While everyone’s eyes are on the cackling Joker in the next Batman feature, The Dark Knight, IGN reports that Christopher Nolan, the director of Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, says perhaps we should focus our attention elsewhere. The Joker may be the most high profile of the characters in Dark Knight, and it’s easy to see why. The Joker is one of the most lasting and iconic figures of pop culture, due in large part to the portrayal by Jack Nicholson in the original Batman. However,in an interview with the Los Angeles Times, Nolan said:
“Harvey Dent is a tragic figure, and his story is the backbone of this film.”
And to fans of the comic, this makes a lot of sense. Harvey Dent (played by Aaron Eckhart) is a District Attorney for the city of Gotham, and will feature as the main villian in the next sequel, after he disintegrates into Two Face, a character last played on the big screen by Tommy Lee Jones in Batman Forever, around which time the last Batman franchise started becoming a byword for laughable. Harvey Dent himself has never really been a focus of a Batman movie, and it seems that Nolan intends to change all that, by focusing on the character before he becomes a villain and showing a more human side.
However, Nolan didn’t dismiss the Joker’s character completely whilst lauding Dent’s, he went on to say:
“The Joker, he sort of cuts through (The Dark Knight), … He’s got no story arc, he’s just a force of nature tearing through. Heath has given an amazing performance in the role, it’s really extraordinary.”