Ra's al Ghul : I *do* like you. Respect you. Respect you for what you'll become.
Bruce Wayne : You have no idea what I'll become.
Ra's al Ghul : Of course I do. At least, who you *could* become.
Bruce Wayne : Why are you here?
Ra's al Ghul : I felt I owed you an explanation as to why I chose to live. When I took back the Demon's Head, I saw a vision... of a cataclysmic event soon to befall this city.
Bruce Wayne : What event?
Ra's al Ghul : A cleansing fire that will destroy, purify, create create you, Bruce. Because I will use it as a mighty forge, molding you into a dark knight of Gotham. If it doesn't kill you, that is.