The tale of two face – The living Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
This is going to be our first article on a supervillain and it will be fair enough to start with the living Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, the former attorney at law, The two face. let us begin with the tale of two face.
History of the character
There are many takes to the origin story of Two face starting with –
One, where Maroni throws acid at him resulting in him becoming two face, the obvious reason being Harvey being an attorney, trying to wipe out crime from Gotham, and yeah Maroni being a mob boss doing what he had to do in the end to stop dent. This is actually the comic story of Two-face, which was also there in the 90’s Batman Movies.
In Batman the animated series, however, they have shown Batman being childhood friends with Harvey, addressing him as ‘Harv’. Here, an explosion causes the origin of two face and they have also shown him fighting with Dissociative identity disorder after being abused by some bullies when he was a kid. ( in comic the bully was his own abusive father) Maroni steals the case papers describing his deranged mental state when he was about to become Mayor. that’s a key point regarding the tale of two face.
In the Dark knight by Nolan, the joker has been shown as the reason behind the origin of Two-face.
Kent or Dent
When the character was first published, he has been given the name kent, later been changed to avoid confusion with Clark Kent (Superman).
Meaning of the Character
As being a character who is interested in erasing crime, just as Batman, he fails to do so because of criminals with power and reputation in Gotham.
“You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” This dialogue from The Dark Knight sums up Nolan’s take on the character that except for Batman, every other character is breakable after a certain limit. ‘One Bad Day’ as in the case of Joker. not a typical approach but it describes perfectly the tale of two face.
In Comic and Batman The Animated Series, he has been shown having mental issues prior to his ultimate breakdown after the acid attack and explosion respectively. That signifies our own struggles against the mental extortion we have to take, which we eventually try to hide from society, since they being the reason for us to lose it in the first place, using different defense mechanisms.
Every Batman Villain has lost something and then decided to choose the wrong side and that’s why he has the Best Rogues’gallery in Comics because every villain is relatable and personifies us if we might lose it someday. There are times when they all have gathered together to save Gotham proving, they are at a stage from there is no turning back.
Dent has tried to go sane after doing plastic surgery and then being left up by batman in charge of Gotham. Which of, the course ended badly with him Killing Ventriloquist (Scarface), KGB Beast, and few other villains as he lost his control again.
Another story sees him cutting his own face again after plastic surgery and an effort towards going sane.
Conflict with Robins
He is killer of Jason’s dad, has also been in conflict with Tim when he was a kid. His relationship with Dick is quite tensed as well.
The Number 2
Just for information case, as you all know he does coins tossing and then decides which side to chose. Originally, he used to rob banks with located at No. 2 street, also used to blow places when the timer says 22:22. He is not that much of an intellectual challenge for The Bat.
An actor becoming Two face (same acid theory).
his butler became two face.
All these versions were absurd and weren’t active in the long run. (lucky for us)
After knowing the secret identity of Bruce, he disappears, later to be believed to have blown his own brains out.
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