Lt. James Gordon: "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."
The way that Gary Oldman delivers these final lines in THE DARK KNIGHT makes a tingle go up my spine. There's a quiet confidence that Oldman brings to his role as Jim Gordon. Cast against type as the good cop for once in his career (see LEON or ROMEDO IS BLEEDING for an entirely different type of cop from Oldman), he brings a level of gravity to all of the scenes that he appears in during THE DARK KNIGHT. With a bigger role than he had in BATMAN BEGINS, Gordon is a character that we're begining to learn more about, and really coming to love. Christopher Nolan has taken the time to expand his characters in this sequel, and he's given Oldman the chance to shine with his role.
I f'ing love this film. It is the best superhero movie ever made. It really redefines what the genre is capable of. I shudder to think what's in store for us when Nolan is ready to work on the next installment.