The film’s early marketing focused on Heath Ledger‘s performance as the Joker, but The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan has promised that his Batman Begins sequel is really about following the arc of Harvey Dent, a.k.a. Two-Face.
The famously coin-flipping villain is being played by Aaron Eckhart, who recently took time out to chat with Wizard about his role in the film — and drop a few hints about what fans can expect to see from his character when The Dark Knight reaches theaters on July 18th.
Noting that Two-Face has been played a number of different ways — “in the cartoons he was kind of a cold-hearted gangster, and Tommy Lee Jones played him as a straight-up madman,” Wizard asked Eckhart which direction he took his Two-Face in; the actor responded that he believes “it’s stronger if you have a heart,” saying “if I can help you relate to my character, then I think that I’m more likely to keep your attention.”
What’ll really keep fans’ attention, though, is the character’s post-metamorphosis persona — so the question on everyone’s mind is, as Wizard puts it, “does Harvey Dent get scarred in this movie, or will we have to wait until the next one to see that?” In response, Eckhart offers a pleasantly direct “Harvey Dent turns into Harvey Two-Face in this movie.”
This, of course, brings up the question of what Nolan’s Two-Face looks like — and how he’s created. Eckhart offers a few hints, saying “I have done scenes as Harvey Two-Face. It’s interesting. I won’t tell you exactly what we’re going for, but I think that I can say that it will use all of today’s technology to create this character.”
To read more of Aaron Eckhart’s thoughts on The Dark Knight, and the challenges of playing a district attorney-turned-madman, follow the link below!