How the franchise nailed the mythos
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3. James Gordon
Like a number of things, it felt like James Gordon was a bit of a wasted opportunity in "The Dark Knight Rises." But the strength of the character was still enough to yield the only choked-up moment for me in the entire trilogy, when Batman reveals his identity to the man who once put a coat around a boy's shoulders to let him know the world hadn't ended. That wouldn't have been as powerful if the character hadn't been so well wrought by one of the cinema's best actors, Gary Oldman, throughout. Beginning with a beat cop on the streets of Gotham in "Batman Begins" (a lone man of honor in a city of corruption) on through acts of heroism in "The Dark Knight" and culminating in a Commissioner commanding respect in "The Dark Knight Rises," this was the most definitive revelation of the series. Someone finally got Gordon right.