.....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.
More coming soon....
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