Originally Posted by jmc
That's an argument I've never bought. Foley's only interest is in himself throughout the entire movie, and besides he's a high ranking cop, he doesn't have the perspective of the regular people.
It's not his interest though, but his character that matters and what he presents to the film.(he does present something) During the first chase scene, Foley talks about his hate for Batman to Blake showing us a perspective of Gotham. His douchey demeanor, as Happy Jack stated is indicative of the police's complacency as a result of 8 years of clean streets. This is backed up by the mayor ignoring the media questioning him about the cops going underground.
Foley: "Who do you wanna catch? Some robber or this son of a b**** who killed Harvey Dent?"
Gordon: "I want him found"
Foley: "Yeah, the masked man"
Mayor: "It's just a training exercise"
I could go on. Nolan gave us few regular joes because they never mattered. The characters of the movie represented something of Gotham.