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Batman: Arkham City Two-Face artwork and bio

Submitted by on Monday, 18 July 2011No Comment

Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment have released a bio and artwork for Harvey Dent AKA Two-Face. The acid-scarred criminal is set to appear in Batman: Arkham City, and we can’t wait to take him on. We consider Two-Face to be one of Bob Kane’s most interesting creations. This is why:

Two-Face is obsessed with duality, and this obsession unpins his whole identity. His personality is split in two, the good and the bad, and this is reflected in his appearance: one half looks sharp and professional – representing his previous life as a successful DA – while the other is hideously scarred through to the bone. He is obsessed with chance, and this is manifested in his use of an old coin (scarred on one side) to decide the fate of his victims.

Two-Face first appeared in a Batman comic in 1942 (Detective Comics #66), and he has undergone several reimaginings throughout the years, as is the case with most comic book characters. However, it wasn’t until the late 80s, when Frank Miller revitalised the Batman series, that his character began to gain depth. He was turned into a tragic figure – bipolar and scarred from an abusive childhood. (His trademark coin belonged to his father, who used it every night to play a game that always led to him receiving a beating.)

It was also during this period that Dent’s good side was developed, not to mention his past associations with Batman and police commissioner James Gordon. Dent’s closeness to Batman and Gordon, and the idea of him being Gotham City’s White Knight, is central to the plot in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight (2008). Nolan portrayed Dent as a figure of hope that was to transform into something frightening. Aaron Eckart plays Dent as a serious and gentle figure with good-intentions. It’s a striking contrast to the hate-filled Two-Face we see later in the film.

Nolan’s version of Two-Face is also strikingly different from the comical, almost pantomime villain version played by Tommy Lee Jones in Joel Schumacher’s Batman Forever (1995). Dent also appeared in Tim Burton’s Batman (1989), in which Billy Dee Williams plays him as a charismatic, larger than life DA. Williams was expected to continue the role and transform into Two-Face in the sequel, but this never materialised.

Two-Face’s next appearance will be in Rocksteady’s Batman: Arkham City, which is due out in October 2011. Judging by the bio, which we have below, we can expect a maniacal Two-Face rather than a White Knight gone bad. We know that Two-Face is rallying his gang and looking to gain influence in Arkham City. You can see this in action in the recent gameplay footage (which you’ll find at the top of this page).

In the clip, Two-Face has Catwoman on trial for stealing from his gang. He argues with himself over whether to kill her or to allow ‘justice’ to act. He flips a coin which falls on the side of justice; the trial begins. This shows that Rocksteady are staying true to Two-Face’s background in law, his obsession with duality, his multiple personalities and his crippling adherence to chance. It’ll be interesting to see if they can turn all this into interesting gameplay scenarios.

Interesting fact

Clint Eastwood was discussed for the role of Two-Face in the Batman 60s television series. (You know, the one that had all the “wham” “bam” and “smash” shenanigans). This never happened, partly because the character was considered too gruesome for the show. The choice of Eastwood is interesting when you consider this newly published artwork. Does it remind you of someone?

Real Name: Harvey Dent
Occupation: Professional Criminal
Eyes: Blue
Hair: Brown/Grey
Weight: 182 lb
Height: 6 ft
First Appearance: Detective Comics #66 (August 1942)
  • Attribute 01: Hideously scarred on the left half of his face, which he plays up with clothing that’s differently styled on one side
  • Attribute 02: Extremely skilled with his weapons of choice: twin .45 automatics
  • Attribute 03: Psychotic obsession with duality, designing crimes around the number two
  • Attribute 04: Defers to his half-scarred coin in choices of life or death

Background Story: District Attorney Harvey Dent was one of Batman’s strongest allies in Gotham City, until a criminal threw acid in Dent’s face, hideously scarring him. The wounds fractured his psyche, and he was reborn Two-Face, a schizoid criminal mastermind obsessed with duality. His former good-luck charm, a “two-headed” trick silver dollar, was damaged on one side in the attack, and Dent has seized on it as a reflection of his half-scarred visage. He flips it to decide the fates of his victims. Two-Face is thriving in Arkham City, rallying inmates to join his gang using tried and true campaign tactics.