Sep 4 2008Aaron Eckhart Won't Be Returning to Batman, Because His Character is Dead


If you look at the box office numbers, it's mathematically impossible that you haven't seen The Dark Knight. And if you really haven't somehow, honestly, what are you doing? Thus, I'm unapologetic about posting this spoiler from an interview with Aaron Eckhart:

CS/SHH!: Is Harvey Dent alive? Aaron Eckhart: No. He is dead as a door nail.

CS/SHH!: So he's not coming back?
Eckhart: He ain't coming back baby!

CS/SHH!: I was hoping he would.
Eckhart: No. I asked Chris [Nolan] that question and he goes, "You're dead" before I could even get the question out of my mouth. "Hey Chris, am I?" "You're dead!" Alright, cool.

CS/SHH!: That's not a problem in comic book movies. You could still come back.
Eckhart: I think in contract negotiations it's a problem.

CS/SHH!: So you were never signed on for another film?
Eckhart: No, I'm not coming back. I think unfortunately, Heath [Ledger] was supposed to go on and that didn't work out. I'm nobody. I'm a cog. I have no say over this sort of stuff.

Yessss. This is going to make my Harvey Dent rookie card worth so much more. And, yeah, Eckhart, I guess the whole Heath Ledger thing really didn't "work out," did it.

Reader Comments

how sucky is that? the one that died in real life is supposed to come back and the live one can't. reality vs fiction - no real winners.

pretty obvious joker vs batman 2 was what all of the non-cogs were planning on.

Two-Face was just a plot device in this one, anyway. I won't miss him.

Really, when Batman said he would take the blame for Harvey's mistakes, I knew he was dead. Wouldn't make as much sense if Two Face lived on.

Still feel bad about no more Joker... er, I mean Heath Ledger!

Well since ledger died before the movie was finished being edited couldnt they have killed off joker and kept dent alive? sounds like someone fucked up.

yea i was dissapointed by the batman movie. why did he die and not joker. it leaves the story open for joker to make a comeback. WHY WHYWHY?

work out. douche.

You know what? Dent isn't the first classic comic book villan to die at the end of a comic book movie and never come back. The first Joker, Penguin, Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus ... why did so many people have such an issue believing that Two-Face was dead and not simply unconcious?

Dent *has* to be dead. The whole point of blaming the murders on Batman was to save Dent's reputation and keep the people of Gotham unafraid of criminals by following his example, as they did before. Knowing their white knight was dirtied would bring everything crashing back down; and to simply lock him up would be anti-climatic.

Let's put it this way: an accountant figures out Batman is Bruce Wayne and immediately sets out to blackmail him. Say Dent was alive and locked up at Arkham or something, and one of the hundreds of apparently dirty cops decide to do nothing "for the greater good"?

People want to see new things in each movie that progresses a story and not re-hash old villains over and over. If Nolan did that he'd be walking right into the Adam West formula where bad guys just give up after their henchmen are punched once each and eventually either escape or do their time and get released, only to do it over again. Next thing you know Batman will find a Robin and be captured by the bad guys, not unmasked but left in a seemingly unescapable death trap and leave the room, assuming they're dead.

"And, yeah, Eckhart, I guess the whole Heath Ledger thing really didn't "work out," did it."

OOOOUUUUUCCCCHHHH. I don't think he meant anything by it though.

A pity neither of them will be back -- they were by far the most interesting things in The Dark Knight.

Harvey Dent's dead - but why not let Two Face live?

Would you really want a villain to carry over into the next movie whether it be The Joker or Two Face? I was irritated enough when The Scarecrow made that random ass appearance in the beginning of The Dark Knight. That's not a great example since compared to The Joker, Scarecrow isn't really very cool at all.... All I'm saying is I don't want The Dark Knight cheapened with lame redundancy the way that Star Wars was crapped on with prequels.

That's bullshit. Fuck Nolan. What a dumbass move. I wonder where he got his information on Batman. I'm pretty sure Two Face plays a much larger part in Batman's life. He deserves more than fucking 20 damn minutes of screen time. What an assbag.

I know people who have not seen it. I even know someone who refuses to see it, because they're scared of dealing with the same things Heath said he dealt with from playing the character, just by watching the character.

No fair. =( I thought this would be the case, but given the fact that a Heath Joker couldn't make a return, you'd think they would work something out to keep Two Face as a returning villan in the next movie.

I was entirely under the assuption that he would still be alive. The fall he took was extremely short and anticlimactic, and he looked like he could easily still be alive, so I figured Batman and Gordon were only going to fake his death. I seriously assumed when walking out of the theater "Well, I'm sure Two-Face will return in the next movie, since it's so obvious he's not dead."

So I guess this means Ras Al Ghul is permanently dead too, even though his main gimmick in the comics was coming back to life all the time and being immortal? Chris Nolan is stupid.

They could easily change their minds on that. Keep Two-Face around in Arkham... If they hire a Joker replacement, they could get a cameo of him in Arkham too.

It's all about the Riddler though. There's enough awesome villains left in the stable to not need to revisit Two-Face or Joker, although that sort of Arkham cameo would be awesome, better than the stupid Scarecrow cameo in The Dark Knight.

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