Maggie Gyllenhaal Talks Dark Knight Love Triangles

Maggie Gyllenhaal, who plays Bruce Wayne's (Christian Bale) childhood best friend Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight, proves she's just like every other woman out there: She wants a normal guy as the man in her life.

In Batman Begins we learned that Rachel felt as though she couldn't be with her true love Bruce Wayne while he was playing the role of the Batman. This is why, in The Dark Knight, she chooses to be with politician Harvey Dent, played by Aaron Eckhart. At last night's "black carpet" premiere, I had to ask Maggie: What girl doesn't want to be with a superhero?

"Well you know, I think it's complicated. I do think that when Rachel, in this movie, finds herself face to face with Batman she's weak in the knees. It works its wonders on her, and it did on me too. I think it's very appealing in many ways. At the same time, if you're really going to fall in love with somebody, you don't want them to be dressed up in a funny costume and risk their life every night flying around the city. And who knows if they're going to come back dead the next day. It's a reasonable thing to be concerned about."

Thus Harvey Dent swooped into Rachel's life, though as fans know, it's never easy for a woman to leave Batman in the dust.

"I think she really loves them both equally," Maggie said. "But I think they each have different things on each other. I think she's trying to figure out who is more honorable. I think part of what she thinks is sexy in a man is someone who's got honor. I think they're both trying to do good and I think they're both doing it in very different ways and she's trying to figure out which way she thinks is really most honorable."

When I asked Aaron Eckhart what he had on Batman in this love triangle, all he could do was laugh. Even guys know it's hard to beat out the superhero!

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