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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 (Video 2012) Poster

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[last lines]

Joker: Buh-buh... Ba-Batman... Darling!

Mutant Leader: [picks up Batman out of mud] You finished, old man.

Batman: [headbutts Mutant Leader in broken nose] You don't get it, son. This isn't a mud hole. It's an operating table. And I'm the surgeon.

Rookie Cop: You're under arrest, mister. You just crippled that man.

Batman: He's young. He'll walk again.

Batman: [to Femur] But you'll stay scared, won't you, punk?

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Veteran Cop: Damn, that sucker can move.

Rookie Cop: What the hell is that?

Veteran Cop: Can't exactly look right now, kid.

Rookie Cop: Up there. Freaking weird.

Veteran Cop: You gonna tell me or - Holy...

Rookie Cop: You're slowing down?

Veteran Cop: Yeah. We're in for a show, kid.

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Batman: You try to hold me back, but you're weak. You know it in your soul. You're nothing but a hollow shell. A rusty trap. The time has come.

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Harvey Dent: Cut it out. Just look at me and have your laugh. Get it over with. At least both sides match now, right? Look at me and have your laugh. Who are we kidding? They couldn't fix me. Nothing can change what I am.

Batman: You and me both.

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Batman: Tell Gordon we have to talk.

Veteran Cop: Sure thing, Bats. But how's he supposed to get in touch with you...?

[Batman leaves]

Veteran Cop: Oh, yeah. Now I remember.

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Thug: What's happening?

Batman: Your favorite nightmare. Should last about an hour.

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Son of Batman: The Mutants are dead. This is the new face of the law. We are the sons of Batman. And Gotham's criminals are about to enter hell.

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Mutant Leader: We will kill the old man, Gordon. We will chop him, we will grind him. We will bathe in his blood. I, myself, will kill the fool Batman. I will rip the meat from his bones and suck them dry. Don't call us a gang. Don't call us criminals. We are the law. Gotham City belongs to the Mutants.

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Alfred Pennyworth: If it's suicide you're after, I have an old family recipe. It's slow and painful. You'd like it.

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Mutant Leader: That a tickle?

Batman: That was a nerve bundle in your deltoid. Might not hurt, but you won't be moving that arm for a while.

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Mutant Leader: They call us a gang. They think we just noisy kids. Only when they die by our hands will they know Gotham City belongs to the Mutants!

[crowd cheers]

Mutant Leader: Take the guns, take the bombs. Storm police headquarters, and kill... and kill! Bring me the head of the old man Gordon. I will carry it through the streets. And the Batman who thinks he can mess with us... I will tear him limb from limb!

Batman: Mutants: Surrender now or be destroyed.

[Mutant gang opens fire on Batmobile]

Batman: Don't even wait for an order. Kids today... no respect.

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Mutant Leader: [picks up shell next to fallen Mutant member] Rubber bullets. Ha! All this metal, and you don't even use it to kill! It's just a shell to keep you safe? What's the matter? Ain't you got the stomach for it? I call you coward! Come out here and face me like a man. I kill you, I eat your heart! Prove you can take me. Prove you can fight with your hands. C'mon, man! You borin' me.

Alfred Pennyworth: Sir, you can't seriously be...?

Batman: Mm-hmm.

Alfred Pennyworth: He's in his prime. He'll kill you.

Batman: It's the only way I'll know.

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Commissioner Gordon: That was some stunt you pulled at the racetrack.

Bruce Wayne: Keeps the blood flowing.

Commissioner Gordon: So long as most of it stays inside you.

Bruce Wayne: Worried about me?

Commissioner Gordon: Let's just say I'm glad you survived Batman's retirement and I was hoping you'd keep it that way.

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Alfred Pennyworth: Master Bruce. You set off the alarm, sir. This somnambulism is becoming a problem especially for those of us with a penchant for sleeping at night.

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Dr. Bartholomew Wolper: Psychologically, I'm confident you're ready to face the world and say, "Hey, I'm okay."

Dr. Herbert Willing: [shows Harvey a mirror] And you look great, too. Harvey Dent, meet Harvey Dent.

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Alfred Pennyworth: [to Bruce] One moment, it's Commissioner Gordon. No doubt calling for details on the funeral.

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Commissioner Gordon: Wife made me quit the cigars.

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Man on Street # 1: [on Batman] He is a monster, striking at the foundations of our democracy! Where are the principles that made this the noblest country in the world?

Man on Street # 2: Franky, I'm surprised there aren't a thousand more like him. People are sick and tired of being afraid. He's taking back what's ours.

Anchor Ted: Those were but a few of the reactions to the return of the Batman. Tonight, we'll examine his impact on our society. From Metropolis, managing editor of the Daily Planet, Lana Lang and, from Gotham City, popular psychologist and author of the best-seller "Hey, I'm Okay", Dr. Bartholomew Wolper. Dr. Wolper, you've claimed that the Batman is responsible for inciting the crimes he fights, yet crime in Gotham has dropped steadily since his return. Explain.

Dr. Bartholomew Wolper: I'm glad you asked that, Ted. Picture the public psyche as a vast, moist membrane. Batman has struck this membrane a vicious blow and it has recoiled. Hence, the short-term misleading statistics, but, in the long term, a whole generation of young people will be bent to the matrix of Batman's pathological self-delusion. In this context, Batman could be considered a social disease.

Lana Lang: That's the biggest load of bull I've ever heard!

Anchor Ted: Miss Lang, you've been perhaps the Batman's most vocal supporter. How can you condone behavior that is so blatantly illegal? What about due process? What about civil rights?

Lana Lang: Ted, we live in the shadow of crime, resigned to be the victims of fear, of violence, of social impotence. A man has risen to remind us that the power is, and always has been in our hands. For years, we've been under siege. This one man is showing us that we can take a stand.

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