The Top 10 Scenes in ‘The Dark Knight Trilogy’

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In 2012, “The Dark Knight Trilogy” delivered its epic conclusion. We’ll never really say “goodbye” to this incredible series, though, and looking back on it is sure to be a frequent, popular pastime for fans. We begin our own never-ending journey down memory lane by counting down the top 10 scenes from director Christopher Nolan’s Bat-trilogy.

This list is more than just one man’s opinion. In order to truly honor the series and compile as close to a definitive list as possible, rankings were solicited from a panel of Batman experts and diehard fans of “The Dark Knight Legend.” The participants include The Gentlemen from our podcast, documentary filmmaker Brett Culp (who’s currently in production of “Legends of the Knight,” a film about the power Batman stories have in our lives), Batman-On-Film and Modern Myth Media contributor Robert Reineke, Forbes Reel Estate blogger and screenwriter Mark Hughes, and last but certainly not least, Batman-On-Film founder Bill “Jett” Ramey. We invite you to read along and debate us afterward.

So… are you ready to begin?

Honorable Mentions

Goodbye, Alfred

Goodbye, Alfred- ”The Dark Knight Rises”

Perhaps the most controversial scene in the entire trilogy, some fans felt Alfred’s decision to leave Bruce was just too out of character for the butler who once said he’d “nevah” give up on his adoptive son. For our panel, however, no contradiction could be found. Alfred was not giving up on Bruce, but rather taking a stand, refusing to serve as Batman’s #1 enabler any longer. Bruce Wayne is a cowl junkie and Alfred is not going to help the former kill himself with his addiction. It is a harsh, but necessary step in their relationship that forces each man to confront the truth behind some of the lies told in “The Dark Knight.” Sometimes the truth isn’t good enough, but you can only ignore it for so long.

 

 Batpod Chase

The Batpod Chase- “The Dark Knight”

Thrilling chase sequences were so commonplace in “The Dark Knight Trilogy” that our panel may be guilty of taking them for granted in this list. The introduction of the Tumbler in “Batman Begins” is no slouch and The Bat tracking down a ticking time bomb is thrilling in “The Dark Knight Rises,” but as always, it’s hard to top The Joker. Slaughter really is the best medicine, as The Joker barrels down on Harvey Dent after Gotham’s beloved district attorney falsely surrendered himself as Batman. The real Dark Knight does his best to block Dent’s armored car from a barrage of RPGs fired from Joker’s 18-wheeler, leading to the death of the original Tumbler and the birth of the Batpod. This long, pulse-pounding sequence never lets up from start to thrilling finish, which gives us a semi truck flipping end over end. Says Robert Reineke, “If Nolan’s trilogy has an iconic action image, this is it.”

 

The Docks

The Docks- “Batman Begins”

Ever since Michael Keaton identified himself to a thug he was dangling off a rooftop in 1989, audiences have waited for each new live-action Dark Knight to utter two words, “I’m Batman.” Christian Bale introduces himself to a higher ranking criminal, mob boss Carmine Falcone, to cap off an undeniably cool debut in which the Caped Crusader dispatches a number of Falcone’s thugs who were trying to split up a drug shipment. For the first time ever on film, Batman really fights like Batman. He strikes from the shadows, becoming a terrifying monster in the eyes of the criminals he preys on. In their cowardly and superstitious minds, it is as if the darkness has come alive to devour them all. Now THAT is Batman!

 

The Top 10

Agent of Chaos

10. Agent of Chaos- “The Dark Knight”

Villains sharing the screen is not an atypical sight in Batman movies, but The Joker’s corruption of the physically and emotionally scarred Harvey Dent will always stand above the rest. It is a seduction into the world of villainy by way of surprisingly logical rationalization. The Joker, adorned in his hilarious nurse costume, successfully tempts Dent with the idea of not having a plan even though The Joker in fact has many plans and Dent is at the center of his biggest one. Harvey feels wronged by his own physical deformity and the death of his beloved fiancé of roughly five seconds, Rachel Dawes. Dent and his love did the right thing; they stood up against the mob and never wavered (minus that little incident with Thomas Schiff) in their sense of right and wrong. The reward they got for their good deeds was not fair at all. One cannot make his own luck forever, and with The Joker bending his ear, Dent finds fairness and his new sense of morality in the flip of a coin.

 

Bruce Embraces his Fear

9. Bruce Embraces his Fear- “Batman Begins”

Physical and practical realism are mentioned more often, but emotional realism is at the heart of Christopher Nolan’s trilogy. This was never more important than in the construction of Bruce Wayne’s decision to become Batman. Gone was the comic book idea of a bat crashing through the window of a room where Bruce was brooding. In its place, Nolan made bats a symbol of fear for Bruce, dating back to a childhood trauma that indirectly led to the death of his parents. All of the fear, guilt, and shame Bruce has felt for the majority of his life are contained in the image that will inspire the costume for his crime-fighting persona. Before he could turn his fear against others, however, Bruce had to conquer it for himself. He does so in a beautiful, cathartic moment in what we will come to know as the Batcave. After initially hesitating, Bruce Wayne stands tall as he is swarmed by the creatures that once terrified him. Batman is born.

 

The Climb

8. The Climb- “The Dark Knight Rises”

The trilogy began with a young Bruce Wayne falling down a well and needing to be lifted out by his father. He is told we fall so that we can learn to pick ourselves up. In order to save Gotham from nuclear annihilation, Bruce must literally pick himself up and climb out of Bane’s prison in a setting that looks awfully similar to that old well. As he makes the climb, Bruce is afforded an opportunity to embrace his fear once more as bats emerge in a moment that calls back to the #9 scene on our list. The story of Bruce Wayne is brought full circle as he earns the right to go on his last mission as Batman. Reineke sums it up best, “The score swells, bats fly, and Christopher Nolan lets loose with his most operatic sequence as we see Batman reborn before our eyes.”

 

Glacier Duel

7. Always Mind Your Surroundings- “Batman Begins”

It’s Bruce Wayne and (spoiler alert) Ra’s al Ghul sword fighting on a glacier. It is the kind of scene fans never even bothered hoping for, but Christopher Nolan and cinematographer Wally Pfister delivered in a big, wide-angled way. This scene could play without any audio since it is just that beautiful to look at, but it offers more than mere fanboy eye candy. The real sound of ice cracking during filming provides tension to a fully immersed audience that witnesses the education of Bruce Wayne. Ra’s, whom Bruce and the audience only know as Ducard at this point, takes Bruce through the school of hard knocks, forcing the young, lost soul to confront his own guilt and warped truths about where the blame for his parents’ death really lies. The first hint of something more sinister is seen in the eyes of Liam Neeson’s Ra’s as he defeats his student in mock combat, setting up a genuine rematch later in the film.

 

Mission Statement

6. The Mission Statement- “Batman Begins”

Though it ranks sixth on this “best” list, this scene contains arguably the most important conversation in the entire trilogy. It is in this first meeting between Alfred and Bruce in seven years where the latter defines the purpose behind his entire mission. In this iteration, Bruce is not looking to bruise and batter random muggers until the day he dies. Here we learn that Bruce aims much higher, as he wishes to inspire fear in those who do wrong, and hope in those too scared to stand up for what is right. To do that, he must be a symbol and, thanks to Alfred’s facetiously self-serving advice, create a persona independent from Bruce Wayne to protect the people he cares about. He may not know exactly what that symbol is when this scene ends, but Bruce’s search for, “something elemental, something terrifying,” will lead him to The Bat.

 

Breaking The Bat

5. Breaking The Bat- “The Dark Knight Rises”

Run a search through your favorite message board for “Batman 3″ posts in 2008 through 2010 and see just how many predictions you’ll find that list Bane as the lead villain. Based on his comic book roots, the eight-feet-tall, roided-out luchador did not seem to fit within the confines of Nolan’s grounded Gotham. This is also true of Bane’s signature moment, breaking Batman’s back. Surely Nolan would steer clear of that, right? Absolutely not. Christopher Nolan found his version of Bane in actor Tom Hardy, who systematically took down The Batman without the aid of an Arkham Asylum breakout or a steroid called Venom.

There’s no music, save for the percussion of primal grunts and strikes to the body and head of each man. Bane allows the physically unprepared and utterly outmatched Dark Knight to punch himself out and empty his bag of tricks before Bane truly unleashes his barrage of brutality. Never before had an audience really believed Batman would not prevail in a physical confrontation, but this entire scene was laced with the dread of knowing Batman had no chance of winning the fight. Still, even with his victory in hand, Bane punctuated the scene in shocking fashion when he hoisted Gotham’s champion over his head and broke Batman’s back over his knee.

 

Escalation

4. Escalation- “Batman Begins”

Few relationships in the entire Bat-mythos are as integral as the one between Batman and Gordon. The poor representation of that relationships stands as one of the great missteps in the Burton/Schmacher era of the franchise. This gap was closed in the new era’s first entry thanks to a handful of meetings between The Dark Knight and Gotham’s top cop. None were better, though, than the final scene in “Batman Begins” with the city’s two biggest heroes talking shop in front of the brand new Bat-signal.

After defeating Ra’s al Ghul and locking up mob boss Carmine Falcone, Batman is understandably confident in his and Gordon’s ability to, “bring Gotham back.” It is Gordon, however, who offers a reality check and warns his masked partner of a simple reality- escalation. The audience is told that the story will go on and things are going to get worse before they get better, starting with a calling card left behind by Batman’s greatest foe. Batman has no idea what he’s about to be up against, but we do. It is this final shot of adrenaline that demanded “The Dark Knight” be made.

 

A Dark Knight

3. A Dark Knight- “The Dark Knight”

Night after night, Batman puts his life on the line to protect and inspire hope in the people of Gotham. His selflessness reaches as an all-time high, though, when he sacrifices his own legacy in order to reward the public’s faith in Harvey Dent. The Joker won by corrupting Gotham’s “White Knight” district attorney to the tune of multiple murders and taking Commissioner Gordon’s family hostage. Batman’s intervention to save the life of young James Gordon, Jr. results in Dent’s death. Gotham does not yet know, however, just how far Dent figuratively fell. To preserve the symbol of Gotham’s hero with a face, Batman takes the blame for Harvey’s “appalling crimes” and becomes the villain in his own city.

Commissioner Gordon objects, but ultimately complies with Batman’s plan to lie in place of a truth that isn’t good enough. The last line of the scene and the film belongs to Gordon who essentially knights Gotham’s watchful protector. In epic, poetic fashion, Batman earns his titular nickname, The Dark Knight, by learning for himself and teaching the audience who loves him just how adaptable his symbol can be. He is whatever Gotham needs him to be; he will always be whatever we need him to be.

 

The Cafe

2. A Hero Can Be Anyone- “The Dark Knight Rises”

The trilogy’s closing minutes are a mashup of several interwoven scenes, so for the sake of keeping score, we’ve consolidated every moment after Talia joins her father in eternal slumber. In this emotional, engaging finale, Christopher Nolan pays off major themes while making smaller moments from the previous films feel much bigger, starting with Batman’s non-confession of his identity to his “now we’re two” crime-fighting partner, James Gordon. Batman then takes off to his apparent death in order to save Gotham from Bane’s nuclear bomb. Gotham was never meant to know who’s saved them so many times over the last decade, just that the hero could have been any of their own. The legend of Batman is cemented, or bronzed as it turns out, and a new hero rises in the form of “Robin” John Blake, whose background is similar to Bruce Wayne’s, less the trust fund.

This is the story of Bruce Wayne, though, so we share Alfred’s grief over his fallen son before aligning with the absolute joy he feels upon seeing a simple nod from a still-alive Bruce Wayne at the cafe mentioned earlier in the film. This iteration was never about a boy who swore to fight crime for his entire life. This is the story of a man who chose to inspire positive change in a city that no longer believed in itself. He saved a city from internal and external threats while establishing an incorruptible, everlasting symbol to inspire Gotham to fight for itself and its future. With that accomplished, Bruce Wayne, a man who is only flesh and blood, rediscovers his will to live and moves on from the pain and grief that have ruled him since that night outside the opera. Bruce Wayne, with Selina Kyle by his side, finally enjoys his life just as his parents, both biological and adoptive, would have wanted.

 

The Interrogation Scene

1. The Interrogation Scene- “The Dark Knight”

Batman vs. The Joker. It is the greatest adversarial pairing in all of modern mythology. “The Dark Knight” demonstrates this not via fisticuffs, but by a conversation that wonderfully and frighteningly articulates the philosophical differences between the two freakish foes. The Joker has no interest in killing Batman, instead seeking a much bigger prize. Why kill The Batman when The Joker can simply invalidate the former’s entire purpose?

Per The Joker’s assessment, Batman is wasting his time fighting to preserve a morality that doesn’t exist. He is risking his life to save a citizenry that will turn on him. Perhaps nothing is more compelling than the potential that The Joker just might be right. As The Joker hammers away at the foundation of his mission, Batman visibly struggles with his own frustration upon meeting an opponent he cannot intimidate. When words and a gravelly voice are not enough, Batman lets his rage boil over, slamming The Joker around the dingy interrogation room to the sound of laughter. Batman lands punch after punch square on The Joker’s face and the laughing just gets louder.

Each violent act employed by Batman is another small victory for the maniacal clown whose ultimate goal is to compel Batman to lose all control and take The Joker’s life. Taking lives isn’t nearly as sweet as corrupting souls to The Joker. Batman cannot betray his own principles; he cannot concede defeat to The Joker. It is a decision Batman will always struggle with as the cost of his philosophical war with The Joker continues to escalate. Tragically, The Joker could never return in this world, but this well-written, brilliantly-acted scene shows us why each new iteration of The Dark Knight will return to this eternal debate.

  • heyberto

    Great list, certainly glad to see we agree on the top scene of all. The Joker interrogation is to TDK what the first fight with Bane at #5 is to TDKR. Both are just the perfect demonstration of what these two villains are about, and each is their essential face off with the Batman. Both, beautifully executed and juicy in their own distinct ways.

  • Serch

    amazing list, well written, no, VERY well written. And puts into words so many thoughts i had about the trilogy. Of course, no comment on an online list would be complete without the proverbial “but you left out…” So, While i love each and every scene you mentioned, i feel 2 scenes should have made the list, at least in honorable mention. 1) The Joker’s scene with the rest of the mob and the “talking tv.” It really showed first hand what kind of intangible power the Joker had over everyone in that city, and how a man with “no plan” really had a plan that was an almost immeasurable amount of steps ahead of everyone else. ….and maybe more importantly for the sake of the trilogy was 2) a young Bruce Wayne confronting Falcone in Begins. It was Bruce’s first attempt at confronting the villain in his anger filled life, and as par for the course in these films, the villain steals the show, as Tom Wilkinson drops a knowledge bomb on Bruce, showing the young lad that he is nowhere NEAR as ready as he thinks he is to even begin to make a difference in the Gotham underbelly. Add in a line i use with my friends as a goof, and a line which i think led Bruce to leave and seek out the “criminal behavior” for all the years he was gone, as Falcone tells him “So, don’t-don’t come down here with your anger, trying to prove something to yourself. This is a world you’ll never understand. And you always FEAR, what you don’t understand”

    Sorry for the essay in reply to a brilliant post, but I love these movies SO MUCH, any chance i get to rant and rave about them, i take it!
    RIP Ledger, film’s best villain!

  • http://www.facebook.com/darren.j.seeley Darren James Seeley

    Not an honorable mention for:Joker’s meeting with the mob bosses? Or the bank heist? Ah well, wonderful list, can’t argue with any one of them!

    • http://www.modernmythmedia.com Sean Gerber

      I was surprised as well! John and I dug the meeting with the mob, but in the end, our panel was more impressed by the hospital scene (and the rest of the list obviously).

      • http://www.facebook.com/darren.j.seeley Darren James Seeley

        Well, of course—! Joker and Two-Face in a scene together. Note that no other iconic Bat-villains actually share the same frame and as much screen time (although a case could be made for Talia Al Ghul and Bane)

  • http://gravatar.com/ronbeekiii Ron III

    Top notch run down. Couldn’t agree more.

  • http://jaledwith.com Andrew Ledwith

    Good list. IMO the Batpod chase in TDK has to make the Top 10. There are so many “Are you serious?!” moments that still thrill after countless viewings.

  • schen

    Great article, loved the Nolan trilogy.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bill.ramey Bill Ramey

    Great work Sean!

    • http://www.modernmythmedia.com Sean Gerber

      Thanks, Bill!

  • Nina

    number 2 should be number 1

  • Roel T.

    Wonderful article. I agree with your Top 10 picks. The Interrogation is also my favorite scene.

    I also enjoy your explanations for each choice.

    I am sad it’s the end of the Nolan Batman movies.

  • Knight

    I think the most Iconic scene of the trilogy would be the Batman running away as Gordon defines him, “He’s not a Hero……….. A Dark Knight”

  • guillermo

    …change #2 with #1 and it’s a good list.

  • James

    Fun read but I feel it should include Ra’s's speech in the prison. That scene is the defining characteristic of this trilogy’s Batman. It’s personally #3 for me behind the two you listed above but I feel it should be at least top 5 on any list.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brettculp Brett Culp

    Really great work on this, Sean! Honored to be included in the panel!

    • http://www.modernmythmedia.com Sean Gerber

      Thanks, Brett! Honored to have you!

  • Michael Lalaian

    One of my absolute favorite scenes from the entire trilogy is the meeting between Bruce and Falcone in Batman Begins. I love the way Falcone just downplays Bruce’s anger and his bravado of walking in there. In a way, Falcone plays the role of everyone (in the real world) who talks about how silly the concept of Batman is. As much as I loathe Falcone’s character, it’s hard not to see his points as legitimate. “You’ve never tasted desperate” is a line I absolutely love, and it’s true. Then, of course, Bruce spends three movies proving exactly why we need a Batman.

    Side note: Was anyone else disappointed that in the establishing shot of the restaurant that they meet in there wasn’t a sign referring to the establishment as “The Roman”? That would have been a nice little touch.

  • http://gravatar.com/kerrer kerrer

    That’s a great list. Although I would probably take out numbers 10, 6, and 7 and put the Docks scene, the Batpod chase, and the in-costume kiss between Batman and Catwoman in their place. That was a moment I gave a loud cheer in the theatres when I saw it, so it’s high up there for me.

    I’m surprised that there’s not a more Batman/Gordon specific moments in your list, but I guess it’s kind of there along with the Joker card and the “A Dark Knight” speech.

    Even reading this list, I realize how hard it is to do a “Top 10″ scenes of the trilogy, because there’s just so many great moments throughout. Really great job guys!

  • http://none Adrian

    The beauty of these films is that there is so much to talk about , so many scenes that shock and awe and resonate deeply . Hard to argue with this list and looking forward to the commentaries on DK and DKR .

  • T.T.

    I thought the best scene in any of the films was Batman’s return in “Rises”, where he’s on the batpod in tunnel then being chased by hundreds of police cars, the visual of all the red and blue lights was amazing

    I also think it’s a little odd how few scenes of “Batman” are on the top ten list of “Batman” movies

    • http://www.modernmythmedia.com Sean Gerber

      Many great scenes, including Batman’s return in “Rises,” were left off the list, unfortunately.

      As for the apparent absence or lack of Batman on this list, all I can say is that he appears in costume in 5 out of the Top 10 scenes (each of the Top 5, as it turns out) and 2 out of the 3 honorable mentions. More importantly, Bruce Wayne, regardless of what he’s wearing, is in 9 scenes out of the Top 10 and all 3 honorable mentions.

      “The Dark Knight Trilogy” is the story of Bruce Wayne and this list reflects the investment the series made in his time in and out of the cowl. In my view, he’s still Batman when he makes “The Climb” and the other Bruce scenes in the Top 10 are all vital steps in his journey to becoming The Dark Knight. The payoff of seeing Bruce Wayne in his Batman costume would not be nearly as a great, if his path to becoming The Bat had not been so beautifully constructed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/spiritualmaterialist Matthew Dickinson

    Great write up Sean, I love that you made the point about ‘This iteration was never about a boy who swore to fight crime for his entire life.’
    My thoughts exactly, it really bothers me that DKR is criticism for Batman quitting. It’s pretty explicit that ‘my enemies’ that Bruce wants to share his dread are a particular set of people. The mob who keep Gotham down, by the end of TDK the mob bosses are all killed by the Joker or Two-Face or sent mad by Scarecrow, the middle men are in jail due to the ‘Rico’ trial and anyone else is scared of a Batman who they think is a killer and the Dent act. His mission is complete.

    Sorry to ramble at a tangent, been wanting to get that off my chest for a while!

  • Naes

    My favorite character in the trilogy is James Gordon. I haven’t heard a single complaint about Gary Oldman’s portrayal.
    One of my favorite scenes is Bane’s reveal of Gordon’s deception. When confronted by Blake he responds: “You may face a similar moment of crisis and when when that time comes I hope you have a friend like I did- to plunge his hands in the filth so that you can keep your hands clean!” Powerful stuff.

    My favorite scene in the entire trilogy is at the last scene with James Gordon where he’s sitting on the roof and then notices the Batsignal has been repaired. That seems like the ultimate payoff for an oft-suffering character.

  • Oliver

    Great list! I would have put the CIA hijack IMAX prologue in there, it’s stunning and jaw-dropping as the truck flip, which I thought would be in the top 5 =P I thought the Talia reveal, Catwoman gun control speech, and Two Face’s showdown with batman and Gordn would get honorable mentions =P

  • Pat

    One of my favourite scenes in TDKR is the first meeting of Blake and Wayne. Made the hairs on the back of my neck stand up when Blake told Bruce why he knew he was the Batman.

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  • http://admpedrone.daportfolio.com Adam

    I thinking the Batpod chase and the Goodbye, Alfred should be in the top 10. I’d replace the Agent of Chaos scene and the mission statement with those two, but all of my favorites are for the most part here.

  • Dean245

    Firstly great work Sean. Where do you start with a list like this, and 7 1/2 hours of amazing film that is the TDK Trilogy? these 3 films have absolutely “no fat to trim” when it comes to outstanding film making, and you could have picked any number scenes. Although I have to agree with the number 1 choice. Again great work.

  • Stock

    Lists like these are completely subjective, but the consolation is that unlike other major media outlets and their ridiculous lists of best this and worst that, you guys actually know what the hell you’re talking about.

    Just under 9 hours of film for movies this good; it has to be hard to come up with a list of only 10 best moments. My personal additions would have been at least 1 Joker scar story scene, and perhaps a mention of the only villain to show in all 3 films-the Scarecrow.

  • http://www.facebook.com/scottcollector Scott Thompson

    I’d nominate the rooftop scene in Begins when Bruce repeats Rachel’s line back to her before jumping off; “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.” Seems to sum up his notion of Batman as a symbol, but also serves as broader advice for anyone who thinks that beliefs, without action, have any use at all in this world.

  • Ryan

    Great write up…extremely well done. While working on my list I was struck by one particular moment during the climax of The Dark Knight Rises. The moment on the bridge when the one kid assures Blake and everybody else that the city is not blowing up and it’s Batman (in The Bat) saving the day is to me just as resonating as all those other big moments (at the end of the film) because it captures that child like wonder and fascination of Batman. At least in my day it was when you were a kid that you started liking Batman and while I completely understand the appeal of the adult scope of the trilogy—I also very much appreciate Nolan’s sprinkling in of these type of child-like moments of wonder. There’s one in Batman Begins where Batman gives a kid his gadget in the Narrows and then at the end of the Dark Knight it’s Gordon’s son who instantly recognizes the heroic sacrifice that Batman made. But the scene in the Dark Knight Rises is the best of those scenes because it shows that the kid was the only one who hadn’t given up hope that Batman would save the day. For somebody who has liked Batman since he was two years old there’s not a more powerful moment in the trilogy than that (at least for me).

    • http://davesverse.blogspot.com Dave

      Great points. I picked up on the kid in the bus saying that in Rises after a few viewings and I love it. It resonates with me in the same way that it does for you because I’ve loved Batman for as long as I can remember. And to this day he still inspires me to be the type of idealist I was when I was a kid.

    • http://gravatar.com/harveydent322 harveydent322

      Make it three of us who love the kid yelling out “It’s Batman” on the bus in the climax. Every time I watch that part of the scene a smile splits my face and my right fist shoots up in the air. That’s not the symbol of Batman, that’s the hero Batman.

  • Charles G.

    Awesome list! At first I would have put the Bane/Batman fight at number 2 but you changed my mind. I love your 2. However, I’d still put the Bane fight at #3.

  • http://twitter.com/CapedShadow Siddharth Bhandari (@CapedShadow)

    I feel that the scene where Bruce throws away the gun, which he planned to kill Joe Chill with, should have been in the list. This was the defining moment for the character. The moment when he formulates his one rule.

  • Mike T

    The only two I think that deserved at least an honorable mention is the prison scene in Begins, with Ra’s, that formulates an idea and gets the ball rolling for Batman to even exist. Also the ferry scene, where the citizens and prisoners have to decide if they’re going to blow up each other. It showed that the Batman gave them hope and fight against terrorism, albeit that it was a close call. Also it proved the joker was wrong.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sergio.rossell Sergio Rossell Reyes

    demon- batman in begins was a great scene to bad it didn’t make the list

  • Batmanfan2000

    Great list and well written. I would add three scenes. 1) When Batman is investigating Cranes apartment and Crane and a few henchmen show up. Batman hides in the kitchen and we see nothing but the silouhette of the Bat…Immediately after Batman confronts the Scarecrow, Batman is lit on fire. That immediately made up for all that was ever wrong with any batman movie; As if it atoned for the sins committed. 2) To agree with Sergio Reyes, the scene where Batman turns the chemicals on Scarecrow which leads him to see Batman as a demon….Made my jaw drop, and still does. 3) The final Joker scene in The Dark Knight, where he is hanging upside down and gives his speech. Best Joker scene in the movie in my opinion.

  • http://amonymousblog.wordpress.com Amonymous

    Didn’t think it was possible, but reading this makes me appreciate The Dark Knight trilogy even more. Spectacular work, sir.

  • BBWlover1969

    I would like to mention two things. One scene missing that I would have liked to seen on the list is the elevated train fight or the “I won’t kill you, but I don’t have to save you” scene in Batman Begins. The other one is the magnificent scoring of all three movies by Hanz Zimmer, whose music made most of the scenes on this list as compelling as they were