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Learn all about Lucius Fox's fears for the future in this secret letter to Bruce Wayne

Jun. 26, 2012by:

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Mountain Dew is good for a lot of things. Or at least a few things, one of them being that it helps you trick certain unsuspecting people into thinking that you're drinking something terribly toxic.  Another benefit of Mountain Dew is of course that it helps to unlock further entries in the viral campaign for THE DARK KNIGHT RISES as part of the Dew Gotham City promotion. 

This particular entry concerns a letter from Lucius Fox to Bruce Wayne - you can find the original hand-written version by clicking here, then "explore" in the top left corner, then "hit the streets," then "applied sciences," and finally on "secret letter." 

I'm very curious to see what the full breadth of this letter's relevance will truly be in the finished film, especially concerning Bruce's project.  On a small recap note, you will recall that Bill Earle was the rather rude fellow played by Rutger Hauer in BATMAN BEGINS who fired Lucius Fox for asking too many questions.

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Dear Bruce,

I hope this letter finds you well.  Although I would have liked to have had this conversation with you personally, Alfred tells me I am better off writing as you are not receiving any visitors at the moment.  That being the case, I’ll do my best to detail what I feel is becoming a situation within the company.

It’s a given that in the current economic climate our investors have become increasingly concerned about how their money is being spent.  As such, our own profitability is being judged and analyzed, particularly by the Board itself.  In the past, we haven’t given them any reason to worry as both our earnings and spending have been consistent.  This allowed us the autonomy to dedicate resources to Wayne philanthropic programs as well as our own R&D endeavors.  But over the past five quarters, our earnings have been on the downtrend.  Meanwhile, our R&D spending has been on an astronomical uptrend.  And as the black grows fainter around the entire company, I am being put into a position where I have to answer certain questions, particularly about your energy project.

No one is going to dispute the fact that innovation is key to our growth and success.  It’s a mainstay of our business, which is all the more reason why the Board has begun to scrutinize our R&D budget and set their sights on your machine.  Since they don’t know exactly what you’re up to, all they understand is a vast amount of capital is being spent on something they now deem as fruitless – quest for clean energy.  Herein lies the problem.

The last time we spoke, you expressed your reluctance to move the project forward and initiate the next phase of trials.  I understand your argument as to why.  But if you want the company to continue to fund your efforts, I think it is time we give the Board more than just the overview they already have, enlightening them on what this project will mean to Gotham if you are successful.  On a personal note, I’d also like to let them know that with age, Bruce Wayne has decided to fill his father’s shoes, using Wayne Enterprises and all its resources to readily and reliably support our city.

Nothing bad can come from this, Bruce.  But if you decide not to address the issue at hand, I am not sure how long I can keep the Board at bay.  Making matters more difficult is your absence.  I am assuming you have your reasons for it and it is not my job to question those, but I fear that if you are going to drop off the radar for an extended period of time, we may risk another Bill Earle situation.  I can see a couple [of] Board Members already maneuvering to build influence around the table, most notably John Daggett, who I feel is the last person we want to engage in a power struggle.

When I agreed to take on this role I knew full well what the job and our agreement entailed.  I am also well aware of your preferred ways of handling all matters relating to Wayne Enterprises However, I must tell you that we are quickly approaching a set of circumstances that will unfortunately call for a change if we do not address the Board.  Change in most instances is not a bad thing, but in this regard I am worried.  I’m sure you consider my pessimism to be just another part of my charm.  That may be the case, but let’s remember: you didn’t hire me for my charm.

I look forward to hearing from you.

With luck it will be in person.

Regards,
Lucius Fox

Lucius Fox and Bruce Wayne

Captain contest time! Though I'm afraid that the only prize at stake is my admiration.

Extra Tidbit: Does anyone remember Surge? Because that shit was actually awesome. And by "awesome" I mean "awful but somehow still delicious."
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9:15AM on 06/26/2012
If you read that letter with Freeman's voice in my mind, it's as if you're listening to an audio essay, hehe. Regarding the letter, I love The Dark Knight Rises's viral marketing.
If you read that letter with Freeman's voice in my mind, it's as if you're listening to an audio essay, hehe. Regarding the letter, I love The Dark Knight Rises's viral marketing.
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9:52AM on 06/26/2012
Captain contests.

I love those.
Captain contests.

I love those.
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10:01AM on 06/26/2012
I fear Lucius will not make it out alive in this one :(
I fear Lucius will not make it out alive in this one :(
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10:08AM on 06/26/2012
"I had the weirdest dream, Lucius. You were in prison... and Tim Robbins was there... I can't remember the rest but I'm pretty sure someone crawled through shit."
"I had the weirdest dream, Lucius. You were in prison... and Tim Robbins was there... I can't remember the rest but I'm pretty sure someone crawled through shit."
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10:34AM on 06/26/2012

Raises hand

I read that in Morgan Freeman's voice.
I read that in Morgan Freeman's voice.
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10:35AM on 06/26/2012
Caption:

Bruce: "Good thing we're the only people here, if someone took a picture of me from the waist up right now there'd be some obnoxious online caption contest with a bunch of lazy "Bruce Wayne Taking a Shit" jokes."
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Bruce: "Good thing we're the only people here, if someone took a picture of me from the waist up right now there'd be some obnoxious online caption contest with a bunch of lazy "Bruce Wayne Taking a Shit" jokes."
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11:08AM on 06/26/2012

Caption:

Bruce: "So the top didn't fall, and he WAS in a dream, but it doesn't matter because he still gets what he wanted?"

Lucius: "I believe so Mr. Wayne... I believe so."
Bruce: "So the top didn't fall, and he WAS in a dream, but it doesn't matter because he still gets what he wanted?"

Lucius: "I believe so Mr. Wayne... I believe so."
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11:57AM on 06/26/2012
Bruce: "A reboot, already?"
Lucius: "If it's any consolation, Mr Wayne, Christopher Nolan is still attached to produce.."
Bruce: "A reboot, already?"
Lucius: "If it's any consolation, Mr Wayne, Christopher Nolan is still attached to produce.."
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1:55PM on 06/26/2012

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Bruce: Lucius, the people of Gotham are eating each other. What the hell is going on?
Lucius: Bath Salts. Apparently this stuff gets you really high. High enough to eat faces and asses. It's pretty bad.
Bruce: Lucius, the people of Gotham are eating each other. What the hell is going on?
Lucius: Bath Salts. Apparently this stuff gets you really high. High enough to eat faces and asses. It's pretty bad.
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3:20PM on 06/26/2012
"Mr. Wayne, I believe newspapers are for dogs, what you need is kitty litter."
"Mr. Wayne, I believe newspapers are for dogs, what you need is kitty litter."
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3:31PM on 06/26/2012
"Lucius, this paper says that Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries got a divorce. If those too can't keep a hold of true love, what about the rest of us?"
"Lucius, this paper says that Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries got a divorce. If those too can't keep a hold of true love, what about the rest of us?"
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3:32PM on 06/26/2012

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"Ms. Daisy's dead? Who was her driver last night?"
"Ms. Daisy's dead? Who was her driver last night?"
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3:33PM on 06/26/2012
Bruce: "Who the f*** are The Avengers?" Lucious: "Frankly, Mr Wayne, I don't give a damn."
Bruce: "Who the f*** are The Avengers?" Lucious: "Frankly, Mr Wayne, I don't give a damn."
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7:58PM on 06/26/2012
"The paper says they're casting for a Leathal Weapon reboot. Do you think you and I could... No, on second thought this reboot idea sucks."
"The paper says they're casting for a Leathal Weapon reboot. Do you think you and I could... No, on second thought this reboot idea sucks."
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8:26PM on 06/26/2012
"Let me get this straight Lucious, you're saying I can actually get all of this news on something called the internet?"
"Let me get this straight Lucious, you're saying I can actually get all of this news on something called the internet?"
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9:01PM on 06/26/2012
Bruce: So, I trashed his fucking lights?
Lucius: That's correct Mr. Wayne. Like a submarine...like a submarine.
Bruce: So, I trashed his fucking lights?
Lucius: That's correct Mr. Wayne. Like a submarine...like a submarine.
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9:16PM on 06/26/2012
Bruce: "I think I need a new toilet"
Lucius: "You know, if this keeps up you may need to wear your costume so you can keep your identity a secret after incidents like these."
Bruce: "I think I need a new toilet"
Lucius: "You know, if this keeps up you may need to wear your costume so you can keep your identity a secret after incidents like these."
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11:16PM on 06/26/2012
Bruce: "I think I need a new toilet"
Lucius: "You know, if this keeps up you may need to wear your costume so you can keep your identity a secret after incidents like these."
Bruce: "I think I need a new toilet"
Lucius: "You know, if this keeps up you may need to wear your costume so you can keep your identity a secret after incidents like these."
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11:40PM on 06/26/2012
Freeman: I didn't know Miss Daisy had such a beautiful daughter.
Freeman: I didn't know Miss Daisy had such a beautiful daughter.
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1:12AM on 06/27/2012

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Bruce: It says here that my windows phone 7.5 won't get an update to windows phone 8.
Lucius: Don't worry Mr. Wayne, we switched all our systems to Android a month ago.
Bruce: It says here that my windows phone 7.5 won't get an update to windows phone 8.
Lucius: Don't worry Mr. Wayne, we switched all our systems to Android a month ago.
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1:29AM on 06/27/2012

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Bruce: That pussy took my ride and its in the news. Grrr...
Lucius: Well, Dick (Grayson) is working on it as we speak.
Bruce: That pussy took my ride and its in the news. Grrr...
Lucius: Well, Dick (Grayson) is working on it as we speak.
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2:51PM on 06/27/2012

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Bruce: When did Hagar the Horrible get cancelled?
Lucius: Well Hagar the Horrible is a bit 90's Mr. Wayne.
Bruce: When did Hagar the Horrible get cancelled?
Lucius: Well Hagar the Horrible is a bit 90's Mr. Wayne.
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2:53PM on 06/27/2012

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Bruce: When did Hagar the Horrible get cancelled?
Lucius: Well Hagar the Horrible is a bit 90's Mr. Wayne.
Bruce: When did Hagar the Horrible get cancelled?
Lucius: Well Hagar the Horrible is a bit 90's Mr. Wayne.
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3:35PM on 06/27/2012
Lucius: Bruce sorry but we need to talk.
Bruce: Dude, I've got my rope, my newspaper, I just had a cup of coffee and now you see me walking to the toilet.. it doesn't take much of a genius to know what I'm about to do
Lucius: Bruce sorry but we need to talk.
Bruce: Dude, I've got my rope, my newspaper, I just had a cup of coffee and now you see me walking to the toilet.. it doesn't take much of a genius to know what I'm about to do
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4:42PM on 06/27/2012

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Lucius: Yup, she was rapping.
Bruce: So.. she was rapping like Lil Wayne, who is of no relation to the Wayne family, about not playing yahtzee with the paparazzi on the Conan show?
Lucius: Mmm hmm
Bruce: That shit cray.
Lucius: Yup, she was rapping.
Bruce: So.. she was rapping like Lil Wayne, who is of no relation to the Wayne family, about not playing yahtzee with the paparazzi on the Conan show?
Lucius: Mmm hmm
Bruce: That shit cray.
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7:08PM on 06/27/2012

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Bruce: We landed on the Moon?
Lucius: (Stares at Bruce)
[A wave of awkward uncertainty fills the room.]
Bruce: We landed on the Moon?
Lucius: (Stares at Bruce)
[A wave of awkward uncertainty fills the room.]
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