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Is It the Joker or Two-Face at the End of the Batman?

After the release of Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight in 2008, fans were left with a burning question – was it the Joker or Two-Face at the end of the movie? The ambiguity of this scene has been a topic of debate for years. Let’s dive into the details and try to crack this mystery.

The Scene

The final scene of The Dark Knight shows Jim Gordon (played by Gary Oldman) giving a eulogy for Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart), who died as Two-Face. As Gordon speaks, Batman is standing on a rooftop overlooking the funeral procession. Suddenly, he turns and walks away when Gordon orders his men to arrest him if they see him.

The Clues

The scene leaves viewers wondering if it was actually the Joker disguised as Batman, or if it was the real Batman who just had to flee from police custody. There are some clues in the movie that suggest it was actually Batman.

Firstly, throughout The Dark Knight, we see Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) struggling with his alter ego and his morals. He is constantly fighting with himself about whether he should break his one rule – not to kill anyone – to stop the Joker’s chaos.

In fact, he even tells Alfred (Michael Caine) that he might have to break his rule to stop Joker. However, in the end, he chooses not to kill him and instead saves him from falling off a building.

Secondly, earlier in the film when Batman interrogates Joker in prison, there is a close-up shot of Joker’s shoes. They are plain brown shoes – not black like Batman’s boots.

The Conclusion

Taking these clues into account along with director Christopher Nolan’s own words about the ending sequence being “deliberately ambiguous,” it seems that it was indeed Batman on that rooftop at Harvey Dent’s funeral.

Furthermore, if it were the Joker disguised as Batman, it would have gone against his character’s motivations. The Joker is not interested in taking on the identity of someone else – he wants to create chaos and destruction on his own terms.


While it’s understandable why some viewers might think it was the Joker at the end of The Dark Knight, all evidence points towards it being Batman. Nolan’s decision to leave the ending ambiguous adds to the film’s intrigue and leaves room for interpretation. It is one of the reasons why The Dark Knight remains a classic and will continue to be discussed and debated for years to come.

  • In conclusion, it was most likely Batman who appeared at Harvey Dent’s funeral in The Dark Knight.
  • Clues such as Bruce Wayne’s moral code and Joker’s shoes suggest that it was not the Joker disguised as Batman.
  • The ending is deliberately ambiguous, leaving room for interpretation.

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With these clues and resources in mind, make up your own mind about whether it was really Batman or the Joker at Harvey Dent’s funeral in The Dark Knight.