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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: – Napoleon Wilson May 19 '14 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 '14 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 '14 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 '14 at 16:44

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


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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