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Fact Of The Day - 9/3/15

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Did you know that Batman The Animated Series was the first Batman series to suggest Two Face had a psychological issue before the acid accident in the courtroom?


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The series was also the first to suggest that Harvey Dent had a pre-existing dual personality before becoming Two-Face. This idea came from Alan Burnett, one of the series’ producers and head writers.[13]


The source given is an interview with one of the producers and head writers Alan Burnett from a DCAU site called The World’s Finest.

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“Two-Face, Part One” features a heavy psychological storyline, practically unheard of in animation at the time. The episode in question is considered by many to be a huge turning point in the medium. Was there ever any initial resistance to the story from outside or even inside sources and do you additional comments to make about the episode?

There was no resistance whatsoever. Our crew and Fox network wanted to push the envelope. I have always loved Two-Face. I think he’s on the very top tier of villains in comic books, even though the number of stories you can tell about him is probably limited. I always thought that it was wrong that the accident that scarred his face created his split personality. He had to have been that way before the scarring. So that was the idea I was working on. I thought it was an original idea for Two-Face, but I found out later that Andy Helfer had written a comic story with that very same notion.

I consulted with a child psychiatrist to come up with a kid-understandable reason why Harvey Dent developed a split personality, and was surprised to find out that it doesn’t take much to start that sickness going.

We didn’t want to reveal Harvey’s scarred face until the end of the show, which presented the challenge of holding our audience’s attention with a villain who had no costume or special accoutrements. He was just a Suit, albeit a crazy one. Fortunately he was well acted in the animation. Also, the director, Kevin Alteiri, bless his heart, figured out a way to foreshadow the scarred face with lighting effects in a scene in a psychiatrist’s office.

That scene with the psychiatrist was central to me. It was the reason I wrote the story. I had Zelda Rubinstein, the clairvoyant in “Poltergeist,” in mind for the psychiatrist when I was writing, and our voice director, Andrea Romano, brought her in to do the original recording. When she hypnotizes Dent and releases the monster, I wanted that moment when you’re thinking, “How the hell is she going to get out of this?” And she simply snaps her fingers. It was a Hitchcock moment.

I’m a big Hitchcock fan, by the way. Big. There’s a picture of him in my office above my desk. So it was a real kick to have John Vernon playing Rupert Thorne. Vernon was Castro’s man in “Topaz,” and even though the movie isn’t perfect, Vernon is. I can still see him shooting Karin Dor and her dress billowing out over a checkerboard floor like a fallen queen. Every once in a while we’d get a Hitchcock player for a Batman recording – Roscoe Lee Browne, Tippi Hendron – and for me that was always extra special.


Once again showing that Batman The Animated Series really was a ground breaking show for it’s time. That’s all we got today. I will be at DragonCon in Atlanta for the weekend and so FOTD is set to post automatically. But I don’t know how much i’ll be on tomorrow Friday or Monday. So until we talk again, I wish you all a pleasant day and I will see you on the next Fact Of The Day.

Fact Of The Day is the daily column where RobGronkowski’sPartyBusDriver shares some random tidbit of science fiction, fantasy or horror knowledge. If there is a show or movie you would like to see done, leave a note in the comments below. You can see the full archive of past columns here.




13. The World’s Finest Online, interview with Alan Burnett.

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