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    INT. OBSERVATION ROOM, MCU, GOTHAM CENTRAL -- NIGHT

    Batman RACES past Gordon.

    GORDON
    Which one are you-

    BATMAN
    Dent knew the risks.

    Gordon looks back- the Joker is bloody, but grinning.

    EXT. MCU, GOTHAM CENTRAL -- NIGHT

    Several cops see Batman climb onto the bat-pod and TEAR off.

    EXT. STREETS, GOTHAM -- NIGHT

    Batman SWERVES into oncoming traffic, CHAOS in his wake.

    EXT. GOTHAM CENTRAL -- NIGHT

    Gordon and his men SCRAMBLE into their cars...

    INT. BASEMENT APARTMENT -- NIGHT

    Black.

    RACHEL
    Can anyone hear me?

    Harvey Dent opens his eyes. He's bound to a chair in a
    dingy, unfurnished basement apartment.

    DENT
    Rachel? Rachel is that you?

    RACHEL
    (sobbing)
    Harvey. You're OK. I thought...

    Her voice is coming from a speakerphone on the floor.

    DENT
    It's OK, Rachel. Everything's going
    to be just fine.

    He looks around. Behind him, metal BARRELS, hooked up to a
    car battery, with a TIMER counting down: five minutes.

    INT. INTERROGATION ROOM, MCU, GOTHAM CENTRAL -- NIGHT

    The Joker sits, smiling, content. Stephens guards the door.

    THE JOKER
    I want my phone call.

    STEPHENS
    That's nice.

    THE JOKER
    How many of your friends have I
    killed?

    STEPHENS
    I'm a twenty year man. I can tell
    the difference between punks who need
    a little lesson in manners, and the
    freaks like you who would just enjoy
    it.
    (quiet)
    And you killed six of my friends.

    INT. HOLDING AREA, MCU, GOTHAM CENTRAL -- NIGHT

    The Fat Thug shuffles to the bars, where a COP stands guard.

    FAT THUG
    (agony)
    Please. My insides hurt.

    COP
    Step away from the bars.

    FAT THUG
    The boss said he would make the
    voices go away. He said he would go
    inside and replace them with bright
    lights. Like Christmas.

    COP
    That's great. Please step-

    The Fat Thug COLLAPSES. The Cop grabs his radio.

    INT. WAREHOUSE -- NIGHT

    Rachel is bound to a chair. Behind her are barrels identical
    to the ones behind Dent.

    DENT
    Can you move your chair?

    RACHEL
    No. Harvey, we don't have much time-

    The timer connected to the bomb reads 2.47... 2.46...

    INT. BASEMENT APARTMENT -- NIGHT

    Dent DRAGS his chair, inching closer to the barrels.

    DENT
    Look for something to free yourself.

    The chair JAMS against a ridge in the floor. Dent STRAINS to
    reach the timer. Inches shy.

    RACHEL
    They said only one of us was going to
    make it. That they'd let our...
    (pause)
    Our friends choose.

    Dent strains... THE CHAIR, AND DENT, TOPPLE OVER- KNOCKING
    OVER A BARREL.

    RACHEL
    Harvey? What's happening?

    Dent, one side of his face pressed against the bare floor,
    watches the open barrel SPEW DIESEL FUEL around him-

    DENT
    Nothing. I'm trying to...

    Dent contorts his head to keep from swallowing any.

    EXT. STREETS, GOTHAM -- NIGHT

    The bat-pod SKIDS SIDEWAYS, WHEELS FLIPPING as the gyro keeps
    Batman upright on the tumbling bike- it comes to rest- guns
    lined up with a fire exit- BLOWS the door off its hinges-
    JUMPS off the bike-

    EXT. 52ND STREET, GOTHAM -- NIGHT

    Gridlock. Gordon SWERVES onto the sidewalk. People SCATTER.

    INT. INTERROGATION ROOM, MCU, GOTHAM CENTRAL -- NIGHT

    The Joker sits like a kid kept after class. He smiles.

    THE JOKER
    You know why I use a knife,
    Detective? Guns are too quick. You
    don't get to savor all the little
    emotions. See, in their last
    moments, people show you who they
    really are...

    Stephens tries hard to ignore him. It isn't working.

    THE JOKER
    So, in a way, I knew your friends
    better than you ever did.
    (smiles)
    Would you like to know which of them
    were really cowards?

    STEPHENS
    (rolls up sleeves)
    I know you're going to enjoy this.
    But I'm going to enjoy it more.

    Stephens PUNCHES the Joker in the gut.

    INT. BASEMENT APARTMENT -- NIGHT

    Dent is half submerged in diesel fuel.

    RACHEL
    Harvey, in case... I want you to know
    something...

    Dent CHOKES, his emotions overwhelming him.

    DENT
    Don't think like that, Rachel.
    They're coming for you.

    RACHEL
    I know, but I don't want them to...

    INT. WAREHOUSE -- NIGHT

    Rachel looks at the timer. Ten seconds left.

    RACHEL
    I don't want to live without you.
    Because I do have an answer, and my
    answer is yes...

    INT. HOLDING AREA, MCU, GOTHAM CENTRAL -- NIGHT

    A MEDIC CUTS away the Fat Thug's shirt- his belly has large
    INCISION, which has been closed with crude looking STITCHES-

    MEDIC
    He's got some kind of... contusion...

    A RECTANGULAR SHAPE is visible under the skin above his
    navel.

    INT. DETECTIVE'S ROOM, MCU, GOTHAM CENTRAL -- NIGHT

    Stephens shuffles out into the room, a piece of BROKEN GLASS
    held to his THROAT by the Joker. Cops draw their weapons.

    STEPHENS
    This is my own damn fault. Just
    shoot him.

    DETECTIVE MURPHY
    What do you want?

    THE JOKER
    I want my phone call.

    The Detectives look at each other. One of them pulls out his
    cell phone. TOSSES it to the Joker, who begins to dial.

    INT. HOLDING AREA, MCU, GOTHAM CENTRAL -- NIGHT

    The Medic gingerly PRESSES the rectangle. It illuminates, a
    soft blue light visible through the skin.

    COP
    Is that a... phone?

    INT. DETECTIVE'S ROOM, MCU, GOTHAM CENTRAL -- NIGHT

    The Joker presses SEND. At the end of the room, the door to
    the holding area EXPLODES-

    INT. HALLWAY, TENEMENT -- NIGHT

    Batman SPRINGS down the hall- stops at a door- KICKS it-

    EXT. 52ND STREET, GOTHAM -- NIGHT

    Cars PULL UP- Gordon gets out, carrying a fire ax-

    INT. HALLWAY, TENEMENT -- NIGHT

    Batman KICKS- the door gives-Batman SMASHES it open-

    INT. BASEMENT APARTMENT -- NIGHT

    ...Batman BURSTS through the door- Dent looks up in horror-

    DENT
    NO! Not me... Why did you come for
    me?!

    Batman STARES at Dent. The Joker lied. The counter hits 5
    seconds. Batman DRAGS Dent out- Dent FIGHTS to stay-

    DENT
    RACHEL!

    RACHEL
    Harvey? Harvey, it's okay...

    DENT
    RACHEL!!!

    EXT. 52ND STREET, GOTHAM -- NIGHT

    Gordon, axe in hand, RUNS towards the entrance-

    INT. WAREHOUSE -- NIGHT

    Rachel can hear Dent. The counter runs out.

    RACHEL
    (calm)
    Somewhere-

    AN EXPLOSION. ALL-CONSUMING.

    EXT. 52ND STREET, GOTHAM -- NIGHT

    The BLAST HURLS Gordon backward onto the hood of his car- THE
    ENTIRE WAREHOUSE IS AN ENORMOUS EXPLOSION-

    INT. BASEMENT APARTMENT -- NIGHT

    Batman wraps his cape around Dent and hurls them both through
    the door. Dent is SCREAMING-

    EXT. 52ND STREET, GOTHAM -- NIGHT

    Gordon picks himself up. The warehouse is an inferno. He
    heads for it anyway. Five of his men have to RESTRAIN HIM.

    EXT. ALLEY WAY, GOTHAM -- NIGHT

    A SECOND EXPLOSION- Batman COVERS Dent as the FIREBALL HITS
    them- IGNITING the diesel soaking Dent's left side- he starts
    BURNING. And stops screaming. Batman ROLLS Dent on the wet
    pavement... Dent SIZZLES. Silent.

    INT. SPECIAL HOLDING AREA, MCU, GOTHAM CENTRAL -- NIGHT

    The Joker walks to the bars of another cell. Grins.

    THE JOKER
    Hello there.

    In his cell. Terrified. Lau
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