Dark Knight Meets Harvey Dent...
it might have been more appropriate to set him up to be
the villain in the second Batman movie instead of the third,
Harvey Dent aka Two-Face will be appearing in The
Dark Knight. The Hollywood Reporter confirmed the information
this morning, though fans had been spreading rumors about
it for months.
we seeing double?
importantly, the confirmation included just who would be
Dent, a character previously played by actors as diverse
as Richard Moll, Billy Dee Williams and Tommy Lee Jones.
Despite rumors that Liev Schreiber would become the crusading
Gotham District Attorney (and you thought it was Katie Holmes),
the man who signed on the dotted line was the charmingly
roguish Aaron Eckhart.
for release in July, 2008, The Dark Knight will
once again feature Christian Bale as Bruce Wayne, battling
against The Joker (Heath Ledger). But of course, Batman
has an ally in Dent, a no-nonsense crusader that in some
comics stories worked in tandem with Lieutenant James Gordon
(Gary Oldman) to make sure that the criminals Batman catches
get locked away for good.
comics, Dent's zeal takes him too far, and while arguing
a trial a defendant throws a vial of acid in Dent's face,
horribly scarring him on one side. Upon recovering, he assumes
the criminal identity Two-Face, committing crimes all based
on a theme of duality, while determining to commit good
or evil based on the flip of a coin. No one knows yet if
the script for The Dark Knight, written by Director
Christopher Nolan's brother Jonathan Nolan from a plot by
Nolan and David S. Goyer, will include the transformation.
rate, it's a safe bet that they are lining the character
up to be the villain in the third film, a gamble
that caused Williams to take the role back in the Tim Burton
film Batman. When that vision of Batman got around
to using Two-Face (also in the third film -- Two-Face
should sue), Williams was replaced by Jones, with an origin
told (lamely) in flashback.
great casting choice, Eckhart made waves this year with
Thank You For Smoking, but if you really want to
see an actor make an incredible first impression, check
out In the Company of Men.