Batman : Tokyo Road

By Richard Evans

 Not sure when or why I did this. I wanted to explore Batman in Japan, as their culture is completely different than ours, especially when it comes to crime and superstition.

Page 1

Panel 1:
ESTABLISHING SHOT: Of LEXCORP at midnight, where only the penthouse office light glows, the rest of the building cast in darkness.

Panel 2:

INSIDE the room, Lex Luthor sits at a little glass table in his housecoat sipping a glass of wine. Two large guards stand next to a bloodied asian man on his knees.

LEX

I DO APOLOGIZE FOR

THE WAY MY

MEN HAVE TREATED YOU.

SOMETIMES THEY ARE A

LITTLE TOO ROUGH ON CRIMINALS.

Panel 3:

Lex leans forward a little and smiles.

LEX

YOU’LL BE FREE TO

GO IN JUST A MOMENT,

HOWEVER SINCE I WAS

WOKEN UP IN THE MIDDLE

OF THE NIGHT, I WOULD LIKE

TO KNOW WHY YOU AND YOUR

MEN WERE HERE.

Page 2

Panel 1:

Between bloody lips the asian man spits out a curse.

ASIAN (IN JAPANESE)

(GO TO HELL.)

Panel 2:
Lex leans back in his chair, still grinning.

LEX

I KNOW YOU

JAPANESE ARE VERY

LOYAL TO YOUR MASTERS,

WHICH IS WHY YOUR BLOOD

WAS ANALYZED, YOUR HERITAGE

DETERMINED AND YOUR FAMILY

IDENTIFIED BEFORE I EVEN

ARRIVED HERE.

Panel 3:
Lex’s face turns menacing.

LEX

SO MR. KYOTO, TELL

ME WHY YOU WERE

SO STUPID AS TO BREAK

INTO LEXCORP HMM?

 Page 3

Panel 1:

CUT TO: Later the next morning. Bruce Wayne sits at an expensive coffee shop with a beautiful asian woman, Janet Lei. Bruce wears a tight black turtleneck and dark sunglasses while Janet is dressed in a fabulous business suit cut to accentuate her curves.

JANET

I WANT TO THANK

YOU PERSONALLY

FOR THE GRANT

MR. WAYNE.

Panel 2:

CLOSE-UP of Bruce.

BRUCE

WELL MS. LEI, IF IT

WILL HELP SAVES LIVES,

IT’S THE LEAST I CAN DO.

Panel 3:

Lei sips her coffee softly.

JANET

AMERICAN

AND JAPANESE PEOPLE

ARE THE HARDEST WORKING

PEOPLE ON EARTH.

Panel 4:

CLOSER: To Janet.

JANET

UNFORTUNATELY,

THE ‘BUSINESS SAMURAI’

ATTITUDE OF JAPANESE

MEN IS CAUSING EVEN

MORE DEPRESSION AND

SUICIDE THAN HERE

IN THE U.S.

Panel 5:

A waiter comes over and offers to refill their cups but Bruce waves him away. Janet smiles slightly as she makes a humorous remark.

JANET

AT LEAST YOU

AMERICANS KNOW

HOW TO RELAX,

RIGHT MR. WAYNE?

Page 4

Panel 1:
Bruce sort of half smiles back at her.

BRUCE

WELL, SOME

OF US DO ANYWAY.

JANET

YES. THANKS

TO YOU WE WILL BE ABLE

TO OPEN MORE CRISIS

CENTERS. THE JAPANESE

GOVERNMENT IS RELUCTANT

TO OFFER FINANCIAL AID,

THEY FEEL THAT WOULD BE

UNDERMINING THE  WORK

ETHIC OF THE COUNTRY.

Panel 2:
WIDE ANGLE: A man sits down across the patio from Bruce and Bruce watches the man, analyzing him.

JANET

WE NEED

TO LET PEOPLE

KNOW THERE IS

MORE TO LIFE

THAN WORK AND

THAT WE WILL BE

THERE FOR THEM.

DO YOU AGREE?

Panel 3:

Bruce stands up quickly to leave.

BRUCE

YES. I’M SORRY

MS. LEI, I HAVE TO GO.

MY HOUSE IS BEING

FUMAGATED THIS MORNING

AND I FORGOT TO

LET THE DOG OUT.

JANET

CALL ME JANET.

WELL YOU

BETTER GET BACK

BEFORE ANYTHING

HAPPENS TO THE POOR

THING!

Panel 4:

Bruce shakes her hand before turning to leave.

BRUCE

HOPEFULLY WE

CAN GET TOGETHER

AGAIN SOON, JANET.

GOODBYE.

JANET

HAVE A GOOD

DAY MR. WAYNE.

Page 5

Panel 1:
Bruce Wayne gets into his black BMW where Alfred waits patiently.

ALFRED

THAT WAS RATHER FAST SIR.

MAY I ASK WHY YOU CUT

YOUR DATE SHORT WITH MS. LEI?

Panel 2:
Bruce takes off his glasses and looks out the window.

BRUCE

INTUITION ALFRED.

INTUITION.

Panel 3:

CUT TO: HIGH ANGLE of Justice League Headquarters on the Moon.

CAPTION: JUSTICE LEAGUE HEADQUARTERS, THE MOON.

Panel 4:
SIDE ANGLE: 5 Japanese thieves dressed in high tech stealth suits creep across the wall toward the central computer of the Justice League.

Panel 5:

CUT TO: A CLOSE-UP of the leader of the group, a bearded Asian man with a bandana.

LEADER (JAPANESE)

(COAST IS CLEAR.

LET’S MOVE QUICKLY.)

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