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Harvey Dent
Background information
Feature films Batman Forever
The Dark Knight
Television programs Batman: The Animated Series
Batman: The Brave and the Bold
Video games Lego Batman: The Videogame
Batman: Arkham Asylum
Batman: Arkham City
Park attractions
Actor Billy Dee Williams
Tommy Lee Jones
Aaron Eckhart
Actress
Animators
Voice Rihcard Moll
Performance model
Designer
Inspiration
Awards
Character information
Other names Big Bad Harv, Apollo
Personality Tragic, insane, demented, psychotic
Appearance Slender, muscular Man with half of his face disfigured, brown and white hair, blue eye and yellow eye, gangster suit
Occupation District attorney (formerly), criminal
Affiliations
Goal Follow the choice of his coin
Home
Friends Bruce Wayne (formerly)
Enemies Batman, Comissioner Gordon, Robin
Minions
Likes Flipping his coins, duality
Dislikes Not being able to make his choice
Powers and abilities
Weapons Gun
Fate Gets betrayed by his henchmen and left for dead
Typical Saying "The law? Here's the only law, the law of averages, the great equalizer."

Two-Face is a villain in the Batman series. His true name is Harvey Dent, and he was Gotham City's district attorney and was one of Batman's strongest allies and friends. After half of his face was scarred by acid, Harvey went insane and became Two-Face, and would use a double-sided coin to decide whether to make the right choice or the bad one. If the coin landed on heads, he would do good. If it landed on tails, he would commit a crime. Dent is considered one of the more tragic of Batman's enemies and Batman was tried several times to help his former friend.

ComicsEdit

Dent was born in a lower class family, and he hated upper-class citizens and was mentally ill. However, he was able to rise up in power and become district attorney and was one of Bruce Wayne's best friends. Known as Apollo by others, Dent was charming and very handsome. This all changed one fateful day while Dent was persecuting a crime boss Sal Maroni. Batman and Gordon had already grown distrustfu of Dent due to his illness, but what truly started Dent's descend into madness was when Sal suddenly splashed acid in his face, scarring his face.

TelevisionEdit

  • Although Clint Eastwood was discussed for the role of Two-Face in the 1960s Batman television series, reimagined as a news anchor who was disfigured when a television set exploded in his face,[33] he did not appear as the character was labeled "too gruesome and too violent" for the "kid-friendly" attitude that surrounded the show (as comics and cartoon strips were subject to strict censorship at this time).
  • The Harvey Dent incarnation of Two-Face appears in several cartoons for the DC Animated Universe:

Two-Face in Batman: The Animated Series.

    • Two-Face appears in Batman: The Animated Series, voiced by Richard Moll. Prior to his disfigurement, Harvey Dent appears to be perfectly willing to prosecuteBatman as a vigilante (in the first episode "On Leather Wings"), Poison Ivy tries to kill him in retaliation for his unintentional extermination of a rare flower species to green-light Stonegate Penitentiary's construction (in the episode "Pretty Poison"), and is shown as friends with Bruce Wayne. In his titled-episode "Two-Face", it is revealed that Dent suffers from multiple personality disorder as a result of years of repressing his anger. His alter ego Big Bad Harv is as evil as his original personality is noble and shows itself whenever he loses his temper. As he runs a re-election campaign, he was engaged to Grace Lamont. When mob boss Rupert Thorne gets a hold of his psychiatric file and plans to blackmail him, Big Bad Harv and chases Thorne through a chemical plant. Stray gunfire results in an electrical fire and an explosion that scars the left half of his body. After the accident, Big Bad Harv's personality takes over as the gangster Two-Face and wages a vendetta against Thorne. In subsequent episodes, Two-Face becomes a crime boss and supervillain in his own right, although he is constantly locked in a battle of wits against his original personality, demonstrated in the episode "Second Chance" where he apparently kidnaps himself before he can undergo an operation that will restore his face and eradicate his evil personality once and for all. His relationship with Poison Ivy is acknowledged in the episode "Almost Got 'Im" when Two-Face says that half of him wants to strangle Ivy, while the other half wants to hit Ivy with a truck. In the episode "Trial", he acts as 'prosecutor' when Batman's rogues gallery hold the Dark Knight prisoner in Arkham Asylum in akangaroo court.
    • Two-Face appears in The New Batman Adventures, again voiced by Richard Moll. In the episode "Sins of the Father", he is most notable for his connection to Tim Drake's origin story as Shifty Drake was a former henchman, prompting a confrontation with Batman, Batgirl and the second Robin. In the episode "Judgement Day", Two-Face's psychefragments a second time, creating a third personality that becomes a court-themed vigilante known as the Judge (voiced by Malachi Throne) that attempts to eliminate all of Gotham's criminals. Two-Face has no idea that he himself is the vigilante in question.
    • Two-Face is occasionally alluded in Batman Beyond. In the episode "Terry's Friend Dates a Robot", an androidreplica of Two-Face appears battling the new Batman (Terry McGinnis) in a training simulation. In the episode "Betrayal", the character was alluded as Bruce Wayne's lost friend in comparison to the degenerated friendship of Terry and Big Time.
    • An alternate version of Two-Face makes a cameo appearance in the Justice League animated series episode "A Better World". In the Justice Lords' dimension, he has been lobotomized and is now the harmless janitor of Arkham Asylum.
  • The Harvey Dent version of Two-Face is featured in Batman: The Brave and the Bold, voiced by James Remar (primarily) and briefly reprised by Richard Moll (in "Chill of the Night!"). He first appears in "Legends of the Dark Mite" as part of Bat-Mite's fantasy. Two-Face's first speaking role is in the teaser of "The Fate of Equinox" where he readies his henchmen to kill Batman. When his coin lands unscarred face up, Two-Face ends up teaming up with Batman against the henchmen. Before he can flip again, he is knocked out by Batman. He also makes a cameo in "Mayhem of the Music Meister!" singing with the other villains in Arkham Asylum. In "Sidekicks Assemble", he is one of the multiple villains Robin, Speedyand Aqualad face-off against in a simulation in the Batcave. In "Chill of the Night!", Two-Face appears again among other villains in a bidding for a supersonic weapon held by arms dealer Joe Chill. He joins the villains in attacking Chill when they learn that Chill was indirectly responsible for Batman's creation. Two-Face and other villains are defeated by Batman, but manages to escape when the warehouse collapses. He also appears in "The Mask of Matches Malone!" where he is pursued by Huntress, Black Canary and Catwoman.
  • Paul Sloane appears in the Young Justice episode "Image", voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. He appears as one of the actors on the fictional sitcom Hello Megan.
  • Harvey Dent appears in Beware the Batman, voiced by Christopher McDonald. He serves as District Attorney, and takes a stand against vigilantes like Batman and Katana. He secretly begins working with the criminal Anarky to bring Batman down, and they hire the mercenary Deathstroke to kill him. Deathstroke ends up luring Batman by kidnapping Dent, and tries unsuccessfully to kill the Caped Crusader. Later, Dent intervenes in another battle between Batman and Deathstroke (dressed as Batman) in the Gotham Armory. The altercation causes a massive explosion, and Dent is disfigured in the blast. Dent, whose face is now wrapped in bandages, makes an unsuccessful run for mayor, and turns against Anarky who angrily dubs him "Two-Face". Dent's sanity unravels as his career is ruined, and declares that he has "plans" for Gotham as he unwraps his bandages.
  • Harvey Dent appears in the live action TV series Gotham, portrayed by Nicholas D'Agosto.[34] He first appears in the episode "Harvey Dent", in which he is portrayed as the Assistant District Attorney of Gotham City. He forms an alliance with Detective James Gordon, and the two set out to solve the murders of Thomas Wayne and Martha Wayne.

FilmEdit

Live action[edit] Edit

  • Harvey Dent appears in the 1989 Batman film, portrayed by Billy Dee Williams. Before his disfigurement, he vows to reduce crime by locking up mob boss Carl Grissom. Williams was set to reprise the character as Two-Face in the sequels, but his character was deleted from the script for the 1992 sequel Batman Returns.[35] Although it had long been rumored that Williams had to be paid a penalty, Williams later stated that this did not occur.[36]

Tommy Lee Jones as Two-Face inBatman Forever, with Drew Barrymore and Debi Mazar as Sugar and Spice respectively.

Aaron Eckhart as Harvey Dent/Two-Face in The Dark Knight (2008).

  • The original version of Two-Face appears as a central villain in the 1995 filmBatman Forever, portrayed by Tommy Lee Jones. Mel Gibson was offered the role but had to turn it down due to scheduling conflicts with Braveheart. His origin story is the same as in the Golden Age comics: district attorney Harvey Dent is disfigured when gangster "Boss" Maroni throws acid in his face during a trial. He is driven insane — to the point of referring to himself in the plural — and swears revenge against Batman for failing to save him. After several clashes with Batman, he and his men attack Haly's Circus performance and murder Dick Grayson's family, making him indirectly responsible for the youth's transformation into Robin. Two-Face teams up with the Riddler in order to learn Batman's secret identity. At the movie's climax, Batman prompts Two-Face to flip his coin to make a decision and then throws a handful of coins into the air. Two-Face scrambles to find his coin but loses his footing and falls to his death. This version of Two-Face was met with a largely negative response among critics and audiences alike. Scott Beatty, in particular, noted that he felt that the Batman Forever version of Two-Face was more of a Jokerknock-off than the multifaceted character in the original comics;[37] his reliance on the coin was also portrayed as more of a quirk than a necessity, one scene showing him repeatedly flipping the coin to get the result he wants rather than simply accepting its original result. However, Jones was nominated for "Best Villain" at theMTV Awards alongside Jim Carrey for his performance. Two-Face's costume can be seen in Arkham Asylum in the 1997 film Batman & Robin.
  • Aaron Eckhart portrays Harvey Dent/Two-Face as a protagonist-turned-secondary antagonist in the 2008 film The Dark Knight. In this film, Harvey Dent is portrayed as a tragic hero, lacking the gimmickry and multiple personalities commonly associated with the character. At the beginning of the film, he is the new district attorney of Gotham who forms a tenuous alliance with Batman and Lieutenant James Gordon in order to take down the Mafia. Early on, the film foreshadows Dent's dark side when he kidnaps a thug and leaves the life to chance by flipping a coin or using a gun just before Batman stops him. Corrupt police officers working with the Mafia kidnap Dent and his girlfriend Rachel Dawes and hold them prisoner in two abandoned buildings set to explode. Dent tries to free himself, but the chair he is strapped to falls over and knocks over an oil drum, spilling oil over the floor and soaking the left half of his body. Batman saves Dent just as the building explodes, but the ensuing blast disfigures half of Dent's face, while Rachel is killed in the other explosion.The Joker visits Dent in the hospital and convinces him to exact revenge against those he believes are responsible for Rachel's death. He embraces the nickname the Gotham police had given him during his time in Internal Affairs — "Two-Face" — and decides his victims' fates with a two-headed Peace dollar with one side scarred by the explosion. He kills a corrupt cop, as well as mob boss Sal Maroni's chauffeur. Eventually, he takes Gordon's family to the warehouse where Rachel died, intent on punishing Gordon for failing to save Rachel. Batman arrives and challenges him to judge the three who pressured the Mafia to turn to Joker for assistance: himself, Batman and Gordon. Two-Face flips the coin for Batman whom he shoots, and himself whom he spares; instead of flipping for Gordon, he opts to flip for Gordon's son to inflict upon Gordon the pain of losing a loved one. As the coin flies through the air, Batman tackles Two-Face off a ledge to his death. Batman takes the blame for Two-Face's crimes in order to make sure Harvey is remembered as a hero.
  • Harvey Dent's legacy plays an important role in The Dark Knight Rises. Set eight years later, the film reveals that the "Dent Act" legislation which has all but eradicated organized crime in Gotham while denying parole to the criminals arrested under the Dent Act. Plagued with guilt over covering up Two-Face's killing spree, Commissioner James Gordon considers publicly revealing the truth but decides that Gotham is not yet ready.[38] Later, Bane acquires the speech that Gordon had planned to deliver exposing Two-Face's crimes and Gordon's cover-up with Batman. After defeating Batman and taking over Gotham, Bane reads the speech about Two-Face on live television to undermine public confidence in the law and throw Gotham's social order into upheaval, all part of a larger plan to destroy Gotham with the first act having the League of Shadows release all of Blackgate Penitentiary's inmates. After Gotham was retaken by Batman and the Gotham City Police Department with the League of Shadows defeated and Batman seemingly killed, the Dent Act was then eliminated and all of Dent's other possible accolades were retracted as Batman became Gotham's true hero.

Animated[edit] Edit

  • Harvey Dent was alluded in Batman: Under The Red Hood by Jason Todd.
  • Harvey Dent appears in Batman: Year One, voiced by Robin Atkin Downes.
  • Harvey Dent appears in the two-part animated adaptation of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, voiced by Wade Williams.[39] He undergoes plastic surgery to repair his disfigured face. Although he is declared sane, Harvey quickly goes into hiding following his release. Dent resurfaces threatening to blow up a building unless he is paid a ransom. Batman defeats Dent's henchmen, learning that the bombs will explode even if the ransom is paid; he realizes that Dent intends to kill himself. Batman disables one bomb and the other detonates harmlessly. After Batman defeats Dent, he reveals that, while his face was repaired, he is still disfigured in his own mind as his psyche has warped even further to perceive his entire face as disfigured.
  • The original version of Two-Face appears in the animated film Lego Batman: The Movie - DC Super Heroes Unite, withTroy Baker reprising the role.
  • The original version of Two-Face makes a cameo appearance in the animated film Son of Batman. He is seen flipping his coin in his Arkham Asylum cell.
  • The original version of Two-Face makes a non-speaking cameo appearance in Batman: Assault on Arkham.

Video games[edit] Edit

  • A pre-disfigured version of Harvey Dent appears as a hostage of Poison Ivy in the video game Batman: The Animated Series.
  • The original version of Two-Face is a boss in The Adventures of Batman & Robin for the Super NES, The Adventures of Batman & Robin for the Sega Genesis, the video game adaptations of Batman Forever, and Batman: Chaos in Gotham(in which he is the final boss).
  • The original version of Two-Face appears in Lego Batman: The Video Game, voiced by Steven Blum. He possesses an immunity to toxins.[40] He serves as the Riddler's second-in-command (a possible reference to their alliance in Batman Forever).
  • The original version of Two-Face is the first boss in the Wii version of Batman: The Brave and the Bold – The Videogame, with James Remar reprising the role. He appears in the teaser to the first episode and has kidnapped Mayor George Hill. In the fight, he has tied Hill to a giant penny and flips him to decide whether to send henchmen to fight Batman and Robin or to leave himself open to attack. After he is defeated, Batman states that there is still hope for Two-Face to reform, and the former D.A. responds by declaring that he will escape from Arkham.
  • The original version of Two-Face appears in DC Universe Online, voiced by Edwin Neal. If the player uses a Hero character, Two-Face will contact him or her when the player reaches level 30, apparently with Harvey Dent being in control. Two-Face will ask the player to help him uncover Penguin´s smuggling operations in the Old Gotham Subway, and will guide the player through the instance. When the player defeats Penguin, Two-Face shows up, his evil side being in control. Two-Face mocks the Penguin and announces he is taking over the Penguin´s business. As it turns out, the Hero character has accidentally helped Two-Face take out his rival. The same process will follow if the player is using a Villain character, however, Two-Face will always be in control in this case. Two-Face will also be one of the two bosses to defeat in the duo instance Gotham Mercy Hospital, available only for villains (the other boss being Mr. Freeze). Players can also use Two-Face as one of many playable characters in PVP Legends matches.
  • The original version of Two-Face is mentioned in Batman: Arkham Asylum. He is mentioned twice in the game. The first is in a cutscene with the Joker taunting Batman in a room. The second is at the finale of the game where he is mentioned on a police radio as he attempts to be robbing a bank. Also, his cell, which is filled with posters and a guardhouse also filled with poster, is present in the game.
  • The original version of Two-Face appears in Batman: Arkham City, voiced by Troy Baker (for the first time). Two-Face is sent to Arkham City after a dispute with Catwoman. In the introductory sequence of the game, he manages to thwartCatwoman's plans to pilfer some of the ill-gotten gains from a safe in his hideout. He then puts Catwoman on trial before a kangaroo court in an abandoned Solomon Wayne Courthouse, secretly planning to gain prestige among other Arkham inmates by executing Catwoman. Batman, having overheard an Arkham City security report indicating Catwoman's plight, goes into the courthouse to rescue Catwoman. Batman takes down some of Two-Face's men before Two-Face shoots Batman. Two-Face flips his coin to decide Catwoman's fate, and it lands on the scarred side. Catwoman gets free and scratches Two-Face, then kicks him down causing him to drop his gun. Two-face just draws a second gun on her, but she is saved by Batman (who had only been stunned thanks to his armor), roping his legs and hosting him into the air. He is promptly left strung up by his feet over a vat of acid, but swears revenge. Late in the game's storyline, Two-Face returns and makes a new bid for influence by taking over the Penguin's turf in Arkham City. Catwoman goes there after her apartment has been bombed to find that Two-Face's men have taken the valuables she had stolen. Catwoman manages to defeat Two-Face. In Hugo Strange's interview tapes, Two-Face says that half his face was scarred when he was prosecuting Carmine Falcone (instead of Sal Maroni). Strange was also the one who tipped Two-Face off about Catwoman's attempted heist. The original version of Two-Face also appears in Batman: Arkham City Lockdown.
  • The original version of Two-Face appears in Lego Batman 2: DC Superheroes, with Troy Baker reprising his role. He appears to have a split personality as seen when he is among the villains released from Arkham Asylum by Lex Luthorand Joker. He appears as a boss fight and unlockable character found atop City Hall.
  • The original version of Two-Face makes a cameo appearance in Injustice: Gods Among Us. In the Arkham Asylum level if one of the characters is thrown through the cell door on the right side of the second tier, they will be attacked by Two-Face, Killer Croc, Penguin and Riddler before being punched by Killer Croc into the next tier of the Arkham arena.
  • The Dark Knight version of Two-Face appears as a DLC-only playable character in Lego Batman 3: Beyond Gotham via the Dark Knight DLC pack.
  • The original version of Two-Face is set to appear in Batman: Arkham Knight, with Troy Baker voicing him once again.

Miscellaneous[edit] Edit

  • During the Batman Sunday comic strips that ran from 1943–1946, Two-Face's origin story is somewhat altered: He is introduced as an actor named Harvey Apollo who is testifying at the trial of criminal Lucky Sheldon. He is killed at the end of the story arc. Also, his origin is again altered in the Batman daily strips published from 1989 to 1991. In this version, Harvey Dent is scarred by a vial of acid thrown by an unnamed bystander, and intended for the Joker.
  • In a musical production entitled Holy Musical B@man by Starkid Productions (Team Starkid), Two-Face is portrayed by Chris Allen.
  • A bobblehead was released for Two-Face based on the character's likeness in The Dark Knight, but the manufacturer was unknown. It was never sold in stores, but collectiblegiveaways.com later ran out of stock due to the film's popularity.
  • From 1999 to 2009, Six Flags America had an Invertigo roller coaster, made by Vekoma, called Two-Face: The Flip Side. The ride was SBNO for two seasons until its removal due to repeated mechanical failures (see Incidents at Six Flags parks).

In popular culture[edit] Edit

  • In the final season of the NBC sitcom Seinfeld, in the episode "The Strike," Jerry dates a woman who appears attractive in some settings and ugly in others, whom George nicknames "Two-Face." Jerry asks George: "Like the Batman villain?" An annoyed George responds: "If that helps you."[41]
  • Two-Face appears in Robot Chicken, voiced by Neil Patrick Harris. In the episode "The Ramblings of Maurice", Two-Face repeatedly injures his face, resulting in him renaming himself "Three-Face", "Four-Face", and so on. In the Robot Chicken DC Universe Special, he appears in the opening where he and Composite-Santa get tailored suits together. He next appears in a segment where he uses his coin to determine his bathroom choices, with Harris reprising his role. In the final segment where the superheroes and supervillains battle it out at Aquaman's surprise birthday party, Two-Face flips a coin and it lands on the unscarred side, so he knocks himself out.
  • In Bat Thumb, the character is renamed "No Face" because he has no face. His plan was to erase everyone's face in Gaaathumb City and marry "Vicki Nail."

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