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Haunted Knight

Directed by

Gary Shore

Produced by

  • Guillermo Del Toro
  • Lawrence Gordon
  • Lloyd Levin

Screenplay by

  • Guillermo Del Toro
  • Gary Shore

Starring

  • Toby Kebbell
  • Sarah Gadon
  • Ron Perlman
  • Peter Capaldi

Music by

Ramin Djawadi

Distributed by

Warner Bros. Pictures

Running time

140 minutes

Budget

$180 million

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"Dawn Golden. I haven't thought about her in years. I'd put her out of mind after she broke my heart in college. Now she's become an obsession. I find myself searching my memory for her."
―Bruce Wayne

Haunted Knight (also released as Batman: Haunted Knight in some markets) is a supernatural superhero film directed by Gary Shore based on the fictional DC Comics character Batman. Before Shore was hired, Guillermo Del Toro wrote a story treatment. Warner Bros. Pictures was courting him to also direct but Del Toro declined, preferring only to write and produce the film. Shore was hired two months later and rewrote Del Toro's original script. The film was produced by Warner Bros. Pictures.

Toby Kebbell stars as Bruce Wayne, the disillusioned heir of the Wayne family who is entering his second year as the protector of Gotham City known as Batman. Sarah Gadon co-stars as Dawn Golden, a wealthy socialite and Bruce's childhood love while Ron Perlman plays Jason Blood and his alter ego the demon Etrigan. The movie received positive reviews praising the complex relationship between Bruce Wayne and Dawn Golden and was a box-office success grossing over $820 million worldwide.

Plot

The film opens with a flashback. During a summer afternoon, the Wayne welcome their friends the Golden in their manor. While adults talk to each other, Bruce meets the daughter of the Golden of his age, Dawn. First, the boy thinks she is cold and aloof. However, as time passed during the afternoon, the two play with a kite and become very close friends. So when Dawn has to leave with her parents, she kisses Bruce saying they will see themselves again.

The story moves fifteen years later into present days. Bruce Wayne visits the grave of his parents where he lays a wreath. By car, while his butler Alfred Pennyworth accompanies him to Wayne Manor, he learns in the Gotham Times that Dawn will return to Gotham after seven years of absence. Bruce asked to be on the guest list for the first party she will organize. Alfred asks if that's a good idea considering their last meeting that was rough, Bruce tells him to not discuss.

The next evening, Bruce goes to the first party of Dawn. He finds his old friend Jason Blood before heading toward Dawn. Their discussion is painful: Dawn revealed to Bruce that she left Gotham seven years ago because of his sudden departure for abroad to which he replied that he was motivated by the fact that she had broken his heart. Seeing that their relationship will not be as before, Bruce decides to leave the party and returned to his mansion.

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