“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.”

Color palette of The Dark Knight trilogy movie posters. Based on this.

As a man I’m flesh and blood. I can be ignored, I can be destroyed. But as a symbol… as a symbol I can be incorruptible. I can be everlasting.

Jonathan Crane is the only villain to appear in all three of Nolan’s Batman films.

“I never die, I don’t know why not. It’s just nice to be back. It’s always nice to work with Chris and just nice to play a little part in the last two.”

~ Cillian Murphy at The Dark Knight Rises premiere in London

If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, and if they can’t stop you, then you become something else entirely. A legend, Mr. Wayne.

The Dark Knight Trilogy opening titles

But a criminal is not complicated. What you really fear is inside yourself. You fear your own power. You fear your anger, the drive to do great or terrible things.” | Batman Begins (2005)

Batman could be anybody, that was the point.