'Dark Knight Rises' Viral Reveals Harvey Dent Act

Harvey Dent

Harvey Dent is dead. Long live Harvey Dent!

Though the supposed White Knight of Gotham City was "murdered" by the Batman, his legacy lives on in the form of the Harvey Dent Act. In "The Dark Knight Rises," Dent's presence will hang heavily over the story in the form of a new law passed following his death, one that "gives Police Commissioner Jim Gordon the tools needed to deal the final blow to the criminal and the corrupt that remain active within our city," according to a statement issued by Gotham mayor Anthony Garcia.

"Harvey Dent was a hero in the true sense of the word," the mayor's statement reads. "His courage in taking on the criminal empires that ruled our streets saved our city. It would be inappropriate for us not to honor his sacrifice."

Garcia goes on to acknowledge critics of the Harvey Dent Act, condemning the "murderous" acts of the Caped Crusader in the process.

"To those who claim this legislation creates a police state, my answer is very simple. Before the Dent Act, our city was so desperate that we placed our trust behind a masked vigilante who ultimately murdered the man who was truly Gotham's shining hope. Luckily for us, the hope has endured. This Bill is Harvey Dent's legacy and I intend to protect it."

Click the image below to read Garcia's announcement on the Harvey Dent Act in full.

"The Dark Knight Rises" arrives in theaters on July 20, 2012.

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