?

    Lucius Fox : The reactor is beneath the river so it could be instantly flooded in the event of a security breach.

    Miranda Tate : Is Bruce Wayne really that paranoid?

    Lucius Fox : I'm gonna plead the fifth on that one.

    [When the elevator office stops, they find Bruce waiting in the reactor chamber] 

    Bruce Wayne : I thought you might like to see what your investment built.

    Miranda Tate : No fossil fuels. Free, clean energy for an entire city. Three years ago, a Russian scientist published a paper on weaponized fusion reactions. One week later your reactor started developing problems. I think this machine works.

    Bruce Wayne : Miranda, if it were operational, the danger to Gotham would be too great.

    Miranda Tate : Would it make you feel better to know that the Russian scientist died in a plane crash six months ago?

    Bruce Wayne : Someone will work out what Dr. Pavel did. Someone will figure out a way to make this power source into a nuclear weapon. I need you to take control of Wayne Enterprises and this reactor.

    Miranda Tate : To do what with it?

    Bruce Wayne : Nothing. Until we can guarantee its safety.

    Miranda Tate : And if we can't?

    Bruce Wayne : Decommission it and flood it.

    Miranda Tate : Destroy the world's best chance for a sustainable future?

    Bruce Wayne : If the world's not ready, yes.

    Miranda Tate : Bruce, if you want to save the world you have to start trusting it.

    Bruce Wayne : I'm trusting you.

    Miranda Tate : Doesn't count. You have no choice.

    Bruce Wayne : I could have flooded this chamber any time in the last three years. I'm choosing to trust you. Please.

  • Bruce Wayne : This city needs me.

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