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Aaron Eckhart Is Two Face
Joining The Dark Knight

16 February 2007  |  Written by   

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After much speculation that has seen names as varied as Ryan Philippe, Liev Schreiber, Sean Penn and Bouncer, ex of Neighbours (possibly not true, but if you say it on the internet it becomes fact) rumoured to be playing Harvey Dent/Two-Face in the Batman Begins sequel, The Dark Knight, Christopher Nolan has chosen his man. Aaron Eckhart will lend his chinny gravitas to the role of the lawyer, turned disfigured crime lord.

Take care, there be mild spoilers ahead.

According to past interviews given by Batman Begins screenwriter David S Goyer, Dent will be the good guy in this film, helping Bruce Wayne bring down The Joker (Heath Ledger). But in the third in the series he'll be scarred by an attack from The Joker and become Two-Face, with the power to be nice to people's faces and then be, like, really bitchy behind their backs. No, wait, that's wrong, he becomes hideously scarred and schizophrenic and uses the toss of a coin to decide whether to do good or evil. We were thinking of Rachel McAdams in Mean Girls.

The Dark Knight is set to begin shooting in March, with a release date of July 18, 2008.

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Flat Actor?
Through all the speculation that this actor would become two face i have been un-optimistic, i saw him and julia stiles in oleanna about two years ago in LOndon and was blown away by the guys depth. He can run a stage and anyone knows that if you can hold a stage you can hold a camera. Last night i saw thank you for smoking. It's comedy genius. Now lets face it christian bale as the bat, we thought it was dodgy, heath ledger as the Joker, decidedly dodge and now this, there is a pattern emerging More

Posted by bibblewriter at 13:51 on 20 February 2007 | Report This Post

It 'll woirk
He's a good actor and i thnk that if nolan thinks he's a good enough two-face that's good enough for me. More

Posted by anakin solo at 13:10 on 20 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Aaron Eckhart Is Two Face
oyer, who wrote the plans for the 3 movies that are to be made with Nolan stated that Dent is in the next movie attempting to bring the Joker down with Batman, and then he gets scarred at the Jokers trial (either by Ledger or someone else?) and so turns into Two Face in the third film.idn't Goyer say in that interview that the Joker himself would scar Dent? However, I would be very sceptical that this is what's going to happen. Considering Nolan's obsession with secrecy, I doubt Goyer would b More

Posted by moogdroog at 23:29 on 18 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
Good choice. I can say havin seen "Thank you for Smoking" that he would make an interestin Harvey Dent. Not sure about two face thou. My preference was for Hugh Jackman after both "The Fountain" and "The Prestige", or even Jake Gyllenhal, but Eckhart is a worthy choice. Can't wait. More

Posted by BasilFawlty at 12:18 on 18 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: RE:
boring actor, he has ZERO personality. lly agree. The man has a charisma vaccum. Thank You For Smoking was the most toothless, boring satire i've ever seen, and when you consider it's themes and topics, frankly it's unforgivable. I'm starting to think In The Company Of Men was just a lucky misstep in an otherwise middling carrer for Eckhart, however my faith lies with Nolan. I can't really see Heath Ledger as The Joker either, but i'm prepared to hedge my bets ( along with Eckhart's Two Face ) More

Posted by barnaby jones at 12:06 on 18 February 2007 | Report This Post

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L: Hughezy what a boring actor, he has ZERO personality. re you mental? watch thank you for smoking then come back and edit that post More

Posted by krudler at 04:23 on 18 February 2007 | Report This Post

they should've gone with Andy Serkis More

Posted by Hughezy at 15:10 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

what a boring actor, he has ZERO personality. More

Posted by Hughezy at 15:10 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

Everybody Knocks Tommy Lee-Jones
But in a PG rated Batman, aimed almost entirely at kids and playing off of Jim Carry I rather liked his Two-Face, people take that film far too seriously and there's no apologizing for that but definitely looking forward (very much) to a more adult oriented, maybe even Hannible-esque Harvey Dent. Kudos to Chris Nolan for re-energizing the Mythos. More

Posted by Remy_WD at 13:54 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

Good choice
Now all we need is for them to announce that Fairuza Balk is playing Harleen Quinzel, and all shall be well in the city of Gotham! :) More

Posted by GypsyTrash at 12:11 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Aaron Eckhart Is Two Face
A two Face who is an intelligent and divided individual.  One who is capable of being a challenge to Batman rather than being some second rate thug who gurns a lot and then just shoots things.  I must say a good bit of casting here. More

Posted by sanchia at 11:19 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Aaron Eckhart Is Two Face
L: sanchia Perhaps now the healing can begin following the abomination of Tommy Lee Jones' version of Two Face. men. A cackling, 'must try and do a Nicholson' abomination by an actor who should have known better! I find it a bit embarassing watching it, he looks like he think's he's in the TV version of Batman (although Schumacher is as much to blame for that!). Bring on an 'adult' version of Two-Face. More

Posted by pablohoolio at 01:14 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Aaron Eckhart Is Two Face
Perhaps now the healing can begin following the abomination of Tommy Lee Jones' version of Two Face. More

Posted by sanchia at 00:54 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Aaron Eckhart Is Two Face
Nolan clearly knows what he's at. Just give him every franchise in trouble and he will fix it  More

Posted by Enda at 00:51 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Aaron Eckhart Is Two Face
L: moogdroog en public knowledge for a while that in the sequel they're not having the Joker scar Dent but Dent getting scarred at his trial during an attempt to kill the Joker himself.ince when? Where did you hear this? avid Goyer, who wrote the plans for the 3 movies that are to be made with Nolan stated that Dent is in the next movie attempting to bring the Joker down with Batman, and then he gets scarred at the Jokers trial (either by Ledger or someone else?) and so turns into More

Posted by pablohoolio at 00:50 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Aaron Eckhart Is Two Face
en public knowledge for a while that in the sequel they're not having the Joker scar Dent but Dent getting scarred at his trial during an attempt to kill the Joker himself.ince when? Where did you hear this? More

Posted by moogdroog at 00:43 on 17 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Good Move
 As I said in the other thread the only downside to this is it diminishes his chances of playing Captain America. Other than that a resounding thumbs up. More

Posted by MarcSpector at 21:55 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

Good Move
Given the excellent quality and (more important to the studios) huge profits of Begins it was inevitable we'd see another two on the scene pretty quickly. I think Christian Bale fitted the role in the first film perfectly, as did all the other actors for that matter, and so far they seem to be making the right choices for this one too. Now, I never read the comics so I only have Batman Forever (shiver) to go on but Eckhart seems a good choice - hopefully not as camp or stupidly defeated as the T More

Posted by donald carrick at 20:12 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

Fantastic choice
Aaron Eckhart's a a very versatile and talented actor, so I'm sure he'll do a great job. More

Posted by oki9Sedo at 17:59 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

Excellent choice. That's all I've got to say, really. More

Posted by shanyi at 17:56 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

maybe I should clear this up
It's been public knowledge for a while that in the sequel they're not having the Joker scar Dent but Dent getting scarred at his trial during an attempt to kill the Joker himself. Kinda like what happened in The Long Halloween but a bit different. By the way, great casting-still not sure on Ledger though.... More

Posted by Rock Lobster! at 15:27 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

umm-maybe I should clear this up...
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Posted by Rock Lobster! at 15:25 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

coolio
great choice, i'm sure about this but still undure of joker casting! and whoever's bitching about the joker not scarring dent. I don't think anyuone in particulaly special did, it was just sum crook! the only thing im worried about now is casting maggie gylenhall as katie holme's charcater! i've no problem with the actress but make her a new charcater, the only time you can have the same charcater with a different actor is dr who and james bond! More

Posted by clarkkent at 15:15 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

good choice
a very good and underrated actor. my only issue is that Harvey Dent was not attacked by the Joker - but Batman Begins was so good, I'm willing to overlook this matter. More

Posted by davidjthomson at 13:36 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

UberMintage
The only guy on the list for the job has gotten it. Absolutely quality choice by Nolan, fast becoming my favourite director. The guy's a pro and surrounds himself with pros. Eckhart IS Dent More

Posted by Silvertouch at 13:07 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

Talking about comic book movies..... has anyone else..
seen Harry's review of 'Ghost Rider' on Aintitcool.... Scathing is the word i would use... he even said that 'Spawn' was better than it!! That's gotta hurt. More

Posted by Moosedog at 12:42 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

Sweet
This film is gonna fucking rock. More

Posted by Severen at 12:21 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

cool
i cant wait for this film, gonna be ace! More

Posted by jemba at 12:16 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Good Choice
Does this mean it's pretty much based on The Long Halloween? I'd hope so, as its a fucking awesome graphic novel. More

Posted by Masked Dave at 11:38 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

RE: Good Choice
L: Kyle69 Looking at the cartoons made, he resembles the two face character, y might not be as ecentric as tommy lee jonese will bring darkness to the character. sp; That's a good thing More

Posted by BatFan at 10:42 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

Hallalujah!
Mature choice Nolan Bale Ledger Eckhart Freeman Oldman Caine and maybe Maggie Gyllenhaal as Katie Homes' replacement these are mature people with mature ideas about where to take Batman, this is going to be good. epic even. More

Posted by charliealonso at 09:45 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

Yah yah yah !!
Another quality actor on board - superb choice. I had read (albeit in The Sun) that Jude Law had the role, I have been crying ever since. Now I haved wiped away that final tear and give a resounding woohoo !! More

Posted by waltham79 at 09:19 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

Good Choice
Looking at the cartoons made, he resembles the two face character, probably might not be as ecentric as tommy lee jones, but he will bring darkness to the character. More

Posted by Kyle69 at 08:49 on 16 February 2007 | Report This Post

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