Henri Ducard is the real Ra's Al Ghul. He plans to destroy Gotham by contaminating the water supply with the Scarecrow's poison, then vapourising the water with the microwave emitter. Wayne manor is razed to the ground, but Bruce and Alfred escape into the Batcave. Batman saves the day with Jim Gordon's help, while Rachel gets to know Batman's true identity (not to mention that she tasers the Scarecrow during the chaos). Lucius Fox is appointed head of Wayne Enterprises when Bruce takes control of most of the stock. The ending sets up the sequel, with the Joker as Batman's next opponent.
Bruce Wayne: I'm going to show the people of Gotham that the city doesn't belong to the criminals and the corrupt. People need dramatic examples to shake them out of apathy. I can't do this as Bruce Wayne. A man is just flesh and blood and can be ignored or destroyed. But as a symbol... As a symbol, I can be incorruptible, everlasting.
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