Do you remember that time Billy Dee Williams had roughly seven lines as Harvey Dent in the 1989 Batman film, which starred Michael Keaton, and was directed by Tim Burton? Do you then remember how in the film’s sequel, Batman Returns, Dent completed his horrible transformation into the maniacal Two-Face?
No? Me neither.
Instead, the role of Dent in the third film of the franchise, Batman Forever, went to Tommy Lee Jones. Back in those days, comic book movies weren’t really led by a single, unique vision. Instead, they always played things by ear, and make decisions on a film-by-film basis — which has its positives and its negatives.
If you’re like me, and you’ve always been curious as to what a Billy Dee Williams Two-Face would be like. Well, thanks to the upcoming LEGO Batman Movie, and their incessant ability to successfully pay homage to my childhood, it sounds like we’ll be getting that chance.
Earlier today on Twitter, LEGO Batman Movie director Chris McKay responded to a tweet that said, “Please tell me Billy Dee Williams voices Two Face [sic].”
McKay responded with two simple words:
Obviously, this isn’t necessarily the same thing as Billy Dee Williams actually getting to play Two-Face, but it’s a pretty solid alternative, when all said and done. If nothing else, this continues with the film’s goodwill, and gets me to want to see the movie much more. When you have the smarts to cast Billy Dee Williams, you know you’re dealing with a filmmaker who appreciates the small things.
Williams’ role as Two-Face will mark the actor’s second role in a theatrically-released LEGO film. If you’ll recall, he reprised his role as Lando Calrissian in the first film, and unless I’m mistaken, he’ll likely be the only actor apart from Will Arnett to appear in both theatrical flicks. Pretty cool stuff!
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The LEGO Batman Movie hits theaters on February 10, 2017.
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SOURCE: Chris McKay