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BATMAN
Sometimes the truth isn't good enough, sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded...
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BATMAN
You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I can do those things. Because I'm not a hero, not like Dent. I killed those people. That's what I can be.
LT. JAMES GORDON
No, no, you can't! You're *not*!
BATMAN
I'm whatever Gotham needs me to be.
LT. JAMES GORDON
A hero. Not the hero we deserved but the hero we needed. Nothing less than a knight. Shining.
LT. JAMES GORDON
They'll hunt you.
BATMAN
You'll hunt me. You'll condemn me. Set the dogs on me.
BATMAN
Because that's what needs to happen.
BATMAN
[Alfred is shown burning the note from Rachel] Because sometimes the truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people deserve more.
BATMAN
Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.
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BATMAN
What happened to Rachel wasn't chance. We decided to act! We three!
TWO-FACE
Then why was it me who was the only one who lost everything?
BATMAN
It wasn't.
TWO-FACE
The Joker chose ME!
BATMAN
Because you were the best of us! He wanted to prove that even someone as good as you could fall.
TWO-FACE
[bitter] And he was right.
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THE JOKER
Oh, you. You just couldn't let me go, could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You truly are incorruptible, aren't you? You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever.
BATMAN
You'll be in a padded cell forever.
THE JOKER
Maybe we can share one. You know, they'll be doubling up, the rate this city's inhabitants are losing their minds.
BATMAN
This city just showed you that it's full of people ready to believe in good.
THE JOKER
Until their spirit breaks completely. Until they get a good look at the real Harvey Dent, and all the heroic things he's done. You didn't think I'd risk losing the battle for Gotham's soul in a fistfight with you? No. You need an ace in the hole. Mine's Harvey.
BATMAN
What did you do?
THE JOKER
I took Gotham's white knight and I brought him down to our level. It wasn't hard. You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push! [the Joker laughs hysterically as Batman races off and the cops come to take the Joker into custody]
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TWO-FACE
The joker chose me!
BATMAN
Because you were the best of us. He wanted to prove that even someone as good as you could fall.
TWO-FACE
And he was right.
BATMAN
You're the one pointing the gun, Harvey. So point it at the people responsible.
TWO-FACE
Fair enough. [to Batman] You first. [Flips the coin] [Shoots Batman and points the gun at himself]
TWO-FACE
My turn.
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THE JOKER
It's a funny world we live in. Speaking of which, do you know how I got these scars?
BATMAN
No! But I know how you got these! [fires gauntlet blades into Joker's face]
2
BATMAN
You all right?
RACHEL DAWES
Let's not do that again.
2
BATMAN
You don't want to hurt the boy, Harvey.
TWO-FACE
It's not about what I want, it's about what's fair!
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GORDON'S SON
Dad! Dad, is he okay?
LT. JAMES GORDON
[relieved as Batman slowly pulls himself up to his knees] Thank you.
BATMAN
You don't have to thank me.
LT. JAMES GORDON
Yes, I do. [both look at Two-Face's body on the ground] The Joker won. Harvey's prosecution, everything he fought for - undone. Any chance you gave us at fixing our city dies with Harvey's reputation. We bet it all on him. The Joker took the best of us and tore him down. People will lose hope.
BATMAN
They won't. They must never know what he did.
LT. JAMES GORDON
Five dead, two of them cops? You can't sweep that up!
BATMAN
No. But the Joker cannot win. [kneels down next to Harvey, whose scarred left side is facing up] Gotham needs its true hero. [turns Harvey's head so that his unmarred side faces up]
LT. JAMES GORDON
[immediately understanding] No!
BATMAN
[quoting Harvey Dent] "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." I can do those things because I'm not a hero, not like Dent. I killed those people. That's what I can be.
LT. JAMES GORDON
No, no! You can't, you're not!
BATMAN
I'm whatever Gotham needs me to be. [hands Gordon his radio] Call it in.
LT. JAMES GORDON
They'll hunt you.
BATMAN
You'll hunt me. You'll condemn me, set the dogs on me. [In the voiceover, Gordon speaks at Dent's funeral, then destroys the Bat-Signal, Alfred burns Rachel's letter, and Fox destroys the sonar device] Because that's what needs to happen. Because sometimes... the truth isn't good enough. Sometimes people deserve more. Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.
GORDON'S SON
Batman? Batman! Why is he running, Dad?
LT. JAMES GORDON
Because we have to chase him.
GORDON'S SON
He didn't do anything wrong.
LT. JAMES GORDON
Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So, we'll hunt him, because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian. A watchful protector. A Dark Knight.
1
BATMAN
You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain. I can do those things because I'm not a hero, like Dent. I killed those people. That's what I can be
LT. JAMES GORDON
No, you can't! You're not!
BATMAN
I'm whatever Gotham needs me to be.