Dark Knight Hero Speech Assignment

The Dark Knight Rises is a 2012 American superhero action film. It is the third and concluding sequel to 2005's Batman Begins and 2008's The Dark Knight, based on the comic book character created by Bob Kane and Bill Finger. This time, Batman is tested by the terrorist named Bane.

Directed by Christopher Nolan. Written by Christopher Nolan and Jonathan Nolan


  • Oh, you think the darkness is your ally, you merely adopted the dark. I was born in it, molded by it. I didn’t see the light until I was already a man; by then, it was nothing to me but blinding! The shadows betray you, because they belong to me. I will show you where I have made my home, I will be preparing to bring justice. Then, I will break you. Your precious armoury, gratefully accepted. We will need it. Ah yes, I was wondering what would break first. Your spirit, or your body?
  • Proceeds to destroy Batmans back*

Jim Gordon[edit]

  • [eulogy at Bruce Wayne's funeral]I see a beautiful city.... and a brilliant people, rising from this abyss..... I see the lives, for which I lay down my life - peaceful, useful, prosperous and happy..... I see that I hold a sanctuary in their hearts, and in the hearts of their descendants, generations hence..... It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known......

John Blake[edit]

  • [as he meets Bruce Wayne] Uh, he doesn't know or care who you are; but we've met before. It was a long time ago, I was a kid. Saint Swithin's used to be funded by the Wayne foundation; it was an orphanage. My mom died when I was small; it was a car accident, I don’t really remember it. But, uh, my dad got shot a couple years later over a gambling debt. And I remember that one just fine. Not a lot people know what if feels like to, uh, be angry... in your bones. I mean, they understand, your foster parents, everybody else understands... for a while. But then they want the angry little kid to do something he knows he can’t do. Move on. So, after awhile, they stop understanding. They send the angry kid to a boys home. I figured it out too late. You got to learn to hide the anger. Practice smiling in the mirror. It's like putting on a mask. So, you showed up this one day in a cool car, pretty girl on your arm. We were so excited! Bruce Wayne; billionaire orphan! I mean, we use to make up stories about you, man. Legends. And, you know, with the other kids, that's all it was, just stories, but... right when I saw you, I knew who you really were. I'd seen that look on your face before. It was the same one I taught myself. I don't know why you took the fall for Dent's murder, but I'm still a believer in the Batman. Even if you're not.


CIA agent: [Referring to the mask Bane is wearing] If I pull that off, will you die?
Bane: It would be extremely painful...for you!

[In the cave, Alfred looks as Bruce Wayne prepares to go out as Batman once again after an eight-year absence]
Alfred: If you're seriously considering going back out there, you should hear the rumors surrounding Bane.
Bruce: I'm all ears.
Alfred: There is a prison in a more ancient part of the world. A pit where men are thrown to suffer and die. But sometimes a man rises from the darkness. Sometimes the pit sends something back.
Bruce: Bane.
Alfred: Bane. Born and raised in hell on earth.
Bruce: Born in a prison?
Alfred: No one knows why, or how he escaped. But they do know that once he did, he was trained by Ra's Al Ghul, your mentor.
Bruce: Bane was a member of the League of Shadows?
Alfred: And then he was excommunicated. And any man who is too extreme for Ra's Al Ghul is not to be trifled with.
Bruce: I didn't realize I was known for trifling with criminals.
Alfred: That was then. And you can strap up your leg and put your mask back on. But that doesn't make who you were.
Bruce: If this man is everything that you say he is, then the city needs me.
Alfred: The city needs Bruce Wayne. Your resources, your knowledge. It doesn't need your body, or your life. That time has passed.
Bruce: You're afraid that if I go back out there, I'll fail.
Alfred: No. I'm afraid that you want to.

[A masked Bruce Wayne visits Commissioner Jim Gordon in the hospital]
Gordon: We were in this together, then you were gone.
Bruce: The Batman wasn't needed anymore. We won.
Gordon: Based on a lie. And now there's evil rising from where we tried to bury it. The Batman has to come back.
Bruce: What if he doesn't exist anymore?
Gordon: He must... He must...Batman must come back...

Selina Kyle: You think this can last? There's a storm coming, Mr. Wayne. You and your friends better batten down the hatches, because when it hits, you're all gonna wonder how you ever thought you could live so large and leave so little for the rest of us.
Bruce: You sound like you're looking forward to it.
Selina Kyle: I'm adaptable.

[Bruce Wayne leaves a party and the valet seeks his ticket]
Bruce: Must've lost my ticket.
Valet Attendant: Your wife said you were taking a cab home.
Bruce: [surprised] My wife?!?
[Cuts to Selina Kyle driving away in Bruce's car; Alfred fetches him]
Alfred: Just you, sir? [Bruce remains quiet] Don't worry, Master Wayne. Takes a little time to get back in a swing of things.

Alfred: I'll get this to Mr. Fox, but no more. I've sewn you up, I've set your bones, but I won't bury you. I've buried enough members of the Wayne family.
Bruce: You'll leave me?
Alfred: You see only one end to your journey. Leaving is all I have to make you understand, you're not Batman anymore. You have to find another way. You used to talk about finishing, about a life beyond that awful cave.
Bruce: Rachel died believing that we would be together; that was my life beyond the cave. I can't just move on. She didn't, she couldn't.
Alfred: What if she had?
Bruce: She didn't. I can't change that.
Alfred: What if, before she died, she wrote a letter saying she chose Harvey Dent over you? And what if, to spare you pain, I burnt that letter?
Bruce: How dare you use Rachel to try to stop me?
Alfred: I am using the truth, Master Wayne. Maybe it's time we all stop trying to outsmart the truth and let it have its day. I'm sorry.
Bruce: You're sorry? You expect to destroy my world and then think we're going to shake hands?
Alfred: No... no, I know what this means.
Bruce: What does it mean?
Alfred: [voice breaking] It means your hatred... and it also means losing someone that I have cared for since I first heard his cries echo through this house. But it might also mean saving your life. And that is more important.
Bruce: Goodbye, Alfred.

[Bruce goes to Selina's place, telling her that Batman wants to meet tonight]
Selina Kyle: Mr. Wayne? I'm sorry they took all your money.
Bruce: No your not.

[Bane brings Bruce Wayne to his old underground prison]
Bruce: Why didn't you just... kill me?
Bane: You don't fear death. You welcome it. Your punishment must be more severe.
Bruce: Torture?
Bane: Yes. But not of your body... Of your soul.
Bruce: Where am I?
Bane: Home, where I learned the truth about despair, as will you. There's a reason why this prison is the worst hell on earth... Hope. Every man who has rotted here over the centuries has looked up to the light and imagined climbing to freedom. So easy... So simple... And like shipwrecked men turning to sea water from uncontrollable thirst, many have died trying. I learned here that there can be no true despair without hope. So, as I terrorize Gotham, I will feed its people hope to poison their souls. I will let them believe they can survive so that you can watch them clambering over each other to stay in the sun. You can watch me torture an entire city and when you have truly understood the depth of your failure, we will fulfill Ra's al Ghul's destiny... We will destroy Gotham and then, when it is done and Gotham is...ashes... then you have my permission to die.

[Commissioner Jim Gordon and John Blake watch Bane appear before Blackgate prison]
Bane: [addressing media at the gate] Behind you stands a symbol of oppression. Blackgate Prison, where a thousand men have languished under the name of this man, Harvey Dent, [holds picture of Harvey Dent] who has been held up to you as the shining example of justice!
John Blake: Commissioner, we need to keep you moving until we can get you in front of a camera.
Bane: You have been supplied with a false idol [tears up picture] to stop you tearing down this CORRUPT CITY! Let me tell you the truth about Harvey Dent from the words of Gotham's police commissioner, James Gordon. [reads text of speech] "The Batman didn't murder Harvey Dent. He saved my boy, then took the blame for Harvey's appalling crimes so I could, to my shame, build a lie around this fallen idol. I praised the madman who tried to murder my own child. But I can no longer live with my lie. It is time to trust the people of Gotham with the truth, and it is time for me to resign." [calls to prisoners] And do you accept this man's resignation? [prisoners roar with approval] And do you accept the resignation of all of these liars?! Of all the corrupt?!?
Blake: Those men locked up for eight years in Blackgate and denied parole under the Dent Act, based on a lie?
Gordon: [watching TV] Gotham needed a hero.
Blake: It needs it now more than ever. You betrayed everything it stood for.
Gordon: [looks back at Blake, offended by what he said] There's a point far out there, when the structures fail you. When the rules aren't weapons anymore, they're shackles, letting the bad guy get ahead... One day, you may face such a moment of crisis. And in that moment, [agitated] I hope you have a friend like I did! To plunge their hands into the filth, so that you can keep yours clean!!!
Blake: [disgusted] Your hands look plenty filthy to me, Commissioner.
Bane: We take Gotham from the corrupt, the rich, the oppressors of generations who have kept you down with myths of opportunity, and we give it back to you - the people. Gotham is yours. None shall interfere, do as you please. [one of Bane's captured Tumbler Cannons blows a hole in the prison's gates, allowing his followers inside] But start by storming Blackgate and freeing the oppressed! Step forward, those who would serve! For an army will be raised. The powerful will be ripped from their decadent nests, and cast out into the cold world that we know and endure. Courts will be convened. Spoils will be enjoyed! Blood will be shed! The police will survive, as they learn to serve true justice. This great city... it will endure. Gotham will survive.

[Selina and Gordon watch as Batman climbs into the Bat to carry the atom bomb out over the harbor.]
Gordon: [To Batman] I never cared who you were...
Batman: And you were right.
Gordon: ...but shouldn't the people know the hero who saved them?
Batman: A hero can be anyone. Even a man doing something as simple and reassuring as putting a coat around a young boy's shoulders to let him know the world hadn't ended. [flies off with the bomb under the Bat]
Gordon: [Looking at the Bat as he remembers putting coat around a young Bruce Wayne; catches on] Bruce Wayne?

Gordon: I can't change your mind about quitting the force?
Blake: What you said about structures becoming shackles...you were right. I just can't take it. I mean, nobody will ever know who it was that saved an entire city.
Gordon: They know. It was the Batman.

[Blake is claiming his bequest from Bruce Wayne's estate.]
Blake: Blake. John.
Clerk: [after checking a list] Nothing here.
Blake: Ah. uh, try my legal name. [hands her an ID card]
Clerk: [gives him a suitcase] You should use your full name. I like that name. "Robin".
Blake: Thanks.


  • Every Hero Has a Journey. Every Journey Has an End
  • The Epic Conclusion to the Dark Knight Legend
  • The legend ends. The Dark Knight rises.


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Your wife said you were taking a cab home.

My Hero essay: Batman

                  Batman is my hero. He is a fictional hero; he was created by the artist Bob Kane and the writer Bill Finger. He made his first appearance in DC comics issue number 27 on May 1939. Since his first showing he has been in many comics but mainly in one made by DC. Batman goes by many nicknames. Some of them are: The Batman, the Bat-man, the caped Crusader, The Dark Knight, The bat, and many more. His true identity is Bruce Wayne, a billionaire who took over his father's company when his parents were shot by a homeless man.  The company is called Wayne industries and it is the biggest company in Gotham city, where Wayne lives. He is billionaire by day and hero by night.

Batman is a hero to me because I have learned many good things from him. He has showed me that it is better to care for everybody than just the people who are close to you. He has also taught me that you don't need powers to be a hero, and that even if you have a lot of money you should still go out of your way to help people who aren't as fortunate as you. He has also taught me some pretty sweet fighting moves. He is also my hero because he has always been my favorite super hero and I have always looked up to him. Batman was my favorite cartoon when I was a kid and The Dark Knight is my favorite movie. He is my hero because he stands for everything that is good in the world.

    Batman is important to me because he has made me a better person. If I didn't watch Batman I would not be as caring for other people as I am now. I would lose my cool more often but I don't because Batman always stays calm and thinks through situations. An example is when I'm playing basketball, instead of just running up the court and shooting the ball, I think the whole situation through and try to find the best option. I never let other people get in my head, just like how Batman never lets the Joker get into his head. I don't let other people get in my head because I know that if they do it will only make me play worse. I have learned that all from Batman. He has inspired me to do good in the world and has taught me that I can do anything if I really work hard at it. I aspire to be like the Batman because I want to help people; I want to bring out the good in everybody, just like the Batman does. I aspire to be like Batman because he plays by his own rules, but stays true to his morals. I aspire to be like Batman because he is my hero.               

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