Exposing Grissom front companies
Harvey Dent worked closely with Commissioner Gordon to find evidence of front companies owned by crime lord Carl Grissom and members of his syndicate. During this time Mayor Borg pressured Dent to find all the answers with immediacy, which only worsened with the emergence of Batman and the Joker. Dent and his allies failed to make the streets safe in time for the 200th Anniversary Parade.
Bat-Signal press conference
- "We've received a letter from Batman this morning. 'Please inform the citizens of Gotham that Gotham City has earned a rest from crime. But if the forces of evil should rise again, to cast a shadow on the heart of the city, call me."
- ―Harvey Dent[src]
After the Joker's defeat at the hands of Batman, Dent helped organize a press conference with Borg and Gordon. Prior to it, he received a letter from Batman, who vowed to protect the city from evil. Dent read the letter aloud at the conference, during which Gordon unveiled a signal to call him.
According to one account, Dent was disfigured when a mob boss he was prosecuting threw acid over his face. Blaming Batman for not interfering in time, he set out to kill the Caped Crusader in revenge as the criminal "Two-Face". Dent would subsequently team up with another criminal called the Riddler, through whom he learned the Dark Knight's alter ego. Two-Face was also responsible for the orphaning of Dick Grayson, who would join Batman's crusade as "Robin".
Behind the Scenes
- The version of Two-Face seen in Batman Forever was originally intended to be the same version of Dent as this one. However, Tommy Lee Jones was recast in the role, as director Joel Schumacher was not keen on Billy Dee Williams portraying the character. Due to this, fans struggled to consider both as the same character. After the announcement of Batman '89 however, they are widely considered to be two different iterations of Two-Face.