The Dark Knight Rises Quotes

The Dark Knight Rises

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


PG-13 | 2h 44min | Action, Thriller | 20 July 2012 (USA)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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[Bane wrecks the CIA plane and grabs Dr Pavel]Bane: Calm down, Doctor! Now's not the time for fear. That comes later.

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

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Bane: [addressing media reporters outside the prison]Behind you is a symbol of oppression. Blackgate Prison, where a thousand men have languished under the name of this man, [holds up a picture of Harvey Dent]
Bane: Harvey Dent, who has been held up to you as the shining example of justice!
John Blake: [to Gordon, at Blake's apartment]Commissioner, we need to keep you moving until we can get you in front of a camera.
Bane: You have been supplied with a false idol to stop you from tearing down this CORRUPT CITY! Let me tell you the truth about Harvey Dent from the words of Gotham's police commissioner, James Gordon. [holds up Gordon's speech papers and begins to read]
Bane: The Batman didn't murder Harvey Dent, he saved my boy then took the blame for Harvey's appalling crimes so that I could, to my shame, build a lie around this fallen idol. I praised the mad man who tried to murder my own child but I can no longer live with my lie. It is time to trust the people of Gotham with the truth and it is time for me to resign. [calls to prisoners]
Bane: And do you accept this man's resignation? Do you accept the resignation of all these liars? Of all the CORRUPT? [prisoners roar with approval]
John Blake: Those men locked up for eight years in Blackgate, and denied parole under the Dent Act, based on a lie?
Jim Gordon: Gotham needed a hero...
John Blake: It needs it now more than ever. You betrayed everything you stood for.
Jim Gordon: There's a point, far out there when the structures fail you, and the rules aren't weapons anymore, they're... shackles letting the bad guy get ahead. One day... you may face such a moment of crisis. And in that moment, I hope you have a friend like I did, to plunge their hands into the filth so that you can keep yours clean!
John Blake: [disgusted]Your hands look plenty filthy to me, Commissioner.

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

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

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

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Bane: Speak of the devil and he shall appear.

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

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Bane: [Listening to the national anthem before the Gotham football game]What a lovely, lovely voice. [Song ends and football game begins]
Bane: Let the games begin! [hits detonator and bombs go off across Gotham]

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John Daggett: What. The hell. Is going on?
Bane: Our plan is proceeding as expected.
John Daggett: Oh really? Do *I* look like I'm running Wayne Enterprises right now? Your hit, on the stock exchange, it didn't work, my friend! And now you have my construction crews going around the city at 24 hours a day! How exactly is that supposed to help my company absorb Wayne's?
Bane: [to Stryver]Leave us!
John Daggett: No! You stay here, I'm in charge!
Bane: [puts his hand on Daggett's shoulder]Do you *feel* in charge? [Stryver leaves]
John Daggett: I paid you a small fortune.
Bane: And this gives you *power* over me?
John Daggett: What is this?
Bane: Your money and infrastructure have been important... 'til now!
John Daggett: What are you?
Bane: I'm Gotham's reckoning. Here to end the borrowed time you've all been living on!
John Daggett: You're pure evil!
Bane: I'm *necessary* evil! [breaks Daggett's neck; Stryver flinches]

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

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

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Bane: I broke you. How have you come back?
Batman: You think you're the only one who can find the strength to escape? Where's the trigger?
Bane: But I never escaped.
Batman: But the child... the child of Ra's al Ghul made the climb.
Miranda Tate: [from behind Batman]But he's not the child of Ra's al Ghul [She stabs Batman with a knife. He reels in pain and shock]
Miranda Tate: I am. And though I'm not ordinary, I am a citizen. [She reveals the trigger]
Batman: [anguished]Miranda... why?
Miranda Tate: Talia. My mother named me Talia before she was killed, the way I would've been killed if not for my protector: Bane.

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

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[Batman and Selina have just escaped from Bane and his mercenaries in the Bat. Batman lands it on top of a skyscraper and Selina immediately hops out]Catwoman: See you around.
Batman: You're welcome.
Catwoman: I had it under control.
Batman: Those weren't street thugs, they were trained killers. I saved your life. In return I need to know what you did with Bruce Wayne's fingerprints.
Catwoman: Wayne wasn't kidding about a powerful friend. [beat]
Catwoman: I sold his prints to Daggett. For something that doesn't even exist.
Batman: I doubt many people get the better of you.
Catwoman: Hey, when a girl's desperate.
Batman: What's he gonna to do with them?
Catwoman: I don't know. But Daggett seemed pretty interested in that mess at the stock market. [Batman is distracted by the spotlight of a police chopper doing the rounds. He looks up at it, then turns back to Selina]
Batman: Miss Kyle? [Catwoman has vanished]
Batman: So that's what that feels like...

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Catwoman: I had no choice. I needed a way to keep them from killing me.
Batman: You just made a serious mistake.
Bane: Not as serious as yours, I fear...
Batman: Bane
Bane: Let us not stand on ceremony, Mr. Wayne. [Catwoman appears shocked]

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

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Doctor: I've seen worse cartilage in knees.
Bruce Wayne: That's good.
Doctor: No, that's because there is NO cartilage in your knee, and not much of any use in your elbows or your shoulders. Between that and the scar tissue on your kidneys, the residual concussive damage to your brain tissue, and the general scarred-over quality of your body, I cannot recommend that you go heliskiing, Mr. Wayne
Bruce Wayne: Right.

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John Blake: You made some mistakes, Miss Kyle.
Selina Kyle: A girl's gotta eat.
John Blake: Well, you got quite an appetite.

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[a couple thugs go to attack Lucius while he's handcuffed. Catwoman intervenes and beats them down]Lucius Fox: [to Batman]I like your new girlfriend!
Catwoman: [she undoes his cuffs]He should be so lucky.

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