Who is Harvey Dent? Who is TWO-FACE?
In nearly every incarnation of Batman, Repression, UNLEASHED
be it film, television or comic book, HATE and ANGER that
Harvey Dent is a crusading ROT and PUTRIFY in a noble man.
District Attorney and ally to Batman Bottled up for years, bursting forth
before he becomes Two-Face. when he’s pushed to the wall.
In Frank Miller/David Mazzucchelli’s Harvey doesn’t KILL
Batman: Year One, he’s the first But TWO-FACE does.
Gotham City official to trust Batman. Harvey won’t, can’t break the law
In Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, but TWO-FACE will, happily.
Aaron Eckhart’s Dent is inspired by TWO-FACE is the loss of
the crime fighter’s unorthodox methods CONTROL and inhibition.
in his fight to end organized crime. As with JEKYLL AND HYDE,
What do we see when we look at TWO-FACE is an excuse to
all these different Harvey Dents? act out Harvey’s dark desires.
A man who desperately wants to be Batman. With the TWO-FACE
Consistent across all his different appearances, identity, Dent is saying
District Attorney Harvey Dent is a man he can no longer STOP himself.
facing a hard, public battle. This is why the COIN is so important;
His enemies are mob bosses with At first glance, it’s TWO-FACE‘s
hands in every pocket and guys weapon, it’s really Dent’s own set of
on every street. Checks and balances, an artificial conscience.
Harvey’s hands are tied because A WEAK SPOT.
he has to face his enemies unmasked The COIN tells TWO-FACE
and answerable to the public. “You may not kill her” or “Let him go”.
In that light, idolizing Batman makes The COIN is what’s left of Dent
sense. Here is a man working yelling to anyone who CARES
who can behind the scenes that he knows what he’s doing is EVIL
who can do what he can’t. and that he wants to be STOPPED.
A lawman who doesn’t need In the end, TWO-FACE still goes out
search warrants or subpoenas. and ROBS and MURDERS.
One wonders if Dent admired But beneath the exposed facial nerves
Batman because of the good he does there is a VOICE, however slight
or because of what he represents: , whispering “Please, help me”.
Order, unrestrained by the system. This the tragedy at the HEART of
This yearning, this lust TWO-FACE and Harvey Dent; one man
plants the seed for the vicious forever CURSED to be torn between
criminal he becomes later. serving RIGHT or WRONG.
The disfigurement that ends TWO-FACE, the character, is compelling
Harvey Dent, District Attorney less for any classic stories he’s been
and creates Two-Face (though there are a few) but because HE
is only the catalyst. himself is one of Batman’s best STORIES.
Nick DiFabbio (aka Ghostfreehood) is a self taught artist from Baltimore, co-founder of the live art event Super Art Fight & creator of the web-comic My Sweet Wretch. Find him on Twitter. Two-Face prints are for sale on etsy for $12.