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 you can’t! You’re not!
Batman: I’m whatever Gotham needs me to be.
[We cut to a funeral for Harvey Dent]
Lt. James Gordon: Not the hero we deserved but the hero we needed
[Gordon is shown on top of Gotham Central. An axe is in his hand. He is being watched by an assortment of reporters and police officers. The next lines are heard in voiceover]
Lt. James Gordon: They’ll hunt you.
Batman: You’ll hunt me. You’ll condemn me. Set the dogs on me.
[Gordon takes the axe to the bat light]
Batman: Because that’s what needs to happen.
Batman: [Alfred is shown holding the envelope from Racheal. He lights it on fire and watches it burn] Because sometimes the truth isn’t good enough.
[We see Lucius Fox type his name into the sonar machine. The machinery around him sparks and the sonar screen fades out. Lucius smiles and walks away]
Batman: Sometimes people deserve to have their faith rewarded.
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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