The Detective: By the time of The Dark Knight Rises (2012), he's Commissioner Gordon, but one of the strengths of Christopher Nolan's Bat-trilogy is to show the character when he was an officer on the ground, trying to deal with nutjobs and psychos on both sides of the law.
Why They're Cool: Much of the complexity of Nolan's vision rests on Gary Oldman's portrayal of a decent, instinctive detective who reluctantly transforms into a politician who invents lies to hide unpalatable truths.
Quintessential Quote: Talking about Batman - "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."