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Two-Face
Two-Face Tommy Lee Jones
General Information
Real name: Harvey Dent
Aliases: Two-Face
Harvey Two-Face
Face
Alignment: Bad (formerly good)
Affiliation: Riddler (Ally)
Sugar (Lover)
Spice (Lover)
Harvey's Thugs (Henchmen)
Characteristics: Gender - Male
Hair - Half black, half violet
Eyes - Brown
Portrayed by: Tommy Lee Jones
Appearances: Batman Forever


"One man is born a hero, his brother a coward. Babies starve, politicians grow fat. Holy men are martyred, and junkies grow legion. Why? Why, why, why, why, why? Luck! Blind, stupid, simple, doo-dah, clueless LUCK! "
―Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones).[src]

Half man and half madman, Two-Face was the alias of former Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent. After he received brain damage by a mobster's acid, Dent became a bloodthirsty, eccentric, and homicidal maniac with a penchant for using a coin that determined all of his actions.

HistoryEdit

BatmanEdit

See: Harvey Dent (Billy Dee Williams)

Batman ForeverEdit

"For your dying pleasure, we are serving the very same acid that made us the men we are today!"
―Two-Face to Batman and the security guard.[src]
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Dent at the trial where he would get scarred.

Harvey Dent served Gotham City as District Attorney. He was an ally of Commissioner James Gordon and Batman. While Dent questioned mob boss Sal Moroni in court, Moroni managed to retrieve a hidden flask of acid and threw it on Dent. Batman became aware of that plot, and ran through the courtroom to save Dent, but arrived too late. The acid splashed against the left side of Dent's face, and horribly disfigured it, while the right side was protected by his notepad.

The acid burned far enough through Dent's head that part of his brain was damaged, and made him half psychotic and homicidal. Dent was eventually arrested and committed to Arkham Asylum. Two-Face escaped from his cell on the second anniversary of his arrest, and his escape was discovered by Dr. Burton, who then contacted the GCPD.

Two-Face and his thugs robbed the Second Bank of Gotham. They took hostages and looked like they were going to get away when Batman intervened and stopped the robbery. Two-Face trapped him and a guard inside an acid filled safe, but Batman escaped and saved the horrified guard. Batman pursued Two-Face by boarding his helicopter. However, Two-Face escaped before he crashed his helicopter into the Statue of Justice over Gotham Harbor.

Two Face's Lair

Two Face in his hideout with Sugar and Spice.

At his hideout, which was split in half like his personality, Two-Face had two henchwomen, Sugar and Spice, who worked for him. Spice favored his 'dark', scarred side, while Sugar favored his 'good' side. Two-Face traveled to the circus looking for Batman. The circus held a fundraiser that was attended by Gotham's elite, and Two-Face concluded that the odds were excellent that at least one of them knew the Dark Knight's identity if they weren't Batman himself-, and he threatened to blow the place up unless his enemy turned himself over (although the subsequent riot in the circus prevented Bruce Wayne from obeying his order). Two-Face was responsible for the origin of Robin because, when The Flying Graysons tried to stop him, they were all killed by him apart from Dick, the youngest Grayson, who went on to join Batman as Robin after he stopped his bomb.

At his hideout, Two-Face met Edward Nygma, who adopted the mantle of The Riddler, where Two-Face initially wanted to kill him for invading his lair, but Riddler stated his case, and Two-Face decided via coin flip whether he killed or allied with him. After his coin landed on heads, Two-Face stole enough money to fund Nygma's company, and the two gained knowledge through The Box and discovered Batman's true identity at Nygma's party. Following that, they traveled to Wayne Manor and the Riddler destroyed the Batcave. Two-Face, on other hand, had his henchmen attack Bruce and Dr. Chase Meridian while he flipped his coin, which kept landing on the good side, and prevented him from doing any wrongdoing. As soon as the scarred side came up, Two-Face fired his pistol at Wayne, which grazed him in the head. Two-Face wished to finish him off, but the Riddler intervened, then they left, kidnapped Dr. Meridian, and left behind a riddle.

TwoFacedeath

Two-Face falling to his death.

At Claw Island, where Two Face hid, Batman and Robin got separated. Robin had the opportunity to kill Two-Face, but didn't want to be like him. Two-Face used that to capture Robin. Two-Face and the Riddler then tried to make Batman choose between Chase and Robin but Batman destroyed The Box, which permanently defeated the Riddler, and saved them both. Two-Face showed up, and was poised to kill them, but Batman reminded him of his coin. Two-Face flipped his coin to decide if he would shoot Batman, but Batman tossed a handful of identical coins into the air. Two-Face panicked and tried to find his coin but stumbled and fell into the pit on a watery bed of spikes. His exact coin then fell good side up into Two-Face's open palm before he sunk underwater, dead.

Batman & RobinEdit

B & R Criminal Property Locker

Two-Face's outfit in Arkham Asylum

Three years later, when Bane broke into Arkham Asylum's storage room to get Mr. Freeze's suit, Two-Face's unique costume was glimpsed hanging on a shelf, but it was unclear if that meant that he had survived his fall and was captured or if it was simply a costume that he left behind during his last escape.

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Behind the ScenesEdit

  • In the comics, Tony Zucco killed Robin's parents, but in the film, Two-Face was the murderer. Zucco didn't appear in the film.
  • In Batman Forever, Tommy Lee Jones took over the role for Billy Dee Williams' portrayal of Harvey Dent in Batman. Tim Burton had originally intended on playing on racial themes in the third Batman film by having Williams play opposite African-American actor Marlon Wayans, who had already been signed on as Robin. When Joel Schumacher took over, that idea was dropped and both parts were recast, which resulted in Wayans payed out. Williams had not yet signed on to reprise the role at that time. However as the Batman Forever script followed continuity with the earlier Batman films, and was primarily written under Burton's tenure, Two-Face, like Val Kilmer's Batman, should have been considered the same character that appeared in the 1989 film, despite the recast.
  • As it would be unlikely for the acid to scar Harvey's face so symmetrically, even with blocking by a folder, Two-Face likely had reconstructive/deconstructive surgery to even his scarred side.
  • There was no precedent for acid damage to cause root follicles growing purple hair, so that was also likely an aesthetic decision made by Two-Face to complete the effect of his duality. In more realistic depictions, Two-Face's scarred follicles produced white hair, or little to no hair at all.
  • Curiously, unlike other depictions of Two-Face, the Two-Face of the Burton & Schumacher FIlms was never revealed to take vengeance against Moroni/Maroni.
  • "Harvey Two-Face" played up the "two" gimmick to the point where Two-Face even referred to himself in the plural, except for two instances when he said: "I'll call you dead, is more like it!" in response to the Riddler's introduction when he broke into his hideout, and in the film's climatic showdown, when he told Robin: "I'll see you in Hell." while he hung on the edge of a cliff. The other "two" themes of half white and half black were: his hideout; his guns (one automatic and one revolver); his suit, and his two lovers/henchwomen Sugar and Spice.
  • In the comics, whatever Two-Face's Coin landed on that would be final. In a scene of the film, Two-Face continued to flip the coin until he obtained his desired result. That irked many fans of the comics. It was hypothesized that during that scene, Two-Face had many opportunities to kill Batman, and simply flipped his coin for every attempt individually.
  • As with The Joker and The Penguin previously, Two-Face was killed by Batman, as with Penguin, who was the more ruthless and homicidal of the two Super-Villains who were featured in their respective films.
  • Two-Face's trademark costume was seen in storage at Arkham Asylum in Batman & Robin.
  • That was the only version of Two-Face that did not have an eye bulge and exposed teeth on the left side.
  • The scene where Batman threw multiple coins in the air was similar to one from the episode "Two-Face Part II" from Batman: The Animated Series.
  • In the not produced sequel of Batman & Robin, that was named Batman Unchained, Two-Face would have reappeared as a hallucination of Scarecrow's Fear Gas.

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