Rumor: Could Aaron Eckhart's Two-Face Still Be Alive?!
Do you believe it? One of last year's big debates was about the death of Two-Face at the end of The Dark Knight. Sorry for the spoiler, but considering the movie's already out on DVD and has nearly made $1 billion at the box office, if you haven't seen The Dark Knight by now, you're probably living underground anyway. Back in September, we ran an end-all article with a quote from actor Aaron Eckhart himself saying that "he is dead as a door nail." We thought that would be the last of it, but I guess we were wrong. MTV has ran an interesting article today claiming that Eckhart's reaction to their inquiry on the Golden Globes red carpet may hint at the return of Two-Face in another Batman movie. We'll let you be the judge of that!
In the video, an MTV reporter asks Eckhart about Two-Face returning, despite the previous claim that he was thoroughly dead. All Eckhart does is suspiciously laugh and say "I think Harvey — if he's not dead — is in a serious coma and I'm not sure he's coming out. They might pull the plug on him." But MTV is saying that it's the fact that Eckhart isn't flat out admitting he's dead -- in fact, he never says it once in the 3 minute video -- that brings up speculation that maybe they want him back after all? Take a look…
Being an optimist, maybe he will return, even in a very limited sense. Here's my theory to get things going. Throughout The Dark Knight, Batman tells Harvey Dent that he is the "White Knight", he is the one that could finally save Gotham City. Batman's end-all objective is purely to make Gotham the kind of place that it was when his parents were alive. So if Harvey is the one who could do that, then why wouldn't Batman want to help him stay alive, in some way, as that White Knight. The people of Gotham, who would then be rooting for Harvey to eventually make it out of his coma, will have something to believe in together.
Christopher Nolan has said time and time again that it's about finding the right story. Couldn't that be just one small part of a storyline for the next sequel? If Harvey Dent is so integral, in theory, to Batman's objective of saving Gotham City, then why wouldn't he still be alive, in some capacity. Even if all he does is sit in a coma in a hospital the whole movie (and wake up at the end), that's a story that could remain in the background throughout most of the movie. We all know that Cillian Murphy returned as the Scarecrow, even just for the opening few scenes. So why is it so hard to believe that Harvey Dent could be back, potentially in some incapacitated sense? Hell, they brought Shredder back from the dead, why not Two-Face?
Although, on the pessimistic side, maybe Eckhart is just laughing like that because he's baffled that people still believe it's possible. Combined with the weight of the entire Golden Globes ceremony, maybe it all just makes for a good discussion, albeit completely ridiculous. So what do you think? First off, is Eckhart hinting that he'll return? Second, is there a storyline with Two-Face that makes sense?