Knights of Justice: Earths Reckoning

Written by

Ki'Shawn Thompson

The Foreigner

Pilot

ACT ONE

BLACK

2013

FADE IN:

Calm and collected bank costumers clog the walk way of a local bank. At the front of the line is a man in a hood that covers his eyes. The other costumers are weary of him. It is his turn. The female teller seems uneasy and hesitant.

Teller

G-good evening sir, welcome to Gold Star bank… How may I be of assistance to you today?

He looks up at her

Man 1

You can do exactly as I say so that you all live…

She reaches for the emergency switch under the counter. He raises a gun.

Man 1

What did I just?

Four other masked men storm the bank, zip-tie the doors and forces everyone to the ground. They collect cell phones and disconnect computers. They zip-tie all the costumers and line them up against the wall closest to the vault.

Man 2

Now, all you have to do is keep quiet, do as we say, and don't try anything that could get you hurt. Do that and you'll all go home in one piece, okay?

The same man walks over to the teller and grabs her by the arm taking her to the vault.

Man 2

When does the time lock expire?

She doesn't answer. He looks her in the eye

Man 2

I promise I won't let anything happen to you, okay? When does the time lock expire?

She stares at him

Teller

-hesitating and sobbing- at 2:54

The man checks his watch, it is 2:50, and calls out to his men.

Man 2

Just in time boys! –returns attention to the teller- at exactly 2:53 I want you to enter the lock code, okay? Can you do that for me?

She nods. They all look up at the giant clock that hangs from the ceiling of the bank. They watch as time slowly ticks by, eventually hitting 2:53. He nods to her and she enters the lock code, after she enters it he pulls her away and sits her down with the other costumers and tellers. As soon as 2:54 strikes he pulls the leaver on the vault door. They storm in and start loading the money into bags the brought in with them. They also break into safe-deposit boxes and load jewels and other expensive items.

Sometime passes and the men walk out of the vault and confront the occupants.

Man 2

Alright, you've all been cooperative, so we'll keep our end of the…

The man is interrupted by the sound of sirens. His team panics. Man 1 shoots the guard who used a hidden cell phone to make the call.

Man 2

-pushing him away from the now dead guard- shouting- What the hell are you doing?! No casualties, remember that?!

Man 1

He called the Cops!

Man 2

So what?! Idiot! All we had to do was stick to the plan and we would've been out of here! Now that you've killed him we have no choice but to resort to plan B…

Teller

What's plan B?

Man 1

-turning his attention to the teller- Shut up, bitch.

Man 2

No, you shut up. –reaches into one of the bags- Take this. You know what to do.

The first man takes the walkie-talkie that is handed to him and waits by the door. As the authorities arrive on the scene they give out orders

Cop

-talking into his megaphone- Come out with your weapons down and hands up! Leave the money and hostages where they are and come out!

The first guy un-zips the doors just enough to throw out the walkie-talkie, he does and then closes and re-zips the doors. The same cop with the mega phone moves forward to retrieve the talkie just as the S.W.A.T. team closes in on both sides of the doors. He picks it up.

Cop

Who am I speaking with.

Man 2

That doesn't matter. What does matter, however, is you letting us go.

Cop

I can't do that, son. You have to come out and give yourselves up.

Man 2

I can't do that.

Cop

Then, you've forced my hand. You have exactly ten minutes to come out unarmed or I'm sending in the cavalry, and they don't take prisoners.

Man 2

I was counting on you saying something like that. See, we'd really like to get home. And for every ten minutes we aren't able to leave, we'll kill a hostage. And there're –pauses- about 30 people in here.

Cop

You don't have to do anything that you.. –interrupted-

Man 2

-he screams- SHUT UP! Now commissioner, we've been planning this heist for months. And you don't really think we wouldn't have a plan to get ourselves out of this situation, do you? We have set up 20 pounds of C4 in the foundations of every building surrounding this bank within a 5 block radius; Basement, middle, and rooftop. That's about 1500 pounds of explosives; Killing not only everyone in those buildings but anyone who happens to be walking by them at the time of detonation. –pauses- So commissioner, you have a choice. Let five criminals go and save the lives of hundreds, or spare those lives just to capture us... What will you tell their families?

Cop

-motions to men to call FBI- We don't negotiate with terrorist.

Man 2

Suit yourself.

A scream is heard and a female hostage hits the pavement in front of the bank. Everyone out front looks down at her and up at the roof. Snipers raise their scopes.

Man 2

Tell your snipers to lower their guns. If they shoot me, not only will the hostages be executed, but we'll detonate the bombs. Your job, commissioner, is to protect and serve. Don't let these people and their families down.

He walks back into the building. The director of the anti-terrorism unit of the FBI arrives on scene sometime later. He takes the Talkie from the commissioner.

Director

My name is Director Taylor. I'm with the anti-terrorism unit of the FBI. There's no need to do anything rash. I'm coming in, un-armed, alright?

Man 2

No, it isn't alright, you come any closer to this building the time will go down to five minutes, is that alright?

Director

Okay, okay. –backing up- that's fine. So, tell us what you want.

Man 2

Well, first off leave, and you have my word all of the remaining people won't be harmed and I will disarm the bombs.

Director

I'm sorry, I can't do that.

Man 2

I'm starting to lose my patients. You'll do as…

The man stops talking. The scene moves inside the bank. One of his men is dead.

Man 2

What happened?! –into the walkie- DID YOU FIRE ON US?

Director

There was no shot…

Man 2

There had to have been! Why is my…

He again turns to see one of his men taken out.

Man 2

You'll regret this!

The man reaches in to his pocket and pulls out a switch.

Man 2

-shouting- You have EXACTLY 60 seconds to clear out. If you don't I'll push this button!

Director

Now, sir, You can't –interrupted-

Man 2

55… 54….53…

Director

-Giving the signal to storm the building-

Man 2

Bad. Choice.

The hooded figures engage in combat with the remaining thieves, eventually getting down to the last one. One of them walks up to the masked man.

Hood

Go on then… do it

Man 2

-afraid and hesitant- Wh…Who are you?

Hood

This worlds reckoning…

He flips the switch. Scattered explosions are heard. The building shakes. The giant clock falls. The hostages scream.

The hood then pulls a sword and plunges into the last thief. As he is dying she leans forward and whispers to the thief.

Hood

Thank you.

Man 2

F….f…for… what?

Hood

…for setting our plans into motion.

She removes the sword and the thief falls dead. The hood rids the sword of this mans' blood. She re-sheaths the sword and the rest of the hoods walk over to the hostages. They cut them loose.

Hood

You are all safe now. We mean you no harm, you may leave.

Teller

-rubbing her wrists- hesitant- Who are you.

Hood

We're the good guys.

The teller looks to the rest of the hostages that are scurrying for the door. She then looks back.

Teller

Thank… you…

The hoods have seemingly disappeared into nothing. As the hostages are about to leave the S.W.A.T. team storms the place in search of the thieves. They find them dead.

The scene jump cuts to an interrogation room where each of the hostages is being questioned individually about the events that took place inside the bank. The scene shows different people being questioned. No sound is heard

Detective

So, tell me again, Ma'am. Who stopped the terrorist and rescued you?

Teller

-annoyed- No, matter how many times you ask, the answer will be the same! We… don't know. They showed up of NOWHERE, killed those men, freed us and left just as they came…

Detective

Right…-in disbelief- Did they say anything?

Teller

Yes… -she pauses-

Detective

Well… what was it?

Teller

She said… -interrupted-

Detective

She?

Teller

Yeah…she –hesitant- smiling- she said "we're the good guys"

The detective writes in his notes and tells her she is free to leave. She immediately calls her husband to tell him that she is alright.

Teller

Yes, yes I'm fine, -pauses- I'm fine. But you'll never believe what happened…

A montage of phone calls is shown and word is spread. As this is a happening the scene jumps to a news cast where a reporter is covering the story.

Male Anchor

As you have all heard, as the result of a bank heist gone wrong earlier today, the explosion of 17 buildings has killed hundreds and injured many more.

Female Anchor

Yes, that's right. It is reported that, as far as authorities know, a grand total of 3079 people have been killed and a total of 578 have been hospitalized with critical injuries; most are not expected to make it.

Male Anchor

Our prayers go out to all the families involved in this tragic event. Now we go to our Field Reporter who is on scene. Michelle, are you there?

Michelle

I am, Richard, I'm standing here in front of Gold Star Bank, where it all started..

As she is saying this the teller rushes by on her cell phone. The reporter stops her.

Michelle

Ma'am… MA'AM.

She stops

Michelle

Ma'am, were you involved in the robbery?

Teller

-Hanging up her phone- Yes, I was.

Michelle

I'm Michelle with the morning news, would you mind telling viewers what you experienced?

Teller

Well, it was a normal working day. There was a guy in line wearing a hood that everyone was particularly weary of. I even remember one other customer moving to the back of the line just to be away from him. Anyway, when he got up to the counter he threatened me and told us to do as he said. Other men in mask came in and tied us down. Steve, the security guard, called the police and they shot him. They were arguing and then one of them mentioned "Plan B"

Michelle

Plan B? The bombs?

Teller

I would assume so. Then the police showed up demanding that the men come out… there was more shouting and then….

Michelle

Ma'am?

Teller

Well, this may sound strange, but, out of nowhere these people with hoods and swords jumped the robbers and saved us. They said they were the good guys… and they were… I mean look at us… we got out because of them. –she turns her attention to the camera- If you are out there, whoever you are, thank you. Thank you so much….because of you… I get to see my son.

She smiles and walked away.

Michelle

Did you hear that Richard? Hooded vigilantes swarmed the place and saved the hostages.

Richard

Yes we did Michelle! But, no matter how amazing the stunt with saving the hostages was, these people got in the way of the police, and it may have resulted in the death and injury of hundreds. Their "Noble Intentions" caused the largest death toll due to terrorism since 9/11. So the question here is "Are these people watchful protectors, or should we be weary of their existence?"

As the Anchor is proposing the question the scene fades to a dark room. When the question is finished the television in this room is shut off. A table with five people is shown. They all stand and walk to the roof of the building which is outside the city. They are overlooking this city. The five stand close to the edge of the roof. They watch as the smoke rises from various points in the city. They all look towards the hooded figure in the middle. One female hood speaks out

Hood girl 1

What now?

Lead Hood

The plan has been set into motion… so now, we wait.

ACT 2

BLACK

FIVE YEARS LATER

(Present)

2018

Scene shows a limousine with Chinese flags being escorted by a motorcade. A group of 13 hooded figures crowds the overpass looking on as the motorcade is about to pass. One of them jumps down just as the limousine is about to pass. He phases through the limo and is sitting in front of the dignitary. His guards pull guns and shoot the man but the bullets phase through him. One of the bullets hit the limo driver. It's swerving out of control.

He smiles and then pulls knives from his side. He throws them; hitting the two guards next to the dignitary in the head. And taking out more and stabbing the two next to him in the chest. The hood reaches forward and grabs the Chinese Dignitary by the collar and they both phase through the car.

The limo finally crashes and the motorcade stops. All drawing guns and demanding the man step away from the Dignitary. As the move forward, ten more hoods jump down from the overpass and disarm the bodyguards. They engage in hand-to-hand. They knock them out with ease and walk toward the dignitary. As this is happening the remaining hoods jump down from the over pass and move the car and motorcycles using only their minds. They pick up the cycles and cars and crush them and toss them into the water below.

The dignitary starts shouting in Chinese. One of the female hoods walks up to him and stares into his eyes

Hood girl 2

Sleep, I command you to sleep.

He closes his eyes and passes out. They catch him and join hands and they disappear into nothing.

The scene shows a busy city. Cabs, restaurants etc. scene moves inside a bar. The TV's on either side of the room change channel by themselves and a man whose face is covered by the darkness of the room appears.

Council Leader

People of the world, fear us or rally behind us as you see fit. We of the Knights of Justice are the weapon of those whom themselves have no weapons to wield. The Federal Government cowardly took hostage the residents of Manhattan and mercilessly took the lives of countless innocent people because of a false tip leading them to "terrorist"…

As he is speaking, the scene cuts to the government pillaging Manhattan and killing people. This is silent

Council Leader (con)

I can assure you that our organization is not one comprised of terrorist. It was a meaningless act. Therefor we have risen from the darkness that has shaded us for five years. For this act of pointless homicide on such a grand scale, the culprits MUST be punished, just as the man you see here will be…

He steps aside to reveal the Dignitary who is tied up and on his knees. The other Council Members are standing behind the Dignitary.

Council Leader (con)

This man over the years of his reign of the Chinese Military has ordered the slaughter of countless unarmed Chinese. He is a vicious murderer and China would be a much better place without him…

He puts up two fingers motioning one of the Council Members. One of them steps forward, draws a sword and be-heads the Dignitary. The member Flicks the blood of the sword and re-sheaths it. He falls back in line

Council Leader (con)

We of the KOJ will not stand by and allow such acts of inhumanity to be carried out. And so, we made General Xing PAY for his actions. As will the people who orchestrated the Manhattan FBI Massacre. We will not stand in the way of any battle on a fair playing field. But neither will we tolerate a one sided massacre of the feeble by the potent. Where ever leaders abuse their power by attacking those who have none, we will appear. No matter how vast or daunting the foe may be. Those of you with supremacy dread us! Those without it assemble behind us! We, The Knights of Justice, shall be the ones who stand in verdict of this cursed realm. We announce here and now! That we will destroy the American government and create it anew. Please, do not stand in our way. We will not hesitate.

As the next line is heard different scenes where this is being broadcasted is shown.

Council Leader

We do not forget!

We do not forgive!

We do not show mercy

… expect us…

The transmission is ended and the people of various places cheer while others murmur in fear. The Council all leave the room, a few Knights walk in after them to clean up the mess. They enter "The Vault". Upon entrance The Council walks up to an unknown knight who is sitting at an enormous monitor.

Council Leader

-to the techie- Status report

Techie

Well sir, I interrupted the signals of any television, computer and radio around the world I could get my hands on in the short amount of time I was give to show the broadcast. There were exactly 500 million people watching the actions of the Knights of Justice, 25 percent of which are in the United States. The other 75 percent are scattered throughout countries the world over. And of the 500 million viewers, only approximately 29.17 percent of the feedback is negative.

Council Leader

Good…Everything…. Is in its place.

The Council exits The Vault

The scene jumps to an underground facility in which five people are sitting at a semi-circle shaped table and their faces are covered by the dim lighting. The leader of the Sanctum Police Force, (SPF) Charles, enters and the five unknown people explain the situation.

Unknown 1(female leader)

This, Charles, is completely unacceptable.

Unknown 2

These terrorist are making us look like the bad guys, when they are the ones who incited this incident.

Unknown 3

Do what you need to Charles. Stop these people.

Charles leaves and walks through the facility to the "War Room" a room decked from floor-to-ceiling with weapons, computers and other counter-intelligence equipment. He addresses his men about their first official mission

Charles

Attention men! –He is joined at the overpass by Leila his second in command- We have been given our first set of orders. We, the Sanctum Police Force, have only one mission. That mission is to protect this country at ANY cost. We are sent in when normal means of authority fail. We have jurisdiction over the entire United States and will exercise this power whenever we see fit. Our first set of orders…: "Dissolve the Knights of Justice. Leave no one alive." And that's what we are going to do. We are at war. A war we may lose now that The Council has stepped in. What I'm asking of you is a lot. And you could very well die. –he begins to walk down the stairs- If you wish to leave, now is the time… -he pauses- Good. We received a tip that the KOJ's base of operations is in an abandoned steel mill just outside the city. Now, suit up. We head out in 20.

They head out to the Mill where they think the base of operations is located. Upon arrival Charles sees five cloaked figures standing on the roof of the Mill. He blinks and they disappear so he disregards this. They park, exit the vehicles and storm the Mill. They enter the mill only to find out it was a setup. The Knights come out of the shadows. There are too many to count. They begin to surround the SPF.

Charles

Alright men, show time.

SCENE CUTs

ACT 3

The Knights are surrounding the SPF. They commence attack and this is the first time we see supernatural abilities used for combat. Charles is shown to have Foresight and Leila is shown to have telepathy. They along with the other SPF Agents defeat the knights. Charles radios back to HQ

Charles

-thinking- Amanda, it was a trap. We were ambushed but we all made it out unharmed.

Amanda

What do you mean, you're the only ones in that Mill.

Charles

What do you mean, Amanda?

Amanda

I mean, you and your team are the only ones in that Steel Mill. In fact, no one has even been in that building since we found out about it earlier today.

Charles

How do you know that?

Amanda

Once I located the Mill earlier I used thermal to check to see if anyone was there so that I could warn you in advance. But since there wasn't I saw no need. Why are you asking?

Charles

Well… we just fought of an entire fleet of knights.

Amanda

Sir, counting you and Leila, there are only 20 people in that Mill.

Charles

But, there are only 20 SPF Agents.

Amanda

That's my point, sir….

As he finds out this information he turns to see the bodies of the "dead" knights start to dematerialize. He then makes a realization.

Amanda

Sir?

Charles

-to Amanda- OVER. –he looks to Leila-

Leila

What is it?

Charles

Look…

She turns to witness the bodies disappear.

Charles (con)

It wasn't real. They planted the idea that we were being attacked.

Leila

But… how? We have to be close to them for that to happen…

Charles

We were… I didn't say anything because I thought I was seeing things, I mean, The Council is never in the presence of the Knights, why would this time be any different?

Leila

What the hell are you talking about, Charles?

Charles

I talking about the fact that when we pulled up…. –pauses- I saw five hooded figures on the roof.

Leila

And you didn't say anything because?

Charles

Like I said.

He looks up at the ceiling than turns to walk outside. They walk out of the steel mill to see that The Council is waiting for them. Their hoods are down. And they mean business xD.

One of the female council members looks up. She is Also a telepath. The abilities of Charles and Leila cannot compare to those of the council. She is using her ability to block those of Charles and Leila.

Charles

Wh…-to Leila- I can't see anything

Leila

I can't hear their thoughts, either.

Council Leader

It's useless. You have no power in her presence. She could kill you if she wanted… -maniacal laughter- But where's the fun in that.

Charles

-shouting- Fire!

The SPF all raise their guns and shoot at The Council. Charles is surprised to see that the bullets phase through The Council and they are unharmed.

The lead member uses his gravitational ability (not telepathy control over the gravity in an unknown distance) to pull Charles towards him. Charles is lying in the dirt. The SPF starts to run towards The Council.

The second female council member lifts her hand and the SPF falls to the ground in agony.

Council Leader

-Looking down at Charles- Charles, all you have to do is back down. We do not wish to harm you. All we want is what is best for the world, and you are standing in the way of that. You, if not anyone else, know all too well the things we are capable of…

Female Council Member

-looking down at Charles- What made you think that you and a rag tag team of defects even stood a chance against us, The Council?

Charles

Fuck you. –he spits on the ground in front of him- All of you.

The lead council member smiles and uses his ability again and pushes Charles back towards the rest of te SPF. The second female member stops what she is doing to the SPF and they eventually all stand.

The lead council member then phases between Charles and Leila and whispers to them

Council Leader

We are The Council, leaders of The Knights of Justice. We will be the ultimate judgment of this world. Those with power fear us, those without it, rally behind us. We are God… but you two already know this… don't you?

He phases back to the rest of The Council. They all cross their hands over their heart and slowly begin to fade.

Charles

-running towards them- This isn't the last time you'll see us!

We will fight! We will stop you!

Council Leader

In due time, Charles, in due time.

They vanish. The rest of the SPF load into the cars. Leila walks over to Charles.

Leila

-grabbing his arm- Come on Charles.

He shakes her off

Leila (con)

Next time! ...We'll get them next time.

They walk towards the cars. The scene jumps to the SPF HQ where Charles and Leila are doing a mission report with the heads of the SPF

Female Leader

Why have you come back empty handed, Charles?

Charles

Well, ma'am, as it turns o –interrupted-

Female Leader

I don't want to hear your petty excuses, Charles. You had one job. And you couldn't even do it.

Charles

We were tricked! They ambushed us!

Female Leader

And whose job is it to prevent these short comings? Yours Charles! and yours alone! Don't make us send you and your team back to death row. These terrorist… the people you and your team used to run with, are dangerous. And if we go by the things they have shown us so far…. they don't bluff. They might actually take over this government. Do your job Charles. Dismissed.

He and Leila leave. The enter the war room.

The scene jumps to a news cast that shows footage of the bank robbery and Manhattan FBI Massacre of five years ago and explains how the American government was behind both events. The council appears on screen.

Council Leader

The government you all trust to protect you is comprised of liars, scoundrels and people whom are only in it for themselves. They couldn't care any less about what happens to this country's people. This is evident with the "robbery" that resulted in the death of 582 people and the Manhattan FBI Massacre, resulting in the death of THOUSANDS. And what was the "massacre" you ask…A cover up used to exterminate the people of an area that was suspected of harboring the KOJ. Your government is evil. We will change it.

He steps back to join the rest of The Council

Council Leader (con)

We are The Council, leaders of The Knights of Justice. We will be the ultimate judgment of this world…

Screen cuts to black. And the last part of his sentence is heard

Council Leader (con)

…We are god…

fin