BATMAN: THE DEVIL'S OWN (PART 2)

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It's not unusual for a man to go missing in Gotham City, but when a corpse is found mutilated in Sprang River, Batman uncovers a pattern with truly sinister implications...

This is PART 2 (the conclusion) of the story. It begins where Part 1 left off: Page 18 of 26.

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Submitted: February 19, 2015

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"BATMAN: THE DEVIL'S OWN"

PART 2

By Christopher Goody

 

PAGE 18

 

18.1

This is an establishing shot of an ABANDONED CHURCH near Sprang River. The architecture is simple and relatively small. But years of neglect have clearly taken its toll. The wood is stripped of its paint, windows are broken, and the roof is nearly collapsed. Everything about it is HAUNTING.

 

(FROM INSIDE): “I wouldn’t move if I were you…”

 

18.2

This is a BLACKED OUT PANEL and we don’t know what’s going on just yet…

(OFF-PANEL): Ugh… Huh? Wh-- Where am I? What’s that smell?

 

18.3

A close-up of LESTER the homeless man, regaining consciousness. There’s a gash on his forehead from the pipe. His eyes are open and stricken with panic…

 

SHAY (OFF-PANEL): It’s kerosene… To keep us warm through the night.

 

LESTER: No… Pastor please, I-- I was only trying to help. I thought you were dead!

 

18.4

Big reveal panel – We are inside the SANCTUARY of the church. Up on the chancel, LESTER is BOUND TO A SATANIC ALTAR with PITS OF FLAMES surrounding him. DANIEL SHAY stands across his body, hooded in a black robe. Beneath his feet, there is a huge INVERTED PENTAGRAM, DRAWN IN BLOOD.  

 

SHAY: The Pastor is dead! What you see before you is all there is left…

 

SHAY: And I am of the devil’s blood.

 

LESTER: What are gonna do to me?

 

18.5

Shay walks beside the altar, to a STAND with various tools for his DARK MAGICK. On the stand are a BLACK BOOK, SILVER CHALICE and a large KNIFE with a skull on the end of the handle. There is also an empty CANISTER tipped over on the floor, dripping the last drops of KEROSENE.

 

SHAY: Are you familiar with the black art of necromantia?

SHAY: In the proper hands, it is the ability to summon the dead through sacrifice of the living-- A sacred pact with Lucifer.

 

LESTER: But why me? What did I ever do?

 

18.6

Shay has OPENED THE OLD BOOK. On the inside front cover is a PHOTO of his BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER ABBY. She’s 10 years old. The BEADS around her neck look familiar…

 

DANIEL rubs his fingers across the picture, longingly.

 

SHAY: Years ago, a child was torn from my life by the very same men I’d been trying to save-- the deserted souls of Gotham’s streets --homeless men just like you…

 

18.7

Small Panel – SHAY TAKES THE SKULL BLADE into his hands as Lester struggles hopelessly in the background.

 

SHAY: I have had much practice honing my newfound skills…

 

SHAY: Now my son, in the name of Lucifer, I give your pitiful life a cause. You will be my vessel into the realm of the dead…

 

SHAY: …to unbind my daughter so that I may speak to her one last time.

 

PAGE 19

 

19.1

Small Panel – Shay SLICES LESTER’S PALM with the edge of the skull blade.

 

LESTER: NO! YOU’RE CRAZ--

 

LESTER: AAAH!

 

SHAY: Deliver me O Mighty Satan from all past error and delusion…

 

19.2

Small Panel – Cut away to a shot of DETECTIVE BULLOCK driving along a beaten dirt road with his red and blue lights flashing…

 

SHAY (VOICE-OVER): “…Fill me with truth and understanding…”

 

19.3

Small – Cut back to the church, as SHAY squeezes LESTER’S BLOOD into a SILVER CHALICE.

LESTER: ghach!

 

SHAY: …Keep me strong in my faith and servitude so that I may abide always in Thee with Praise forever and ever…

 

19.4

Small – Shay BRINGS THE CHALICE TO HIS LIPS with both hands. His eyes are closed as he sips…

 

NO DIALOGUE

 

19.5

Small – The EMPTY CHALICE HITS THE FLOOR.

 

SFX: dink!

 

19.6

Big Panel – Shay stands in the center of the INVERTED PENTAGRAM, raising the SKULL BLADE to the heavens, defying the gods as he chants an ANCIENT SPELL!

 

SHAY: AZAZEL!

 

SHAY: ADONAY!

 

SHAY: ASTAROTH!

SHAY: ERGO SUM TE PATO ET UDERE QUEO!

 

19.7

Small – A close-up of Shay glaring at the church’s STAINED GLASS above. He’s about to KILL LESTER and he looks DEMENTED as all hell!

 

SHAY: Yes! It’s working! I can see the spirit now, coming to exchange your soul…

 

PAGE 20

20.1

Suddenly, BATMAN CRASHES through the STAINED GLASS ABOVE! Daniel shields his face with his robe as he falls back!

 

BATMAN: I’m no spirit. But I do have a soul

 

20.2

Batman lands thunderously near the ALTAR. Just ahead of him, Shay scrambles in fright.

 

BATMAN: …and right now, it’s telling me to take you down!

 

LESTER: Oh thank God!

 

20.3

A medium shot of Daniel Shay, looking up at BATMAN, IN PURSUIT.

 

SHAY: No! You’re too soon… I wasn’t finished yet!

 

BATMAN: No Daniel, you are finished. You’re coming with me.

 

SHAY: I have no intention of leaving here tonight!

 

20.4

BATMAN has now GRABBED DANIEL by the robe, but Shay knocks a large PIT OF FLAMES INTO BATMAN’S FACE!

 

SHAY: And neither should you!

 

BATMAN: UUGH!

 

20.5

The KEROSINE IGNITES and fire quickly spreads! BATMAN is temporarily down while SHAY reaches for the SKULL KNIFE on the ground…

 

In the background we can see FIRE beginning to ENGULF THE ALTAR!

 

LESTER: PLEASE! HELP ME!

 

20.6

Cut away to DETECTIVE BULLOCK – He’s pulled up to the CHURCH and he’s now out of the car with HIS GUN DRAWN. SMOKE IS RISING from the inside.

 

DETECTIVE BULLOCK: Holy hell…

 

PAGE 21

 

21.1

Back inside the church – Daniel Shay is now hunched over BATMAN with the SKULL KNIFE poised to strike! The place is BURNING DOWN!

 

SHAY: All I wanted was to see my Abigail… But you’ve ruined everything!

 

21.2

Shay is inches away from KILLING BATMAN when, without warning, SHOTS ARE FIRED! One bullet hits him NEAR THE CHEST…

 

SFX: BANG!

 

SHAY: UUGH!

 

21.3

SHAY IS STILL ALIVE! He takes off RUNNING DOWN A FLIGHT OF STAIRS that lead to the basement. DETECTIVE BULLOCK continues to fire, but misses. The bullets ricochet off the walls nearby…

 

DETECTIVE BULLOCK: FREEZE, DAMN IT!

 

21.4

BATMAN has wiped the fire from his cowl. He’s dazed, and his mask is barely holding up, but he’s back on his feet. BULLOCK is crowding next to him…

 

DETECTIVE BULLOCK: You alright?

 

BATMAN: I’m fine… We have to save the victim…

 

LESTER (OFF-PANEL): OH GOD HURRY! MY SKIN IS BURNING!!!

 

21.5

DETECTIVE BULLOCK acts on instinct, and runs towards LESTER, who is now BURNING ALIVE! Bullock looks back at Batman as he says:

 

DETECTIVE BULLOCK: I’ve got em’. You get the nut job!

 

BATMAN: …

DETECTIVE BULLOCK: I said go! I can handle this!

 

PAGE 22

 

22.1

Cut to a far away shot of BATMAN – He’s walking down into the BASEMENT, which has yet to be destroyed by flames. In the extreme foreground, we can see DROPS OF BLOOD on the ground.

 

22.2

Closer on BATMAN, he sees an OLD WATER WELL further along in the basement, but Daniel is nowhere to be found…

BATMAN: Shay! There’s nowhere to run! Come out now so we can get you the help you need…

 

SHAY (OFF-PANEL): I am beyond help… This is the path I have chosen…

 

22.3

Cut to: DETECTIVE BULLOCK as he SHOOTS one of the CHAINS that bind Lester’s wrists. FIRE IS NOW EVERYWHERE…

 

22.4

Back with Batman – He’s coming around a corner and doesn’t see SHAY waiting for him on the other side. Daniel is hurt real bad, but he’s managed to hold a large AXE in his hands.

 

BATMAN: It doesn’t have to be this way… You’re life doesn’t have to end with the loss of your daughter.

 

BATMAN: Think of your wife, Virginia… She needed you. Her pain runs deep…

 

22.5

LESTER is freed, but he’s fallen to the ground, ON FIRE. DETECTIVE BULLOCK is using his COAT TO EXTINGUISH the flames.

 

BATMAN (VOICE-OVER): “…Just like yours.”

 

22.6

SHAY ATTACKS BATMAN from behind with the AXE!

 

SHAY: RRRAAH! Don’t you speak their names!  You don’t know what it’s like to lose a family!

 

PAGE 23

 

23.1

Batman CATCHES THE AXE mid-swing, but he’s FALLEN TO HIS BACK with Shay bearing down on top of him! They’re now FACE TO FACE, gritting their teeth, and fighting for control…

 

BATMAN: You’re wrong! I know that with death comes a choice

 

23.2

Cut away to an OVERHEAD VIEW OF THE CHURCH from outside – Bullock’s BACKUP has just arrived. About eight SQUAD CARS surround the burning cathedral, lights flashing and sirens blaring.

 

BATMAN (VOICE-OVER): “We can either let our lives deteriorate in guilt and pity…”

 

23.3

Back inside the burning sanctuary – DETECTIVE BULLOCK covers LESTER with his coat as they RUN FOR THEIR LIVES toward the entrance! Pieces of burning debris crash down all around them…

 

BATMAN (VOICE-OVER): “…or we can strive to celebrate the ones we’ve lost by dedicating every day to making them proud…”

 

23.4

Back inside the basement, FIRE is creeping in. BATMAN manages to KICK SHAY OFF OF HIM. But the axe remains close to Daniel…

BATMAN: What you have to ask yourself is this:

 

23.5

A medium shot of BATMAN, crouched over, bruised and battered, with his mask nearly burnt off his face…

 

BATMAN: What would your family think if they could see you now?

 

23.5

Close-up of Daniel Shay, shameful and confused…

SHAY: …

 

SHAY: I… I don’t know anymore…

 

23.6

Close-up of Batman, empathetic, and walking closer to Shay…

 

BATMAN: It’s all over Daniel. Come with me peacefully and I will get you help…

 

23.7

Small Panel – We see Shay’s HAND REACH FOR THE AXE…

 

SHAY: But I’ve already told you… I’m not going anywhere.

 

PAGE 24

 

24.1

DANIEL takes a SWING AT THE GAS LINES…

 

SHAY: THIS IS WHERE I BELONG!

 

BATMAN: SHAY, NO!

 

24.2

There is a HUGE EXPLOSION! DANIEL goes flying through the air…

 

SFX: BOOOOM!

 

24.3

Cut away to DETECTIVE BULLOCK – He and LESTER are now outside with the other police. PARAMEDICS are already working to resuscitate Lester, whose lungs have collapsed. Bullock is lying on the ground, out of breath…

 

DETECTIVE BULLOCK: What the hell was that?

 

24.4

Back inside the BASEMENT – The fiery enclosure has COLLAPSED ON DANIEL. Burning planks of wood are everywhere. BATMAN is thrown to the ground nearby, but he’s mostly unharmed. Daniel is bleeding from his mouth, on the verge of death…

24.5

BATMAN RUSHES TO DANIEL’S SIDE… There isn’t much time left until the entire Church collapses on top of them…

 

SHAY: Please… D--Don’t tell my wife about me…

 

SHAY: Just give this >agh< to her… It belonged to Abby… It’s all I have left…

 

24.6

BATMAN has taken the OBJECT and placed it in his belt, but we don’t see what it is just yet…

 

BATMAN: Daniel, why…?

 

SHAY: Th--This is what I wanted… To die in the presence of the lord… for final judgment.

 

SHAY: Go now… before it’s too late…

 

PAGE 25

 

25.1

As Batman runs through the COLLAPSING church, we see the PHOTO OF ABBY, laying on the ground, BURNING IN THE ASHES…

 

25.2

As BATMAN CRASHES OUT OF A WINDOW, A WALL OF FLAMES fills the panel behind him!

 

25.3

We are now outside – The church lies in utter DESTRUCTION; there is nothing but rubble and ash. Batman is DOWN ON A KNEE, watching with distress. He can’t help pitying Daniel’s fate.

 

Detective Bullock is approaching him from behind… Both men look like they’ve BEEN THROUGH HELL.

 

DETECTIVE BULLOCK: I’m guessing the creep never made it out…

 

BATMAN: His name was Daniel Shay… And no, he didn’t… 

 

DETECTIVE BULLOCK: Yeah well, at least his victim was a bit more lucky… He’s got some pretty nasty burns, but he’ll live…

 

25.4

BATMAN has now gotten up, he’s sore and he moves slowly.

 

BATMAN: When I was in the basement I saw what appeared to be a water well. It may lead to Sprang River.

 

DETECTIVE BULLOCK: So that’s where he was dumping the bodies from Old Gotham…

 

25.5

Suddenly, Detective Bullock realizes that Batman is leaving the premises…

 

DETECTIVE BULLOCK: Hey, where do you think your goin’? This ain’t over yet…

 

BATMAN: You’re right…

 

PAGE 26

 

26.1

Scene Transition – We are back inside GOTHAM PSYCHIATRIC HOSPITAL. VIRGINIA SHAY is lying in her bed. Something has AWOKEN her…

 

BATMAN (VOICE-OVER): “There’s still one more thing I need to do…”

 

26.2

Virginia sits up at the edge of her bed, looking around the room with anxiety…

 

VIRGINIA: Who’s there…?

 

26.3

VIRGINIA reaches for her BIBLE… The only thing she trusts.

 

VIRGINIA: Please, heavenly Father… Give me a sign… Let me know that I am not alone…

 

26.4

Just then, the latch on her BARED WINDOW UNHOOKS from the outside…

 

SFX: k-click

 

26.5

From OUTSIDE THE WINDOW, we see Virginia set the bible down and move slowly towards us…

 

26.6

She OPENS the unlocked window and her expression is BREATHLESS…

 

26.7

Pinned to the ledge of the window, are PRAYER BEADS. Years ago, they once belonged to her daughter Abigail… 

 

26.8

She coils them around her hands and KISSES them… Tears run down her cheek in a beautiful moment of relief…

 

VIRGINIA: Bless you my guardian angel… Bless you…

 

END



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