Batman Forever (1995) (part 6 of 14)

Cut to Wayne Manor the next day. Bruce is watching the odiously named “GNN” network, which is showing a retrospective news feature on the events that led to the origin of Two Face. At least, I assume it’s a retrospective. Either that, or GNN is really late on their coverage.

The footage shows crusading DA Harvey Dent at the trial of underworld kingpin Sal “The Boss” Maroni. Maroni obviously doesn’t care much for Harv’s prosecutorial tone, because the next thing we know, he’s tossing a vial of acid at the DA.

Obviously, this is the acid that’s responsible for disfiguring half of Harvey’s face and turning him into Two Face. But I would buy this more readily if the footage didn’t show the acid hitting him dead center in the face. They try to compensate by showing Harvey cover half his face with a manila folder, but I doubt that would be very protective.

Batman Forever (1995) (part 6 of 14)

While this scene is as lame as a blind, monopedal donkey, it’s actually right on the money in terms of fidelity to the comics. But I have to wonder exactly which acid is capable of turning human skin bright purple with shocking pink accents. I’m also curious as to how something as unruly as an airborne splatter of acid could create such a ruler-straight, perfect scarring right down the middle of Harvey’s face.

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Dan Laurikietis

Dan is an actor, playwright, theatre director and writer of dubious literature. In order to feed his many substance dependencies, he also teaches high school drama. He lives in Northwest England with his fiance Lauren and his dog Molly. In his spare time Dan likes to squander his cash on books with pictures in them, DVDs and video games. He wishes he was more bohemian.

Multi-Part Article: Batman Forever (1995)

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