Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight has a vast array iconic lines courtesy of Christian Bale’s Batman, Heath Ledger’s Joker and Aaron Eckhart’s Harvey Dent; and now the beloved Kevin Conroy has given fans his take on one of the movie’s most iconic speeches.
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Conroy, famous for his depiction of the Caped Crusader in Batman: The Animated Series and in several other cartoons and video games, took to Talkin’ Toons to rattle off Batman’s speech to Commissioner Gordon at the film’s end after they stopped Harvey Dent, who had by then fully embraced his identity as the vengeful Two-Face. Host Rob Paulsen (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Animaniacs) played the role of Commissioner Gordon as they analyzed the importance of the Dark Knight taking the fall for Dent who kidnapped Gordon’s son to seek revenge for losing his fiancee, Rachel Dawes.
Batman was covering up the lawyer’s turn to the dark side to protect the vision Dent initially had for Gotham as its “White Knight.” Conroy delivered the speech in a grave, baritone voice, devoid of Bale’s polarizing husky style, which included one of the franchise’s most emblematic lines: “[…] you either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”
Have a listen, below.