No Two-Face in Batman 3?
Not according to Aaron Eckhart there won't be, and while he might not know since he doesn't write, produce, direct or edit the film, he has asked someone he knows and they've suggested that won't happen.
Who is that person? Christopher Nolan, and he's surely got to know hasn't he? Well without the script being written or the idea even being broached we can't say no. Oh, and there are spoilers coming if you haven't seen the film yet.
“He is dead as a door nail...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.”
So that's what the thinking was at the end of The Dark Knight, but that was before the fan reaction to the character and the surge of opinion that would like to see him back in another film.
The story from Coming Soon got over to Empire where the article slams the idea and pokes fun at those who are debating the idea of Two-Face being in the film, except they seem to forget the entire history of such films.
We see his corpse. It’s not moving. Or breathing. So it's a corpse.
We see his funeral. Funerals tend to be held when people are dead.
The Dark Knight script, which is now online if you know where to look, states, quite categorically, that Dent is dead.
Oh come now Empire, haven't you been watching films and taking it all in? Characters who the audience thought were dead come back all the time.
First up, we don't see his corpse, that's an assumption. We see him lying still. From that distance and those shots I couldn't tell if anyone was breathing.
Secondly, I have never seen an on screen funeral of a character who turns out later in the film to actually be alive – please note the heavy sarcasm of that statement – that has happened time and time again, come on.
Lastly, and again feel free to don the hat of cutting and quite disgusted sarcasm here, sure the script may say he was dead but that was before the director made the film, the editor edited the film, the audience saw the film, the studio took the money, and the fans started the huge buzz about the return of Two-Face.
After watching that film I can totally see there being a chance for Two-Face to return. In fact listening to the dialogue at the end you could even be mistaken for thinking that Batman and Gordon were hiding the fate of Dent from the world.
However much I would like to see Two-Face again, I am liking the idea of a straight serial killer who leaves riddles as clues to the next, I really do like that, and it could make for a very effective return for Batman and to redeem himself in the eyes of Gotham.