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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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JAMES GORDON JR.
Why's he running, Dad?
LT. JAMES GORDON
Because we have to chase him.
JAMES GORDON JR.
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.
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HARVEY DENT
Remember that name you all had for me when I was at Internal Affairs? What was it, Gordon?
LT. JAMES GORDON
Harvey, I...
HARVEY DENT
Say it. Say it!
LT. JAMES GORDON
Two-Face. Harvey Two-Face.
HARVEY DENT
Why should I hide who I am?
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LT. JAMES GORDON
[after Bruce saves Reese by blocking a truck with his car] It's mister Wayne, isn't it? That was a very brave thing you did!
BRUCE WAYNE
Trying to catch the light?
LT. JAMES GORDON
You weren't protecting the van?
BRUCE WAYNE
Why, who's in it? [Reese steps out, sees Bruce, who nods slightly] Do you think I should go to the hospital?
LT. JAMES GORDON
You don't watch a whole lot of news, do you, Mr. Wayne?
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LT. JAMES GORDON
I'm sorry, Harvey...
HARVEY DENT
[turns to Gordon, showing his half burnt face] No. No you're not. Not yet.
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LT. JAMES GORDON
[to The Joker] We got you, you son of a bitch!
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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.
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JAMES GORDON JR.
[Batman runs off into the darkness as James Jr. joins his father by Harvey Dent's body] Batman? Why's he running Dad?
LT. JAMES GORDON
[Staring after Batman] Because we have to chase him.
JAMES GORDON JR.
But he didn't do anything wrong
LT. JAMES GORDON
Because he's the hero Gotham deserves. But not the one it needs right now. And so we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent gaurdian. A watchful protector. A dark knight
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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, 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.
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MAYOR
[regarding The Joker] What do we got?
LT. JAMES GORDON
Nothing. No matches on prints, DNA, dental. Clothing is custom, no labels. Nothing in his pockets but knives and lint. No name, no other alias.