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                        BATMAN: IN COLD BLOOD

                           SCREEN STORY BY:

                          JEDD JONG YUE with

                             ALASDAIR CHI

                       ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY BY:

                             JEDD JONG YUE

                           STARTED: 15/6/10

                          COMPLETED: 27/7/10




Contact at: jeddjong@hotmail.com


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This screenplay in itself is copyrighted to its author. All rights
reserved. This screenplay may not be used or reproduced without the
express written permission of the author.
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 EXT. HALEY‟S CIRCUS – NIGHT – ESTABLISHING

 Standing in an empty field is Haley‟s Circus, an old-
 fashioned big top covered in red and white pinstripes.
 Spotlights shine upwards at the big top and floodlights cover
 the adjacent parking lot. A large banner over the entrance
 reads “Gotham Welcomes Haley‟s Circus”.

 INT. HALEY‟s CIRCUS – NIGHT

 The crowd is silent. In the center of the ring is a nasty-
 looking contraption: a gigantic industrial buzz-saw is being
 lowered above a struggling man bound to a table. The man is
 masked and tries to break out of his handcuffs. The buzz saw
 slices the man in two. A shred of his shirt gets caught in
 the buzz saw. Once the buzz saw stops, beautiful assistants
 arrive to divide the table in two, showing that the man has
 really been cut in half. However, his hands and feet are
 still moving. The two halves and the contraption are wheeled
 away. The audience applauds.

                              RINGMASTER:

               Ladies and Gentleman, the
               incredible Death Man!

 INT. HALEY‟s CIRCUS – VIP BOX

BRUCE WAYNE is seated in a VIP box with JULIE MADISON, his
beautiful blonde companion. Dressed in a semi-formal dinner
jacket and long black necktie, Wayne appears unimpressed.

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

               You do know how that‟s
               done, don‟t you?

                        JULIE MADISON:

                Bruce, shh.

INT. HALEY‟s CIRCUS - RING

                             RINGMASTER:

                And now, introducing the
                most daring family in the world:
                the Flying Graysons!
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                          RINGMASTER:
                            (cont.)

                Residents of the Haley‟s Circus
                for five years now,
                performing astounding aerial
                acrobatics-without the safety
                of a net!

INT. HALEY‟s CIRCUS –TRAPEZE PLATFORM

The Flying Graysons prepare for their act. The youngest, Dick
Grayson, a boy of about 14, powders his hands with chalk.

                         DICK GRAYSON:

                Here we go!

                        JOHN GRAYSON:

                Remember to smile Dick!

                        MARY GRAYSON:

               Let‟s fly, my little Robin!

 They leap off the trapeze one after the other, perform
 several somersaults and catch the trapeze at the other end at
 different times. Applause is audible in the background. The
 Graysons then perform another trick.

 INT. HALEY‟S CIRCUS - SPECTATOR‟S STANDS

 The silhouette of an audience member is visible. He is
 holding what looks like a lighter. He flips open the cap and
 pushes down hard on a button.

 A close-up of the wires which hold the aerialists up.

 INT. HALEY‟S CIRCUS – TRAPEZE PLATFORM

 Two small but powerful squibs explode. The high-tensile
 support cables that hold up the aerialists snap loudly,
 filaments unwinding. John and Mary Grayson, having just
 performed a catch, are suddenly taken aback as they begin to
 fall. Safe on the platform, Dick Grayson is shocked and
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reaches out his arm to his falling parents though he knows he
cannot save them.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              No! Mum! Dad!

                        MARY GRAYSON:

             Robin!

Dick looks on in horror as his parents continue to fall. He
looks away at the last moment, right before they hit the
ground. Dick fights back tears and quickly climbs down rungs
on the support column, returning to the ring floor.

The managers go into a frenzy as the Ringmaster hurries
onstage.

                         RINGMASTER:

              Ladies and gentlemen, please do
              not panic! We have the
              situation completely
              under control! Please stay in your
              seats!

Despite the instruction, many spectators throw down their
popcorn and rush to the exit.

INT. HALEY‟S CIRCUS – VIP BOX

Bruce Wayne looks on in shock as Julie Madison begins to
break down, sobbing.

                       JULIE MADISON:

              They just...they just fell!
              That boy, their son...what‟s...

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              It‟s okay Julie, I‟m sure it was
              just an accident...I‟ll take care
              Of it...
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                       JULIE MADISON:

              You?! You‟ll take care of it?!
              Just because you‟re some billionaire
              doesn‟t mean you can...

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Julie, please calm down...I‟ll be right
              back...

Bruce gets up and leaves, running down to the ring.

                       JULIE MADISON:

              They just died and you‟re going
              to leave me here?!

INT. HALEY‟S CIRCUS – RING

Police have now gathered around the ring. Crime scene
investigators are all over the scene, snapping photographs,
placing evidence markers and gathering evidence. Bruce Wayne
elbows through the crowd.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             Excuse me please...coming through...

Bruce reaches the scene. John and Mary Grayson have been
covered with sheets. Wayne has been witness to many crime
scenes in the past, but somehow this one affects him deeply.
Bruce approaches a police officer.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Excuse me officer, I‟m Bruce...

                             OFFICER:

             ...Wayne. I know. We‟re kinda busy
             now so...
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                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Is Commissioner Gordon here?

                             OFFICER:

              No, but Montoya is.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Yes, I know her.

                             OFFICER:

              Over there, with the kid.

Bruce walks over to Officer Renee Montoya, who is talking to
Dick Grayson.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Montoya, could I have a moment?

                       RENEE MONTOYA:

              Go ahead Mr Wayne.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Thanks Officer.

Bruce Wayne walks to a corner and talks to Montoya

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              It must be very difficult for the boy.
              I would know.

                       RENEE MONTOYA:

              That‟s true.
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                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              I think I may be able to help.

                       RENEE MONTOYA:

              Don‟t mind me asking, how?

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              I‟ll need to speak with the
              Commissioner first.

                       RENEE MONTOYA:

              Well, you still haven‟t answered
              my question.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             Question, right. Well, when my
             parents were killed, I had Alfred.
             Who does this boy have?

                       RENEE MONTOYA:

              As far as we know, nobody.
              As circus performers, The
              Graysons were travellers, nomads.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             That‟s where I may be able to help.

EXT. ICEBERG LOUNGE - NIGHT

The Iceberg Lounge is in an upmarket part of Gotham City. The
exterior is dressed like an old-fashioned Hollywood cinema
with a marquee that reads “Iceberg Lounge” There is a neon
sign of a cartoon penguin and the words “Iceberg Lounge”.
There is a line of patrons waiting to enter and a burly
bouncer guarding the entrance. A man in a trench coat is
ushered through.
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INT. ICEBERG LOUNGE - NIGHT

The Iceberg Lounge is as swanky as a nightspot can get.
Heavily themed, the colour scheme is white and light blue. In
the centre of the lounge is an ornamental lagoon with
iceberg-like structures and real seals and penguins.
Hostesses in bustiers, bowties and fishnet stockings serve
drinks to the patrons.

The man in the trench coat makes his way to a door marked
“authorised personnel only”. A security guard in shades
blocks the way.

                          TRENCHCOAT MAN:

                I‟m here to see Mr Cobblepot.

                              GUARD:

                You Zucco?

The man nods.

                              GUARD:

                He‟s expecting you. Right this way.

                              ZUCCO:

                Thanks.

Zucco enters and makes his way up the stairs. Two hostesses
usher him through ornate double doors.

INT. PENGUIN‟S OFFICE – NIGHT

Zucco enters the office of criminal businessman OSWALD
COBBLEPOT, THE PENGUUIN. The office has all the trappings one
could ask for. To one side of the office is a rack stocked
with dozens of umbrellas. There is a swivelling chair behind
a large oak desk. A hostess is seated on it, holding a plate
of sushi and sashimi.
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The swivelling chair rotates to face Zucco. Seated in it is
Oswald, a diminutive, portly man dressed in coat and tails
and a top hat. There is a silver monocle in his right eye. He
seems to have come straight out of a period film. The hostess
pops a piece of sushi into The Penguin‟s mouth. The Penguin
finishes the morsel and dabs at his mouth with a
handkerchief.

                            PENGUIN:

              Thank you Holly, that was delicious.
              Ah, Tony. How nice of you to
              drop by. Is it done?

                             ZUCCO:

              Yeah boss.

Zucco puts the detonator on the table. The Penguin passes it
back to him.

                            PENGUIN:

             No no no, keep the little trinket.
             A souvenir, eh?

                             ZUCCO:

             You don‟t want any of this to lead
             back to you.

                            PENGUIN:

              Of course not, I‟m a legitimate
              businessman now. Please Tony, take
              a seat. Hand Rachel your coat.

                             ZUCCO:

              Er, thanks.

A hostess helps Zucco out of his coat.
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                          PENGUIN:

              Everything go smoothly?

                           ZUCCO:

             Without a hitch. Took out the Flying
             Graysons, just as you said.

                          PENGUIN:

              Only the parents?

                           ZUCCO:

             Yes, I waited till the kid was safe.

                          PENGUIN:

              You‟ll see I‟m not that heartless.

He turns to the hostess seated on his table and strokes her
cheek with a gloved hand. She tries her hardest to mask her
disgust.

                          PENGUIN:

              Isn‟t that right, Holly?

                           ZUCCO:

              Tell me, boss.

                          PENGUIN:

              Yes?

                           ZUCCO:

              Does anyone call you “Penguin”
              to your face?

The Penguin laughs. Zucco shifts in his chair, awkward.
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                             PENGUIN:

             Well, it‟s a title I dislike, but
             one that I guess I have grown to accept.
             still, it would be best not to tempt me.
             isn‟t that right, Rachel?

Rachel turns around to leave. Zucco catches a glimpse of her
severely scarred back.

                             PENGUIN:

              Now, you‟ve wasted enough of my time.

                              ZUCCO:

              Aren‟t you forgetting one more thing?

The Penguin scowls, reaches for a stack of $100 dollar bills
and passes it to Zucco. Zucco smiles for the first time
during their meeting.

                              ZUCCO:

              Thanks boss.

                             PENGUIN:

              Yeah, knock yourself out.

Zucco exits and the Penguin eats a slice of sashimi.

                             PENGUIN:

              Mmm, yellowtail.

INT. BRUCE WAYNE‟S CAR

ALFRED PENNYWORTH, Bruce Wayne‟s loyal valet, is dressed in a
chauffer‟s uniform at the wheel of a Bentley Flying Spur.
Julie Madison, visibly upset, is seated in the back with
Bruce Wayne.
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                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              You‟ve had a rough night, Julie.

                       JULIE MADISON:

              It was supposed to have been fun.

EXT. OUTSIDE JULIE‟S APARTMENT

Alfred gets out and opens the passenger door. Bruce helps
Julie out of the car.

                       JULIE MADISON:

              Thank you Alfred.

                           ALFRED:

              Always a pleasure, Ms Madison.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Goodnight and take care, Julie.

Julie nods and enters the apartment building. Bruce and
Alfred return to the car.

                           ALFRED:

              What now, Sir?


                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              The case, Alfred.

Alfred nods and pulls out an attaché case. He passes it back
to Bruce who places it on his lap and clicks it open. In it
are the components of the Batsuit, neatly folded. Alfred
smiles.
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EXT. ABANDONED OFFICE BUILDING – NIGHT

The Bentley pulls up outside the building. It is tall,
imposing and features neo-gothic architecture. However, it
has long fallen into disrepair. Bruce Wayne exits the car
holding the case and goes into the building. The camera
slowly pans up the building, following a lift on the inside
and when it reaches the rooftop, Batman is perched on a
gargoyle, cape fluttering in the wind. He takes a moment, and
then leaps. The cape stiffens into a glider, and Batman flies
away.

INT. HALEY‟S CIRCUS BIG TOP – NIGHT

The circus ring is now a full-blown crime scene. Police
officers and crime scene investigators are all over the
floor. In the middle of it all is a figure in a trench coat
and glasses – police Commissioner JIM GORDON. Wearing
surgical gloves, he is fiddling with something in a plastic
evidence bag. The Commissioner wanders into a corner. He
spots a rope hanging from the dark rafters and tugs on it.
Batman descends down the rope.

                    COMMISSIONER GORDON:

             Now it‟s a whole other kind of circus.

                           BATMAN:

              Indeed.

                    COMMISSIONER GORDON:

             I‟m surprised you weren‟t here earlier.

                           BATMAN:

             Maybe I was, and you don‟t know it.

                    COMMISSIONER GORDON:

             One thing about you is you have to one-up
             everybody.
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              BATMAN:

Is that the explosive device?

       COMMISSIONER GORDON:

Yeah. What‟s left of it anyway.

              BATMAN:

Those wires are high-tensile steel.

       COMMISSIONER GORDON:

They were all them Flying Graysons had.

              BATMAN:

I‟ve seen these before.

       COMMISSIONER GORDON:

Know who makes them?

              BATMAN:

No. But for starters, this was activated
via radio frequency.

       COMMISSIONER GORDON:

So someone in the audience must‟ve
activated it.

              BATMAN:

Compile a list of all the audience
Members tonight. You can pull names attached to
credit card bookings.
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                       COMMISSIONER GORDON:

             What about those who bought tickets at the door?

                             BATMAN:

             The sweepstakes coupons. Win a car.

                       COMMISSIONER GORDON:

              Right.

INT. GOTHCORP LABS - NIGHT

Scientist Dr VICTOR FRIES is working alone in his laboratory.
A beautiful woman lies on a gurney in a coma, hooked up to a
life support system. Dr Fries walks over to the woman, bends
down and kisses her lightly on the forehead.

                          VICTOR FRIES:

              Soon, Nora. Soon.

Victor heads over to a computer terminal. On the monitor is a
diagram of a diseased red blood cell. It is labelled “Wood-
Moldoff Syndrome – affected Red Blood Cell”. Fries presses
“play” on a computer simulation. A counter at the bottom of
the screen shows the number of days, and in accelerated
fashion the red blood cell on the screen begins to
disintegrate. Fries stops the simulation before the cell
breaks down altogether. He glances over to his wife, then
back at the screen. He takes off his spectacles and wipes his
brow.

                          VICTOR FRIES:

              If I could retard or at least slow down the
              process...

Victor absently picks up a canister on his desk, marked
“Creon”.
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                        VICTOR FRIES:

               A supercoolant...of course.

Victor types a few figures into a program and comes up with
the final sum “$340 564.00”. He sighs again. It is too much
money. He crunches the numbers again but achieves the same
final amount. Fries sighs. He reaches into his pocket and
takes out his wallet. In the wallet is a name card that reads
“Oswald Cobblepot”.

                        VICTOR FRIES:

             One way or another, I will see this through
             Nora. For you. For us.

EXT. GOTHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT HQ – DAY

Bruce Wayne, in a tan suit, exits his Bentley and proceeds
into the police headquarters.

INT. GOTHAM POLICE DEPARTMENT HQ – COMMISSIONER GORDON‟S
OFFICE - DAY

Bruce Wayne walks into Commissioner Gordon‟s office.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Thanks for agreeing to meet me,
              Commissioner.

                    COMMISSIONER GORDON:

              Not at all Bruce, you‟re a friend,
              and it‟s my job to help out when I can.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             I was there that night, at the circus. I
             saw Dick Grayson‟s parents die. I know what
             it‟s like to lose someone before your very
             eyes. I‟ve been giving it some thought, and
             I‟d like to take Dick Grayson in. As a ward.
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       COMMISSIONER GORDON:

So the swinging bachelor wants to become a
Daddy?

           BRUCE WAYNE:

He‟s a kindred spirit, that‟s all.

       COMMISSIONER GORDON:

I suppose. It‟s been a very busy two
days for the boy. He‟s been holding
out at the police dorms.

           BRUCE WAYNE:

When can he be taken home?

       COMMISSIONER GORDON:

Once all the papers are signed and
the foster parent database is sorted
out, we‟re good to go.

           BRUCE WAYNE:

That‟s great.

       COMMISSIONER GORDON:

However, do prepare to deal with a
lot of media attention, especially
since you‟re that high up the social
ladder. They‟ll want to get the scoop
on why you‟ve adopted an orphaned aerialist.
there‟ll be lots of nasty rumours flying
around, not to mention the unearthing
of your past.
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                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             Don‟t worry Commissioner, I‟ve handled
             worse. Much worse.

                    COMMISSIONER GORDON:

             Oh, there‟s also the funeral arrangements.
             Nobody is handling that at the moment.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              I‟ll take care of it.

EXT. WAYNE MANOR GROUNDS – DAY

The funeral of John and Mary is being held. A Catholic priest
presides. It is a cloudy day and chairs have been set up on
the Wayne Manor lawn. Dressed in a black suit and tie, Bruce
Wayne stands at the back, accompanying a solemn Dick Grayson.
They stand together, quiet. Suddenly, Dick begins to break
down. Bruce gives him a reassuring hug.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              I miss them so much, Mr Wayne.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              It‟s okay Dick, I know how you feel.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Can we go inside? Please?

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Sure, let‟s go.

INT. WAYNE MANOR MAIN HALL – DAY
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                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Alfred has put your things in your room.
              Wanna check it out?

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Er...yeah, this is a lot to take in.

Bruce and Dick ascend the grand staircase. Alfred is at the
top of the stairs, ready to greet them.

                           ALFRED:

              Ready to see your room, Master Richard?
              Master Bruce has taken great pride
              In preparing it.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Sure Mr Alfred.

                           ALFRED:

              Oh, just “Alfred” will do, Master Richard.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              How about “Uncle Alfred”?


                           ALFRED:

             It‟s a new one, but it does have a ring
             to it.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

            “Uncle Alfred” it is, then.
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INT. DICK GRAYSON‟S ROOM – DAY

Dick Grayson‟s room is a cosy but spacious private area,
fashioned in much the same way as most of the stately manor.
The main differences are several posters of pop bands and
recent movies, as well as colourful bed sheets.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Wow, this is really cool! I never really
              Got my own room, travelling with the circus-
              Not that I minded anyway.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              I‟m glad you like it Dick. Alfred, we
              Could show him around the garage later.
              I heard you like motorcycles.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

             That‟d be great, but I need to take a
             short break.

                             ALFRED:

              Later, then.


INT. WAYNE MANOR GARAGE – DAY

The subterranean garage and workshop is cavernous and
impressive, housing a large number of automobiles.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              How do you like it?

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Wow...how many are there?
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                           ALFRED:

              42, when I last checked.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             Cars are one of my...hobbies. I get
             To drive around prototypes nobody
             will get to buy in the market.

INT. WAYNE MANOR HALLWAY – DAY

Dick Grayson is back in his room. Alfred and Bruce are
walking.

                           ALFRED:

             Pardon me sir, but have you
             Considered the...unique consequences
             of adopting a child that would affect
             someone such as yourself?

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              He will have to know sooner or later.

                           ALFRED:

              But is that up to you to decide?


                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             Until then, I will need your assistance
             and discretion more than ever.

                          sALFRED:

              Very well, Master Bruce.
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EXT. GOTHAM HARBOUR - NIGHT

Victor Fries walks up to a luxury yacht berthed at Gotham
Harbour. The Yacht is named “Yellowtail”. He proceeds into
the yacht as two guards look on.

INT. YELLOWTAIL – NIGHT

Victor Fries looks uneasy surrounded by the plush furnishings
of the luxury yacht. A guard guides him into the Penguin‟s
stateroom.

INT. YELLOWTAIL – PENGUIN‟S STATEROOM – NIGHT

The Penguin‟s stateroom looks somewhat like his office at the
Iceberg Lounge, except smaller and with a bed to one side.
The Penguin is again seated at an oak desk. He is smoking a
cigarillo in a long cigarette holder. He takes a long drag.

                            PENGUIN:

             Ah, the eminent scientist Dr Victor Fries.
             How nice of you to visit. Please, take a seat!

Victor Fries nods and sits down.

                          VICTOR FRIES:

             Thanks for agreeing to meet me, Mr Cobblepot.

                            PENGUIN:

             As a matter of fact, I feel indebted to
             you, Victor.

                          VICTOR FRIES:

              How so?

                            PENGUIN:

             Well, I love my sushi and sashimi.
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                          VICTOR FRIES:

              Uh-huh...

                            PENGUIN:

             Ever since those Japanese fishermen
             Have started using Creon as a supercoolant,
             Their fish has been as fresh as ever.

                          VICTOR FRIES:

             I‟m...glad you can tell the difference.

                            PENGUIN:

              As such, I‟d be happy to oblige any favour
              you will ask of me. I am after all, a
              legitimate businessman.

                          VICTOR FRIES:

              I will need to borrow $340 000.

                            PENGUIN:

             Now, what would a scientist want with
             that much moolah?

The Penguin takes another long drag.

                          VICTOR FRIES:

              It‟s research money.


                            PENGUIN:

             And Gothcorp doesn‟t fund your research?

                          VICTOR FRIES:

              You see, my wife is dying.
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                          PENGUIN:

              Now this is getting interesting.

                        VICTOR FRIES:

             It‟s not interesting, Cobblepot. It‟s
             tragic. It‟s a very rare blood disease and
             I need time and money to engineer a cure.

                          PENGUIN:

             Time, I cannot give you. But money, I have
             In excess and will willingly supply.

                        VICTOR FRIES:

             Just like that? No strings attached?

                          PENGUIN:

              No strings attached.

The Penguin takes out a cheque from his chequebook and signs
it, making it out to “Dr Victor Fries”. He politely hands the
cheque over to Victor.

                        VICTOR FRIES:

              Thank you Mr Cobblepot. How can I
              repay you?

                          PENGUIN:

             I trust you‟ll come up with the money
             sooner or later. If not, I‟m sure we‟ll
             think of...something.
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INT. BATCAVE – NIGHT

The Batcave is a natural cave under Wayne Manor which has
been modified and outfitted as a base of operations for
Batman. Bruce Wayne, in full Batman attire except for the
cowl, is seated in front of a large bank of computers, known
collectively as the “Batcomputer”. On the main monitor of the
Batcomputer is a slowly-rotating 3D diagram of the explosive
device. Alfred comes walking in carrying a tray of soup.


                           ALFRED:

              Minestrone, sir?

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Perhaps later, Alfred.

Alfred looks closely at the image on the screen.

                           ALFRED:

             The device that killed young Master
             Richard‟s parents?

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Yes. It‟s a small remotely-triggered explosive
              device.

Bruce brings up a video player and begins playing a video
simulation. The explosive device detonates, and causes the
high-tensile wire to unravel and snap.

                           ALFRED:

              Oh my.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             These are manufactured via a shell
             company, it is almost impossible
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                    BRUCE WAYNE (CONT.):

             ...to track the actual source.

                           ALFRED:

              Almost.
                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Yes. I‟ve traced it back to this
              character.

A newspaper photograph of Oswald Cobblepot at the opening of
the Iceberg Lounge appears on the monitor.

                           ALFRED:

              “Character” is exactly the word
              I‟d use.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             Oswald Cobblepot.
             Owner of the Iceberg Lounge and responsible
             for some very shady business dealings.
             once you owe him money, you can never escape.

                           ALFRED:

              No strings attached.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              That‟s what they always say. The problem is,
              Oswald is incredibly good at covering his
              tracks, and his influence stretches beyond
              the law.

                           ALFRED:

             With an appearance like that, he must
             Have some kind of nickname.
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                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              He does. “The Penguin”.

                           ALFRED:

              How...appropriate.

INT. DICK GRAYSON‟S ROOM – NIGHT

Dick Grayson is poring over newspaper articles. We get a
glimpse of the headlines: “TRAGEDY AT HALEY‟S CIRCUS”,
“AERIALISTS KILLED”, “ACCIDENT?” and so on. He stops at an
old photograph of the Flying Graysons together: John and Mary
beaming proudly with Dick in the centre, also smiling. Dick
sighs.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              I have to go back there.

Dick takes a jacket from his closet, puts it on and leaves
his room.

INT. WAYNE MANOR GARAGE – NIGHT

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              42 cars...I need a bike...

Dick runs over to the section of the sprawling garage where
Bruce‟s motorcycles are stored. He hesitates.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              I need to know.

Dick finds a motorcycle that suits his fancy. He grabs a
helmet from a nearby maintenance rack, concealing his
identity. He revs the bike and drives out. The garage door
opens automatically.
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INT. BATCAVE – NIGHT

A pop up alert appears on the Batcomputer monitor.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              What‟s this?

He clicks on the pop-up alert. It shows a video of Dick
driving the motorcycle out of the garage.

                              ALFRED:

              Ah, there‟s our gracious guest. Now
              Where would he be heading?

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             I think I have a pretty good idea.

Bruce Wayne whips on his cowl, his transformation into Batman
complete. He rises from the chair, the cape pulled along
behind him.

EXT. HALEY‟S CICRUS – NIGHT

Zucco, in a cheap business suit, is walking towards the Big
Top. He is talking on his cell phone.

                              ZUCCO:

             Alright boss, I‟ll get it done. I‟ll just
             erase the documents from the computer
             and that‟s it. And the hard copies. Fine,
             fine.

Zucco hangs up.

                              ZUCCO:

             The things I do for the useless fat idiot.
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EXT. HALEY‟s CIRCUS – NIGHT

Just after Zucco walks on, Dick arrives. He parks the bike in
a discreet spot and dismounts. He races to the entrance of
the big top and hides. Two policemen are guarding the
entrance. Zucco walks up to them; Dick observes all this from
his hiding spot.


                        POLICEMAN 1:

             I‟m sorry sir, this area has been sealed
             off. I‟m afraid I can‟t let you in.

                              ZUCCO:

             I understand, I heard about the tragic incident.
             You see, I‟m on the board of directors of
             Circus of the Skies, of which Haley‟s Circus
             is part of.

                        POLICEMAN 2:

              You‟ll have to check with...

                              ZUCCO:

             Yes, I spoke to Commissioner Gordon
             myself yesterday.

                        POLICEMAN 1:

              We‟ll need to see a written...

                              ZUCCO:

              Please gentleman, I‟m a very busy
              person and I just need to retrieve
              some files from the computer.

                        POLICEMAN 2:

              Hold on one second.
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He speaks into his walkie-talkie.

                        POLICEMAN 2:

             Uhh, someone wants to enter the crime
             scene, please...

All of a sudden, Zucco takes out his pistol and strikes one
policeman in the back of the head, bashing the other against
him. Both lose consciousness instantly.

                             ZUCCO:

              Idiot cops.

Dick Grayson, hiding in his corner, gasps.

Zucco heads into the big top. Waiting several seconds, Dick
Grayson follows him.

EXT. HALEY‟S CIRCUS OFFICE

The offices are housed in what was once a shipping container.
Zucco tries the handle on the door. It‟s locked. He opens it
with a key. The door swings open feebly. Zucco steps in.

INT. HALEY‟S CIRCUS OFFICE

Zucco heads for the filing cabinet and opens each drawer.
They are empty, having been cleared by the police. In the
last drawer, he opens the false bottom. There is one file
left. Zucco takes it out and smiles.

                             ZUCCO:

              Idiot cops.

ZUCCO goes over to the computer, turns it on and logs in. He
inserts a flash drive into the USB port, which overrides the
security settings. He gets to the file he wants and smiles.
He presses delete on the keyboard.
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Holding the hard copy in his hand, Zucco takes out a lighter
and ignites it. He begins to burn the file when Dick Grayson
storms in.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Stop there!

                              ZUCCO:

              Hey, take it easy kid...aren‟t you
              The Grayson boy?

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              What if I am?

                              ZUCCO:

              Nothing. „Cept I‟m gonna have to ice you,
              too.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              “Too”?

                              ZUCCO:

             Piece together the puzzle yet, kid?

Furious, Dick kicks the lighter out of Zucco‟s hand. It lands
on the computer, burning through the plastic casing. A spark
ignites in the computer and flames materialize. The fire is
fuelled by the wooden desk. It begins to consume the office.
Zucco panics and pulls out his gun. Dick braces Zucco‟s arm.
He is surprisingly strong for his age. The gun goes off and a
bullet ricochets off the corrugated metal. All the while the
flames lick up at them. Dick kicks Zucco in the shin. Zucco
winces and lets go of the gun. Dick pushes Zucco against a
wall, glowing red from the fire. Zucco yells as the heat
burns through the back of his suit. In a rage, Zucco kicks
Dick, frees himself from his jacket and runs out of the
burning office. Dick picks up the gun and follows suit.
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INT. HALEY‟S CIRCUS BIG TOP – NIGHT

Zucco runs into the big top, perspiring heavily. Dick Grayson
is not far behind. Zucco is tripped up by a stray wire on the
floor of the circus ring. Before he can pick himself up, Dick
steps on Zucco‟s back with one foot and holds the gun with
both hands, pointing it at the back of Zucco‟s head.

                              ZUCCO:

               You won‟t do it punk.

                       BATMAN (O.S.):

               No he won‟t.

Zucco is stunned and frightened. He can‟t manage anything.
Dick, a little taken aback, takes his foot off Zucco‟s back,
still clutching the gun.
                           BATMAN:

               Killing him won‟t bring your
               Parents back, Dick.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

               An eye for an eye.

                              BATMAN:

               Makes the whole world blind.

Dick tightens his grip on the firearm.

                              BATMAN:

              You‟ll have achieved nothing and
              lost everything.


Dick hands Batman the gun.
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                            BATMAN:

               Thank you.

Police sirens are audible outside. Batman cuffs Zucco with a
pair of handcuffs from his utility belt.


                            BATMAN:

               Dick, come with me.

Dick follows Batman out of the big top. Batman presses a
button on his utility belt and the headlights of the
Batmobile come on.

                         DICK GRAYSON:

               I took a bike...

Batman points a remote control at the bike and it returns
home to Wayne Manor, without a driver. Dick‟s eyes widen.
Batman points to the Batmobile.

                            BATMAN:

               Get in.

INT. BATMOBILE – NIGHT

Dick and Batman are on their way back to the Batcave.

                         DICK GRAYSON:

               Am I in any sort of trouble?

                            BATMAN:

               No, but you would be had you
               killed him.
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                        DICK GRAYSON:

               Anyway, I stay at Wayne Manor now.

                           BATMAN:

               I know where that is.

Dick shifts uncomfortably in the passenger‟s seat of the
Batmobile. Batman is silent.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Who are you anyway?

Batman turns and looks at Dick Grayson. He removes his cowl.
Dick gasps.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              It‟s you! Why didn‟t you tell me?!

                           BATMAN:

              I was waiting for the right time.
              I guess now, you‟re ready to know.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Why did you adopt me if you have
              such a big secret to keep? Didn‟t
              You think I would disrupt your work?

                           BATMAN:

              We‟re very alike. You may have
               heard about what happened to my
              parents. I had Alfred, but you
              have nobody. I thought I could
              give you the guidance you needed,
              to prevent revenge from twisting
              you into a monster. A monster
              like me.
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                          DICK GRAYSON:

               You‟re not a monster.

                             BATMAN:

               Gotham is overrun with monsters.
               All it needs is one on the other
               side to balance things up.
The Batmobile veers off the road and onto a concealed route,
driving through the forest surrounding Gotham‟s outskirts and
headed for a solid stone wall.

                          DICK GRAYSON:

              Look out!

The stone wall lifts up to reveal a short tunnel. The
Batmobile drives through it and the wall lowers back down.
The Batmobile has arrived in the Batcave.

INT. BATCAVE – NIGHT

The Batmobile comes to a stop. The doors automatically open.
Batman steps out, followed by Dick.

                          DICK GRAYSON:

              Whoa.

                             BATMAN:

              This is where I work from: an underground
              cavern beneath Wayne Manor outfitted
              with everything I need to help me.

                             ALFRED:

             I see you like our little hideout.
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                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Alfred! You‟re in on this too?

                             ALFRED:

              You could say part of it was my idea.

Dick gives Batman and unexpected hug.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Thanks for everything, Mr Wayne.


                             BATMAN:

              Go get some rest. Alfred
              will take you upstairs.

                             ALFRED:

              Follow me, Master Richard.

Dick follows Alfred into the elevator. Batman sits down at
the Batcomputer. A ghost of a smile breaks across his face.

INT. GOTHCORP LABS – NIGHT

Victor, in a lab coat and wearing protective goggles,
prepares Nora for cryogenic preservation. He goes over to a
futuristic preservation chamber and opens it. White mist
appears from inside. Victor carries Nora‟s limp body and
carefully places it inside in the chamber. After one last
look, he closes it and it hermetically seals. Fries goes over
to the computer controls, which show the amounts of the
various substances in the cryogenic mix, chief of which is
Creon. A Plexiglas window in the chamber allows us to see
Nora‟s face. It disappears behind a white mist. A few seconds
later, the process is complete. Fries heaves a sigh of relief
and gets up from his chair.
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                           VICTOR FRIES:

              One step closer, Nora. One step.

Victor kisses the window of the chamber, and then leaves his
lab for a coffee break.

INT. GOTHCORP CORRIDOR – NIGHT

Victor Fries walks to a vending machine. He puts in a few
coins and selects hot coffee with milk and sugar. The machine
dispenses his drink, and Fries collects it. He takes a sip
and smiles. Holding the drink, he returns to his lab.

INT. GOTHCORP LABS – NIGHT

Fries re-enters his lab and sees two men tampering with
Nora‟s chamber.

                           VICTOR FRIES:

             You two! What do you think you‟re doing?

The two men are slightly taken aback. They spin around and
draw their weapons.

                           VICTOR FRIES:

             Don‟t shoot! You‟ll damage the equipment!

                              THUG 1:

             Exactly what the boss sent us to do.

Realisation dawns on Fries.

                           VICTOR FRIES:

              Cobblepot.

One of the thugs disconnects Nora‟s chamber from the wall
while another holds Fries at gunpoint.
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                        VICTOR FRIES:

              What are you doing?

                           THUG 2:

              We‟re taking your darling wife
              to...cold storage.

                        VICTOR FRIES:

             No! You‟re not taking Nora anywhere!

                           THUG 1:

              I‟m the one with the gun.

Victor splashes the still-hot coffee in the thug‟s face. He
screams as Victor tries to pry the gun from his hands. The
gun goes off and punctures a pipe carrying Creon. A high-
pressure jet of the super-coolant sprays out of the hole. The
other thug quickly wheels Nora‟s chamber away, trying to get
out of the lab. Fries shoves Thug 1 against the chamber. He
then takes the other thug and pushes his face against the
hole in the pipe. He screams in pain as his face is frozen
over by the Creon. Thug 1 gets up and pulls Fries away. He
kicks Fries in the knee and pushes him into an empty chamber.
Before Fries can fight back, the Thug seals the chamber with
Fries inside.

                        VICTOR FRIES:

               No!

The thug pushes a lever and the chamber fills with a liquid.
The liquid quickly comes up to Fries‟ nose. Fries panics.
Soon, Fries is completely immersed in the liquid. He tries
pushing up with his arms, but the chamber has been sealed.
Another liquid is introduced into the mix, this one a light
blue. The computer monitor shows the temperature drop
drastically. Fries begins to lose consciousness. The last
thing he sees is the evil grin on the thug, through the
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Plexiglas window of the chamber. All that is audible is the
“danger: alert” alarm from the computer.


INT. COLD ROOM – NIGHT

The Penguin has both Victor and Nora‟s capsules in cold
storage in the cold room. Victor is visible through the
Plexiglas window in his capsule, unconscious. All of a
sudden, he opens his eyes and yells. The scream is muffled by
the thick glass.

The Penguin walks in, dressed in a luxurious fur coat.

                            PENGUIN:

              It sure is chilly in here.

                         VICTOR FRIES:

              Get me out!

                            PENGUIN:

              Most certainly.

The Penguin opens the chamber. Most of Fries‟ clothing has
been frozen until they‟ve disintegrated. Fries raises an arm
to punch the Penguin in the face, but he stops short.

                         VICTOR FRIES:

             My arm...my skin...what‟s happened to me?

Fries‟ skin is now a frosty pale bluish-white.

                            PENGUIN:

              I‟m not the expert, you tell me.

                         VICTOR FRIES:

             You slimy little bastard...where is Nora?
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                          PENGUIN:

             I‟d watch my language if I were you...

He points to the capsule next to Fries‟. Fries sits up and
stares at the capsule.


                        VICTOR FRIES:

              Nora!

                          PENGUIN:

             She‟s fine, I made sure of it. But
             If you want her to stay that way,
             you‟ll do everything I say.

                        VICTOR FRIES:

              What in hell do you want?!

                          PENGUIN:

             People in hell want ice water,
             But I simply want a few things
             taken care of. Hmm, could you
             create, perhaps, a freezing ray gun
             of some kind? A flamethrower,
             but ice instead of fire? I‟m sure you could.

                        VICTOR FRIES:

             You‟re insane. What would you want
             With something like that?

                          PENGUIN:

              Oh, it will be you using it.

                        VICTOR FRIES:
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I would never hurt anyone with something
I‟ve created.

             PENGUIN:

Tell that to Sherman, whose face now lies in
a million pieces.

          VICTOR FRIES:

Those men assaulted me!

             PENGUIN:

Under my orders.

          VICTOR FRIES:

What kind of monster are you, Cobblepot?

             PENGUIN:

On the contrary, it is you who is the
monster...Mr Freeze.

          VICTOR FRIES:

My name is Dr. Victor Fries!

             PENGUIN:

I will call you whatever the hell
I want to call you!

          VICTOR FRIES:

I can‟t go outside like this.

             PENGUIN:

That‟s what my mother always told me.
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                           VICTOR FRIES:

             I need to build a...containment suit.

                             PENGUIN:

                 And that freeze ray gun, too.


                           VICTOR FRIES:

             I will require a great deal of specialised
             equipment.

                             PENGUIN:

              Say the word and you‟ll get what you need.
             Just remember you owe everything to me.

                           VICTOR FRIES:

             Give me some time to think...five minutes.

                             PENGUIN:

                 You have five seconds. Consider
                 wisely...and quickly too.

Victor scowls.

                             PENGUIN:

             You have a hot temper, for someone
             with such a...low core temperature.

Victor rises from the chamber and is about to punch the
Penguin when he lowers his fist.

                           VICTOR FRIES:

                 Fine. Give me a computer and I‟ll
                 make a list.
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                             PENGUIN:

              Already done, Fries.

INT. WAYNE MANOR GYM – DAY

Dick Grayson is working out   with a punching bag in the gym.
Alfred has prepared a glass   of iced water for him. He takes a
break, uses a towel to wipe   off the perspiration on his
forehead and takes a sip of   the water. He then puts it back
on the tray.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Thanks Uncle Alfred.

                              ALFRED:

              You‟re welcome, Master Richard. That‟s
              actually quite impressive. You remind me of
              when Master Bruce was first training to become
              the Batman.


                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Do you think I could be like him,
              Alfred? Do you think I could be
              Batman one day?

Alfred smiles warmly.

                              ALFRED:

             Taking on the mantle of the Batman is
             not all it‟s made out to be,
             but I have every confidence in you,
             young man.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              What do you mean, Uncle Alfred?
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                              ALFRED:

              You‟ll understand when the time comes.

Bruce Wayne walks in. Alfred is a little taken aback.

                              ALFRED:

              Master Bruce!

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             How about we let him use the real gym,
             Alfred?

                        DICK GRAYSON:

             The real gym? You mean this is not
             the real gym? It‟s pretty sweet as
             it is.

                              ALFRED:

              Follow me, Master Richard.

INT. BATCAVE CAVELET – DAY

One part of the cave is a training area outfitted with
different kinds of gym equipment including barbells,
resistance training machines and cardiovascular training
equipment, as well as several dummies to practise fighting
moves on. To one side is a massive rock climbing wall, cut
into the natural rock of the cavern. There are targets down a
range, though it is not quite a shooting range. The punching
bag is twice the size of the one in the Wayne Manor gym.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Nice.
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                             ALFRED:

              You could say the gym upstairs,
              much like the Bruce Wayne persona,
              is merely a decoy.

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

              Let me try something.

Bruce takes a Batarang from a tray and hands it to Dick.

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

             Dick, throw this and catch it when
             it comes back at you.

                         DICK GRAYSON:

              Like a boomerang?

                             ALFRED:

              Exactly.

                         DICK GRAYSON:

              Okay, here goes...

Dick throws the Batarang and it flies in an elliptical path,
returning to Dick. He catches it between two open palms.
Bruce smiles approvingly.

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

              That‟s actually not bad!

                         DICK GRAYSON:

              Uh...thanks.
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                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Let‟s go over to the range.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              A shooting range?

                           ALFRED:

             Not quite. Master Bruce has an...aversion
             to guns.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              And killing in general.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              You mean, Batman doesn‟t kill?


                           ALFRED:

             Yes, but many of his enemies don‟t
             know that.

They reach the range. Down the range are more dummies. Batman
picks up a smaller Batarang and passes it to Dick.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

             I‟m assuming I don‟t aim for the head.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Let‟s try...upper right forearm. If the
              assailant is armed, this could make him drop
              his weapon.
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                             ALFRED:

             This variety is more like a shuriken than
             a boomerang.

Dick inspects the razor-sharp edge of the throwing weapon.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

             Good to know.

Dick takes a moment to aim the Batarang. He throws it and it
embeds itself in the right forearm of the dummy down the
range.

                             ALFRED:

            I think he‟s about ready, Master Bruce.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

             Ready for what?

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             To begin your training.

Dick‟s eyes widen.


                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Wait...so does this mean I get
              to be a...sidekick?

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              To work alongside me, yes. A partner.

                             ALFRED:

             You will see the world for what it is,
             and little by little, change it.
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             BRUCE WAYNE:

 You have skills that, if honed properly,
 can be put to great use in the field.

             DICK GRAYSON:

I get to be Batman‟s kid sidekick?


             BRUCE WAYNE:

Only when you complete your training.

             DICK GRAYSON:

Do I get to come up with a moniker? A name?

                ALFRED:

I suppose it‟s only fair...Master Bruce
chose “Batman” himself.

             DICK GRAYSON:

 How about “Robin”? It‟s a family name.

             BRUCE WAYNE:

“Batman and Robin”...sounds like
a bad movie.

             DICK GRAYSON:

It was the last thing my mother
called me...before she died.

             BRUCE WAYNE:

I‟m sorry.
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                            ALFRED:

              Robin it is, then.

Batman and the newly-minted Robin shake hands as Alfred looks
on.

INT. BATCAVE GYM – DAY

Bruce and Dick are sparring in a boxing ring as Alfred looks
on, holding towels.

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

              Good, but it‟s not always about
              striking first.

                         DICK GRAYSON:

              Huh?

While Dick is taken off-guard, Bruce throws a punch.


                         DICK GRAYSON:

              Hey!

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

              It‟s about striking last.

INT. BATCAVE BATARANG RANGE – DAY

Bruce and Dick are standing at one end of the range, with the
dummies at the other. Bruce hands Dick a few of the smaller
Batarangs.

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

              Throw them in quick succession.
              Hit the target at the center.
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                         DICK GRAYSON:

              Shouldn‟t be too hard.

Alfred pushes a button. The dummies begin to move sideways.

                            ALFRED:

              Come again, Master Richard?

Dick scowls. Bruce smiles. Dick flings the Batarangs at the
targets, but only one hits the target square in the center.
Dick beams, proud of himself. Bruce picks up a Batarang and
flings it at the same dummy, hitting the target and
dislodging Dick‟s Batarang.

                         DICK GRAYSON:

              Hey!

Bruce Wayne shrugs.

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

              Not too bad...for a first time.

INT. BATCAVE STUDY

Dick is sitting at the study doing his homework. Bruce places
a large pile of thick books on the table.




                         DICK GRAYSON:

              What am I supposed to do with
              all this?

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

              Read it.
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                           DICK GRAYSON:

              All of it?

                           BRUCE WAYNE:

              Yes. All of it.

                           DICK GRAYSON:

              Hoo boy.

INT. BATCAVE CRIME LAB – NIGHT

The crime lab is more sophisticated than that of any police
department. It is outfitted with a mass spectrometer, gas
chromatograph, portable X-ray, cyanoacrylate fuming chamber
and other forensics equipment.

                           BRUCE WAYNE:

             You need to learn how to analyse
             and derive information from DNA samples.

                           DICK GRAYSON:

              Like from dried blood?

                           BRUCE WAYNE:

              Blood, epithelials, saliva and
              so on.

Bruce passes Dick an evidence bag containing a used band-aid.

                           DICK GRAYSON:

              Is that thing...used?

                           BRUCE WAYNE:

              How are you going to collect DNA
              samples from a clean band-aid?
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                          DICK GRAYSON:

                 Ugh, good point.

Bruce teaches Dick how to prepare the band-aid for DNA
sampling. Dick runs the sample through the database.

                          DICK GRAYSON:

                 Hey, isn‟t this that singer...
                 How did you...

Bruce smiles conspiratorially and raises a finger to his
lips.

INT. BATCAVE CRIME LAB – NIGHT

It is another day (Bruce and Dick are in different clothes)
and Bruce puts a handbag and several bags of grocery shopping
on the crime lab table.

                          BRUCE WAYNE:

               Scenario. Our victim is mugged outside
               the grocery store. The muggers take her
               purse but leave her bag and the shopping.
               victim is unconscious in the hospital and
               can‟t tell you anything about the attackers.

                          DICK GRAYSON:

                Let‟s see...

Dick puts   on a pair of surgical gloves and goes through the
handbag‟s   contents. He takes out several everyday items,
including   a small makeup kit, a pack of moist paper towels, a
bottle of   hand sanitizer and other things. The last item is a
pacifier.
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                         DICK GRAYSON:

              She has a baby.

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

              Go on.

Dick goes through the grocery shopping and pulls out a jar of
baby food.

                         DICK GRAYSON:

              That confirms it.

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

              You‟re half right.

                         DICK GRAYSON:

              What? Half?

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

              She has another child.

From one of the inner pockets of the handbag, Bruce pulls out
a small cartridge for a portable video game player. The
cartridge reads “Maze of the Minotaur”.

                         DICK GRAYSON:

              How did I miss that?

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

             You didn‟t know what to look for.

INT. BATCAVE GYM – DAY

Both Dick and Bruce are scaling the rock climbing wall. Bruce
is a good deal ahead of Dick.
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                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              You‟re falling behind, Dick.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

             I‟ve had days of training, not years!

                           ALFRED:

             Would you like me to switch on the
             falling boulders, Sir?

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              What?!

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              Alfred‟s just kidding, Dick.

                           ALFRED:

             Master Bruce only spends money on
             important things. Now, where did I
             put that first edition of Alice
             in Wonderland?

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             I needed that to solve a case, Alfred!

Bruce reaches the top of the wall and rings the bell.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Yeah yeah, you win. Again.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             Soon, you‟ll be able to climb this
             faster than I ever could.
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INT. BATCAVE – NIGHT

Bruce and Dick stand before a closed door.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              The forbidden room of doom!

Bruce Wayne keys in a code and the door to the armoury opens.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              I‟ve saved the best for last.
              In you go.

INT. BATCAVE ARMOURY – NIGHT

The armoury is a small room with several large drawers to one
side and an arsenal of specialised gadgets hanging on the
wall.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

             Wow. Now this...this is something.

Bruce picks up his utility belt.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              This is my utility belt. It‟s the
              second most important thing when
              I‟m out in the field.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              And the first?

Bruce points to his head. Dick nods. Bruce hands Dick the
utility belt.
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                        DICK GRAYSON:

              It‟s actually kinda light.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             This is a reinforced military web belt,
             Modified to suit my purposes. The compartments
             are crushproof and removable like so.

Bruce detaches a compartment and opens it. He produces a
foldable Batarang.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             You‟re already familiar with these.

Bruce takes a grapnel gun off the rack.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

              This is a...

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              A grapnel gun!

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             Yes. Calibrated for 350 pounds, 25 feet
             of high-tensile cable.

Bruce points to several items on the wall.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             De-cel jumpline. Micro digital camera.
             Medkit-contains epinephrine auto-injectors
             and antibiotics. Gas capsules.
             Infra-red flashlight. Fiber-optic cable.
             Remote control for the Batmobile.
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                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Wow, wow and wow.

INT. BATSUIT WARDROBE – NIGHT

Several Batsuits of different designs and functions hang in
the large walk-in wardrobe. Alfred, Dick and Bruce are
gathered around a table in the centre of the room

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             Your initial training has been completed.

                           ALFRED:

              We‟re very proud of you, Master Richard.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             As a reward, we‟ve prepared a little surprise
             for you.

Alfred pulls out an attaché case from under the table.

                           ALFRED:

              Open it, Master Richard.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

             Thanks Uncle Alfred.

Dick opens the case. Inside is the costume Dick will don
every night as ROBIN. It is sewn from flexible titanium silk
thread. The suit is a muted dark green and red.


                        DICK GRAYSON:

            Oh my god, this is fantastic!
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                         BRUCE WAYNE:

            Try it on.

INT. WEAPONS DEPOT – NIGHT

Several guards are seated around a metal table in a cold,
sparse, gunmetal-grey room. Behind them is a sealed metal
door. Two more guards stand in front of the door. The guards
at the table are visibly bored and are playing poker and
drinking coffee.

                             GUARD 1:

             Okay, shift change.

The guard leaves the door and walks towards the table.

                             GUARD 2:

             Already? Damn. And here I had a
             full house. Aces full‟a Eights.

Guard 2 leaves the table and walks towards the door.

All of a sudden, the far wall freezes over and shatters. A
cloud of dust and icy cold mist forms. A large, heavy figure
walks through the mist. It is Victor Fries in his containment
suit. He has become MR FREEZE. The containment suit is bulky
and metallic and insulates him from the outside world. It is
topped with something akin to an astronaut‟s helmet. Over his
mouth is a voice transmitter. Through the glass, we can see
Fries wearing red-tinted goggles. He is wielding the ice
cannon that the Penguin wanted him to build. It is a large
and intimidating weapon, with a tube connecting it to two
tanks of Creon on the back of Freeze‟s suit. The guards panic
and fumble as they reach for their weapons.

                            MR FREEZE:

              Forgive me.
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He turns the weapon on each of the guards. A violent vortex
of highly-concentrated liquid Creon spews from the ice
cannon. We see a close-up of how the Creon ice cannon works:
Once the Creon hits its target, it supercools the ambient
moisture, encasing each guard completely in ice. The process
is quick, but by no means merciful. The guards‟ pained
expression are visible behind the ice.

                         MR FREEZE:

              I am only acting under orders.

Freeze gestures for a small army of henchmen to enter. There
are at least eight; each identically dressed in heavy winter
gear, consisting mainly of a heavy hooded parka. Each
henchman wears a large mask that obscures his face. Freeze
waves them through the shattered wall. He steps over to the
sealed door. There is an electronic keypad next to it. Freeze
looks at the keypad for a second. Then he uses the ice cannon
to freeze the door over. He kicks it forcefully and it breaks
apart, letting him through.

Freeze faces a long corridor, with a large vault door at the
end. He steps forward. All of a sudden, nozzles in the
ceiling spray a yellow-coloured gas into the corridor. The
henchmen do not enter. Freeze turns to them. Then, he freezes
over the nozzles with the ice cannon. The henchmen then
proceed down the corridor. Freeze leads them forward as they
march down the corridor. The mist from the ice cannon reveals
a hint of a laser detection beam. Freeze ignores it and
proceeds forward. Sirens wail and the corridor is bathed in a
red light. Freeze stops a few feet away from the vault door.
There is an “invisible” glass wall that if shattered will
trigger a lockdown. Freeze presses his hand against the wall.
Then, he freezes it over. He touches the frozen glass with
one finger, and it shatters. A large metal grate comes down,
sealing the corridor with Freeze and the henchmen inside it.
The henchmen turn to each other. Freeze proceeds forward.

They finally reach the vault door. Freeze takes a moment to
survey it. He then takes the ice cannon and freezes over the
hinges. The metal cannot take the low temperature and cracks.
He does the same to the lock, and then punches it. It
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shatters. He carries the vault door and places it to one
side. Pneumatic actuators in his containment suit give him
superhuman strength.

The mist from the ice cannon clears, and the contents of the
vault are revealed. Racks upon racks of futuristic assault
rifles fill the vault. To one side are containers of
ammunition.

                         MR FREEZE:

             Guns. They make the world go round.

He motions for the henchmen to enter. They place the weapons
in large canvas bags, which are in turn placed on carts to be
wheeled out of the depot. The metal grate at the entrance of
the corridor lifts, and several SWAT policemen run into the
corridor, their weapons at the ready.

                           SWAT 1:

              Freeze!

Mr Freeze laughs bitterly before turning the ice cannon on
them. One of them screams, but before long the scream is
frozen in his throat.

INT. GOTHAM ALLEYWAY – NIGHT

The alleyway is dirty, dank and misty. Several thugs are
harassing a young woman.

                           THUG 1:

              Ain‟t it past your bedtime, girl?

                           WOMAN:

              Let go of me! Help! Help!

                           THUG 2:

              Save it honey, nobody‟s coming
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              for you in this part of town.

All of a sudden, Batman swoops down and kicks Thug 2 in the
back of the head. A few of the thugs run away, but most hold
their ground. Batman turns to the young woman.

                           BATMAN:

               Run. Head for the main street!

The young woman nods and runs off. The thugs engage Batman in
a down and dirty fight. They are armed with a variety of
makeshift weapons. Batman strikes one thug in the back of the
neck using his elbow. Another thug draws a knife, but it
barely makes a scratch on Batman‟s titanium-thread Batsuit.
Batman takes out the thug with a punch to the face.

All are taken care of except one thug. He pulls out a pistol.
Batman grapples with him. The gun is inches away from
Batman‟s face. The thug is as strong as Batman and is the
first real challenge he has faced that night. Batman tries to
pry the gun from his hand, but it is not working. All of a
sudden, the thug cries out in pain.

Embedded in his hand is a Batarang-except the design is
altered slightly and is a dark green and red in colour. The
cracking of bones is audible as the thug‟s knees buckle and
he falls to the ground. Standing behind him is Robin,
wielding a metal bo staff. Robin strikes a dramatic figure in
full costume, completed with a domino mask and a dark yellow
cape shorter than Batman‟s.


                           BATMAN:

              Good work...Robin.




                           ROBIN:

              No sweat. Now how‟s that for the
              first night of patrol?
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                             BATMAN:

              Not bad at all...hold on...

Batman presses a finger to his ear.

                             BATMAN:

             Something on the police scanner about
             an...unusual break-in at the Weapons
             depot on Finger and Fifth.

                             ROBIN:

              Unusual how?

                             BATMAN:

              We‟ll see.

INT. WEAPONS DEPOT – NIGHT

Batman and Robin enter to see everything completely frozen
over-including the guards and policemen. Batman turns to one
of the policemen at the scene.

                             ROBIN:

              Everything‟s...frozen over!

                             BATMAN:

              An astute observation.

Batman inspects the victims.

                             BATMAN:

             There‟s a window of 40-70 minutes
             During which you can warm them up-
             Before they develop severe tissue
             damage.
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                           ROBIN:

              Someone who is flash-frozen or completely
              encased in ice stands a better chance
              of survival than someone partially frozen.

Batman reaches into his utility belt and takes out a small
device. He sticks it onto the ice encasing a guard, and
activates the device. It emits a heat wave that quickly melts
through the ice. The ice also begins to crack, large chunks
falling away. The policeman catches the guard after he is
thawed out.

                           BATMAN:

             Immerse him in warm water and revive him.

Batman hands the policeman the device.

                           BATMAN:

              Use this on the others.

The policeman nods. Batman uses a dropper to collect some of
the water from the ice he has just melted and places it in a
tiny specimen bottle. Robin looks on.

                           BATMAN:

              We‟ll analyze this later.

INT. BATCAVE – NIGHT

Batman and Robin are seated at the Batcomputer, both still in
their outfits but without the cowl/mask. On the main monitor
of the Batcomputer is security camera footage of Freeze‟s
entrance. Freeze breaks through the wall and uses the ice
cannon on the guards. The security camera fizzes out before
Freeze reaches the door. The footage then restarts. Batman
pauses the footage, zooms in on Freeze‟s face and increases
the resolution. The angle is adequate but not ideal. It is
the only good image of Freeze anyone has.
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                           ROBIN:

              That is the most bizarre thing
              I have ever seen.

                           BATMAN:

              Believe me, there‟s a lot more
              that‟s worse than this. In this line
              of work, the bizarre becomes the everyday.

                           ROBIN:

             Run that through face recognition?

                           BATMAN:

              Doing so as we speak.

A face recognition software tracks the contours and features
of Freeze‟s face behind the helmet, and compares it with a
database of face shots. The software finally matches it to
the face of Dr Victor Fries, stating there is a “99.35%
match”.

                           ROBIN:

              Dr. Victor Fries...

                           BATMAN:

             He was in the papers about a week ago...

A newspaper article appears on the screen with the headline
“SCIENTIST DISAPPEARS”, accompanied by a photograph of Fries.

                           ROBIN:

             And guess what this guy‟s specialization is.
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                           BATMAN:

              Cryogenics and cryonics.

Batman pulls up another window which shows a molecular model.




                           BATMAN:

              This is the analysis of the water
              From the ice encasing the guards.
              It is comprised mainly of a supercoolant
              Called Creon.

                           ROBIN:

              A Victor Fries invention?

                           BATMAN:

              He won the Gotham Innovation Award
              for inventing it.

                           ROBIN:

             So this scientist guy...weaponises
             a supercoolant and uses it in a
             ray gun? Why?

                           BATMAN:

             He‟s not doing this on his own accord.

                           ROBIN:

              So we‟re going to hunt this
              Guy down and ask him who
              He‟s working for?
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                           BATMAN:

              We have to investigate further.
              Starting with Gothcorp labs.

                           ROBIN:

             If we know what Fries was working
             on last, we‟ll know who‟s actually
             behind this.

INT. PENGUIN‟S OFFICE – NIGHT

The Penguin is seated behind the oak desk in his office and
eating sushi off a gold platter while being tended to by the
hostesses. The door to his office opens and a white mist
enters the room. Mr Freeze steps in from behind the white
mist, wielding the ice cannon. He points it at the Penguin.
The Penguin is a little taken aback. Then he turns the cannon
on the plate of sushi.

                         MR FREEZE:

              The Creon...keeps it fresh.

                          PENGUIN:

              Ah, Fries. Do you have the...

Freeze raises a hand, then uses the hand to wave through a
henchman. He is holding one of the stolen assault rifles. The
henchman hands the gun to the Penguin. The Penguin turns the
rifle on Freeze.

                          PENGUIN:

              Freeze!

He then bursts into laughter. Mr Freeze is emotionless.

                          PENGUIN:

             It was just a joke, Freeze. Why must
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                      PENGUIN (CONT.):

              You always be so...cold?

                         MR FREEZE:

              You made me that way.

                          PENGUIN:

              Now now, let‟s not hold grudges,
              It‟s bad for your system. Speaking
              of your system...

The Penguin shows Freeze a remote control.

                          PENGUIN:

               Do you know what this is?

                         MR FREEZE:

               No.

                          PENGUIN:

               Would you like to see what
               it does?

                         MR FREEZE:

               I...

The Penguin disallows Freeze to finish and pushes the button
anyway. Once he does, Freeze drops the ice cannon, gasps for
air and begins to crumble to the ground. The Penguin has
turned off his life support. The Penguin smiles and pushes
the button again. The suit is turned back on.

                          PENGUIN:

              Try anything funny again, and bye bye
              life support.
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                         MR FREEZE:

               What have you...I‟m not some
               dog on a leash, Cobblepot!

                             PENGUIN:

               Think of it more as a...a falcon
               and the falconer.

INT. GOTHCORP LABS – NIGHT

Batman and Robin are investigating the disappearance of
Victor Fries in his lab. The lab is mostly empty. Batman
draws Robin‟s attention to marks on the floor.

                             BATMAN:

                 Something heavy was wheeled
                 out of here.

Using a laser measuring device, Batman calculates the
distance between the two parallel marks.

                             BATMAN:

                 Check the storeroom.

Batman and Robin go to a door in the corner of the lab and
open it. There is a metallic cart with wheels on the bottom.
Batman measures the distance between the two wheels. It is
the same as the distance between the marks on the floor.
There is a partially disassembled cryogenic preservation
chamber leaning against the wall.

                              ROBIN:

              That thing, is that some kind
              of preservation capsule?

                             BATMAN:

             They wheeled one of those out of here.
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                              ROBIN:

              Two of those.

                              BATMAN:

              What?

Robin smiles, happy that he has spotted something Batman
missed. Robin leads Batman back into the main room of the
lab. Robin sprays something from an aerosol can onto the
floor. It causes traces of another set of identical tracks to
show up.

                              ROBIN:

               They only managed to clean up
               one set of tracks.

                              BATMAN:

               Nice work.

                              ROBIN:

              So Victor Fries was in one containment
              chamber. Who was in the other?

Batman pulls out a handheld computer from his utility belt,
switches it on and shows Robin a bio page of Fries.


                              ROBIN:

             He‟s married...any info on the wife?

Batman taps the screen of the handheld computer.

                              BATMAN:

              Her medical records.
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                           ROBIN:

              Wood-Moldoff Syndrome...a kind
              of haemolytic anaemia. An incurable
              blood disease.

                           BATMAN:

             Victor Fries put her in cryo-stasis
             To sustain her while he looked for
             a cure...

                           ROBIN:

              He‟d need money.

                           BATMAN:

              And he must‟ve borrowed it from the
              wrong guy.

INT. BATCAVE – NIGHT

Batman and Robin are seated at the Batcomputer. Batman turns
to Robin.

                           BATMAN:

              There‟s something about your
              parents‟ murder that you need
              to know. I think now is the time
              to tell you.
                            ROBIN:

              What? My parents...I thought that
              guy killed them! The Zucco guy!

                           BATMAN:

              Zucco merely carried out the act.
              He was acting under orders.
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                              ROBIN:

                 What!? From who?

Alfred enters.

                              ALFRED:

                 Master Richard, Master Bruce is merely
                 trying to provide closure, not fuel
                 your adolescent rage.

                              ROBIN:

                 My parents were murdered, Alfred.

                              ALFRED:

                 And so were Master Bruce‟s.

Robin falls silent.

                              BATMAN:

             And now I will tell you who
             ordered the death of your parents.

Batman pulls up a photograph of the Penguin. A ghost of a
smile appears on Robin‟s face.

                              ROBIN:

                 This is the guy? He looks like...
                 a penguin.

                              ALFRED:

             You wouldn‟t be the first to say that...
             or the last.

                              BATMAN:

             Don‟t let appearances deceive you.
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             He‟s a ruthless and highly dangerous
             criminal...

                             ALFRED:

              Who‟s more than a little eccentric.

                             ROBIN:

              Are we going to get him?

                             BATMAN:

             I‟m going to take care of this one myself.

                             ROBIN:

             You‟re scared that I‟ll lose control.
             I‟ve proven myself; I can handle it.

                             BATMAN:

              Alright. I‟ll need cover.

                             ROBIN:

              Are we going to crash in through the
              windows or something?

                             BATMAN:

              I‟m going in undercover, in disguise.


                             ROBIN:

              Where are you going anyway?

                             BATMAN:

              To buy some guns.

EXT. COLD OCEAN BAR – DUSK
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The Cold Ocean Bar is located in a seedy, smoky part of town.
A taxi pulls up and a man exits. This is MATCHES MALONE,
really Bruce Wayne in disguise. Bruce is unrecognisable in a
matted sandy blonde wig, sunglasses, a moustache and a cheap
light blue suit with a striped tie. A burly bouncer lets
Matches through.

INT. COLD OCEAN BAR – DUSK

Matches enters and heads straight for a door at the back. It
is guarded by a security man in a dark suit.

                         SECURITY MAN:

              Name?

Matches speaks in a nasal New Jersey accent.

                        MATCHES MALONE:

              Malone.

                         SECURITY MAN:

              Invite?

Matches fishes in his breast pocket and pulls out an
invitation card. The Security Man inspects it and waves
Matches through. Matches nods his thanks and enters. Behind
the door is a flight of stairs. Matches descends the stairs
and arrives in the basement.


INT. COLD OCEAN BAR BASEMENT – DUSK

The basement of the Cold Ocean Bar has been set up as a
makeshift auction house. Rows of plastic chairs face a small
platform. Several guests at the auction have already taken
their seats. Some are mingling at the back and sipping
cocktails. Matches takes his seat. A bell rings and everyone
sits down. The auction has begun.
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The Penguin arrives onstage.

                           PENGUIN:

              Thank you all for taking precious
              time out of your schedules to be
              here this evening. I promise you,
              the winner at least, that it will
              be well worth it.

The Penguin motions to two henchmen who bring a glass case
covered by a cloth onstage. The Penguin dramatically pulls
back the cloth to reveal what is inside the case: one of the
stolen assault rifles. Murmurs are audible from the crowd
gathered.

                           PENGUIN:

             I give you the Kane 650E Heavy Assault
             Rifle. The winner of this auction will
             receive a cache of 20 of these weapons,
             enough to arm a private security detail...
             or start a war in an already-volatile
             third-world country-you reap the spoils,
             of course. May I commence at $30 000?

Someone raises his hand to bid.

                           PENGUIN:

              Do I hear $31 000?

Matches raises his hand.

                           PENGUIN:

              $32 000 then.

More people bid, but each time someone offers a new price,
Matches outbids it. The price increases by $1000 each time.
The other bidders begin to notice Matches, who shrugs and
continues bidding. The Penguin grows concerned. He motions
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for one of his henchmen to come onstage and whispers into his
ear.

                          PENGUIN:

             Who is this guy? He‟s ruining everything!
             Did I even invite him?

                          HENCHMAN:

              You did, boss. He‟s Matches Malone,
              medium-level enforcer.

                          PENGUIN:

             What does a small-timer like him want
             with all these guns?

                          HENCHMAN:

              Maybe he‟s bidding for his boss?

                          PENGUIN:

              And who‟s that?

The henchman whispers the name. It is inaudible.

                          PENGUIN:

              Oh. Keep an eye on him anyway.

                          HENCHMAN:

              You got it, boss.

Matches continues to attempt to outbid his rivals. The
henchman watches him closely. The other bidders begin to get
frustrated and restless. Penguin stops the auction and
signals for some guards to take Matches away. The guards
proceed towards Matches, who looks worried.
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                       MATCHES MALONE:

              I‟m just bidding, I can pay
              up I swear!

All of a sudden, the room fills with a noxious smoke. The
bidders are taken aback and begin to choke. The Penguin looks
alarmed and quickly exits to the back. Meanwhile, his
henchmen choke and fall unconscious. Matches fishes into his
pocket and takes out a small cigar-shaped rebreather,
breathing from it and keeping his eyes shut. The smoke fills
the room, and Matches disappears.

Robin swoops down into the room, taking out a few of the
still-awake bidders with Batarangs. The Penguin reappears
onstage wearing a gas mask. He smashes the case and pulls out
the assault rifle. He is unfamiliar with the weapon and
struggles to load it, but once he does, he turns it on Robin
and fires. The gun is extremely powerful but is easy to
control and very accurate. Robin disappears behind the
remaining smoke and Penguin momentarily loses him, unable to
gun down the young crime-fighter.

A flash of heavy black fabric appears. Penguin fires at it.
The bullets rip through the fabric, which is revealed to be
Batman‟s cape. Batman suddenly appears behind the Penguin,
but the Penguin turns around just in time. Batman and Penguin
grapple, as the assault rifle unleashes a torrent of bullets
through the ceiling. The bullets rip through the floor of the
bar above, alarming customers and the bartender, who quickly
exit.

The Penguin elbows Batman in the jaw. Batman momentarily
releases his grip on the Penguin who steps backwards and
falls through a trapdoor. The trapdoor closes. He has
escaped. Robin runs onto the stage.

                           ROBIN:

              Where‟s the Penguin? Did you get him?
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                              BATMAN:

              He...got away.

                              ROBIN:

              You never let anyone get away!
              You were afraid I‟d get to him!

                              BATMAN:

             Listen, you were supposed to wait
             for the signal. You attacked early!

                              ROBIN:

             I was trying to help you! You were
             going to be attacked! The Penguin
             almost killed me with that Kane gun!

                              BATMAN:

             We can still get him. I think I know
             where he went.

EXT. GOTHAM HARBOUR – NIGHT

The Yellowtail is docked at Gotham Harbour. A limousine pulls
up near the yacht. The Penguin hurries out and climbs into
the yacht, yelling at a henchman as he does so

                          PENGUIN:

              Tell the captain or driver
              or whatever to raise anchor now!

Once the Penguin and his men enter the yacht, the boarding
ramp folds up and the anchor is reeled in. The yacht begins
to leave the harbour.

EXT. GOTHAM HARBOUR – NIGHT
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Some distance away from the Yellowtail yacht, something
begins to rise out of the murky greenish harbour water. A
sleek, matte-black craft punches through the surface. This is
the Batboat, Batman‟s main means of transportation on and
under the water.

INT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

Batman is at the controls of the Batboat, with Robin seated
behind him.

                           ROBIN:

              Now that was cool, almost
              cooler than the car. Almost.

Batman pushes a button of the dashboard. The windscreen then
becomes a heads-up display, showing coordinates and other
annotated information. The display highlights the Yellowtail.

                           BATMAN:

              That is Cobblepot‟s yacht.

                           ROBIN:

              It‟s moving out; he knows we‟re
              after him.

INT. YELLOWTAIL – NIGHT

The Penguin storms out of his stateroom.

                          PENGUIN:

            I can‟t stay on this boat, he‟ll find me!
            Him and that idiot kid sidekick! Get me...
            backup. And I‟m using the sub.

The Penguin‟s henchman, who is walking alongside him, speaks
into a walkie-talkie
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                          HENCHMAN:

              Ready the sub.

INT. SUBMERSIBLE BAY– NIGHT

The Penguin enters the submersible bay, a small room with a
tiny one-man submersible painted black and white suspended
over a miniature moon pool. The submersible is lowered into
the water, and the Penguin is helped inside. Once the Penguin
has sealed himself into the submersible, it is dropped into
the water.

INT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

A blip appears on the heads-up display, showing a smaller
object originating from the Yellowtail yacht.

                              ROBIN:

              They jettisoned something.

                              BATMAN:

              Penguin‟s personal escape sub. We‟re
              going to submerge.

Batman flips a switch on the dashboard and the ballast tanks
fill with water. The Batboat disappears back below the
surface.

EXT. GOTHAM HARBOUR – UNDERWATER – NIGHT

The water is as murky below as seen from the surface.
Visibility is dangerously low. The Batboat‟s headlights
activate, the xenon beams penetrating the brackish ocean.

INT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

Robin looks out the windscreen as Batman adjusts the
controls.
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                              ROBIN:

              Actually, I can‟t see a thing.

                              BATMAN:

             Visibility is terrible, but we have
                       BATMAN (CONT.):

              ...sonar to see for us.

                              ROBIN:

              Just like a bat.

                              BATMAN:

              Exactly.

Batman locks on to the Penguin‟s sub, which is barely visible
and a good distance in front of the Batboat.

                              BATMAN:

              Locking on...

                              ROBIN:

              Fire one!

Batman flips up a cap on the joystick that steers the Batboat
and pushes down on the button.

EXT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

Two missiles exit from concealed launchers. The missiles
leave a stream of bubbles in their wake.

EXT. PENGUIN‟S SUBMERSIBLE - NIGHT

The Penguin steers his submersible to narrowly avoid the
missiles.
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INT. PENGUIN‟S SUBMERSIBLE – NIGHT

                          PENGUIN:

              One thing about penguins...
              they can seem ungainly on land,
              but underwater...another story!

INT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

                           ROBIN:

              Missed!

                           BATMAN:

              Not...exactly.

EXT. PENGUIN‟S SUBMERSIBLE – NIGHT

The two missiles collide into each other some distance in
front of the Penguin‟s submersible. There is a small
explosion, and a wave emanates from the destroyed missiles.
The wave hits the Penguin‟s submersible. All of a sudden, the
engines stall.

INT. PENGUIN‟S SUBMERSIBLE – NIGHT

The dashboard and interior lights in the submersible go dark.

                          PENGUIN:
              What?!

EXT. PENGUIN‟S SUBMERSIBLE – NIGHT

Crippled, the submersible floats dead in the water.

INT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

                           ROBIN:

              Was that like...an EMP
              or something?
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                              BATMAN:

              Yes, with a three metre radius
              so we‟re not affected.

Batman speaks into a radio handset.

                              BATMAN:

              Gotham Coast Guard?

              COAST GUARD OFFICER (OVER RADIO):

             Yes, this is the Gotham Coast Guard.

                              BATMAN:

             There‟s something for you to pick up.
             I‟m sending the coordinates.

Batman puts down the radio.

                              BATMAN:

              We‟re done. Let‟s head up.

EXT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

The ballast tanks empty and the Batboat heads for the
surface, breaking through the water line. The Batboat speeds
away, winding in-between the various ships docked at the
harbour, all of a sudden, a figure standing in the middle of
the ocean appears.

INT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

                              ROBIN:

              Who‟s that?!
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                              BATMAN:

              What floats on water?

                              ROBIN:

             Uhhh...styrofoam? Oil? Rubber duckies?

                              BATMAN:

              Ice.

EXT. GOTHAM HARBOUR – NIGHT

Mr Freeze is standing on a small platform made of ice,
floating in the middle of the harbour waters. He raises his
ice cannon and creates a solid wall of ice in front of him.

INT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

The wall of ice is visible through the windscreen and the
boat is fast approaching it.

                              ROBIN:

              Stop! You‟ll hit it!

Instead, Batman pushes the Batboat faster.

EXT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

The Batboat crashes at full speed through the wall of ice.
However, Mr Freeze is nowhere to be found.

INT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

                              ROBIN:

             Huh? Where‟d he go?

EXT. BATBOAT – NIGHT
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Mr Freeze is on the back of the Batboat. He struggles to
climb onto the roof above the boat‟s cockpit. He aims the ice
cannon down and freezes over the top of the roof to weaken
it. Then, he tries to smash through with his fist.

INT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

The knocking is audible.

                           ROBIN:

              Uh...someone‟s a-knocking.

                           BATMAN:

              Brace yourself.

EXT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

Batman launches the boat out of the water. It does a spin in
the air, during which Mr Freeze falls off. The Batboat then
lands back in the water, creating a large splash.

INT. BATBOAT - NIGHT

                           ROBIN:

              Let‟s...let‟s not do that again.

                           BATMAN:

             We‟ve dropped him, but we haven‟t lost him.

EXT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

A pillar of ice about ten feet high shoots up from the water,
with Mr Freeze standing atop it. Looking down, he aims the
ice cannon at the Batboat, but the watercraft avoids the ice
cannon rays.

Finally, Freeze hit his target. The Batboat is quickly
encased in and surrounded by ice, unable to move forward on
its own.
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                         MR FREEZE:

             My quarrel is not with you, Batman.

Mr Freeze creates a ramp with the ice cannon which he walks
down. Then, he freezes the water in front of him to create a
path back to land, walking briskly and creating more of the
path as he walks.

INT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

                           ROBIN:

              He got us! He actually got us!

                           BATMAN:

              Brace yourself.

                           ROBIN:

              What?! Again?!

Batman pulls up a lever on the floor next to him.

EXT. BATBOAT – NIGHT

The cockpit ejects out of the Batboat chassis, leaving the
rest of the boat frozen in the water. The cockpit flies
twenty or so feet into the air, and then lands in the water
some distance away from the chassis as floats form around the
base.

INT. EJECTED BATBOAT COCKPIT – NIGHT


                           ROBIN:

             Let‟s not do that one again either.

The windscreen is caked in a thick layer of ice.
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                           BATMAN:

              This won‟t do.

He presses another button and the windscreen jettisons,
falling into the water. What‟s left resembles a small
speedboat.

                           ROBIN:

             How about what‟s left of the Batboat?
             Won‟t they trace it back to you?

Batman does not reply. Instead he presses a button on the
dashboard and sets off a sizeable explosion, engulfing the
empty chassis in white flames that melt away the ice and
destroy the shell of the Batboat.

                           ROBIN:

              I didn‟t mean blow it up.

                           BATMAN:

             In this line of work, one must learn to...
             sacrifice.

                           ROBIN:

              And one must have lots of money, too.

                           BATMAN:

              It helps.

Batman steers the ejected Batboat cockpit back to the docks.
On their way, they pass a coast guard boat with a large crane
attached to the back. Hanging from the crane and floating on
the surface of the water is Penguin‟s submersible, which has
just been retrieved. Batman pulls up next to the coast guard
boat.
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                             BATMAN:

              Open the hatch.

                       COAST GUARD OFFICER:

              We‟re on it.

A diver who is already in the water climbs onto the
submersible and opens the hatch.

INT. PENGUIN‟S SUBMERSIBLE – NIGHT

The submersible is empty apart from the frogman staring into
it.

                              DIVER:

              It‟s empty!

                              ROBIN:

              He‟s escaped! Where would he be now?!

                             BATMAN:

               The last place he thinks we‟ll look.
              (Turns to Coast Guard officer) Thanks.

INT. PENGUIN‟S OFFICE – NIGHT

The Penguin sits nervously behind the desk in his office,
soaking wet and dabbing at his forehead with a towel. He
tries to reassure himself.

                             PENGUIN:

             This is the last place they‟ll look.

Several bodyguards, a few more than usual, stand guarding the
Penguin. They all nod in agreement.

EXT. ROOFTOP – NIGHT
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Batman and Robin are perched on a rooftop opposite the
Iceberg Lounge, surveying the lounge using two pairs of long-
range binoculars.

                            ROBIN:

             So we crash in through the skylight?
                           BATMAN:

              No. We need a subtler approach
              for this one.

                            ROBIN:

              Subtler?

EXT. ICEBERG LOUNGE ENTRANCE – NIGHT

Bruce Wayne and Dick Grayson have joined the queue to enter
the nightclub. It is not too long, and it is soon their turn.
They are stopped by a burly bouncer.

                           BOUNCER:

               I‟m sorry, no entry.

                         BRUCE WAYNE:

              I‟m afraid you misunderstand, I‟m
              Bruce Wayne!

                           BOUNCER:

              I know who you are Mr Wayne, but
              I‟m afraid there‟s no entry for
              children under 18.

                         DICK GRAYSON:

              But I want to see the seals!
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                           BRUCE WAYNE:

              And the penguins.

                           DICK GRAYSON:

              And the penguins!

                           BRUCE WAYNE:

             Anyway, isn‟t this the Iceberg Lounge
             AND Restaurant?

                             BOUNCER:

              Uh...uh...

                           BRUCE WAYNE:

              What sort of business invests so much
              in an arctic-themed restaurant
              and doesn‟t open it to kids?

The bouncer opens his palm. Dick looks at Bruce pleadingly.

                           BRUCE WAYNE:

               Okay, okay.

He hurriedly pulls out several twenty dollar notes and stuffs
them into the bouncers open hand. The bouncer smiles.

                             BOUNCER:

              Right this way.

INT. ICEBERG LOUNGE – NIGHT

Bruce and Dick enter the Iceberg Lounge. Dick takes in the
lush kitsch of the lounge‟s decor.
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                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Wow, this really is something.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             What it really is is a front for
             half the criminal activity in Gotham.

                        DICK GRAYSON:

              Shh! Not so loud.

Bruce Wayne produces a handheld computer and casually taps at
it, as if showing Dick a new game. On the screen are the
schematics of the Iceberg Lounge. He taps at it with a
stylus.

                        BRUCE WAYNE:

             These are the schematics for the
             Iceberg Lounge. The lounge and restaurant
             Takes up two storeys. Now the Penguin
             Will be in his panic room, which will be
             Attached to his office...here.

INT. PENGUIN‟S OFFICE – NIGHT

Batman and Robin burst through the door. They are met with
four guards in suits, wielding handguns. After some trouble
and a few discharged shots, they dispatch the goons. The
chair is turned around, its back facing them. Batman cautions
for Robin to wait, but Robin runs behind the desk and spins
the chair around. As expected, it is empty.

                           ROBIN:

              He‟s not here! And there doesn‟t appear
              to be any panic room attached to this office.
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                           BATMAN:

             Schematics are often altered to conceal
             sensitive or secret rooms.

Batman looks around the room, tapping at the walls. They all
sound solid. All of a sudden, the Penguin‟s chair slides
back, alarming Robin. The Penguin pops out of the revealed
secret compartment. He is wielding one of his trick
umbrellas.

                           ROBIN:

               An umbrella? Seriously?

                          PENGUIN:

               Don‟t mock me, boy.

The Penguin pushes a button of the wooden handle, and a sharp
medium-length blade emerges from the tip of the umbrella.
Penguin begins to dodge and parry, as if the umbrella were an
epee. Robin retrieves a short stick hanging from his utility
belt. It extends into his bo staff. Batman joins the fight,
trying to protect Robin.

The scuffle continues across and out of the office, and into
the lift.

INT. ICEBERG LOUNGE PRIVATE LIFT – NIGHT

Elevator music plays in the lift, which is large enough for a
three-way fight to take place, as Batman, Robin and the
Penguin continue to melee.

INT. PRIVATE LIFT LOBBY – NIGHT

Batman, Robin and the Penguin exit the lift and continue
fighting through the lift lobby. The Penguin exchanges his
umbrella for another one hanging in the lobby. Batman throws
a pellet against the wall as he and Robin run out of the
lobby while the Penguin retrieves the other umbrella. The
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pellet releases thick smoke. The Penguin opens the umbrella,
shielding himself and pushing through the smoke.

INT. ICEBERG LOUNGE – NIGHT

The Penguin chases Batman and Robin into the main restaurant
area of the establishment. The patrons panic and some begin
to rush for the exit. The Penguin aims the umbrella at Batman
and Robin.

                          PENGUIN:

             I was saving this one for an occasion
             Just like this!

The umbrella is actually a modified automatic rifle/machine
gun. He aims the weapon and fires away at Batman and Robin,
who dodge the shots. Bullet holes appear in the walls and
pillars of the restaurant.

                          PENGUIN:

              It‟s not like I can‟t pay for
              that kind of damage.

The Penguin runs down to catch up with Batman and Robin.
Penguin continues to shoot as he closes in on them, alarming
the seals and penguins in the ornamental lagoon in the middle
of the lounge.

Batman flings several batarangs in quick succession at the
Penguin, but the Penguin opens his umbrella and the batarangs
bounce harmlessly off its surface. The Penguin continues to
shoot. The bullets puncture the fibreglass “iceberg” in the
centre of the ornamental pool and cause the animals further
panic.

                              ROBIN:

             He‟s going to kill one of those seals!
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                           BATMAN:

              He‟s in enough trouble as it is,
              even if he doesn‟t.

One of the Penguin‟s bullets punctures the rim of the pool.
Water gushes out of the hole. This takes the Dynamic Duo by
surprise. The Penguin walks up to Batman and Robin. Batman
tries to rush to Robin‟s aid but the Penguin gets to the Boy
Wonder first.

                          PENGUIN:

              Can‟t a man make a decent living in this
              town without killing a child?

                           ROBIN:

              Screw you, asshole.

                          PENGUIN:

              Well, just look how you‟ve raised
              this boy, Batman.

                           BATMAN:

              I raised him to stand up to...

All of a sudden the lagoon begins to bubble. A cold mist
emerges from the water. The animals appear confused. A
platform of ice about seven feet tall shoots up from the
water, the penguins and seals narrowly dodging it. Atop the
platform is Mr Freeze. Freeze forms a ramp just as he did in
the ocean earlier and walks down it.

                         MR FREEZE:

              To stand up to evil.

                          PENGUIN:

             Ah very good, here comes the muscle.
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                              ROBIN:

              He‟s a scientist.

The Penguin ignores Robin.

                             PENGUIN:

              Now Freeze, help me take care of...business.

                         MR FREEZE:

              As you wish.

Freeze turns the ice cannon on the Penguin. The Penguin
slowly reaches into his coat pocket and retrieves the remote
control. He waves it mockingly in the air. Mr Freeze does not
waver.

                         MR FREEZE:

              You cannot threaten me.

                             PENGUIN:

             Of course I can. I threaten the whole
             city every day!

                             BATMAN:

              Dr Fries, please...

                         MR FREEZE:

              As I told you earlier, my quarrel
              is not with you. Keep out of my
              affairs.

                             BATMAN:

              Dr Fries, I would advise you
              not to take things...
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Freeze turns the ice cannon on Batman and flash-freezes him.

                         MR FREEZE:

              I am finished with taking advice.

                              ROBIN:

              Hold on one second, you do did
              not just do that!

                         MR FREEZE:

              If I must, I will.

Mr Freeze flash-freezes Robin as well. The dynamic duo are
now nothing but ice statues.

                         MR FREEZE:

             Back to you. What happened to being an
             upstanding businessman?

                          PENGUIN:

             Don‟t you understand? It doesn‟t
             matter how you make the money,
             all that matters is if you make it!

                         MR FREEZE:

             You would kill someone‟s wife?
             Someone‟s parents? Someone‟s child?

                          PENGUIN:

              Yes. I would!

                         MR FREEZE:

             You are more a monster than I will
             ever become.
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                          PENGUIN:

             Sure, I may have eccentric tastes.
             But ultimately, I am a practical man.
             Take for example the circus that came
             to town. If they‟d just paid me a token
             sum, they would not have a pair of dead
             aerialists on their hands. Though I admit, it
             may have been a mistake to let the kid live.
             Somebody crosses me, I take care of it.
             Like I will do with you now, Victor.

The Penguin jams down on the button. Everyone is stunned for
a moment. However, nothing happens. Freeze smiles behind the
helmet. The Penguin looks confused and jabs at the button
several more times. He now looks frustrated. The Penguin
opens the back of the remote control, revealing that the
batteries have been removed.

                          PENGUIN:

             You...

The Penguin is flash-frozen mid-sentence.

                         MR FREEZE:

              A child could have just as easily
              removed those batteries. I will now destroy
              your world, as you have destroyed mine.

Mr Freeze stands for a moment, the Penguin, Batman and Robin
frozen around him. He then turns the ice cannon on various
fixtures in the lounge, freezing them solid and then smashing
them to smithereens. Chairs, tables, paintings hanging on the
walls, they all fall victim. Finally, Freeze turns his
attention to the ornate chandelier hanging above the lagoon.
He freezes it over and it falls, crushing the fibreglass
iceberg and sending the animals swimming to the edges of the
pool.
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                         MR FREEZE:

             Everything is incomplete without the
             falling chandelier.

All is silent for a moment. Suddenly, a crack is audible. Mr
Freeze spins round to see Batman struggling to escape from
the ice. Inexplicably, the ice falls off in chunks, freeing
Batman from the encasement. Mr Freeze watches as Batman
breaks Robin out of his own block of ice.

                         MR FREEZE:

              Impossible. Nobody can free himself
              Without assistance!

                           ROBIN:

              The man is crazy prepared. Brr.

Batman dispenses four pills from a capsule on his utility
belt, passing two the Robin and taking two himself.

                           BATMAN:

             To ward off tissue damage.

                         MR FREEZE:

             Impressive. I now feel compelled
             to apologise for doing that.

                           ROBIN:

             No sweat, Dr Fries.

                         MR FREEZE:

            However, there is one man who, on the
            contrary, owes me an apology.

Freeze turns to Penguin, still encased in ice.
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                BATMAN:

Let me bring him in, Fries.


            MR FREEZE:

No.

                BATMAN:

Killing Cobblepot will not cure your
wife‟s disease.

            MR FREEZE:

Who said anything about killing him? I
will keep him in this state for my
amusement, just as I was his.

                ROBIN:

I‟m sorry man, but that‟s not how
justice works.

            MR FREEZE:

I will not let a boy lecture me about justice.

                BATMAN:

This boy is in every position to do so.

            MR FREEZE:

You will not deny me my...

                BATMAN:

Your revenge?
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                             ROBIN:

              Please, not this again.

Mr Freeze raises the ice cannon and points it at Batman.


                           MR FREEZE:

             You will not be able to recover so
             quickly the second time in ten minutes.

                            BATMAN:

              You didn‟t design it to kill.

                           MR FREEZE:

              No. I was not a killer.

                             ROBIN:

              Was?

                           MR FREEZE:

              However, I have learnt that
              sometimes it is the only way
              people will listen.

                             ROBIN:

              That‟s a slippery slope, man.

Freeze turns the cannon onto Robin.

                             ROBIN:

              Holy...

                           MR FREEZE:

              Be. Quiet.
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Freeze slowly presses in on the trigger. All of a sudden,
Batman throws a batarang straight at Freeze‟s helmet. It
embeds itself in the Plexiglas. Freeze is visibly taken
aback. A small red diode on the batarang blinks three times.
A small explosion follows, knocking Freeze out. He falls
backwards onto the floor.
                           BATMAN:

              Threaten me, but never threaten...him.

Robin is silent.

Batman touches his finger to his ear. We hear a slightly
distorted voice on this other side.

                             VOICE:

              Commissioner Gordon speaking.

                             BATMAN:

             Commissioner, the Iceberg Lounge. Now.

INT. ARKHAM ASYLUM – NIGHT

The Penguin, soaking wet and shivering, is shown being
escorted to his cell by two guards in full SWAT uniform.

INT. ARKHAM ASYLUM – FREEZE‟S CELL

Mr Freeze is seen sitting on his bunk in a specially-
conditioned low-temperature cell. His face is covered in
scars from the exploding glass helmet, which have been
treated.
                          MR FREEZE:

             Now, Batman, my quarrel is with you.

EXT. ROOFTOP FACING ARKHAM ISLAND

We pull out across Gotham Bay. Batman and Robin are perched
atop a rooftop with a clear view to Arkham Island. The Bat-
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signal comes on, casting the iconic silhouette onto the
clouds. Batman looks up, taking a moment to look at it. He
then launches his grapnel gun at another building some way
across. Robin does the same. Batman leaps first, swinging off
into the night, followed by Robin.

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