Fox put out two clips today, both of which introduce us to a very familiar face — well, perhaps that will be faces one day, hur hur — from the Batman mythos. You guessed it! Harvey Dent, later to be the infamous Two Face. Which, you know, shouldn't really come as a surprise, given next week's episode is called, 'Harvey Dent'.
Here's the promo for next week:
While D'Agosto is an older actor, he actually looks quite young, to the point that — if the show wanted to — they could position him around the ages of Edward Nygma or Oswald Cobblepot. In Gotham, Harvey Dent is a "bright, charming, idealistic Assistant District Attorney whose sole mission is to eradicate the crime and corruption that has poisoned Gotham. Although he will one day serve as the white knight Gotham needs so badly as a DA, Dent also gives us a fleeting glimpse of the hideous villain he will become — Two-Face."
Gotham‘s Dent is described as “handsome, warm and engaging,” constantly maintaining a sunny disposition even when dealing with the city’s seediest riffraff. But... perhaps there's a little darkness inside...or a lot.
Here's our first scene with Dent:
Note the 'assistant' DA. He's just starting out. Honestly, at first look, I thought D'Agosto was much, much younger than he really is. Dent also has the potential to be an older Batvillain, even if he's not usually portrayed that way. So, my own opinion? I reckon he'll do great. If they make him still in university or a very new assistant DA, I'd be most happy, but I'll support whatever route they take and pass judgement after.
On top of that, even if Dent is as old as 25, Bruce will be Batman in about a decade. That only puts him in his mid thirties, and he'll probably be even younger than that. Before you go slurring, remember, this is a new interpretation and adaption, just like a multiverse comic.
Harvey Dent became Gotham's youngest ever DA at 26, before Batman started his crusade. Dent is always older than Bruce, sometimes by 1 or 2 years, sometimes by 10. The version in [Gotham](series:1127075) is a "fresh assistant DA" looking at a prospect of being Gotham's white knight, which suggests he'll really only be about 20-23. That's well within acceptable age range. If Bruce becomes Batman at 20, Harvey will only be 35 at the most, a perfectly fine age.
I hate to seem aggressive, as I don't mean it that way, but this has to be said: no one complains about Arrow/Flash changes, because the people familiar with the mythos are just happy to see an adaption and don't have some kind of superiority complex because they like to pretend they know better than the "average viewer" about the lore.
Batman is different, because his lore is more accessible, and people are bigger fans of the character. However, let's not pretend watching a couple of movies makes you familiar with Batman- they complain there's no subtle references, but there are. They don't spot them because they don't know about the more hidden parts of the mythos, only things they've seen in movies and games. Because they see that, they like to flaunt they know "everything about Batman and these changes are wrong." People who genuinely know comics and Batman know there's no "right" or "wrong." Retellings happen ALL the time. Alternate universes exist. This is just another.
Now, it's fine not to spot the subtle stuff, but to complain about a lack of subtlety when you're actually missing stuff is stupid. Whining people who don't really read comics are more familiar with the mythos and think it makes them superior to complain accordingly, I think. They don't understand things like reimagined origins or alternate universes, which are commonplace in comics, and essentially what the show is.
For more on how the changes from the comics in this show, which is quickly becoming something great, really don't matter, I invite you to have a read here.
Now that we've got that nastiness out of the way, let's just enjoy the show. I'm hoping we'll see some interaction with Maroni and Dent in the series, as a hint of what's to come!
What do you all think?!