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First look at Harvey Bullock and Billy Dee Williams as Two-Face (yes!) in the upcoming Batman ’89 comic

June 13th, 2021 by Marc Comments

We reported a while back (here) that July would see the arrival of Batman ’89 and Superman ’79, two all-new comic series continuing the stories of the iconic Tim Buton and Richard Donner movies and, not gonna lie, we’ve been pretty excited for them.

Now, artist Joe Quinones, who is drawing the Batman ’89 book, has revealed first looks at two of the iconic characters set to appear in the books – one of which many of us have waited for for over 30 years.

First up – yes! – we have our first look at Billy Dee Williams as Harvey Two-Face!

Williams, of course, played Harvey Dent in Batman in 1989 and many of us were excited to see him become Two-Face in future installments of the series, however, it never came to pass as, by the time they got around to introducing Two-Face in Batman Forever in 1995, both director Tim Burton and Batman star Michael Keaton had stepped down from the franchise and Tommy Lee Jones was cast as the new Harvey/Two-Face.

This is all about to change, however, as Quinones has now introduced us to Williams as Harvey (below) and his eventual transformation into Two-Face (above). While it’s still possible (fingers crossed) that we’ll see Williams in the role now that Keaton is returning as Batman in The Flash movie, this comic is likely the closest we’ll get to actually having that version of Two-Face threatening Gotham City – and yes, we know he played the character in the LEGO Batman Movie.

Next up, we get our look at a character that never made it into the world of any of the Batman movies, Harvey Bullock.

Bullock is a cop with Gotham PD and, while he doesn’t like Batman and has a tough way of doing things, he is essentially a good man. While I once thought that the character of Eckhart on Batman ’89 was meant to be Bollock, it looks like we’re finally going to see him pounding the pavements of Gotham with Pat Hingle’s version of Commissioner Gordon:

And finally, while not directly connected to the Batman ’89 book, a piece by Quinones has popped up online of his version of Nicholas Cage as Superman. You will likely recall that Cage was set to make a Death of Superman movie with Burton (here) which never came to pass – Cage did play Superman in the Teen Titans GO! movie (here) and he was even approached to a appear in last year’s Arrowverse crossover event Crisis on Infinite Earths (here). In the link below you can hear Quinones defend Cage’s casting as Superman when someone mocks it and, since his character and Keaton’s Batman were set to overlap (Batman was to read a tribute in the movie at Superman’s funeral), we’re wondering if we might even see him appear in this series.

We’re just fanboying here, but some of this sounds very exciting and, with Keaton’s return in The Flash, it’s a great time to be a fan of his version of Batman.

Thoughts? I want to hear them, gang.

Superman ’78 and Batman ’89 will debut digital-first on July 27th, with six digital chapters each (three comic books’ worth of stories each). New chapters will then be released for the next six weeks, for a total of 12 chapters each. DC plans to publish printed issues (two chapters per issue) beginning in August, with hardcover collections already mapped out in October for Batman ’89 and November for Superman ’78.

UPDATED: New image of Billy Dee as Two-face just popped up online:

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….