.....which meant that an early 2019 release was inevitable. Whether or not this is Ben Affleck’s last time portraying the Caped Crusader remains to be seen.
The film is written and directed by Matt Reeves, produced by Zack Snyder and distributed by both Warner Bros., and D.C Entertainment.
Cast members will include Ben Affleck, Jared Leto, Tobey Maguire, Jermey Irons, Hailee Steinfield, Zac Efron, Steven R. McQueen, etc.
- Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne (Batman)
- Jared Leto as Joker
- Tobey Maguire as ???
- Ty Simpkins as Young Jason Todd
- Jeremy Irons as Alfred
- Hailee Steinfield as Barbara Gordan (Oracle)
- Zac Efron as Dick Grayson as (Nightwing)
- Steven R. McQueen as Tim Drake (Robin)
- Joe Manganiello as Slade Wilson (Deathstroke)
- Rachel Weisz as Selina Kyle (Catwoman)
- J.K Simmons as Commissioner Jim Gordan
- Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn
- Ben Mendelsohn as Roman Sionis (Black Mask)
- Bill Nighy as ???
- Angelina Jolie as ???
Over on the mountain side.....
.....just on the outskirts of Gotham......
......the time of day had finally changed as the reflective beaming of the suns shadow began to slowly roll and fade away from the surface as the mild tranquility of the afternoon transitioned into a beautifully cool evening breeze and a beautiful sapphire sky.
The wind was rather soothing as it brimmed past the metal texture, structure and surface of what appeared to be an abandoned warehouse. Rather convenient for someone to be doing business in the middle of nowhere, huh?
Thing is, though......that couldn’t be ANY more further from the truth.
The blowing wind sound of a crowbar smacks against the soft tissue and flesh of human skin, leaving another mark on the face of a young man.
With a black eye swollen over his left eye, barely covered with a mask over his face......and his excessive coughing......this boy was in dire straits.
The unfortunate thing about the situation was......this was NO ORDINARY boy.
This.....was the teenage Jason Todd (Ty Simpkins)
The Boy Wonder.
The second Robin......if you will.
And he was practically in the WORST condition of his life in here. His bones have been broken, his body has been shattered, his vision was all but blurry, he could barely stand up, and the blood.....
......was splattered all over the walls.
Another whack of the crowbar launches him back towards a pile of wooden boxes, as he crashes into them. Once again, he coughs excessively and without any control.
WOW. That looked like it REALLY hurt.
That voice from out of the corner of the room was nothing sort of nightmare fuel for the now vulnerable Boy Wonder was nothing short of nightmare fuel inducing. The shadow that perforated through that dark corner of this room could’ve been only ONE person.....
.....the Clown Prince Of Crime himself......
......the Joker (Jared Leto).
Jason: B-Batman? Is that you?
Joker: Batman's not coming to save you kid. He's already searched from roof to sewer for a full 365 days and.....well now......I’d say he's already given up searching.
This little announcement, if you will, made him look down I’m not only disappointment but in pure anger. Mostly because he didn’t believe him.
Joker: Oh, don't look so sad, broski. You have a place with us by our side.
Breathing heavily, Jason skewed out a mighty......
Jason: F__K YOU!!!
Joker: THAT'S THE SPIRIT! Imagine you and me together on the streets chasing down the weak and defenseless. We'd be a NEW dynamic duo. Just like Batman.....and that new boy wonder of his.
“New Boy Wonder”?
Did he.....he just say that as......a means of saying that Batman replaced him?
Jason: What?? You mean he-n-no....
Guess denial is the clincher.
Jason: H-he wouldn't do that!
He digs into his jacket pocket, unfolding it with care......before shoving it into Jason’s face.
Joker: So this isn't.....Batman with a Robin wanna-be? Or is that—Funny. Was it the ears that fooled me? Or the cape? I can't really tell the difference.
The funny thing was it wasn’t a new Robin. Joker just photoshopped the picture and edited it himself to make it look like it was somebody new.
The little bugger.
Joker: What was that??
Jason: He wouldn't do that!
Joker: I know it's hard to bare the pain. I didn't even want you to see that picture but sometimes.....you have to be cruel to be kind.
Jason cried softly but....Joker took a crowbar hitting him down on the flour
And he walked beside him holding up a camera and soon the screen became the camera view
Joker: Hiya Bats! Are you surprised? Well have I got a major surprise for you.
The recording view caught Jason on the flour beat up
Joker: Wondering why your searches proved fruitless before you recruited that new kid....he's been with ME! The entire time! Hey Jason say hi to the nice Bat.
Joker: Oh sorry for his behavior *Comes on screen* I just told him the bad news of his replacement and....he didn't take it so well....but don't worry. He's in good hands.
He holds up a brander with a "J" shape in the most methodical way imaginable.
Joker: Cause I'm gonna make sure he never forgets his initial....or....mine in fact. Ha-ha!
The screen caught on recording as Jason desperately tries to squggile away to no avail. As the lights blew out from above again, nothing but Jason’s bloodcurdling scream could be heard as the sizzling from the brand puffed smoke out to the screen.....
.....causing it to cut to static.
The camera view came back into focus just HOURS later and was recording once more. This time it showed Jason still in that chair, covered in bruises with the "J" brand implanted on his left cheek and his Robin suit....spray-painted with “Jokes on you, Batman".
(Now you know where that Easter egg in BvS came from.)
Then Joker came on the screen
Joker: Is this thing on?
It's rolling, Puddin
Joker: Hiya Bats! It's your pal Joker again. Sort to keep you waiting, but I had a new twisting surprise for you. Jason? Have you got something to say to our dear Dark Knight?
Turning the camera over to Jason, with the “J” mark still imbedded and branded deep into his cheek, nothing but pure rage and anger was hollowed out and in him. Nothing could take all this pain away from him now.
Jason: Batman.....how could you do that to me? Leave me like a used toilet paper covered in sh**?! I.....I—WHY?! HOW COULD YOU?!?!
Joker: That's my boy! *Faces the camera view* Did you get that Bats? The boy's no longer yours now. He's mine! Mine. Mine. To do with what I please.
Joker walked around Jason and to the camera
Joker: Say.....I never really asked, but......The Bat.
Jason painstakingly looks up to him.
Joker: Who is he really under that mask? C’mon. You tell your uncle Joker.
Oh goody! Goody! This I have to record!
Jason: Of—Of course. It's---
Joker suddenly took out his gun and shot him....
Puddin! Why'd you do that?!
Joker: I never really could stand a tattle-teller, Harley. You know that.
But I wanted to know who he was, sweetie.
Joker: No one's ever who you think they are my dear. Why spoil the fun? That's why Bats and I like to play our games alone. Harley, get a shot at the boy.
The camera shook around towards Jason's supposedly dead body
Joker: You see what I mean, Bats. THIS is why you should never drag your friends in this crazy game of ours. Heheheheheheheh……..Hahahahahahahahahahahaha……..
The camera view went static again till....
…..it cuts to the main title
~Title opening: Batman Under the Red Hood~
After rolling off from the static feedback of the camera feed it cuts itself over to an oversight view of Gotham city as the camera feedback finally cuts itself out....
….to the present day
March 25th 2018.
Early evening in the city of Gotham and stuff seemed to be going down exactly the way people had planned it out to be. The currently infested cesspool of crime and villainy had one of the most dramatic crime rate shortages in the history of the city’s existence......
......thanks to the Dark Knight.
Now, if you were to ask where that vigilant Dark Knight was, you’d find him alright......
.....just hidden in plain sight......
.....as billionaire playboy asshole Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck).
In this late afternoon, he had been called forth to attend a press conference and has since then been asked to offer his thoughts on the Man of Steels recent revival......as well as his connection with the Caped Crusader and the rest of the Justice League.
Being a calm cool and collected figure in the eyes of the public, Bruce seemed to know EXACTLY what he wanted to say.
And he did.
The first question that he was immediately asked about or confronted about was.....
Reporter: Mr. Wayne, what are your thoughts about Superman’s return?
Bruce: *chuckles* I will be the first to admit, while I was not a fan of Superman beforehand......his selfless act for the sake of humanity’s cause made me see his true intentions. Ever since then, it had made me anxiously hopeful that I would one day see his return.
Reporter #2: Why is that so?
Bruce: Simply because.....there's so much that I never really thanked him for. It's just in that dark time I had my consciousness cleared after knowing Superman's true nature.
Reporter # 3: But have you and your funding's been supporting Superman's affairs with the Justice League?
Bruce: Well yes. I have. It was a request of the Batman himself.
Reporters: Mr. Wayne! Mr. Wayne!
People started shouting at once then suddenly a tv was turned off...in the batcave
Alfred (Jeremy Irons): How he does it I'll never know.
He walked by the bat computer where Tim Drake (Steven R. McQueen) was playing SKYRIM on it
Tim: Yeah come at me you big black dragon!
Roars and sword clashing sounds were being made when Alfred brought him dinner
Alfred: Frankly young sir that's one way Master Bruce could put his work into.
Tim: What he slayed dragons and shouted powerfully
Alfred: Not entirely. Master Dick always took his "Gameboys" upstairs
Just a minute later an elevator came down entering the Billionaire play boy himself
The way he Gussied up his tie before shortly ripping it off him wasn't all that uncommon for Alfred. But maybe it was for Tim.
And you know what’s funny? The first thing he said as soon as he fully entered the cave was.....
Bruce: How I do it......I really don’t know.
Tim: *snickers* That’s what he said.
Yeah, billionaire playboys can have fun every once in a while. They have their off-days. But this playboy spends his off-days very differently than most.
Almost immediately, he whips his direction immediately to the Bat-Computer and like a world class record breaking hacker, he scourges through the databanks of the system before it shows a full landscape map of the entire city of Gotham.
Even inside of the Batcave, the man is ALL business.
Bruce: Catch any of the feedback from the news lately?
Tim: Oh.....umm, yeah. Yeah. There’s ONE interesting thing that I picked up, though.
He jumps into another seat and quickly starts typing as well until the typical normal Gotham news broadcast appeared over the screen, audio file only.
Alfred: It was captured mere moments after you had finished your interviews. I’d recommend you listen closely.
He does, with his hand centered over his chin, anticipating what would come next.
And what he heard......didn’t really make his job any easier.
This is Vicki Vale, currently going live at the confines of the Belle Reve Penitentiary where we have confirmed to have another breakout. Prior to Bruce Wayne’s interview in the city a few moments ago, the Clown Prince Of Crime himself, The Joker is now another in the long list of inmates who have escaped from Belle Reve. He had currently been unlisted in this center with no possibility in ever being released, but the criminal mastermind—
Bruce immediately shuts the audio feedback off and just slams his fist down on the table.
The Joker was HIS responsibility. Not only was he responsible for putting him away almost EVERY single time but HE created him, unintentionally, might I add. So any little thing that he does......would be considered Bruce’s fault as well......which pretty much means he has to fix that fault rather quickly.
Bruce: Son Of a—
- clears throat*
Almost immediately, all three of them (Bruce, Alfred and Tim) turn back behind them to come face to face with this redhead girl with glasses on confined to a wheelchair.
Long story short: it was Barbara Gordon (Hailee Steinfield)
Bruce: Heh. Barbara.
Barbara: Quick question: do I ever go flouncing around in here and start messing with your stuff?
Tim: Hey, I didn't touch anything.
Barbara: I didn't mean you, Tim.
Bruce: Have you isolated the match track records on Joker's position?
Barbra: It's encrypted right now it could take time to crack. But I think you should know Joker's not the only problem.
Tim: Can't be worse than that clown.
Barbara: For all our sakes I hope not.
She opens a security feedback connected to the cameras of City Hall......of all places.
Barbara: Last night, there was a brake in at city hall. A group of red and black mercenaries broke into city hall. A group of red and black mercenaries and stole some data drive from the office safe.
Alfred: Heh. Luckily, the Mayor was on vacation that day or re-election would come early.
Barbara: He had a lot more valuables stuffed in there. And yet, all they took......was a flash drive.
Tim: Guess they thought it must’ve had some feasible data on it.
Bruce: Mercenaries in Gotham aren't in it for the money, Barbara. However......
He pauses in silence for a moment before continuing.
Bruce:......I know someone who has more knowledge about them than anyone. She was once hired to do this similar task for another group of mercenaries five years ago.
Barbara: Oh god. Bruce; please telling me you're not talking about that.....that.....that thief.
Tim: Wait, why am I the only one who's clueless in this room?
Bruce: *Sighs* I basically have a...."Friend" who.....steals from the rich and gives to the needy......."Basically".
Tim: “Basically”. Meaning what?
Alfred: Meaning her own intentions and tenacity precede them.
Tim: Robin Hood?
Bruce: No. Her name's......Selina Kyle.
Barbara: I KNEW IT!
She pushes herself back from the desk, flustered.
Barbara: Seriously......What is it about that woman that instantly makes her the most important person in your world?
Bruce: Selina's not the goal, Barbara. If she has experience with mercenaries, especially cracking a safe, she may know more of these guys than us. And considering how she already broke into the same place one time, if they got codes from her......
Barbara:......She may know who's leading them.
She sighs heavily.
As much as she didn’t WANT to trust her, there’s no denying that Bruce knew what he was doing most of the time. If what he says is true, then by all means......he needs to go after her.
Barbara: Ok. Alright, alright, Bruce. I guess you need to go find her but PLEASE......I beg of you. Stay focused.
Barbara: DON'T let HER get in the way again.
Bruce: Since when was the last time I did that?
Barbara: Do I have to count back to last year?
Alfred: Or before that?
Barbara: And before that.
Alfred: And before that.
Bruce: Ok ok ok. I get it. Just....don’t remind me of that.....you know.....
Barbara: Bats and Kitty sittin’ in a tree.
Bruce: PLEASE. Please, just keep it professional.
Like I said before, this billionaires off days are more different then many others, in theory at least. And Bruce definitely didn’t need to be reminded of the countless on and offs he had with Selina.
One time too many she’s pulled one on him and vice versa. Other times, things got a little.....well, I don’t wanna go there.
Finally done with the conversation, Bruce just turns back towards the elevator to get back UPSTAIRS, but not before Tim just taps him on the arm, asking him......
Tim: D-did you sleep with her?
He then walks firmly to the elevator, leaving Tim in borderline confusion.
Meanwhile, hours later in the evening.......
......it was just another witching hour......for a nightly prowl on the town. It would fit particularly better for a cat.....
......or should I say, for a Cat.....woman.
Yep, the infamous Catwoman (Rachel Weisz) herself was up to her old tricks again. had crack open a sky window to another mansion. (You'll like the Easter Egg in this.)
She hopped down on her feet almost like any cat
She waltz over through the hall and spotted.....
....A golden braun’s watch.
Owned by Penguin.
Of course, when it comes to Selina, if she sees something and she wants, it’s more then likely she’s gonna get it.
And it didn’t seem like nothing was stopping her.....just yet. As soon as she approaches the glass case that supported the watch, she pressed out her retractable claws....
.....slowly inching closer towards the case until......
......she sensed an object hurdling fast behind. Quickly moving out of the way, she flipped away from it, only to see that it was a Bat-a-rang that was thrown beside her, as it stuck to the wall.
Catwoman smirked at the sight of it, for it was all too familiar for her, and as soon as she turned behind her, which revealed a bat shadow.....
......she practically blushed.
Catwoman: You know......there's a simpler way if you wanna ask me out to dinner.
You're usually not one to pick up a phone, Selina.
Catwoman: And you’re not one to wait by it.
Just at that moment Batman stepped out of the shadows
Catwoman: *Turns around and leans back on wall* But Bats. If you really missed me...you could have stopped by at my apartment and say hi. Or.....just another magical night.
(I guess that answers Tim's question)
Batman: Don't flirt with me Selina. You know why I'm here.
Catwoman: You want to know if I had anything to do with the city hall brake in. Not really surprisingly. I mean I hadn't had any mirk business since Deathstroke. You could ask him but he hasn't been in Gotham for years. Unless he's moving back in.
Batman: What about Joker?
Catwoman just was about to reply till....
...armed men in strange red masks stormed in pointing their guns at them
Leader: Sir! We have eyes on target! Batman's here in Copplepot Manor (Yep)
Good work. Remember I want him alive!
Leader: Sir he's not alone. The Catwoman's here too. What should we do with her?
Just bring her to me too.
Leader: Understand. Alright listen up! Boss wants them both alive! Shoot to wound! FIRE!
Soon as they opened fire Batman grabbed Catwoman close to him and covered them both in his cape and let out a smoke bomb.
Despite the huge over-abundance of smoke plastered all over the area, the gunmen just kept on shooting and emptying their magazines of bullets determined to get a least ONE shot off the Caped Crusader
Unfortunately…....he was already gone....
.....or so they thought?
All 12 men (yes, 12) had a plastered layer of confusion all over their faces, for they weren’t expecting him to have an escape strategy. But then again, they were prepared for it. I mean, it’s what they signed up for.
Merc #1: No visual.
Merc #3: Damn it.
Leader: Ugh. Boss, the Bat flew off. Got the Cat with him. Looks like they had this pla—
Just as he was about to finish, a thunderous force crashlands in-between them all and executes a shockwave, launching all of them across the granite floor.
The Batman, himself.
As soon as he recovers, he flips his cape back, pulls out 12 remote control Bat-a-rangs, six on each hand, and throws them around each mercenary.....
.....to the point where once they all came back around, they stuck to all their guns.
Batman then presses a button on his wrist, and all Bat-a-rangs electrically shock each and every one of the mercs, disarming them of their weapons in the process.
And then comes the fun stuff.
He slides underneath one of the mercs before grabbing him by the head and ramming him into his knee. Almost immediately, he back-kicks another one heading in his direction.
And of course.....with this much fun revolving around Catwoman of all people......
.....you really couldn’t count her out of it.
So, of course, she got involved with the fight as well.
And like any tag team, Batman and Catwoman worked consistently well together as they went to town on the mercs.
Took some effort and a lot of team attacks for what these guys were capable of
Batman had to use his fast thinking looking for an open targets then BAM!
One got scratched on the cheek by Catwoman's claws and a couple more fell by her whip pulling them down
And soon they were down to one and Batman dragged him across the room and holds him up
Batman: Who are you working for?!
Leader: I'm not telling you JACK!
He hit him in the jaw the guy split out a loose tooth
Batman: WHO IS IT?!?!?!
Leader: Do your worse! You'll never get a word out of me!
Catwoman just looked bored till she saw a walkie talkie on the flour and someone was talking on it
What?!? Hello? Looks like they had a WHAT?!?! Command unit 7!
She picked it up and spoke
Catwoman: Um....unit 7 can't come to the phone right now. They're a bit.....BEAT up. Can I take a message?
What?! Who is this? Identify your unit number immediately!
Catwoman: Unit number? Who needs them?
Catwoman walked over to Batman still interrogating the murk
Catwoman: Hey Batty? You better take this. Could be who you're trying to get out of that sucker.
Batman took it and spoke on it
Batman: Who is this?
Batman? Well I never thought I hear from you so soon. I hope my men didn't give you....too much trouble just before you and I can have our fun.
Batman: Who are you?
You'll know that soon enough! VERY soon....but until then why don't you use your....detective work to FIGURE IT OUT!!
The transmission cuts off
Catwoman: That guy sure sounded awfully pissed.
Batman: He's not the first. I have to find out who it is.
He took the walkie talkie apart and plugged it's chip in the adapter on his glove
Batman: I need to get this analyze if I can trace their broadcast I'll listen to their communication and maybe trace them their positions
Catwoman: Well have fun with that. I'm gonna hit an art gallery or two and....I know I don't say this a lot but....just be careful handsome.
She launched out her whip and pulled herself up
Batman: Alfred I'm analyzing a radio broadcast to the batcomputer. Let me know when it's uploaded.
Miss Barbra's already on it.
Batman: Patch me in.
It didn’t take much effort and much time at all.....
.....thanks to Oracle, Barbara Gordon’s new alter ego.
Coming your way, Bruce.
He quickly taps on his wrist as a virtual encrypted file of the audio recording shows up and just when an entire viewpoint of the city shows up in the background, the audio file just flys back to the background......
.....all the way.....
......to Founders Island, which is near the edge of the boundary layers of the city.
Which pretty much meant that whoever’s behind this is all the way near down there, which would be his next stop.
But as he listened to the audio file, something about the voice that came over it puzzled him. Like.....like he recognized it from somewhere.
Here’s what he heard:........
This guy's got heavy armoring. Especially if he's hitting a city like Gotham.
I hope he burns it to the ground for all I care. That place’s a hell hole.
Batman patched in deeper
'’'By the order of the hood, this is now a phase one priority one program.
That voice sounded awfully familiar for Batman even Oracle from the cave
Bruce.....that sounds awfully like.....
Batman: Deathstroke. Looks like Selina's hunch was right.
I don't get it. Wilson's been quiet for years so why come out of hiding now and steal a data drive?
Batman: He said something about “The Hood”. Sounds like the guy he and these goons are working for. There’s obviously more into this story then at first glance:
So now what?
Batman: Keep listening to that channel, we might learn something else. I'm gonna head to the GCPD; see what your father has on the Joker.
Meanwhile on Bleak Island...…
…..in an office filled with weapons and joke toys the Joker sits in his desk he seemed quit which is not like him
Knowing that last year his former "Harley" helped the Justice League save the world from the Enchantress
And it was rather lonely since the brake up
Just then one of his goons came in with a news paper
Goon: Uh excuse me chief! I got something here you might wanna see.
Feeling interrupted Joker SHOT the goon down killing him instantly
(Friends? Have you met this guy?)
He put the gun down looking at his picture frame of him and Harley laughing together covered in blood
He couldn't bare it and got and saw the news paper in the dead goons hand he took it and read it
Joker: "City hall brake in missing data drive." Hmm....Hehehehehehehe
Whatever he was laughing at something about that heist gave him.....just another insane idea
He came down stairs where a nightclub was holded up and came down to the front desk man
Joker: You still have Harley's location?
Man: As you requested sir.
Joker: Get the cars ready. And bring me a reporter I want to show her something on tv.
Whatever he's cooped up in his mind it seems to involve winning Harley back....and stealing that data himself
On the roof of the GCPD Gordon (JK Simmons) as usual was by the bat-signal
He was breathing smoke from his cigar just for...
Ever considered a donut?
Gordon: Daah! Ever considered not sneaking up on people?
Batman: It's an advantage to drop my enemies.
Gordon: Even on cops?
Batman: Not tonight Jim. Any lead on the Joker?
Gordon: We were tracking a number of limbos there's usually not that many unless an opening of Oscar winning ceremonies. But those limbos were reported stolen.
Batman: What about city hall?
Gordon: We hadn't had dealings with mercenaries since Deathstroke. Is he behind this?
Batman: He's part of it yes. But someone's pulling strings. They call him the hood.
Gordon: That's not much to go on. We suppose to put wanted posters of guys in hoods?
He turns one minute and Batman's gone....again
Gordon: *Scoffs* Somebody's got to pull that on him.
Cutting to somewhere in the DIAMOND district on Founders Island where a militia base workshop
We cut to combat gear covered legs walking down the ile
The legs walked in a room where the camera rotated up from behind who that was standing infront of a red hood figure in a chair
He was known to his forces....as the Red Hood (???)
And the man standing before him was the one eyed merk leader himself and second in command of the Red Hood Deathstroke (Joe Manganiello)
Deathstroke: Sir my forces are in route from south Africa. However the data drive from city hall is protected by a large Wayne tech code may take a day to crack.
Red Hood: Nothing.....YOU CAN'T handle now is it?
Deathstroke: I would like to see you pull one off on your own. May I remind you you wouldn't be THERE right now if I hadn't put you through hell.
Red Hood just scoffs. If he’s one to be tempted, it’s more then likely he’ll retaliate in a very unprofessional manner. And no question about it.....
.....he slowly reached in his brown jacket and pulled out a modified high tech pistol......only to place it down on the side.
Red Hood: Slade......you don’t want to tempt me, man. If the men I sent don’t respond by the next few hours.....then I’ll leave it to ME, then. You already have much on your plate, don’t you?
Deathstroke: You can say I like roughing it.
Just before Hood could answer back, three mercs burst through the door with some rather important news.
Merc #2: Sir.
Just as Red Hood turns to them, the first Merc just throws something in his direction and he quickly it catches in-between his fingers.
Taking a good luck at it......
......he realizes that this is the data drive he had enlisted his men to find hours ago. And of course, the logo embedded over it was enough to technically make his skin crawl.
Red Hood: WayneTech. BRILLIANT.
Merc #1: Sir?
Red Hood: Thank you. All three of you.....are dismissed for the rest of the day.
Merc #3: What about the others?
Red Hood: They’re not done yet. By midnight tonight, I have something special planned.....for an old adversary of mine. Once we roll out, that’s one more loose end to tie up......
He once again looks firmly at the data drive.
Red Hood:.....and I’ve waited long enough for it. Sooner or later......he will DIE.
Deathstroke: Hmm? Why DO you hate him so?
Red Hood: Honestly, Slade......you could never understand.
Deathstroke: Well just say the word and we'll make it happen. Batman will fall.
Red Hood: What happens to the Bat, just so we're clear, is entirely ON my terms. He'll suffer all the same.....when I say so. For now though......I want your men on scene by the end of the night.
Deathstroke: Hmph.....as you wish.
Soon as everyone left the room, he pulled down his hood revealing only his RED helmet. Staring down at newspaper clippings and pictures of Batman's trials
Superman's death reports
Justice League assembles
Suicide Squad prevent terrorist attack
His sight, however, was set on one picture of Batman dragging Joker out in cuffs.
This sight infuriated him.
Red Hood: If there's one thing I learnt from the two of you.....you‘ll never really kill each other. You need someone to do it for you. THAT'S.....what you'll learn from ME.
That's when he took the picture and snipped the heads off from it fueling his vengeance on both the Batman and the Joker for but for WHAT though?
That remains to be seen.
Fast forward a few screenshots and a few HOURS later at midnight and we’re back on the Jokers side of things where he and his men were literally ready to move and mobilize all on his own Command for the soul purpose of reclaiming his Harley Quinn.
The entire time this rather sadistic looking smirk on his face REALLY couldn’t leave him, as expected because.....well, he was crazy that way. Not to mention that he was in a tuxedo the whole time.
Joker: You will......come home.
Crowding himself into his “Joker-Mobile” which is really just a purple Lamborghini, he flashed on his neon lights and immediately slams his foot down on the gas pedal as he takes off.
With his men in LIMOS tailing behind him, he then proceeds to lead them all into the city in a synchronized line or order......clocking way over the speed limit.
It was all going well......
......until this military vehicle from out of NOHERE rams into the Lamborghini, flipping it over on its side as it literally crashes into near the ends of a roadway tunnel.
As soon as the Jokers men see this, they pile out the limos in droves and start shooting at that one militia vehicle.....
......only to see five more of them pull up behind it as those Hood militia men pile out of the APC vehicles and start opening fire out on Jokers men.
Pretty soon, the entire street became a warzone firefight between the Jokers men and the militia.
As for Joker himself, he was barely even conscious by the time his vision cleared up well enough to see where he actually was. And by the time he was fully awake, all he heard was a loud thump on the hood of his Lamborghini.
Unwilling to take any chances, he whips out his golden AK-47 and immediately starts popping bullets through the roof of his car, hoping he got whoever landed on his ride.
Suddenly, the windshield on his right door bursts.....
......and that’s when he sees the Red Hood.
Red Hood: Joker......you Son of a b__ch.
Joker: Hehehehe......here to haunt your every dream.
Red Hood: I ain’t afraid of no ghost.
He wastes no time dragging Jokers sorry ass out of his purple Lamborghini, leaving his AK-47 on the rear base of his seat. He then proceeds to literally slam him up against the window from the front of the car and the just kicks him off as he bounces his head off a militia van.
Coming to the realization this was gonna be a short and sweet conclusion, he wanted no witnesses. He snaps his fingers, with his militia bombarding the area and flat out shooting a few of his men dead as Red Hood then turns his gun back to the Clown Prince while the gunfight continued onwards.
Joker: Say.....have we met before? Fancy a dance in the pale moonlight?
Red Hood: We’re the furthest place from Heaven, ok? This is HELL......and I’m the devil.
Funny he said that because he felt that rather familiar presence lurk above him from the distance and as soon as both him and the Joker looked back behind them and ABOVE them......
......they saw that familiar shadow on the rooftops.
And that shadow pulled his attention from the Joker as it stood casting pointy ears and winged like cape blowing in the wind and eyes glowing white
(He's wearing one of the suits I showed you in this)
Red Hood: Batman....?
The troops armed themselves and shot up at him
Red Hood: NO! HOLD YOUR FIRE DAMMIT!!
They stopped by his command and looked up again to see he was gone
Red Hood: The hell was THAT all about? Did I order you idiots to open fire?!?!
Soldier: I'm sorry sir. We had orders from Deathstroke to shoot on sight.
Red Hood: That a fact? Well he's gonna learn who's in charge soon.
I do know it won't be you for long.
Everyone turned to see Batman standing face to face with them all Red Hood just stared dead at him like a man ready to squash a bug
Joker just smirked and laughed
Joker: How's it hanging Bats? Still making dark entrances?
Red Hood: Someone SHUT him up!
One duck tape him and the hood stared back at Batman
Batman: I take you must be the Hood.
Red Hood: That's RED Hood to you bub!
Batman: What'd you want with Joker?
Red Hood: Ho! It's not just him. I also want you Batman. You see I'm one with idles to my enemies and there are many ways how I deal with them. See I want Joker to PAINFULLY die. As for you....I attend to make you PAINFULLY suffered as I have.
Batman: Are you someone I turned in under that red mask of yours?
Red Hood: Ho ho ho oh no Dark Knight. I'm a LOT worse than that. But before I get down to details I just want you to know how far this is gonna take you. You may wish you finished the clown yourself! Not to mention not recruiting that new boy wonder of yours!
Batman: Leave him out of this!
Red Hood: Hehe I can't tell not much has changed in you Batman. But I warn you.....by the time this is over.....you're gonna wish they change!
Batman: I wouldn't count on it.
He pressed a button on his belt then the batmobile rode in shooting stunner knocking out a few soldiers but Red Hood grapples up to escape and Batman beats down the last three soldiers then see's Joker tied up and gagged
He does untie him but holds him up
Batman: Start talking Joker! Why is this Red Hood after you?!
Joker: Now don't get poundy on me Bats. He said he was after you too.
Joker: How should I know Batsy…..in our time together we made a lot of crossfires we could have pissed a LOT of others off. You never know if Hoody boy was in one! Hahahahahahaha!
Batman knocked him out and dropped him on the ground and pressed on his ear
Batman: Oracle. I've ID'd our new player he calls himself the Red Hood. But he has a grudge against Joker and myself. I need a way to secure him.
You're not bringing him to the cave are you?
Batman: Course not. It be too risky. I have a base somewhere near Divinity Church. I built it years ago. It's another home away from home. Have Tim ready to prep a cell for Joker. I'm bringing him there.
Already taken care of Bruce.
The voice that came over the intercom link didn't really startle him in the sense that it surprised him but it startled Barbra in the sense in which she wasn't expecting it
Hey Barb. Long time no talk.
I've already got a cell prepped at Divinty Church Bruce. No need to worry about me cause I'm waiting for your ass so hurry up.
Batman: Keep it prepped and ready. I have more questions to ask him.
You and me both.
Unwilling to waste anymore time he basically hangs up the comm dragging the Joker to the Batmobile. He literally stuff his arch nemesis in the back seat before the Caped Crusader jumps in at well
Within the midist of a few seconds.....the Batmobile takes off with it's thrusters
Meanwhile....back at the cave....
…..Seemed Tim was suiting up anyway he came out of the store room where the suits and armor were held as Robin came out and Barbra on the Bat-computer soon noticed him
Barbara: Tim? Where you going?
Robin: I'm gonna see what I can do to help.
Barbra: *Turns her wheelchair* Tim wait up. There's much going on that might be dangerous. Plus Dick is here to back Bruce up.
Robin: *Stands by the Red Bird Bike* I figure he and Cyborg were busy with this Titan team.
Barbra: Well even he know where to be. Plus there's a terrorist act by militia going on out there. I'd sit this one out.
Robin: You worry too much.
Barbra: I use to say the same thing. But that was before I got put in this chair. And trust me the last thing we want is to loose another---
Robin: Another what?
(I'm sure you can guess who she's talking about)
Barbra: Just....be careful Tim.
He nodded putted on his helmet and started his bike riding out from the cave just in time for Alfred to come down seeing Tim rode off which gave him a sense of dejavu
He walked beside Barbra both making eye contact
Out on the open rode Robin speeded towards the high way to Gotham but.....
….little did he know he was being watched
Deathstroke up in helicopter by the opened hatch spotted him with binoculars
Deathstroke: So there's our boy wonder. I want a tracker on him. Don't loose him.
Pilot: Yes sir.
The helicopter flew sideways tailing the boy wonder
Meanwhile the Batmobile rode into Founders Island nearing divinity Church
Just soon it stopped near the cemetery behind it and dragged Joker out
Joker: Didn't take you for the bat in the bellring in in Church Batsy.
Batman didn't respond and walked him towards a wall.....
….or was it
Joker: What? We playing eye spy on the wall?
Batcomputer: Voiceprint: Confirmed.
The wall opened straight up revealing an elevator Batman scooched the Joker in and he pressed the red button which took them down and closed the wall back down
Leading them to another batcave where Nightwing stood waiting and just when they came out after the elevator reached the ground
Joker: Hey! Nightwing old boy, is that you? Haha! How's the tin man?
Nightwing (Zach Effort): Tin man?
Batman: Don't answer him.
Nightwing: *Scoffs* How I missed his witty repartee.
Joker: That's normally my line boy blunder! Hahahaha!
He keeps on laughing maniacally in classic Joker fashion as they drag him into the tightest cell they had with the most functionality and head over heels security metrics guarding that ONE CELL
As Batman just throws Joker into the wall more then likely rouging his shoulder he just groans for a few split seconds before turning back to the former dynamic duo.....
…..with the only thing keeping them visible in the light......is a literal mini lamplight
With this Joker.....once again....jokes again
Joker: Hmm. You two....looking good. Been working out?
Joker: You could probably use a little sun. But.....then again.....who am I to talk?
He again laughs manically
Batman: I'm gonna ask you AGAIN
He slams on the wall beside him where he stood and just inches closer to his face
Batman: What do you know about the Red Hood?
Joker: Ho Ho That he has HORRIBLE taste. Bleh! When I wore that number he was sporting it was classy. More flashy Mater D then motorcycle fetish. Ah.....these kids today....
Typical Joker. Mumbling on and off topic incoherently like has nothing better to do but then again that's just what the brinks of insanity do to you when everything goes down the toilet
Nightwing: Hey hey Pennywise!
He snaps his fingers to get his attention back.
Nightwing: It's apparently that neither of us want to be here more than YOU do. If you're behind this in ANYWAY we WILL find out The thing is you're not--
Joker: Oh Bird Boy you're so much less fun now. All grown up and in your big-boy pants. Still better off than his replacement right? Even tougher making with the yuks when you're yuks worm food huh?
Something about this response just ticked Bruce off to a whole other degree. He immediately lands down on his hand with molten iron as the Joker barley tries to avoid the pain. But he only ends up laughing yet again...…
…..when he realizes he was literally B-Branded on his right hand
Furthermore Batman ends up flinging Joker across the room as his bad shoulder hits the wall once more. Before he even has half a second to recover Bats angrily picks Joker up by the throat and slams him against the wall AGAIN as Nightwing looks on
The way he had pressure applied to his arch enemy barely joking him out made it all the more clear that he was not playing any games with the Joker he was always rough with him and there was always a moment of panic where the Caped Crusader could snap at any moment....
….and end him
Apparently that's what the Joker was sort of pressuring him to do as he just smiled at him asking.....
Joker: You gonna do it this time? Or you just gonna put me in another body cast for six months?
He was close on that first part with how on edge he was now.....especially knowing who's anniversary was tomorrow
And looking at the Joker didn't help not even his jokes knowing he was responsible but....
…..knowing he could not brake his code....AGAIN like he did during his war against Superman....and he knew.....
…..he could not cross that line again JUST to cause more pain to the memory of his parents....not even.....
(Some people may joke about it. But you can't blame him for being sensitive for hearing the names of his parents he saw them get killed as a kid for Pete's sake)
And then he just drops him
Batman: Lock it up.
He walked out the cell and Nightwing noticed the way that statement was made but fallowed Batman's orders
Joker: I that's another cast Bats? Hehehehehehehehahahahahahaha!
On the batcomputer in that base Batman sat in his chair unmasked and Nightwing came in pulling his off too
Dick: Bruce....did he get to you in some way?
Bruce: Not now Dick.
Dick: Spare me the broodiness. I know what this is really about....I miss him too.
Bruce: *Sighs* That night when he sent me the tape.....I hears Jason's last words....he was really gonna tell who I was. Who WE were.
Dick: He had troubles even before you took him in Bruce. He was easy to manipulate after that. Besides deep down he knew you wouldn't abandon him. I mean....I went missing myself just the year before I hung up the Robin suit. I knew you wouldn't to me.
Bruce: You didn't fall in his hands Dick. You had loving parents. Jason didn't. He never knew his mother. Hid father was a criminal. Joker made me cross a line I promised I wouldn't.....but after his death....I last my will to keep it and took it out on Kent Till I learn.....he made me realize what my parents would think of me.
Dick: If they were here Bruce....they be proud....of WHAT you turned out to be as we all are. Alfred. Barbra. Tim. Even the others at the Hall of Justice.
Bruce: Thank Dick. But now we need to focus. I got a feeling this Red Hood is just getting started. And I personally like to find out who he is and what he's planning.
He went online to patch up his communications
Bruce: Put Lucius Fox online. I need to make another request.
Already got him on. I was just telling him about the data drive.
Hey Bruce. So another run in with Deathstroke?
Bruce: And a new player. Did Barb tell ya?
Everything. And I just already have something cooking up in the oven. Something that should be light wear and help you work fast especially about tomorrow. I'll have it ready by morning drop by Wayne tower then.
Bruce: Thanks Lucius.
Transmission cuts off
While that goes down the sound of revving from a motorcycle pulls up alongside the entrance of Divinty Church and then pull to a stop
Setting the Redbird Motorcycle in place Robin leaps off said bike and flips his hood back on to remain anonymous. He knew that Bruce and Dick were here....
….or were they?
Robin: Alright I'm here at the church. Where are they?
There's a wall on your right when you pass through the cemetery. No password number code nothing that simply complicated. Just---
Robin: Found it.
Batcomputer: Voiceprint confirmed. Access granted.
Just like earlier the walls slid open from both sides revealing an elevator just behind the concrete
Robin: He's down there?
Robin: Should be?
He normally doesn't tell me whenever he's leaving a certain area. All he does say is where he's going next.
Robin: Unhealthy habits?
Not unhealthy. Just unusual.
Robin: Like me?
Fat from it, Tim.
He chuckles slightly as he approaches the elevator wiring to open it until.....
…..a certain sensation stops him.
A modified high tech gun gets pressed up to the back of Robins head with each inch inching further and further to the back of his cranium. Robin playing along just puts his hand up in the air as if he was accepting surrender
But he quickly grabs it from behind and disarms the figure before whipping out his staff and pushing the figure back to the elevator wall....
…..only to realize he had the Red Hood right where he got him
Red Hood: Heh. So this the recruit he signed up after that sorry excuse for a prodigal son. You're the new Robin.
Robin: Clear as day. And I take it you're.....
Red Hood: Call me the Red Hood. Pleased to beat you.
Red Hood swung his fists at him just for Robin to countered with his staff and to knock him aside
Just to be countered himself
Red Hood: So he gave you this thing too? How unpredictable.
Then he knocked him aside forcing Robin to roll down a hill of the cemetery
Landing on a stone
Robin: Ugh.....It's like this guy knows my every move. But how?
The Hood approached him with guns gripped in his hand
Soon as the Red Hood pointed his gun at him.....
…..Robin threw his red bordering disarming him then Robin jumped up and kicked him while there was an opening
Robin: Sorry buddy but I'm ending this now.
He was just about to cuff him but Red Hoof tripped him and PINNED him down
Red Hood: Either you're still in training or the Bat didn't teach you everything
Robin: And what would you know? Who....ARE you?
Red Hood: Now that be spoiling the surprise. But just tell Batman this. Tomorrow night. On the very eve of 10 years ago tomorrow.....they'll both PAY! For EVERYTHING!!
That's when he stomped on his face cutting the screen out....
Tim! Tim! Can you hear me?
…..the vision got clear again facing Barbra's face
Barbra: Hey Tim.....you gave us a fright.
Barbra: Back in the cave Bruce found you unconscious soon as he came out of the cave at Divinty Church. Just lucky you were barely alive.
Tim: Oh....that Red Hood guy.....he knew where it was cornered me there....But....he---said that...."Tomorrow Batman and Joker....would pay."
Barbra: For what?
That was a question yet to be answered
The next day Bruce walked in in suit to Mr. Fox's office
Fox (Samuel Jackson): Ah Mr. Wayne. I was just about to call Alfred.
Bruce: Things been tight lately Lucius. So what have you got?
Lucius: Lets have a look.
(I saw this in the Telltale series)
Fox walked to a chest board on the side table and moved the right white knight to a front black square and the white king to the knights king's square and the book case opens to applied sciences
Bruce: Check mate huh?
Fox: Well who can check Batman this way?
Bruce chuckled and lead him across the room to a sheet covered figure
Fox: Since you and those powered friends of yours fought off Dr. Moon's Witch alter ego I noticed you were gonna need more equipment with newer modifications. The prototype testing out proved itself before building the real one. But remained untested.
Bruce: Then tonight's a good night.
As soon as Bruce pulled off the sheet.....
….he was bombarded by a new sight.....
…..the new Bat-Suit version V8.04....
Lucius: Pretty much the reception I expected. Well Mr. Wayne let me talk you through inner and outer layers of the bodysuit are made of tri-weave. It's between those layers of those layers where things get interesting. That's where Waynetech MR hardens the response to impact
Bruce: I see. With that kind of shock absorption I'd be able to put more force into my normal strikes?
Lucius: That's right. And of course counter attacks. Cause this also has liquid armor inside. It's more flexible than what you're accustomed to as well. You'd use that increased maneuverability to take out your foes in quick succession.
Bruce: How bout the Batmobile?
Lucius: This suit compatible with electromagnetic tech mechanism too. I other words you'll fly out that thing like a bullet from a rail gun.
Bruce took another second to admire the suit he then smirked
Bruce: Is it ready for a test run?
Lucius: Not yet. But when you're available later today we can send it trough a few tests
The entire time Bruce just turned away at looked out through the window
Bruce: I'll probably need that suit tonight. Can you get it decoded within the hour?
Lucius: I can work it out in the next thirty minutes or so.
He was just about to walk out the room until he had remembered something. Rather important
Lucius: Oh and.....Mr. Wayne....
Lucius: I'm terribly about....
Bruce: I know. It's just....I couldn't save him.
Lucius: You did your best.
Bruce: So says Alfred.....so says.....Dick.....so says....well everybody.
Later at the batcave Bruce and Alfred tested the new combat gear
Barbra and Tim were on the Batcomputer trying to pinpoint anything on Red Hood
And after some time Bruce suited up in the plaited up suit and stepped out as a new armored Batman
Tim in Robin suit but not with cape and mask yet fallowed him out
Tim: Bruce wait up!
Batman: Not tonight Tim. This could get ugly. Maybe worse than last night.
Tim: I got caught off guard but I'm ready. Let me help.
Batman: I got this under control.
Tim: *Sighs* Ok......listen try checking in once in a while we're partners remember?
Soon as he walked away Barbra spoke
Barbra: He just wants to help you know.
Batman: Don't let your feeling for him cloud your judgement
Barbra: It's not that I want him in harms way.....I rather he stay out of it but he could help.
Batman: And I'm sure he can. But if Batman is a target to the Red Hood so is he. Next time he muse force.
Just soon he hopped in the batmobile it didn't take long for everyone to turn away just for Robin fully suited up and rides off and Barb heard him rode off
She strolled her wheelchair down to the ramp just watching him go at the end of the tunnel
She sat there for the longest moment in her life knowing it's Jason's anniversary she hoped to God history would not repeat itself
In the Batmobile Batman drove on thinking to himself in silence till a voice on his radio broke his silence
Hey Bruce you got a minute?
Batman: What is it Dick?
I got a report from the GCPD. You won't believe who just busted a move for the first time in 10 years.
Our old pal Roman Sionis.
Batman: Black Mask. I haven't seen him since he smuggled chemicals in the city.
I know right. It's unfortunate. Some of his goons have already made some dealings with the Hoods men. I think Roman's our best lead on finding him.
Batman: Understood Dick.
- How's Joker doing?*
Nightwing: He's been oddly quit all day. Right now he's sleeping like a baby.
Or was he.....?
Joker was laying on his bed but....apparently Batman and Nightwing forgot to check for a cell phone cause...…
…..he was sending a text to his men to track his location
And he made a call....
…..to guess who
What wh-who is--
Joker: Before you say anything dear.....at least come and check out the surprise I have for you.
Mister J?! Why you calling me?!
Joker: Listen....I know I went too far with your new friends. I even know I almost got you into the mix.....but hear me out at least.
Whatever. What is it?
Joker: I'm in the lair......of the Batman.....*Grins*
As his grin turns into a mildly silent chuckle just so Nightwing wouldn't get the idea that he was actually awake.....
…..back on the road the Batmobile was still ragging through the streets of Gotham racing towards in it's next destination....
…..unware that Robin was literally a few feet behind him
Batman: Any whereabouts on Sionis?
It really baffles me you know. Despite being one of the more dangerous crime dealers in the entire city he still acts like a little.....you know what. He escaped custody and left the city for over a decade......and yet he's still around. There was no reason for him to come back.....unless either he HAD to.....
Batman:...….or he was offered a deal too big resist. Again where is he? If you know.
My guess is that stupid idiot's crowded in the EXACT same place we found him before.
Batman: The Sionis mill. Surprised they haven't torn it down yet. Better give Gordon the scoop.
Oh don't worry. That's already taken care of. Should be an army of GCPD tailing behind right about....
Batman: Nice work Dick. I'll check back when I'm done.
In a move that came as no surprise to the Dark Knight Commissioner Gordon had already gotten a hold of the situation thanks to Nightwing and he and his squadron of officers were quick to tail behind him.....
….knowing that where Batman was going was gonna impact the city's condition more than it should.
While they all rode alongside together.....
…..at Sionis Headquarters (Steel Mill)…..
…..it's safe to say Mr. Black Mask (Ben Mendelsohn) was.....
….to put it mildly the dude was pissed
He USED to be in cahoots with the Red Hood on business affairs but after a short while the Hood cut and all relations with him since he got his fair share of the bargain out of it and he went so far as to actually interfere in HIS business practices
The anger behind his mask was freaking cancerous
Black Mask: Are you telling me that scumbag stole my guns?! AGAIN?!?!
Assistant: No sir.....he DESTROYED them. Blew up the trucks the drivers......Apparently he previously had enlisted anyone under our providence to come work with him. Now the tables have turned sir. He's killing them now.
Black Mask: So what?! We got ourselves another Batman? One who doesn't mind blood?
Assistant: No sir. He's NO Batman. He's still taking huge cuts from off the streets and with that militia behind his back.....last time I checked.....he's coming for us now.
Just an award layer of Silence filed the room as this hilariously frozen stature on his face appeared. Too bad no one could see it behind his mask
Black Mask: Damn it....of all the....
His anger finally got the better of him as he just tossed his entire desk table aside the assistant doesn't budge in inch. But his guards do.
Black Mask DAMIN IT!!!!!! Can someone tell me why his guy ain't dead yet?!
Is he anyone I know?
That voice startled everyone in the room they looked back to see...…
….the Red Hood....
….and five of his militia men around him
Black Mask: How the hell did you get past my men by the front door?!?!?!
Red Hood: Let's just say my men had a little shoot out with them. But don't expect them to get up for Christmas presents.
Black Mask: Why you....TAKE HIM DOWN!!!!!
Just as his men pointed their guns at them but Red Hood snapped his fingers and militia men came out of hiding places pointing their guns at everyone and their numbers were higher than Black Masks men
Black Mask: ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!
Red Hood: Now Sionis I don't want this to turn into a bloodbath. So we can do this the easy way. Or the hard way.
Black Mask: Just who do you think you are BUB?!?!?!?!
Red Hood: I'm the guy who called you back in Gotham. Anything else?
Black Mask's anger was just increasing further but knowing the odds were against him....
…..even when he knows not to be stupid so he waved his hand ordering his men to stand down
Red Hood nodded to his men then they did the same thing
Black Mask: This deal better involve money or Batman's head on my wall.
Red Hood: *Grabs a fallen chair and sits on the back the back of it* It's about Batman's head alright. On MY wall. And definitely money. My employers have more than enough to pay handsomely.
Black Mask: What's your purchase?
Red Hood: A partnership even the Joker's heart ripped out of his chest!
Black Mask: Whoa! That's extreme....I mean I have no love for the clown but.....why go at him too?
Red Hood: That's not part of the deal.
Black Mask: I understand reasons are your own. But where does the money come in?
Red Hood: After Batman's fall.
Cutting to the heart of Gotham Robin parked the Red-Bird by a curve
Robin grappled up to a roof then he was startled by Oracle's voice on his ear radio
Tim? What'd you doing out there?
Robin: Barb....calm your voice a bit.
I'm sorry Tim it's just....you shouldn't have taken off like that. Bruce told you to sit this one out.
Robin: You know I can't just do that. I mean he's up against an entire army.
He's dealt with worse trust me. You really need to come back to the cave.
Robin: Barb....are you and Bruce just worried cause.....of what happened to the other Robin?
Course not. We just.....he is one of the reasons yes. It's his anniversary today and.....Tim just be careful.
Robin: I always am.
Soon as the transmission cutted off Robin suddenly was startled by a Helicopter that rose from the other side
And who jumped down from it was...…
Robin: Wait....I know you....
Deathstroke: My my I'm touched. I've actually been watching you for a long time.
Robin: Why? You want my autograph?
Deathstroke: Actually....I hoped to test your skills.
He unshieved his sword and ran for an attack thinking fast.....
…..Robin took his staff countering the sword attacks beginning a dueling brawl
They were evenly matched but Deathstroke landed a few open shots that kicked Robin down
As he layed on his knees and elbows looking up at Deathstroke approaching him
Deathstroke: Impressive. Almost the same skills as the other one?
Robin: Other one?
Deathstroke: Come now kid. I may not know identities but I know all the Robins were not the same. The first one was taller. Quite an acrobat like the flying Grayson's. The second one was heavy brawler. Took life a little too seriously though. But you? Hehehe....I think of my younger self.
Robin: But I'm not a psycho like you!
This time he charged for the attack
Cutting back to Black Mask's HQ
Black Mask: Just know I don't like my strings being pulled.
Red Hood: I only ask for a few favors. They hardly involve any strings
They suddenly heard Police sirens outside
Black Mask: COPS! But.....HOW?!?!?!
Red Hood: Maybe a mutual friend of OURS knows you never move out of this dump.
Black Mask: Why you little---
Outdoors police got out of cars and readied guns surrounding the place
Gordon: Alright! I want the whole place surrounded!
Gordon they're on the 50th flour. I'm going in.
Gordon: Wait! Wait for backup!
Don't need it.
The transmission cuts itself off.
Gordon: ARGH! Take the stairs!
(Yeah right. Like this is gonna get yall up there faster than him)
Speaking of the 50th floor there was already something going on up ther that was almost bound to happen based on the last few minutes
Black Mask was HOPELESSLY (And I mean HOPELESSLY) dishing out an onslaught of punches trying to hit Red Hood thinking he's lead the police straight to them
Thing is.....he wasn't that formidable of a threat. He couldn't land ONE punch on Red Hood. NOT ONE.
And the entire time Red Hood was just laughing it off the more he tried to actually hit him
Quite an embarrassing showing
Red Hood: *Chuckles* You know--you know there's something called "Aim Assist" right?
Again that just ticks Sionis off more as he puts more force into his punches.....
…….or so it would seem.....because the man still can't HIT HIM
Finally after playfully holding back for the past few seconds....Red Hood finally goes in the offensive as he hits him one....
Twice in the head and once in the chest
He then proceeds to kick him over towards the wall which after he connected takes a huge chunk out of it as well
The entire time that Sionis's assistant guards were watching they stayed as FAR away from the "action" as possible they knew what the Hood was capable of and they wanted NOTHING to do with him
So much so that the assistant suddenly flees
But the guards stay behind
As Red Hood looks back at all four guards pondering whether or not they would get involved Black Mask pushes himself off the wall and tries to tackle him....
…..but the Hood basically grabs him by the dress coat and then throws him into all four of his guards each one tumbling over the other.
Once again that anger problem get the better of him
Black Mask: Get off me you impeciles. GET OFF!
After shrugging his guards off him he ridiculously searches through one of his guards dress suits.....and then his own....and pulls out a knife.....
….only to be meet with a gun straight his Black Mask curtesy of Red Hood
He snickers at the sight
Red Hood: You--you Thought this was gonna be a STREET fight Roman?
Little did he know it kind of would become that way in about the next few seconds Maybe five....
…..once again that familiar shockwave plummets down in the middle of the room blowing all four guards in diagonal directions all over the 50th floor knocking almost all of them out instantly
Red Hood barely felt the brunt of the shockwaves as it slid him and Sionis back a few feet But once the smoke finally cleared...…
…..he saw exactly who he was expecting to see
The Dark Knight
Batman: This has gone far enough.
Black Mask: You son of a---
He hopelessly shrugs Red Hood off him to go charge at Batman only for Batman to knock him woozy with a Bat-a-rang to the side of face....
….giving Red Hood a chance to grab him by the turtleneck and slam him down on his knee breaking his back
Something about that backbreaker looked way too familiar to Batman and the fact that he couldn't help but to share at Red Hood the entire time.....made it all the more clear that maybe.....
….he might've actually seen him before
But none of that plagued Red Hood ignoring the endless bloodcurding screams of pain from Black Mask he once again was grabbed by the turtleneck and just over to the glass window
It didn't take Batman long to realize what he was planning to do....and he didn't like it.
As Red Hood slams Sionis against the glass he forcefully rips the mask off Romans face and just face closes him
(Arkham Knight reference)
Red Hood: Roman, Roman, Roman.....you shouldn't have come back man. Not even when I called you here. If anything you should've left when you had a chance.
Sionis: You don't need to do this.
Red Hood: Oh REALLY?
Sionis: Ye-Yeah. I'll give you money. Drugs. What's left of my weapons. Whatever you want! Please. I'll take a plane and leave Gotham. Never show my face again! Anywhere you want! I'll go ANYWHERE!
Red Hood: Hmph. How bout you GO TO HELL?!
Batman: NO! DON'T!
The Caped Crusader was just about to stop him but in a rather clever move....
…..Red Hood jumps up and split kicks both of them effectively…….
…..but launching Roman Sionis through the window completely as he fell to his untimely demise
Unfortunately Batman got up too late to witness the fall and demise of one of his long-time rivals. Terrified of what Red Hood done to him he rushed to edge as both of them look down.....
….to see Sionis's body carved straight through a police car blood spattered all over the Red Hood alarming the rest of Gordon's men
Yeah apparently the man doesn't bounce so well
Still Batman couldn't believe what he saw
Red Hood: Hey. Just be lucky I only killed him.
Batman: And What does THAT make you?
Red Hood: More of a man then you were I'm cleaning up this city more then you ever did. Trust me.....
He again looks down at what used to be Black Mask
Red Hood:....he was just part of the plan.
Batman: What plan? You're more or less becoming a crime lord.
Red Hood: BECAUSE YOU CAN'T stop Crime! Days and weeks and months and even years go by when a criminal either goes free or gets caught. But the result always stay the same. That's what you've never understood. You wanna rule by fear but tell me what happens with the ones who are NOT afraid. I'm doing what YOU won't: I'M TAKING THEM OUT!
Before Batman could respond back....
…...the doors swung open
Gordon: HOLD YOUR FIRE!! Nice work Batman. Stand aside.
Batman: Wait! *To Red Hood* You know I can't let you do this.
Red Hood: Same old always predictable! That's what I liked about you.....unitl…..
Batman: Till what???
Cop: OPEN FIRE!!
Gordon: No dammit
Gordon tried to stop them but the cops fired but Batman threw a smoke pellet blinding them blinding them just to hear glass brake
He looked back to see the window broken Black Mask fell from and Red Hood was gone
Batman knew he must've jumped out through there and leaped out down after him just to be....
…..HIT by a crowbar from behind
Red Hood: That's how it FELT! That's what he did to me!
Batman: *Stand* I don't know what you're talking about....
Red Hood: Course you don't. The surprise he spoiled if you did.
He swung the crowbar again just to get countered and Batman and Red Hood brawled like boxers only one had a weapon
In time Batman threw a battering which KNOCKED the crowbar out of his hands
They stared at one another for the longest moment....
Red Hood: This ends tonight!
He threw a pellet of his own and Batman coughed through the smoke just to see he was gone
Using his own getaway skill to escape lead Batman to one clue on whoever the Red Hood was
He taught Dick Jason Barbra (When she was Batgirl) and Tim that so how would Red Hood know that
Batman began to raise a suspicion but he snapped out of it soon as his speaker on his ear beeped
Batman it's Nightwing! We have a problem. Joker's men found this place! They're braking in as we speak! I need backup!
Batman: Hold on Dick I'm on my way.
Bruce it's Tim. He went out just a minute after you did. And he's....he's fighting Slade!
Seems Batman was down on two choices.....
….which boy wonder should he save first....
…...Despite the fact that both had been by him since the very beginning they were still family to him Letting one of them go like this wouldn't fit well to his long list of failure over the years.....especially the death of Jason Todd
However as the smoke was completely cleared he grapples up to the roof so he can clear his head over this whole situation He needed to think fast there was no favorite Robin in his family
EVERYONE was his family They all mattered....which meant he eventually had to try and get them both
As it looked like he was just about to make that final decision....
Don't even think about it
Hearing that voice of the Red Hood over HIS own intercom just stopped him dead in his tracks the man might've not had every number over the Dark Knight but he wasn't kidding when he said that he was predictable
But that was the least of his troubles as if hearing him over his broadcast speakers were a cause for concern the next thing that Bruce heard was.....
Make one more move....and SHE dies.
There's a lot of girls and women that Batman had been affiliated with in his life but....
…..still that tone in which it was said knew that Red Hood was being serious
Batman: What are you talking about?
(He's obviously threatening him. He won't actually do it.)
Fearing the worst he switches off the transmission and contacts Oracle
Batman: Barbra get out of there! NOW!
Hey relax. Nobody knows I'm here. Everything's---
Just before she could finish audio transmission once again flickers fizzes our and cuts itself off into static rendering Bruce unable to contact Barbara from the other side
Then Dick and Tim
Batman: Barbara?! BARBARA!!!!
Once again the Hoods voice comes over his ear speaker
Nothing tramples the mind and corrupts the soul more then a death in the family.....especially when you know you have no one to blame for it but YOURSELF!
Batman grew angry and rushed to the batmobile and drove in a hurry passing GCPD cars
Cop: He sure took off in a hurry
(You don't say)
Later he droves back to the batcave jumping out of the batmobile looking around in shock
The batcave was all dismembered and on bits fire
Batman: Alfred? Barbra?
He heard groaning at a distance and found Alfred a little beat up
He rushed to him and held him up
Batman: What happened here?
Alfred: Red Hood's men.....came from the tunnel they grabbed Ms Gordon.....I tried to stop them but they bumbled me to the flour
Batman: Stay steady Alfred.
He carried him in the medic room and set him on a table
He soon found Barbra's wheal chair on the flour by the Batcomputer
He focused on getting things back on line and made a call to Lucius he appeared on screen
Batman: My Wayne tech services have been sabotage. Download what you have to the batcomputer.
I'll get started right away.
Then Nightwing appeared on the screen
Bruce where the hell are you?! I can't keep them out forever!
Batman: Sorry Dick. I had more complications. Tim's fighting Slade and the Red Hood's taken Barbra.
Well whatever you got to do, do it fast cause----UGH!
Nightwing fell from being hit from behind
And guess who came on screen
Well look who's too late to save the day. How's it going bat-brain! It's been awhile.
Joker then came on screen too
She's such a peach isn't she? She fell back in my hands the minute she learned you brought me to your secret base. Is this your only base? Either way....it was enough to win back my Harley Quinn.
Oh Puddin….I'm so sorry I left you. Let's never fight again.
Wouldn't joke about it.
They kissed as Bats stood in silence then the clowns smirked at him
See ya soon.....Bats!
The screen cuts out just making Batman more furious with three choices
Save Barbra from Red Hood save Nightwing from Joker and Harley or save Robin from Deathstroke…….
….which was first
In the militia base a tape was soon being recorded and Barbra was brought in by militia men and who she saw....
Deathstroke: Ahh the commissioner's daughter. So glad for you to join us.
She even saw Robin bruised up and in shackles
They put her in shackles next to him and Deathstroke approached her
Deathstroke: I bet your is quite proud to know you do quite work with the Batman.
He slightly grab hold of Barb's chin and Robin just SNAPS
Robin: DON'T YOU TOUCH HER YOU SON OF A B*CH!
Deathstroke: Such a mouth that needs to be washed with soap. *Lifts Barbra's face to him* And yet the only crime here....is that this SWEET thing could use a little excitement.
Barbra: You disgust me!
Deathstroke: Quite a fighter. Even with disabled hot legs.
GET AWAY FROM HER!!
That yell startled everyone in the room just to see the Red Hood storm in and pull Slade away from Barbra by force
Deathstroke: GET OFF KID! Just remember I'm the backer of your operation.
Red Hood: THEN just know YOURSELF nothing happens to her without my say so.
Deathstroke: What about the boy wonder?
Red Hood: He's one of my bait for Batman. And so is that cat. And I need YOU to get her.
Deathstroke: Heh...this grudge of yours is making you take life way too seriously
Further more Deathstroke went out to hunt down Catwoman and the hood turned to Barbra
Red Hood: Are you ok? Did he hurt you?
Barbra: Spare me the good cop bad cope routine.
Red Hood: No no listen. Deathstroke's only a gun for hire. But I won't let him do anything drastic.
Barbra: You two must get along so well.
Red Hood: That just depends how far he takes this. *To Robin* And you? What I don't understand what would make you so special. That he just gave up to quick and gave you the suit.
Robin: Idk what you're getting at man. But take it with your therapist.
He punched him for that
Barbra: I swear to God you'll pay for this!
Red Hood: Ah Barb.....after ten years you still don't understand do you? You think Bruce is just gonna crash through a skyline fly down and save the day?
Barbra and Robin (Both): Bruce.....?
Red Hood: Don't worry. No one knows. I kept some secrets myself. However....Batman will have a term to play. But he won't bother to find you while you're being tortured by an ego diseased maniac. Now don't get me wrong. He'll try to at first. But when it comes down to a choice between you two and the mission he'll choose the mission. He always does.
Barbra: You're wrong....
He then pressed the plug to open his helmet.....
…...then the screen cuts off him and to Barbra and Robin....
Look me in the eyes.....abd say that.
Barbra gasped in shock and Robin was stunning in surprise and confused
Back at the Batcave.....
….entire weight of the situation left Bruce in a state of mental confusion and anger rightfully so As he forcefully takes the cowl off his head he just rests his head in his desk...…
….unable to fathom the complexity of the situation
All of this was technically HIS responsibility He dragged them ALL into this so there was no way he could possibly get away with telling anyone that it WASN'T his fault
Even if he would find a way to win everyone would still loses on the long run
But in that moment of contempt and sorrow the Batcomputer has re-uploaded and downloaded whatever info those Wayne-Tech services had stored thanks to Lucius
Luckily to his advantage one of the few Wayne-Tech servers just so happened to be stationed in the Sionis Mills...….
…..in one of the cameras in Black Masks office
As he watched the tape all the way up to Red Hoods escape with that smoke screen....
….one scene in particular caught his interest: the scene where he knocked HIM down with that crowbar
It wasn't such the crowbar that caught his attention more than what he said
"That's how it FELT! THAT'S what he did to me!"
Bruce: Wait a minute...
He once again plays that one scene over and over and over again hearing the same sentence repeated at nausea. But in a cleaver move he pressed down in his keyboard reducing the video footage to an audio file....
….and as soon as he eliminated the background noise from the room.....he was able to hear the voice CLEARLY
"That's how it FELT! THAT'S what he did to me Bruce!"
Finally recognizing the voice he bolted back out of his chair in pure shock and amazement that he only JUST figured it out
It was JASON!
His former Robin Jason Todd was alive this WHOLE time underneath that mask and underneath that Red Hood. If anything else his greatest failure had made a deal with the devil and came back to bite him in the ass
Suddenly everything that he told him....made sense
Bruce: It....can't be. He wouldn't even....
He looked back to see Alfred limping to him Bruce rushed over and helped him on to the chair
Bruce: You shouldn't be standing right now?
Alfred: Oh don't worry about me. 50 years buterling the Wayne Family is more than what I can handle
Bruce: *Smiles* You just don't know when to give up do you Alfred?
Alfred: Never sir.
Bruce: All more reason. I think I know the Red Hood's true identity.
Alfred: How so sir?
Bruce: His events at Sionis's headquarters there was just enough clues to make a match. I hacked into the security fee analyzing his move patterns. Also the things he said. And the result is.....
He played it again
That's how FELT! THAT'S what he did to me Bruce!
Alfred: Dear lord! He knows your identity!
Bruce: But doubt he'll expose us without exposing himself because I hadn't heard it clearly....till I was able to make a reduce to the sound of his tone. Anger. In pain. And hate. Alfred....remember when Joker sent us the video? Before he killed Jason? He hit him with a crowbar too. And just tonight the Red Hood hit me with one saying someone did it to him.
Alfred: Dear God sir....B-Bruce....you're not saying....
Bruce hearing Alfred say his first name made him face down and blurt out
Bruce: Jason IS the Red Hood.
Alfred: That's....just not possible sir.....we saw Joker shoot him on the tape.
Bruce: He must have survived the shot. I know it was close range....but....he must have...
Alfred: Idk sir. That was VERY close range shot no one not even BATMAN can survive a shot like that. And if it is Master Todd...why stay hidden for ten years and do something so ghastly now?
Bruce: Joker made him believe some things on the tape. He showed him a picture of Tim and me making him believe....I replaced him....that I abandoned him....
Alfred: That's POPPYCOCK! I know you did your best to find him sir. You spent endless nights searching for him. We just....had no luck for years.
Bruce: I don't know....I don't even know if I can fight him....
Alfred: Sir....now is not the time for doubt.
Bruce: I can't do it....
Alfred: No you can't. Not on your own. And it's high time you realize you are a man. Not an island. And a man's strength doesn't always come from brawns and intelligence. But also *Hands him his cowl* his allies. They need you.
Bruce: *Stared but takes the mask* No. They need US.
Bruce pulled the mask back on and walked to the batomobile as Alfred went on the Batcomputer
Batman soon rode off
Later back with Catwoman (Finally) she hops down on the balcony of her apartment pulling off her own cowl
Selina: God I'm dying for a shower.
Hope you don't drop the soap
Startled she turns her head to witness Deathstroke stepping out of the shadows
Deathstroke the entire time just kept his sword pointed directly towards her not so much as a mean to threaten her
Then again Selina was used to being around dangerous men before.
Selina: Hmm....good Straight to business.
Deathstroke: This'll be pure pleasure.
Selina: Says you and every other man.
Right then she threw a Bolas at Deathstroke who immediately rolls out the way and knocks her out.....
…..just as the screen blacks out
Meanwhile back in that little small slot in CRIME ALLEY the entire time they were Barbra and Tim just looked over at each other with bruises and cuts all over them....
…..before looking back at the Hood who had turned away from the both of them almost as if he was ashamed
Barbra: I....I don't know what happened to you afterwards....but this is still wrong. You know this.
Robin: Just tell us what happened after all that man. Let us help.
Apparently whatever dark and demented road the Red Hood was to travel down....it must've been too steep for him to turn back around....because he turned back towards both of them emphatically stating.....
Red Hood: It's too late. You all had your chance....and I'm just getting started.
Suddenly more of his militia men burst through the door of the door of that ridgy old apartment
Red Hood: Tell me you've found our Clown prince.
One of his militia men just pulled up a tablet with GPS system monitoring the Jokers movement before Batman took him to divinity church
Also the purple Lamborghini (Joker-Mobile if you prefer) was driven by Harley riding shotgun wouldn't you know it....
She and the Joker again were there at Batman's base there and they were beating NIGHTWING
Red Hood: Dick.....
Regaining his composure and his focus he shrugs off the thought and taps in the tablet giving him the quickest route to intercept and stop the Joker
Just as he was about to exit the room he stops blankly towards the doorway...
….and he picks up HIS crowbar on the right
He then turns back towards Tim and Barbra who could see she had tears dripping down her cheeks
Red Hood: Someone put a gag on them both. If ANYONE touches them....they're a dead man!
Cutting back to the base of the base at Divinity Church Nightwing was tied up and beat up and the Joker and Harley's men highly secured the place
Joker: Not bad to make a second madhouse since they tore down the old one. We'll have to make a comfortable spot for Bats.
Harley: Puddin….what'd we do with him?
Joker: Well when Batsy arrives we're gonna do a remake of the tape of Jason Todd marking his anniversary....to a live event. And We'll give Bat a front row seat Heheheheheeh
They suddenly heard gun shots from outside and they all looked up and all around
Harley: B-man's already hear?
Joker: It can't be....there wouldn't be THAT many gunshots
(That's true he knows him to well)
Joker's men stood ready pointing their guns at the elevator just as it was coming down but....
…..but soon as it opened.....
…..the Red Hood's men opened fire shooting down any clown goon in their way
Just when Red Hood walked out dramatically Harley took her mallet walking to the Hood
Harley: Batter up!
But before she could swing Red Hood lugged a swing of his own right into Harley's jaw knocking her down
Red Hood: You always weren't that bright Quinn.
Just after then Joker made eye contact....with the hood himself.....
...who pointed his gun at him....
Red Hood: You have no idea how long I waited for this....
Later Batman FINNALLY arrived down there running in
He found him on the flour still tied to his chair
He rushed to him to untie him and helped him up
Nightwing: About time...
Batman: Where's Joker?
Nightwing: The Hood took him. And Harley. What reason I don't know. But....he left something on the computer.
He turned on which automatically opened a recording of an image of Red Hood on the screen
Hello Batman. Surprised? I sure hope not cause you haven't even SEEN your surprised just yet! By the time you're watching this the clown is now in my hands. And I attend to do what you NEVER would! Which if you did it yourself there's many ways this night could have been avoided. But you'll learn that soon enough! But don't worry I'm not gonna kill him just yet...not until YOU and ME settle some unfinished business. Then we'll decide who kills the clown. You...or me. Either way he dies tonight! The question on who does it....is in YOUR HANDS. But don't even think about bringing Gordon or any police for that matter. If we even see one siren then your new boy wonder Barbra even that cat burglar you screw with will all have their brains painted on the wall. Be seeing you.
And the screen cuts off
Once again this was another clear indication as to what lengths the Hood would do in order to get what he needed. By this point it didn't surprise Batman anymore
The initial reaction that came out of Nightwings mouth.....could be considered priceless
Nightwing: He really grows on ya doesn't he?
Batman: Yes he does.
He was rather quick in his response he just shuts off the video feed and walks over to the exit
Batman: Get back to the cave. I'm putting an end to all this.
Nightwing: What? No way! I'm going with you!
Batman: I can't risk you too Dick. Jason will have everything guarded and---
Seems that was awkward moment had them both on edge since Nightwing wasn't aware of the Red Hood's identity.
Batman:.....Dick....Jason's alive. He never really died....least I don't think....but Jason's the Red Hood
Nightwing: That's....that's insane! Why would Jason do this to us? We looked out for him....we....
Batman: Joker hollowed him out on the tape....filled him back up with anger.....I have to try to pull him out of that anger.....
Nightwing: You won't get any far alone. Let me help Bruce.
Batman: It's too dangerous.
Nightwing: So what?! Our friends are out there and I'll face any danger to get them back. And I loved Jason too.....
Hearing that response made Batman face down then after a moment of silence.....
Batman: Get the car ready. I'll be out soon.
Nightwing: Where you going?
Batman: To change.
Nightwing just in awkwardness of whatever he meant by that
Batman: Alfred? I think it's time we set another example. Has Lucius set the new mortification suit?
All except the mortification prototype but you haven't tested it yet.
Batman: Then tonight's a good night.
He pulled off the sheet covering the 2nd new suit cutting to the suit up sequence
Attaching the gloves the belt.....
…..then the cowl
Batman came out in a new mortification with Nightwing waiting by the Batmobile
Nightwing: Whoa Batman....
Batman: Kid I'll get you trained up.
Nightwing: I want one of those. Damn!
Finally....after what felt like forever the Batman was going to teach his former sidekick a mindful lesson or two
But if he were to do that it's have to be fast.....
…..because down over at Wayne Plaza which is also where Lucius just happened to be at the moment...…
…..the front door to the main office bursts open and Red Hood suddenly shows up with the Joker holding him by the turtleneck
Lucius was quick on his feet to react but before he could press an nearby emergency button nearby (The one that's always hidden in plain sight....)
Red Hood: Don't. Even. Think about it.
He looks up to see Hood point his gun directly up to him Trust me he did NOT want to tick this man off anymore than he already was....and it already had been a long night
But knowing that Batman would be there eventually to sort things out he obliged upon the Red Hoods order and moved out of the way just as Red Hood order and moved out of the way just as Red Hood chucks Joker over the table near the window knocking all the collectibles and possessions off table
As for Joker he coughs and coughs after getting chucked to the floor....and eventually that cough resonates into that familiar chuckle.....and maniacal laugh of his
Even in pain the Clown think it's funny
Joker: Oh....kay. So....what's the plan? Slumber party? Charades? A little truth or dare? YES. I'll start with dare.
Red Hood didn't seem to be in the mood for all that. He pulls a bag from out behind him that just so happens to match the color of his jacket. As he opens the zipper to said bag....he pulls out a familiar weapon....
…..that dreaded crowbar
As soon as Joker see's this his sadistic smile fades away
Joker: Or maybe I'll just go with truth.
Finally able to get one sweet measure of vengeance against his sworn enemy the Red Hood lifts up that dreaded crowbar up....
…..and he strikes Joker with it.
Each hit delivered more forcefully and aggressively
Finally it subsided for a few seconds
Red Hood: Tell me how the hell does THAT feel?
Joker: You know....*Coughs* it only hurts when I laugh. But.....*Chuckles* …..hey...I gotta know. Who is it under the red hood? You said we knew each other. You do seem really familiar. We double at the prom? Or maybe blow up a school bus together?
Red Hood: No.....no no no no no no NO!!!!! I'm just something you helped create you psychotic bastard.
Joker: That's pretty cryptic.....but interesting. Tell me more.
Red Hood: Sure. Why not?
He raise the crowbar up again as he grabs the Joker yet again.....
Red Hood: Listen up.
…..as he continues to beat the Clown Prince.
Back outside Wayne Plaza....
…..back with the kidnapped Boy Wonder and Oracle.....
…..she was crying her eyes out over the truth of what they learn not too long ago
Robin: Barb come on you gotta snap out of it. Look I know you're upset about this I am too. But we're in serious trouble and we got to work together to get out of here.
Barbra kept crying
Robin: Barb.....Oracle....BATGIRL! Please!
Hearing all her alter ego names made Barbra come out of her emotion and look over at Tim
Ahoy down there!
They looked up just to see Nightwing jump down from a vent
Robin: Nightwing! It's about time!
Nightwing: Exactly what I said five pages ago. You two alright?
Barbra: Barely. Where's Batman?
Nightwing: He's handling Selina and...…
Barbra: You know don't you?
Nightwing: So does he. Just hold still.
Robin: BEHIND YOU!
Nightwing turned then he was tied by a grapple hook hung upside down
Seeing Deathstroke approach with his sword about to strike but Nightwing kicked him off and landed down the lower level where Deathstroke jumped down in confrontation
Deathstroke: It appears the game is over before it's begun
Nightwing: I'm not playing games Slade.
He post to combat as Slade held out his sword
Meanwhile Batman came in the lounge of the plaza where he saw both Catwoman and Lucius tied together and blind folded and ran to them
Catwoman: Batman? That better be you and you better be sorry.
Batman: Keep still.
He untied them and both stood up pulling their blinds folds
Fox: I apologize for the this sudden tempts sir. The Wayne Plaza was the only place I could re-upload everything to the batcomputer.
Batman: It's alright Lucius. Are you two alright?
Catwoman: Prrrrrefect. What little girl doesn't dream of being bait for her strapping Dark Knight?
Batman suddenly found a tape recorder the SAME tape recorder that was tapped the convo between Red Hood and Oracle with a note saying "Surprise!"
Batman thought for a moment then he pressed play and heard the rest of the convo from earlier that wasn't shown
Look me in the eyes and say that.
Batman heard Barbra's gasp
Surprised? I hope so....even after everything....
Jason....why would you do this?! This is wrong!
This is justice! He LEFT me!
He LOST you! We all did! And we mourned for you. Come home.
I can't go back Barbra. Joker hollowed me out....he filled me back up with hate....anger he even did THIS to my face!
Jason....we can fix this...
I CAN FIX THIS!!! I know now what I have to do. Make Bruce understand what he left me to suffer through and put all this pain in a BULLET. And put it right between Joker's eyes''''
I understand how you feel Jason. Joker is the reason I'm in that wheelchair. You want revenge on the man who hurt you? You've got one shot. Come back to the manor. Let us help you. Don't let Joker win.
How's Alfred and Dick?
They miss you. We ALL do.
Batman couldn't hear no more he shut it off then heard a voice saying
He and Cat and Fox looked over to see the Red Hood pointing his gun at Batman then he pressed the plug on the back opening his helmet revealing.....
…..All grown Jason Todd (Toby Maguire)
As for Catwoman….she wasn't the least bit confused or surprised by this
But Lucius....he was absolutely dumbstruck by it
Lucius....he was absolutely dumbstruck by it
Lucius: Jason Todd?? But---but he--was supposed to be--
Batman: I know....I was surprised myself.
Catwoman: Someone you know?
Batman: Stand behind me.
The entire time it was clear that he was being extra protective of her and Lucius and for good reasons too....
…..because he cares too much about everyone
Now....it was time for battle that Gotham....wasn't really ready for.
Jason: *breaths* Yes. It's me alright. Risen from the dead.
Batman: I don't want to fight you.
Jason: All evidence to the contrary. I expected a lot more from you. I'm hurt.
Batman: How are you alive? Joker sent me that film this very day years ago. I was sure that---I saw him kill you.
Jason: DON'T YOU DARE LIE TO ME!
He again prompts the gun infront of Bats showing how he wasn't afraid to pull the trigger any necessary
Catwoman: Quite the hot-head
Jason: Seriously, I wish I wasn't mad at you. But still hurts. I mean how long did you wait? How long did long did you manage to live with the agony before replacing me huh? A month? A week? Half of the f__king year?! I TRUSTED YOU.....AND YOU LEFT ME TO ROT IN THAT ABANDONED WING IN THE MOUNTAINS TO FEND FOR MYSELF!!! OVER A YEAR!!!! WITH HIM!!!
Batman: That's NOT what happened! I can help you. I know what happened to you.
Jason: Oh really?! What good will that do me now? You always used to tell me: Focus on what I want to achieve....and it'll happen. But do you wanna know what I want now Bruce?
Jason: No question about it.
Realizing there was no hope in trying to talk Jason out of this situation he only knew the inevitable would occur
Batman: Then it ends tonight Jason. ALL of it.
Jason: Nobody knows that better than me.
Quickly thinking he threw FIVE (count 'em FIVE) Shruikens straight at the Caped Crusader. Bruce was quick to dodge out of the way as well as Catwoman and Lucius Batman quickly responds back with a few Bat-a-Rangs of his own as Jason jumps up and dodges them all
But luckily Bats was quick to respond with the Batclaw as it wrapped around Jason's leg as it him smack dap to the floor
Jason: *Chuckles* Oh you and your gadgets
Quickly thinking he takes a knife out of his jacket and cuts the wire before electrocuting said wire shocking Batman in the process
Jason: You're not the only one with toys.
Just as he was about to make another move on Bruce the Dark Knight just threw a flash grenade underneath his feet and in a moment of clarity and stupidity he realized the mistake he made
The flash grenade blows up beneath him and it blows back through the room as he slides across the floor
But apparently Catwoman didn't take too kindly of this man beating down on her lover
So she just CHARGED in
Fox: MISS KYLE NO!!!!!
As Jason was about to take another swing Cat jumped on him to slash him (As if he wasn't slashed enough) but then he elbowed her down and she fell
Just then he grabbed him and strained him on a wall
Batman: STAND DOWN ROBIN!!
Jason: DON'T CALL ME THAT!! IT'S NOT WHO I AM ANYMORE!!
Batman: NO! YOU ARE ROBIN JASON! YOU'RE NOT WHAT JOKER MADE YOU!!
Jason: STOP! STOP TALKING TO ME!!
He kicked him off and grabbed that exact crowbar and about to hit him with it again
But Bruce grabbed it holding it back
Jason just angrily stared at him while trying to force the crowbar on him as Bruce held it back looking in his eyes
Jason had more and more anger in his eyes until....
….something in Bruce made him lift the anger to emotion then he....
…..backed down dropping the crowbar
Selina on the flour and Fox still standing where they were tied up
Jason: You....you DID this to me....
Batman: I'm sorry Jason. I'm sorry I couldn't save you. I did try. I searched ALL of Gotham for you. *Holds out his hand* But it's not too late. We can fix it....together.
Jason was tempted to take his hand.....
….but still in anguish
It was a moment of silence till.....
Jason: Bruce I forgive you.....for not saving me. But why? Why on God's earth.....
He kicks a door down revealing a tied up Joker
Jason:....IS HE STILL ALIVE?!?!
Joker regained his focus after the beating he took and just when he saw everyone....
…..of course he laughed
Joker: Gotta give the boy some credit! He came all this way back from the dead to make this shit happen! So....who's got a camera? Kitty maybe you? Oooh ooh get one with me and the kid first. Then you and me Bats. Then Kitty and me then the FLOUR of us!
Catwoman: Ugh....no way am I gonna be in in a picture with you Joker.
Joker: Then how bout the one with the crowbar THEN.....
To shut him up Jason kicked him down then pointed his gun at his head
Jason: You'll stay quit as ever....or I'll put one in your lap first!
Joker: Party pooper. No cake for you.
While that heated conversation goes down...
….we FINALLY get back down to Nightwing and Deathstrokes duel I wish I could say it was evenly matched but....honestly it wasn't. Dick was BARELY able to keep his guard up
Deathstroke: THIS....is the Titan leader?
As Nightwing inches himself back up to his feet he stares down the merc yet again
Deathstroke: For someone with such gifted potential your attacks are slow and undisciplined
Nightwing: Hehehehe….you're failing it.
He attacks again
Back at Wayne Plaza....
….Jason had both of his "rivals" (Bruce technically isn't one basically) right where he wanted him
Quickly reloading his gun again to replace the misused cartage he kept his gun aimed and centered straight at Joker's cranium while Lucius and the other two on
Selina just inches over to Bruce and leans on him in....broodiness? She was getting a little protective now. Not that she needed to....but still
Jason: Just....just do me a favor and....ignore what he's done in the past. Just try and blur out all the times he blindly and stupidly disregarded the entire graveyards he's filled the lives he's suffered and the friends he's crippled
"Friends he's crippled"
Jason: Yeah....Barb can't walk cause of him...and you know something? I thought.....I thought I'd be the last person you'd ever let him hurt. If it had been you that he beat me to a bloody pulp....if he had taken you from this world I would've done NOTHING but search the planet for this pathetic evil death=worshipping piece of shit and SEND ALL THE WAY TO HELL!
Batman: You don't understand. I don't you think you ever understood.
Once again frustrated over him saying the same thing over and over again like in the past glory days Jason suddenly points the gun directly at Batman Neither him or Catwoman flinched
Jason: What? That your moral code just won't allow for that?! You're telling me that it's too hard for you to even cross that line just this once?!
Batman: NO! God almighty no!
Brief silence filled the room for a moment
Batman: I've already done so before...and it was too damn easy.
Jason: Y-you....you mean you---?
Batman: When I lost you...YES. You were the last person I wanted him to hurt. Because I lost my mental sanity as well....and soon enough the number of deaths in my conscience was.....too much to bear.
Catwoman: What is he doing?
Lucius: Only thing he knows how to do.
Jason: Then...you co---you could've taken him out all this time when you had the chance! Why did you hesitate?!
Batman: Because Superman showed me the light again....and he showed me that it wasn't what I really needed. But trust me the feeling never went away.
Jason: What feeling?
Batman: The feeling I had since he first showed up. All I've ever wanted to do is kill him. A day doesn't go by that I don't think about subjecting him to every horrendous torture he's dealt out to others and then.....END him. And I planned to after if I killed Superman too.
Joker: Aw so you DO think about me.
Batman: I want him gone....possibly more than YOU ever will. But if I were to do that if I allow myself to go down into that place....I'll never come back.
Once again this ticks the degenerate whiny Jason off because again.....it's something he heard before and now it was getting annoying
Batman: Why what?
Jason: Why do all the club scouts in spandex ALWAYS SAY THAT?! "If I cross that line there's no coming back" I'm not talking about killing Cobblepot or Scarecrow or Dent. I'm only talking about HIM!
He once again presses the gun down to Joker's cheekbones his fingers itching getting trigger happy any second
JASON: JUST HIM! You'd be doing it because he took me away from you! And who knows who he'll take next?! Nightwing Robin or....maybe SELINA!
Catwoman: Hey if you're gonna put me into this mind if I get you pacifier?
Jason: DON'T make me cut your tail off Selina.
Catwoman: Well Sor-ry. "Murderer".
(Don't do that Selina)
He again points his gun in HER direction but she doesn't even feel threatened. Then again.....when does she ever feel that way
Jason: Let's not forget: YOU walked the grey line too Selina
Batman: But not as much as you Jason. I know how badly you want this.....but I can't. I'm sorry
Joker: That is so sweet!
Pretty much the reception the former Boy Wonder expected. The man was too self centered around his no-kill conduct rule that it pretty much corrupted his mind. The overwhelming sense of doubt and self righteousness in his mental health only made him paranoid over the idea. No wonderer why he couldn't trust people in the past much
But of course Jason refuse to budge through with it
Jason: Well you don't have a choice in the matter.
Sensing the opportunity he throws one of his high-tech guns over towards him as it spins around in a 360 degree motion....
…..and Bruce catches it
Sensing how out of control this situation might get Selina just backs up to the wall as Lucius FINALLY exists the room
Turns out Jason didn't mind he left this time
Batman: Everyone always a choice. Which is why I won't Jason--
Jason: But THAT'S the point. This what it's all been about about. THIS! You, me, and HIM!
He picks Joker back up by the embarrassing collarbone position and quickly wraps his arm around his neck as tightly as he could with his other gun pressed onto his head
Looking back at his mentor....his adopted father.....with tears trickling down his cheeks he just says.....
Jason: Now is the time you decide! Take that gun and put a bullet right in-between his eyes! But if you're not gonna kill this psychotic son of a b__ch so help me God I will blow his mother f---I'll blow his deranged brains out! And if you.....if you want to stop me.....you'll have to kill me....
Jason breathed out heavily as Joker laughed again
Joker: This is turning out better than I hoped....and Bats that story of you going off till you and Supes became BFFS is that really true? Did I REALLY drive you off the deep end?
Jason: SHUT UP! Choose now Batman.
Catwoman: Batman....as much as I WANT you do it....believe me I wanted him out of the picture more than anything too....but after that dark time....I don't want you to go down that road again.....
For the longest moment in silence Batman just stared at his former sidekick till Selina broke the silence
Catwoman: Batman.....Br--- *Looks at Joker* I....I love you....
Hearing that made Bats drop the gun.....
….Jason's expression went from surprised then anger again
Jason: It's him or me Batman! I want to see that side of yours! Whe you lost me....the side Superman sucked out of you! You have to DECIDE!
He turns and walks
Jason: DECIDE NOW! *Points gun* DO IT! HIM OR ME! DECIDE!
Quietly he takes out a batterang just as Jason's trigger finger got itchy and slowly.....
Catwoman: LOOK OUT!!
In slow mode pulls the trigger and the bullet flew at Batman and he dodged turn and threw the batterang disarming Jason making him drop Joker he laughed on the flour
Joker: I CAN'T BELIEVE YOU GOT HIM! You exert rootin tootin legal lie goth loving monster! I love it....you always find a way to end it! But I still want to know how many deaths you made with the boy scout in blue tights
(I had a feeling he get interested in that)
Joker: But everybody loses!
Just then Jason held up a trigger which startles Bruce and turns to Selina
Jason presses it arming bombs around and Joker grabs Bats and holds him to the flour
Jason: Oh no you don't! You won't spoil this! This is better! I'm the only one who's gonna get what he wants tonight! All five of us we all go out together! Don't you just love a happy ending?!
Hey Bonk Bonk!
Joker turned and Selina threw her whip on around Joker's neck pulled him off Batman
Catwoman: No one touches that Bat BUT me!
Batman stood up and grabbed Jason and....
Deathstroke and Nigthwing felt the explosion from where they were that gave Dick an opening to launch a blow knocking his mask off and him outcold
Robin: NICE SHOT!
Barbra: What was that though?
They would likely find out soon enough cause soon under a pile of rubble a hatch opened as Batman crawled out and took Catwoman's hand pulling her out then Lucius returned with remaining security guards
Batman: Where's Jason?
Catwoman: I thought you had him.
Batman: He slipped in the explosion.
Fox: God Help us....
Soon they heard laughing just to see Joker cackle his ass off under the ruble he's in....
….but one question remained.....
…..where is Jason??
That question....really could not be answered.....at least not yet.....because nobody knows for sure.
As the whole serenity of the place starts to take a roll on him
as he takes time to get a feeling the texture of the ashes scattered on the floor
He really couldn't believe it After all of that internal struggle and fire and devotion into keeping his protegee from going down the wrong path....
He had lost Jason.....yet again
(But not really he did)
Resting his head down in shame feeling he let him down AGAIN the pressure and the humiliation of letting another closet to him Go was.....hell on Blood Red Highway
Feeling his sympathy Lucius and Selina both gripped on his shoulders trying to comfort him
Within the time span of a few minutes he had gotten back to Nightwing who apprehending Slade talking to him over the earpiece
To expression on his face couldn't be wiped away.....at least not for the longest time
Hearing the news that he couldn't find Jason....practically diminished all hopes he might've had of potentially seeing his "brother" again
Nightwing was quick to report the news to Barbra and Tim.....and the reaction wasn't sad all three of them.....cuddled around each other.....
….with Barbara and Dick flooding their eyes out with all compressing emotions.....yet nobody cried
Tim barely knew Jason for what he use to be....but he felt bad for him too anyway
Within the wee hours of the morning.....nothing felt the same
It's funny.....now that I think about it. You see FATE is a funny thing.
On one side.....at the GCPD.....Commissioner Gordon had filed the case against the Red Hood.....
It swells up like raging waters at a National Park and sometimes it comes down to a point where we are.....forced to drown in. It provides no exit.....
There's Alfred and Lucius once again paying respects to Jason's "Empty" grave....unaware if he IS in fact still dead....
…..Tim comforting Barbara while she was resting up at home.....
And then there's Dick Grayson back upon Wayne Manor upon realizing the dramatic and traumatic truth about his brother from another mother as he caps on his motorcycle helmet and clips it in he turns back the other way.....
...riding off down the highway
It drops us....into that bottomless and propels us....into the depths of that never ending void
It was revealed all of this was from the perspective of Bruce (in causal clothes) recording all of this of this on another separate tape that he had.....
….on a ROOFTOP no less....
…..and he was clearly trying to pummel through with what he was trying to finish
Bruce: And that's the difficult part: either we swim.....or we drown Jason refused to do either. But as luck would have it.....as HE struggled against the tide.....as WE struggle against the tide.....a great truth arises....beneath the surface
He chokes up at the end of his sentence and unable to add anything more to it he simply stops recording on the tape....
…..and lies down his head in frustration
In the batcave Selina (Surprisingly) in tank top and tight pants watched the same tape from Joker of his torture to Jason and was just at the ending scene
I never could stand a tattle teller
Ohh Puddin….I wanted to know who is sweetie.
No one's who you think they are my dear. Why spoil the fun?
Selina: That's all it was to you....wasn't it? Fun??
She jabbed down the stop button and walked off
Later she TOO came out to the roof to get a view moment which cheered her up in her younger days but didn't expect to find Bruce sitting there
She mildly grins but was down herself after what she saw earlier
And I thought you only like the Nightly views.
Bruce looked back seeing Selina standing there
Bruce: Sometimes it's more quit up here than the cave.
Selina: So I see. *Sits next to him*Bruce....I'm sorry about Jason....I know he was.....another son figure to you.
Bruce: He had real potential. He almost made it through.
Selina: Do you think he's dead....this time I mean?
Bruce I don't know. There wasn't a body. Hardly ever was the last time I thought Joker burnt it at first....but....I just hope wherever Jason is now.....he's finally found peace
Selina was just being more drawn into comforting him and she leaned down him wrapping her arm around him
Selina: You know.....the cave could use a woman's touch. Depending if Barbra didn't already cover it.
He chuckled mildly and looked at her and....
They pressed into a kiss
The camera zooms away from the manor and the screen cuts to an air plane and in the cargo hold.....
…..revealed a broken. Beaten. And emotional....
…...Jason Todd still alive but leaving Gotham...
Three months later on an island that's just an OCEAN across from Gotham....
…...a temple was shown from behind cloud cover
Cutting to a screen of high heel boots walking through a hall to...
….a door with posted Ninja's and they bowed to this female figure and opened the doors for her as she walked in
She stepped forward infront of a thrown and the camera rotated up showing her face...
…..one Talia Al Ghul (Angelina Jolie)
The camera rotated up to the figure in the thrown showing the master of the league of assassins
The man who has lived for 600 years
Ra's. Al. Ghul.
Ra's (Bill Nighy): Yes Talia.
Talia: One of my lead guards has just received word on Todd. He's engaged the Batman just three months ago....unfortunately word has gone out he was killed in an explosion. I assure you father I know we trained him better than such failure.
Ra's: On the contrary my daughter you must never underestimate the power of the Lazare's pit. Since Todd's rise from death he became more capable of surviving just a further explosion Plus.....dead or alive he actually served my plans well. I never expected him to hand control of Gotham to me. He was merely a messenger to.....your old boyfriend.
Ra's: Yes. And the message has been....delivered.
Talia: What was the message father?
Ra's: That Jason's return....from the dead is an example of my revenge to the great Detective. His never ending will to protect that inferno city has gone on long enough he's either with us or against us if against us.....he will fall by my blade.
Talia: And if with us?
Ra's: High unlikely now. but if surprisingly he will take his place by you as my successor but unwillingly will.
Talia: Very good father.
She walked towards the exit of the chamber only to look back at a brief moment....
…...at her father who took his eyes off his daughter.....
...she pulled out a dagger....
…..THREW IT AT HIM!!
Black Mask (Roman Sionis) - Shot out a window by Red Hood
Ra's Al Ghul (In Post credit scene) - betrayed and murdered by Talia Al Ghul
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