Before we were in the “dawn of superhero movies,” superhero films were few and far between. During that time, we didn’t have a new Marvel Cinematic Universe or DC Extended Universe. Instead, we had a few one-off films ere and then. The first “real” superhero film came out in 1989, and it was Tim Burton’s Batman. Modeled after Frank Miller’s “Dark Knight” comic book, we got to see a different Batman from the old 60’s campy TV show. We got our first big screen iteration of the crown prince of crime, and Jack Nicholson gave us our best Joker (at the time). Also included in the classic film was Michael Keaton (“Mr. Mom”) as Batman, and we were introduced to District Attorney Harvey Dent, played surprisingly by actor Billy Dee Williams. While Williams never played his alter ego (Two-Face) as he was replaced by actor Tommy Lee Jones in subsequent films (with no explanation for the racial switchback). Some fans were disappointed as they were denied of Williams playing the role. It looks like we may finally be getting the Billy Dee Williams Two-Face we have been wanting for more than 28 years.
Director Chris McKay is currently making The Lego Batman Movie. The film will be release next year and already has a cast which includes Will Arnett (Batman), Zach Galifianakis (Joker), Michael Cera (Robin), Rosario Dawson (Batgirl) Ralph Fiennes (Alfred), Mariah Carey (Mayor McCaskill), and Jenny Slate (Harley Quinn). It looks like they have found their Two-Face. When asked on social media today if Billy Dee Williams was possibly going to play Two-Face, McKay confirmed for everyone.
So it looks like Billy Dee Williams will finally get a chance to play the tormented District Attorney and a member of Batman’s rogues. Good for him!
The LEGO Batman Movie hits theaters February 10, 2017.