As the new trailer for “The Dark Knight” hit today, two key moments have come under scrutiny involving the character of Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart).
First is a scene where it looks like his head is being held against a floor doused in gasoline. The second is a profile shot of him in a car with a gun, whilst the edges of the other half of his face (we can’t see it at the angle) are badly burned – our first glimpse of Two-Face?
Eckhart gave a long interview to The LA Times this weekend about his role and the character, promising that “There are fans on the Internet who have done artist’s versions of what they think it will look like, and I can tell you this: They’re thinking small; Chris [Nolan, Director] is going way farther than people think.”
He says that “I can tell you that, basically, when you look at Two-Face, you should get sick to your stomach. Being the guy under all that, well, that was a lot of fun for me. It’s like you would feel if you met someone whose face had pretty much been ripped off or burned off with acid.”
The character is also undergoing a slight shift – Two-Face in the film is more of a vigilante hunting down the Joker than he is a criminal. Eckhart says (SPOILERS AHEAD) “The difference between Batman and Two-Face is how far they are willing to go and how they make their point… Harvey Dent has an extremely strong sense of justice. His fiancée is killed. He’s horribly injured. But he is still true to himself. He’s a crime fighter, he’s not killing good people. He’s not a bad guy, not purely.” (END SPOILERS)
The film itself “deals with some fundamental questions of what’s going on in society. To me, this film is about how Batman feels about justice, how he takes care of the city, how he feels about the Joker when he meets him and sees what he is capable of doing. How he feels when Harvey Two-Face takes matters into his own hands. It’s not simple, and it gets ugly. I think people will be surprised” he says.