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When Bruce Wayne is in the prison-pit-thing in The Dark Knight Rises, what is probably the president of the US appears on TV. Underneath, there are some subtitles, in some language. Screenshot:

Language in TDKR

What language is this? It doesn't look like any Indian script (the "Pit" was filmed in India) nor Arabic nor ancient Berber (the prisoners, I have learnt were speaking Moroccan).

My guess was initially that it's either Georgian or Armenian, but after looking at Google Images I am not so sure if it's either of those two languages.

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Related: movies.stackexchange.com/q/3454/49. –  Napoleon Wilson May 19 at 15:53

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It's upside down and mirrored Arabic script. It can be a number of languages (Arabic isn't the only one that uses Arabic script), and the image is a bit blurry. But after using some serious CSI techniques (zooming in a lot) I'm fairly certain that it is Arabic, just obfuscated.

Upside down and mirrored

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That would be awesome if someone could translate it. It's probably a recipe for cookies or something. Or maybe a secret hidden code from Nolan! –  Johnny Bones May 19 at 16:39
    
@JohnnyBones - There's not enough of it (in the pic) to amount to much. I can recognize some words, but not whole sentences. –  System Down May 19 at 16:40
    
+1 for the detective work. And with all due respect to Nolan, this could have been unintentional. It won't be the first time non-latin script was erroneously copied mirrored or upside down in Hollywood. –  Walt May 19 at 16:44

Without knowing the language myself, this looks very much like Arabic to me.

Sample:

هذا هو الجملة في اللغة العربية

This would fit with the fact that the Pit is most likely in or near Morocco where the official language is Arabic (80-90%). In consequence the international news there would likely be subtitled in Arabic as well.

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