During the end of The Dark Knight, Batman knocks Dent off the building, barely managing to catch himself and the kid. After Gordon gets the kid Batman falls. After his fall from the building the conversation between him and Gordon about him “taking the fall” for Dent’s actions occurs. He is then chased by the police, with Gordon’s conversation with his son.

My question is, did Nolan intend for Batman falling from the building to be a representation of his “fall from grace” that was occurring, or am I reading more into the scene than there really is?

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That's the great thing you can count on when it comes to Nolan; he will always throw in some sort of physical representation of his symbolism.

With this example, while we do see Batman's actual fall from grace from being Gotham's protector, we can now see him as what most of Gotham probably sees him: even more mysterious than before.

It must be a hard thing to grasp being a citizen there that the dark protector you have come to love and count on keeping the city clean, has let it become a playground for Joker's brand of order (or lack thereof). From one extreme to the next, it is then shown (we assume) that Batman has killed an experienced cop (Wertz), 2 mobsters (Maroni and his driver) and now Gotham's beloved new DA who single-handedly put away over 800 criminals at once.

Top this upon all the deaths and destruction occurred since the beginning of Joker's threats; Commissioner Loeb, several cops, Judge Sirillo, and others as well as destruction of the city's main hospital. Batman has fallen from the highest of highs to Gotham with Dent's death being the final straw.

At the same time however, we see reflection of the opposite direction with those around him who know his secret and/or trust him.

Alfred burns Rachel's letter to keep Bruce's faith from shattering. Fox smiles as his trust is rewarded with the sonar servers being destroyed. This is even represented when Gordon is breaking the Bat-Signal. His first hit, which could have destroyed it, fails to do so; showing his reluctance to defame the character of the hero he has come to respect throughout his career since Lieutenant

To answer the question, is this a representation of Batman's fall? Yes.

However, with the title of the newest film being Rises we will soon witness his return to this former grace as he attempts to save the city from the destruction Bane is sure to bring.

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    Also I think there is a real representation of Batman's return to humanity. We see him fall and jump from extraordinary heights throughout the movie but in this scene he is hurt all of the way down as he falls, as we see latter with his run this is a man that can be hurt and can be killed. Jun 12, 2012 at 19:14
  • @KevinHowell great point.
    – Tablemaker
    Jun 12, 2012 at 19:16
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    It is more because Batman was already hurt from his fight with The Joker, and Dent shot him. He does not have the strength to keep up when hanging on the ledge. He is injured. Simple. Though it indeed is symbolic that Batman falls down as explained in the answer. Jun 13, 2012 at 8:55

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