The Dark Knight's alter ego is bruised.
By Front Page Films
EXT. GOTHAM ROOFTOP - NIGHT
Batman has just saved NARROWS BOY. Rachel is comforting
I told you he'd come.
Batman gives a look, and steps onto a ledge.
Wait. You could die. At least
tell me your name.
It's not who I am underneath but
what I do that defines me.
Batman turns to jump from the ledge. Then...
Oh my God, you totally are. Bruce.
No... not Bruce.
That "what I do that defines me"
thing? I said that to him 3 days
ago and I haven't said it to anyone
else. So you are Bruce.
I am not Bruce Wayne.
See, I didn't even say Wayne. I
just said Bruce.
Maybe he told me about it.
Oh, you guys hang out.
Yeah. Bruce Wayne is... the
coolest. Maybe you two should go
COMMISSIONER GORDON enters in his SWAT gear.
Ms. Dawes! Thank God you're safe.
Commissioner. You're not going to
Bruce Wayne is Batman?
What? That's just baloney.
Oh, it's super obvious. Dead
parents, disappeared for years,
comes back in incredible shape, has
the time, money...
Oh yeah... (to Batman) just admit
it, you're Bruce Wayne.
Rachel, Gordon, if you knew my
As Bruce Wayne.
...my secret... my secret
It would put you in danger, okay?
Well then you should stop dropping
really obvious hints before, you
know, you jump off buildings.
Wait! Who's that behind you?
Bruce? What are you doing here?
Rachel and Gordon, reluctantly playing along, turn around to
"look." Batman jumps down and is gone for a moment.
Enter BRUCE WAYNE, in a suit that looks hastily put on,
still wearing Batman's black EYE MAKEUP.
Rachel, Commissioner, what's going
on? I was just skiing with some
models and just being like a
reckless playboy party type guy...
You still have your eye makeup on.
What? No. These are... black eyes
I got from... fighting crime. No,
wait. I just wanted to let you
know that I'm not Batman.
The city is being sprayed with fear
gas and you want to just let us
know that you're not Batman.
It's true, right Bats?
Bruce waits for them to look the other way then ducks off.
That's right, Bruce.
QUICK CUTS TO:
Batman enters, suit, but wearing the mask.
I don't know hat I have to do to
prove that I'm not...
Wearing the suit.
My real secret identity is...
REVEAL that Bruce Wayne is squatting where Batman was, no
Batman costume whatsoever, rubbing his eye makeup off. It's
just a smeared mess now.
...a nimble shopkeeper named Troy
Bruce talking to Rachel as Bruce.
And I can see where you might think
we're the same guy but... I'm
wearing the cape, aren't I?
Bruce holds up the Batman costume, he has his hand up the
mask like a puppet.
Look, here we are together.
(moving hand, Batman voice) See
Rachel? Two different people. I
am not Bruce Wayne.
As "batman" is talking, Bruce takes a sip of water, a la a
ventriloquist. He can't do it though, and chokes water up
Bruce standing with Rachel in the Bruce/Rachel spot. Rachel
and Gordon aren't even paying attention to Batman anymore.
And that one time we were kids I
saw him get thrashed by bats.
See, I didn't even know that, I was
just driving his Bat car tank
thing, the registration is in
Bruce's name. Right there in the
Batman gave me a periscope the
other night and it said Wayne
Enterprises on it...
Maybe you're batman.
No, at this point, I don't think I
would want to be...
You know, we could go on and on
about who the only person in Gotham
that has the time, money and
means to be the vigilante Batman
who was also, as you pointed out
Rachel, thrashed by bats as a youth
in the home he still lives in which
rests above a cave filled with
bats, but I think it's time we put
these silly theories to bed and
consider that the Batman probably
is a giant half bat half man who
doesn't even have a secret
Bruce Wayne puts his arm on Rachel's shoulder, REVEAL he's
wearing one of Batman's gloves.
Yeah. Batman... gave me these
Oh. Cuz you and Batman hang out.
Oh yeah, he's the coolest. He told
me you'd want to go out with me?