The Dark Knight Rises (2012) quotes

Director
Christopher Nolan.

Cast
Christian Bale.
Tom Hardy.
Anne Hathaway.

Eight years after the Joker’s reign of anarchy, the Dark Knight, with the help of the enigmatic Selina, is forced from his exile to save Gotham City, now on the edge of total annihilation, from the brutal guerrilla terrorist Bane.

I never cared who you were…
Jim Gordon
And you were right.
Batman
…but shouldn’t the people know the hero whot saved them?
Jim Gordon
A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy’s shoulders to let him know that the world hadn’t ended.
Batman
[takes off in the Bat]
Bruce Wayne?
Jim Gordon

[reading from the book “A Tale of Two Cities” by Charles Dickens] I see a beautiful city and a brilliant people rising from this abyss. I see the lives for which I lay down my life, peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy. I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence. It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known.
– Jim Gordon

You do not fear death. You think this makes you strong. It makes you weak.
Blind Prisoner
Why?
Bruce Wayne
How can you move faster than possible, fight longer than possible without the most powerful impulse of the spirit: the fear of death.
Blind Prisoner
I do fear death. I fear dying in here, while my city burns, and there’s no one there to save it.
Bruce Wayne
Then make the climb.
Blind Prisoner
How?
Bruce Wayne
As the child did. Without the rope. Then fear will find you again.
Blind Prisoner

Theatricality and deception are powerful agents to the uninitiated… but we are initiated, aren’t we Bruce? Members of the League of Shadows!
Bane
[Lifts Batman by the neck]
And you betrayed us!
Bane
You were excommunicated… by a gang of psychopaths!
Batman
[Bane viciously beats Batman and throws him to the ground]
I AM the League of Shadows, and I’m here to fulfill Ra’s al Ghul’s destiny!
Bane
You fight like a younger man, with nothing held back. Admirable but mistaken.
Bane
[Batman uses an EMP device to cut the lights]
Oh, you think darkness is your ally. But you merely adopted the dark; I was born in it, moulded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man, by then it was nothing to me but BLINDING!
Bane
[grabs Batman from the shadows and continues to beat him]
The shadows betray you, because they belong to me!
Bane
[repeatedly punches Batman in the face, breaking his cowl]
I will show you where I have made my home while preparing to bring justice. Then I will break you.
Bane
[hits detonator, blowing a hole into the bottom of Wayne Enterprise]
Your precious armory, gratefully accepted! We will need it.
Bane
[Batman desperately stands and swings at Bane]
Ah, yes… I was wondering what would break first…
Bane
[lifts Batman high]
Your spirit, or your body?
Bane
[slams him on his knee]

 

Why didn’t you just… kill me?
Bruce Wayne
You don’t fear death… You welcome it. Your punishment must be more severe.
Bane
Torture?
Bruce Wayne
Yes. But not of your body… Of your soul.
Bane
Where am I?
Bruce Wayne
Home, where I learned the truth about despair, as will you. There’s a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth… Hope. Every man who has ventured here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy… So simple… And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clamoring over each other to “stay in the sun.” You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra’s al Ghul’s destiny… We will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is ashes, then you have my permission to die
Bane

[to three prisoners] The flight plan I just filed with the agency lists me, my men, Dr. Pavel here but only one of you! First one to talk gets to stay on my aircraft!
CIA Agent
[grabs a hood]
Who paid you to grab Dr. Pavel?
CIA Agent
[No answer, the agent fires his gun away from the prisoner’s head]
He didn’t fly so good!
CIA Agent
[pulls the hood back into the plane]
Who wants to try next?
CIA Agent
[grabs another prisoner]
Tell me about Bane! Why does he wear the mask? A lot of loyalty, for a hired gun!
CIA Agent
Or perhaps he’s wondering why someone would shoot a man, before throwing him out of a plane?
Bane
At least you can talk. Who are you?
CIA Agent
It doesn’t matter who we are, what matters is our plan.
Bane
[the Agent removes the hood]
No one cared who I was until I put on the mask.
Bane
If I pull that off, would you die?
CIA Agent
It would be extremely painful.
Bane
You’re a big guy!
CIA Agent
For you.
Bane
Was getting caught part of your plan?
CIA Agent
Of course… Dr. Pavel refused our offer in favor of yours, we had to find out what he told you.
Bane
Nothing! I said nothing!
Dr. Pavel
Well, congratulations! You got yourself caught! Now what’s the next step in your master plan?
CIA Agent
Crashing this plane… with no survivors!
Bane

[to Batman] Peace has cost you your strength! Victory has defeated you!
– Bane

There’s a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you’re all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.
Selina Kyle
You sound like you’re looking forward to it.
Bruce Wayne
I’m adaptable.
Selina Kyle

[chanting] Deshi basara! Deshi basara!
Crowd
What does that mean?
Bruce Wayne
Rise.
Prisoner

My mother warned me about getting into cars with strange men.
Catwoman
This isn’t a car.
Batman

I watched you die.
Bruce Wayne
I told you I was immortal.
Ra’s al Ghul

Calm down, Doctor! Now’s not the time for fear. That comes later.
– Bane

Must’ve lost my ticket.
Bruce Wayne
Your wife said you were taking a cab home.
Valet Attendant
My wife?
Bruce Wayne

I blow that tunnel open, I’m gone.
Catwoman
There’s more to you than that.
Batman
Sorry I keep letting you down.
Catwoman
[pause]
Come with me. Save yourself. You don’t owe these people any more. You’ve given them everything.
Catwoman
Not everything. Not yet.
Batman

We take Gotham from the corrupt! The rich! The oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you… the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere. Do as you please. Start by storming Blackgate, and freeing the oppressed! Step forward those who would serve. For and army will be raised. The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests, and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened. Spoils will be enjoyed. Blood will be shed. The police will survive, as they learn to serve true justice. This great city… it will endure. Gotham will survive!
– Bane

Speak of the devil and he shall appear.
– Bane

This conversation used to end with an unusual request.
Lucius Fox
I’m retired.
Bruce Wayne
Well let me show you some stuff anyway. Just for old time’s sake.
Lucius Fox

Bane? What do you know about him?
John Blake
That you should be as afraid of him as I am.
Selina Kyle

It has a long uninteresting name. I just took to calling it… The Bat, and yes, Mr. Wayne, it does come in black.
– Lucius Fox

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

I just can’t take it. I mean, nobody will ever know who it was who saved an entire city.
John Blake
They know who it was; it was the Batman.
Jim Gordon