I need to be honest and clear. I’m going to marry Harvey Dent. I love him and I want to spend the rest of my life with him. When I told you when Gotham no longer needed Batman we could be together, I meant it. But now I’m sure the day won’t come when you no longer need Batman. I hope it does. And if it does, I will be there - but as your friend. I’m sorry to let you down. If you lose your faith in me, please, keep your faith in people.
Love now and always,
What gets me about this scene is that Bruce doesn’t even attempt to deny that he’s Batman. He realizes that this random cop, this KID, has walked into his lounge room and exposed his deepest and darkest secret; that he’s a monster of rage who cannot let down the pain of his parent’s death. As John delves further into his psycho-analysis, Bruce realizes that he might have been like John, if he wasn’t so defined by his pain, and this in turn motivates him to finally move on.
I think Blake simply did what everyone refused to do in The Dark Knight: put the evidences together about everything happened with Dent and decided to do something when a “new enemy” appeared in Gotham.
“The first time I stole… I lost many assumptions about the basic nature of right and wrong.” -Bruce Wayne (Batman Begins)
“I started out doing what I had to. Once you’ve done what you had to, they’ll never let you do what you want.” -Selina Kyle (The Dark Knight Rises)
Gotham’s time has come. Like Constantinople or Rome before it the city has become a breeding ground for suffering and injustice. It is beyond saving and must be allowed to die. This is the most important function of the League of Shadows. It is one we’ve performed for centuries. Gotham must be destroyed.
FANGIRL CHALLENGE: 2/5 heroes
┕ Bruce Wayne/Batman [The Dark Knight trilogy]
“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.”