As The Dark Knight Rises finally begins to take shape, fans are biting at the bit for some idea of what to expect from Chris Nolan's final Batman movie. While many mysteries remain regarding which characters might be in the film, we can now definitively report on one that won't be making an appearance.
Despite Nolan's insistence that Harvey Dent/Two-Face died at the end of The Dark Knight, many felt that final shot of his motionless body was just a little too ambiguous. Hop on any forum and you'll find someone who swears Dent was still breathing or that Nolan is purposely misleading us.
"Chris and I had a meeting, on the beach, just the two of us ... I said, 'Chris, a lot of people are asking me if I'm in the next 'Batman.' And Chris said, 'Yes?' I said, 'Am I?' He looked at me and he said, 'No.'"
This will definitely come as a disappointment to the large number of fans clinging to the hope we might see more of the character. Eckhart admits he feels a bit let down as well, but insists Nolan simply has a different direction for the film in mind - one that audiences are going to adore:
"I was heartbroken. But Chris has his reasons and my life must go on ... Honestly, it was Heath's movie to go on ... We had a great movie. I'm so honored to be a part of that movie. I know Chris has got something in store that is going to blow everybody away."
The issue of whether or not Two-Face should appear in The Dark Knight Rises was addressed by our Senior Editor, Kofi Outlaw, not long after The Dark Knight was released. I whole-heartedly agree with his assessment that there were a number of story possibilities that would have justified the character's return.
Two-Face's duality makes him such an incredible adversary for Bats. I understand Nolan's desire to have one complete arc for Harvey Dent in The Dark Knight, but that's just it - it was Harvey Dent's story. There was so much more ground they could have covered with Two-Face. As a life-long fan of the comics and these characters, I have to admit that reducing Two-Face's screen time to a somewhat rushed denouement didn't sit that well with me.
Alas, I never doubted Nolan was telling the truth so this isn't terribly surprising news to me. Regardless, I'm incredibly optimistic that The Dark Knight Rises will be a fitting (and hopefully surprising) conclusion to Nolan's trilogy.