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Culture news This sentence is one of the most important in the Batman trilogy, but Christopher Nolan didn't understand it right away!

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Sometimes there are films that surpass their own director. This is what happened with the writing of Batman The Dark Knight, where Nolan did not understand the importance of a dialogue that became famous.

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More than 15 years after its release, Batman The Dark Knight – the second installment of Nolan's trilogy – remains a cult film adored not only by fans of the Dark Knight, but also by the general public. The feature film, considered one of the masterpieces of the British-American director, remains rated 94% on the reference site Rotten Tomatoes where the “critics' consensus” section speaks ofa “dark, complex, unforgettable” project. Praise that is often given to Heath Ledger's performance as the Joker – who tragically died shortly after – but also to lines of dialogue that have become cult. Among them, there is one that really left its mark, and the best one is that Christopher Nolan didn't quite understand it at first. We explain.

A phrase that has become cult

We're talking about the following sentence: “Either you die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain”! A tirade released by Harvey Dent (a prosecutor who wants to straighten out Gotham more than anything) during a double date with Bruce Wayne (Batman); his girlfriend Rachel Dawes (who is also the childhood friend and ex of the bat) and Natascha – the current conquest of the Dark Knight. The subject of the masked vigilante comes up at the table and Harvey praises his methods for maintaining order in Gotham, however muscular they may be.drawing a parallel with the practices of the Roman Empire. To which Rachel retorts “the last person they appointed to protect the republic was named Caesar, and he never gave up his power.” Then, Harvey Dent responds:

“Okay, good point. Either you die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” – Harvey Dent, in Batman The Dark Knight

A sentence that has a double meaning, as pointed out Collider : “This line foreshadows both Harvey's later transformation into a supervillain, and Bruce's later decision to blame Harvey's crimes on his Batman identity.” It is also a tirade that has entered popular culture, inspiring numerous memes.

“I am haunted by this sentence”

A line that, until recently, preoccupied Christopher Nolan. In an interview with Deadline Last February, the director explained that he was “haunted by her because he didn’t write it” : “My brother wrote it. It kills me, because it’s the line that resonates the most. And at the time, I didn’t even understand it.” Indeed, supported by his brother Jonathan in writing, it is to the second Nolan that we owe this famous phrase. The screenwriter tells The Hollywood Reporter that it came “later in the script” and that he was inspired by Greek tragedies. “We did a couple of drafts of the script where we were looking for something that would encapsulate the tragedy of Harvey Dent, but that would also apply to Batman.”

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