"One man is born a hero, his brother a coward. Babies starve, politicians grow fat. Holy men are martyred, and junkies grow legion. Why? Why, why, why, why, why? Luck! Blind, stupid, simple, doo-dah, clueless LUCK! "
―Two-Face[src]

Half man and half madman, Two-Face was the alias of former Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent. After he received brain damage by a mobster's acid, Dent became a bloodthirsty, eccentric, and homicidal maniac with a penchant for using a coin that determined all of his actions.

Biography

Scarred by Boss Moroni

"For your dying pleasure, we are serving the very same acid that made us the men we are today!"
―Two-Face to Batman and the security guard.[src]

Dent at the trial where he would get scarred.

While Dent questioned mob boss Sal Moroni in court, Moroni managed to retrieve a hidden flask of acid and threw it on Dent. Batman became aware of that plot, and ran through the courtroom to save Dent, but arrived too late. The acid splashed against the left side of Dent's face, and horribly disfigured it, while the right side was protected by his notepad.

The acid burned far enough through Dent's head that part of his brain was damaged, and made him psychotic and homicidal. He developed a second personality, called "Two-Face" and would refer to himself in the plural. Dent was eventually arrested and committed to Arkham Asylum.

Escape from Arkham Asylum

Two-Face escaped from his cell on the second anniversary of his arrest, and his escape was discovered by Dr. Burton, who then contacted the GCPD. Two-Face and his thugs robbed the Second Bank of Gotham. They took hostages and looked like they were going to get away when Batman intervened and stopped the robbery. Two-Face trapped him and a guard inside an acid filled safe, but Batman escaped and saved the horrified guard. Batman pursued Two-Face by boarding his helicopter. However, Two-Face escaped before he crashed his helicopter into the Statue of Justice over Gotham Harbor.

At his new hideout, which had decor split in half like his personality, Two-Face had two molls, Sugar and Spice, who worked for him. Spice favored his 'dark', scarred side, while Sugar favored his 'good' side.

Murdering the Flying Graysons

The coin tells Two-Face to murder the Graysons

Two-Face traveled to the circus looking for Batman. The circus held a fundraiser that was attended by Gotham's elite, and Two-Face concluded that the odds were excellent that at least one of them knew The Dark Knight's identity if they weren't Batman himself-, and he threatened to blow the place up unless his enemy turned himself over (although the subsequent riot in the circus prevented Bruce Wayne from obeying his order). Two-Face was responsible for the origin of Robin because, when a family of acrobats known as the Flying Graysons tried to stop him, they were all killed by him apart from Dick, the youngest Grayson, who went on to join Batman as Robin after he stopped his bomb.

At his hideout, Two-Face met Edward Nygma, who adopted the mantle of the Riddler, where Two-Face initially wanted to kill him for invading his lair, but the Riddler stated his case, and Two-Face decided via coin flip whether he killed or allied with him. After his coin landed on heads, Two-Face stole enough money to fund Nygma's company, and the two gained knowledge through the Box and discovered Batman's true identity at Nygma's party. Following that, they traveled to Wayne Manor and the Riddler destroyed the Batcave. Two-Face, on the other hand, had his henchmen attack Bruce and Dr. Chase Meridian while he flipped his coin, which kept landing on the good side, and prevented him from doing any wrongdoing. As soon as the scarred side came up, Two-Face fired his pistol at Wayne, which grazed him in the head. Two-Face wished to finish him off, but the Riddler intervened, then they left, kidnapped Dr. Meridian, and left behind a riddle.

Battle on Claw Island

Two-Face falling to his death.

At Claw Island, where Two Face hid, Batman and Robin got separated. Robin had the opportunity to kill Two-Face, but didn't want to be like him. Two-Face used that to capture Robin. Two-Face and the Riddler then tried to make Batman choose between Chase and Robin, but Batman destroyed The Box, which permanently defeated the Riddler, and saved them both. Two-Face showed up, and was poised to kill them, but Batman reminded him of his coin. Two-Face flipped his coin to decide if he would shoot Batman, but Batman tossed a handful of identical coins into the air. Two-Face panicked and tried to find his coin but stumbled and fell into the pit on a watery bed of spikes. His exact coin then fell good side up into Two-Face's open palm before he sunk underwater, dead.

Legacy

Two-Face's outfit in Arkham Asylum

Three years later, when Bane broke into Arkham Asylum's storage room to get Mr. Freeze's suit, Two-Face's unique costume was glimpsed hanging on a shelf, but it was unclear if that meant that he had survived his fall and was captured or if it was simply a costume that he left behind during his last escape.

Behind the Scenes

  • This version of Two-Face was originally intended to be the same character as the version seen in Tim Burton's Batman film. The actor, Billy Dee Williams, was originally intended to reprise his role, though he was subsequently recast at the insistence of director Joel Schumacher, who disliked the idea. However, after the announcement of both its Batman appearing in The Flash and the comic continuation Batman '89, the two portrayals of Dent are now considered two different characters by the AT&T version of WB and DC, starting in 2021.

Baker's original red paint test

  • This was the only version of Two-Face that did not have a bulging eyeball and exposed teeth on the left side. Rick Baker wanted to portray these iconic qualities early in the design process but was quickly vetoed.
  • "Harvey Two-Face" played up the "two" gimmick to the point where Two-Face even referred to himself in the plural, except for two instances when he said: "I'll call you dead, is more like it!" in response to the Riddler's introduction when he broke into his hideout, and in the film's climatic showdown, when he told Robin: "I'll see you in Hell." while he hung on the edge of a cliff. The other "two" themes of half white and half black were: his hideout; his guns (one automatic and one revolver); his suit, and his two molls Sugar and Spice. His Henchmen guns have a Yin-yang symbol.
  • Curiously, unlike other depictions of Two-Face, this one was never revealed to take vengeance against Maroni.
  • In the comics, Tony Zucco killed Robin's parents, but in the film, Two-Face was the murderer. Zucco didn't appear in the film.
  • In the comics, whatever Two-Face's Coin landed on that would be final. In a scene of the film, Two-Face continued to flip the coin until he obtained his desired result. That irked many fans of the comics. It was hypothesized that during that scene, Two-Face had many opportunities to kill Batman, and simply flipped his coin for every attempt individually.
  • Unlike with the Joker and Penguin deaths previously, Two-Face was intentionally killed by Batman's direct agency. Although he attempted to kill Joker by punching him off the building, the resulting death is accidental and happens by chance much the like the Penguin stepping backwards into his toxic waste.
  • Two-Face's trademark costume was seen in storage at Arkham Asylum in Batman & Robin.
  • The scene where Batman threw multiple coins in the air was similar to one from the episode "Two-Face Part II" from Batman: The Animated Series.
  • In Mark Protosevich 's script Batman Unchained, Two-Face reappeared as a hallucination of Scarecrow's Fear Gas. Dent would've appeared in court with the other supervillians testifying against Batman.

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