Nicholas D’Agosto is set to make his first appearance as the young and brash assistant District Attorney Harvey Dent on FOX’s “Gotham” this coming Monday. This Dent will start out his run as an idealistic charmer and good guy, but there’s dark undercurrents there which will eventually lead to his transformation into iconic Batman villain Two-Face.
Talking with EW, D’Agosto was asked what is Dent’s mental state when we first meet him on the show and will we see glimpses of his darker persona:
“I don’t want to go so far as to say they’re written. I don’t want to stress that too much. The character does get established as a positive character that Jim Gordon [Ben McKenzie] can get behind.
But there’s an ambition in his Harvey Dent, there’s almost a craven ambition to him, and that can lead to his more angry episodes. It lends itself to a darker element to him that most people will know. Dent is still a pure and genuine character who switches with the accident.”
D’Agosto says that the show will not only be loyal to the comic, but will also engage in plenty of foreshadowing:
“Oh yeah. It’s a facet of the television world. It’s important to speak to a larger audience and to speak to have these kind of [touchstones] because people have their minds in so many different shows. Definitely from the first scene you’ll see me flipping a coin. I hope it comes across like in Eckhart’s version where it was used by Harvey as a tool to subtly manipulate people into getting his way.”
Yet, the actor isn’t sure if we’ll get to see the transformation into Two-Face before Bruce Wayne becomes Batman, the latter being the supposedly last scene of the last episode.
“I don’t know. They always keep us actors in the dark. I think it would be at least a couple of seasons. They’ve taken certain license with certain elements of the story, like they’ve played up a large age difference between Harvey Dent and Bruce Wayne. So who knows where they’ll go with it? I hope I get to be Two Face somewhere in the middle of the run so I can really explore these two halves.”