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"The investigation is, I'M OUT!".
~ Wuertz expressing his incompetence in the Gotham Police Department that foreshadows his path to corruption.

Detective Michael Wuertz (simply known as Michael Wuertz) is a minor, yet pivotal antagonist in the universally-acclaimed 2008 crime film The Dark Knight, the second instalment of The Dark Knight trilogy.

He was a corrupt Gotham City police detective and a member of the Major Crimes Unit who alongside his colleague Anna Ramirez turned against their superintendent Jim Gordon by turning the city's district attorney Harvey Dent over to criminals working for The Joker.

He was portrayed by Ron Dean.

History

Before joining MCU, Wuertz had a history of corruption and was investigated by the then-Internal Affairs officer Harvey Dent. When Dent is promoted to district attorney, he keeps an eye on Wuertz, intent on bringing him down.

Newly-promoted Police Commissioner Jim Gordon orders Wuertz to find and protect Dent when the Joker names him as a target. Wuertz, on mob boss Sal Maroni's orders, brings the Joker and his thugs into Dent's fundraiser, under the guise of being forced to bring them at gunpoint.

Wuertz drives Dent home after Batman and Gordon rescue the district attorney from the Joker. Minutes later, however, Wuertz kidnaps Dent on Maroni's orders, and brings him to a warehouse where Dent is later disfigured, while his girlfriend, Rachel Dawes, is killed. When the Joker manipulates Dent into getting even with the people he blames for Rachel's death, Dent puts Wuertz on his revenge list.

Dent, now calling himself "Two-Face", visits a bar where Wuertz is drinking. Frightened, Wuertz claims that he didn't know what would happen to Rachel; Two-Face calmly replies, "That's funny, because I don't know what's going to happen to you, either." Two-Face then flips his trademark coin to decide Wuertz's fate. It lands on the scarred side, and Two-Face shoots Wuertz dead.

Personality

Considering his little screen-time, very little is specifically known about Michael Wurtz's personality and motives. He seems very unenthusiastic about his job, distant and cold. He does not care much about arresting the Joker or the mobsters; in fact, Wurtz is greedy, manipulative and shows no empathy towards towards anyone. An expert liar, he successfully gained the confidence of Harvey before abducting and selling him to the Joker's thugs in order to make money and when Two-Face later confront him, Wurtz does not recant any of his actions. Despite his desperate and pathetic pleas, he doesn't convince Two-Face from sparring him, and receive his deserved outcome.

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The Dark Knight: Joker | Joker's Thugs (Thomas Schiff, Chuckles, Kilson, Happy, Dopey, Grumpy & Bus Driver) | Two-Face | Sal Maroni | The Chechen | Gambol | Lau | Bank Manager | Michael Wuertz | Burmese Bandit
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Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice: Lex Luthor | Doomsday | Anatoli Knyazev | Mercy Graves | Cesar Santos | Amajagh | Joe Chill | Superman | Zod | Joker | Steppenwolf
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The Lego Batman Movie: Joker | Harley Quinn | Phantom Zone Criminals (Zod, Sauron, Kraken, Lord Voldemort, Jaws & Gremlins) | Catwoman | Poison Ivy | Two-Face | Bane | Riddler
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The Batman vs. Dracula: Dracula | Penguin | Joker
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Batman and Harley Quinn: Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy | Floronic Man
Batman vs. Two-Face: Two-Face | Hugo Strange | Catwoman | King Tut | Bookworm | Joker | Penguin | Riddler | Clock King | Egghead | Mr. Freeze | Shame | Harley Quinn
Scooby-Doo! & Batman: The Brave and the Bold: Riddler | Clayface | Joker | Mr. Freeze | Catwoman | Penguin | Harley Quinn | Poison Ivy
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Batman: The Brave and The Bold
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Beware the Batman
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Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham
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Trivia

  • He is the first victim to be killed by Harvey Dent-Two-Face in the latter's homicidal spree towards the climax of The Dark Knight live-action film.
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