How to Write a Tragic Villain like Harvey Dent in THE DARK KNIGHT

Well folks, I finished it.

This monster of a post that split off into two parts with a spin-off post still incubating (it’s going to take some time for me to recover before THAT one will ever be complete).

On my blog, I split a deconstruction of The Dark Knight into two parts: the encompassing, heroic plot, and the tragic plot it was built around.

Grab some popcorn and get ready to geek out.


To read through the scenes of the movie chronologically, start with Batman. Then follow the links to teleport between the two posts. I’ve got to warn you, though, it’s a total of 5769 words. Plus there’s a spaghetti-like tangle of links to hop you back and forth. This is no two-minute read.


To read a deconstruction of the main storyline (with a quick diversion or two into Harvey’s POV), read the Batman / Bruce Wayne half of the story (3714 words).


To see how the Nolan brothers wrote Harvey Dent as a tragic hero, read Harvey’s half of the story (2055 words).

And hey—stay subscribed. That incubating post I mentioned earlier? It’s about planning and plotting trilogies. I might have it completed in, say, 2021.