Harvey Dent is DEAD! He Won’t be in The Dark Knight Rises! Probably.

Of course, this would be more concrete if Aaron Eckhart, who played Dent aka Two-Face in “The Dark Knight” would, you know, come out and 100% guarantee that Dent won’t be in “The Dark Knight Rises”. Which, from what I can gather, he’s not actually saying. Or maybe he is? I’m so confused.

Anyways, here’s what Eckhart told ThePlaylist while doing press for “Battle: Los Angeles” on the subject of “The Dark Knight Rises” and Harvey Dent’s role (or lack thereof) in it:

“Harvey Dent is dead,” confirms Eckhart for the umpteenth time. But when asked if he had any involvement in the next film, he replied, “How can I possibly answer that question? That would be career suicide.” When asked if he’s had conversations with Christopher Nolan about the next film, he re-iterated, “I won’t say that, but I will say Harvey Dent is dead.” If we had to guess, we’d say the character’s legacy might be mentioned but the actor himself won’t be in the film. And while fresh word keeps cropping up about Eckhart having a possible cameo, everyone seems to forget that back in December the actor revealed that Nolan told him directly he wouldn’t be featured in the film.

Of course, as grim and gritty as Nolan has turned the Bat’s universe, it’s still a comic book universe, and dead people have a habit of coming back in comic book universes. And Eckhart sure is going to great lengths to parse his statements in regards to the question of whether Two-Face will be back or not. If I had to guess, I’d say that Dent is indeed dead, but this wouldn’t necessarily preclude a cameo by Eckhart as either Two-Face or Dent ala flashbacks, hallucinations, etc.

Added: Dedpool mentioned this in the comments section. Perhaps Harvey Dent is dead, but NOT Two-Face? It would make sense, since Eckhart seems very intent on repeating that “Harvey Dent is dead”, but he never once says “Two-Face is dead”. Maybe Dent the good guy is “dead”, leaving only Two-Face, the villain? Just a thought.

We’ll all find out soon enough when the Bat rises in 2012. (Oh, who am I kidding. We’ll find out well before that, so stay tune, Bat fans!)

Dammit, for the last time, I'm not in The Dark Knight Rises! Maybe.