Lucius and Bruce The Dark Knight RisesA new letter has popped up in the viral campaign for ‘The Dark Knight Rises.’  This time it’s Bruce’s Wayne’s response to Lucius Fox’s missive to the reclusive millionaire.

Viral campaigns have been a great way for studios to add an extra layer of audience involvement for a movie that they are promoting. While not as extensive as the viral campaign put on by ‘Prometheus,’ ‘The Dark Knight Rises’ has done their share by offering an internet scavenger hunt, dossiers on a Dr. Pavel, and even a look at ‘The Gotham Observer’ announcing Harvey Dent Day.

Earlier in the week, Lucius Fox (Morgan Freeman) had written a secret letter to Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) which conveyed his concern over his prolonged absence, the growing frustration of the Wayne Enterprises board members and their concern over the R&D budget.

A lot of speculation has been gathered with this letter. Some say the timing of the letter was after Batman’s fall in ‘The Dark Knight’ while others think it was sent after Batman’s first run in with Bane. Fox also talks about a project Bruce has been working on to bring clean energy to Gotham. Along with Dr. Pavel’s involvement with nuclear power and weaponry, could the two be part of Bane’s big plan? Lastly, there’s a particular board member that Fox is concerned about and his name has fans from ‘Batman: The Animated Series’ excited. In the letter, Fox states that John Daggett is beginning to rally the board on his side. Could this be a nod or relation to Roland Daggett, the head of Daggett Industries, who created Clayface?

Take a look at the letter for yourself then you can read Bruce Wayne’s response:

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.

Lucius Fox LetterNo 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

The letter is quite detailed in Fox’s concern. Interestingly, Bruce Wayne replies in a simple and short handwritten message back:

bruce wayne letter

Lucius,

Tell the board that as of today the program is shut down. As we discussed before, there is too much at stake and the risk is too great. That is my only concern.

-Bruce.

Very ominous, don’t you think? In less than a month we’ll get all the answers to the questions these letters pose. In the meantime, I’d love to hear your thoughts about all this! Sound off in the usual place below.