Way back in July, I wrote about some thoughts I had when walking away from seeing The Dark Knight. Namely, I had some suspicions about the Death/Non-Death of Harvey “Two-Face” Dent. The character, who played such a pivotal role in the currently second highest grossing film of all-time, was played by Aaron Eckhart, and what better source could there be for news of Harvey’s future than the man himself.
Eckhart had a chance to sit with Devin Faraci over at CHUD this week, and while they were talking about Eckhart’s upcoming film Towelhead, Devin couldn’t help but ask about the future of the coin flipping white knight of Gotham. I guess that I wasn’t the only person who was questioning Nolan’s handling of Dent’s fate, because Eckhart had this to say:
“I asked Chris if there was a chance of coming back. ‘No way,’ he said. ‘He’s toast.’”
So there it is. Take it as you may. I know some people will still remain convinced that this just may be a way of distracting fans with the smoke and mirror tactics Nolan usually reserves for his films. I don’t even know that I am convinced with the statement, but hey…the guy who played the role says that there isn’t a future for his character. Let us move on, because this is an argument that will burn on until casting is announced and Eckhart is or isn’t involved.
So new topic. Is this a bad thing? I don’t think so. No matter how cool it would be for Two-Face to still be alive, and to have a dark and dangerous subplot involving a fake death, this makes for even more speculation about other characters in the Batman canon. If the Two-Face element is completely undone, we have a clean slate that is open for imagination and surprise. Think about it, we knew that Nolan would be bringing the Joker into the equation after Batman Begins. However, what we didn’t plan on was the talent of Heath Ledger and the re-imagining of the character. Nolan has a way of taking something you think you know well, and turning it on its side. So now Nolan has a huge city, with a new police commissioner, a fugitive hero and no excess baggage from a previous film. He is completely free to blow our minds again.
But enough about what I think. What do you think? Is Two-Face dead? If so, is this a good thing?