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Eric Thomas Inspires London: “Batman, Victory Has Defeated You”

by Parin Patel

Bane and Batman square off in The Dark Knight Rises.

Bane and Batman square off in The Dark Knight Rises.

During his recent visit to London, ET recalls a powerful scene with Bane and Batman from The Dark Knight Rises to drive home a message we all need to hear.

I’m telling you, that you only got to hit life hard one good time in the mouth. And it will never challenge you, the way it challenged you before.
– Eric Thomas, T.G.I.M. BATMAN IN LONDON

And Bane laughs. And Batman starts to swing and swing and swing! And Batman throws his strongest punch. And Bane grabs it and he says, “Victory has defeated you.” No, listen to what I just said. He told Batman, because Batman – Bruce Wayne, millionaire, extraordinaire – he says, your success, victory, has defeated you.
– Eric Thomas, T.G.I.M. BATMAN IN LONDON

And so Batman all of a sudden takes his little, you know, bat-gun out, right.And he starts cutting all the lights off, right.

Because he’s Batman, he thinks he has an advantage in the dark.
And Bane says, “Batman, the dark? The dark?”

You gotta look at life, when life knocks you down, and say, “Is this all you got? The Dark? Is this it?!”

Bane looks at Batman, he says, “Batman. Batman, you trained in the dark, you adopted in the dark, you adopted to dark! I was born in the dark! Shaped in the dark! Molded by the dark! I will break you! Because I’ve lived in the dark! I trained in the dark! I became this person in the dark!”
– Eric Thomas, T.G.I.M. BATMAN IN LONDON

I saw a young lady in the last session; she said to me, “Eric, I lost my dreams! I have a sickness now, I’ve always wanted to be in the Police Force, I have a sickness and it won’t allow me to do it.” She said, “What do I do?” I said, “Take your pain! And use your pain! To push you past whatever you could dream of!”
– Eric Thomas, T.G.I.M. BATMAN IN LONDON

Take your pain, high school dropout!

Take your pain!
Take the fact that your father wasn’t in your life!
Take the fact that it took you twelve years to get a four year degree!
Take the fact that you started with nothing!

You take that pain!

And you turn that pain into a book!
You recycle your pain!
You use your pain!

You take your pain and let your pain push you to another level!
Push you past what you ever thought you could do!
What you ever thought you could be!
What you ever thought you could have!
You use your pain! You recycle it!
– Eric Thomas, T.G.I.M. BATMAN IN LONDON

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