June 21st, 2011

Two-Face... FOREVER!!!

Justin Reed paints the best TDK Two-Face art I've ever seen

I've been noticing the cinematic artwork of Justin Reed ever since I saw his great take on the titular stars of The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. His work pops up on film geek sites every so often, and it makes sense, as his pieces are warped tribute pieces to great films and film in general. Personally, I run hot and cold on them, because some feel more like cobbled-together collages, and I think his Spider-Man movies piece is a good example of what I mean, where half of the characters kind of tacked on and out of place.

That said, I have to give special attention to his tribute to The Dark Knight. Actually, it appears to be his second piece (here's the first), and how appropriate considering the subject matter:

This might just be my favorite piece of TDK artwork, as well as my favorite take on the film's Harvey Dent. I love that it actually plays with theme in ways that are obvious to me but are pretty much ignored by everyone. Everyone remembers and celebrates the Joker*, whereas Harvey and his arc are pretty much forgotten (possibly because the arc was botched in the last twenty minutes, but that's another rant). So it's great to see someone outright depict Harvey as he should be, torn between the Batman and Joker's extremes, and emphasizing how he embodies the soul of Gotham City itself hanging in the balance.

Between that and the fact that Reed uses this very image of Harvey for his blogspot profile, I think it's a safe bet that this artist appreciates the character in ways that many don't. I rarely collect, much less display, Two-Face stuff from TDK, as I far prefer to celebrate the character in comics, but if Reed put this image out as a print or poster, I'd be first in line to order one up.

Note to fandom, especially in fanart and cosplay: there is more to the Joker than Heath Ledger. Stop narrowing the entire character down to that one specific interpretation. At this point, drawing on the Joker from The Killing Joke would be considered an exception. That's sad. Please read comics. Thanks.
Two-Face... FOREVER!!!

DENT (Part 2/??)

Title: Dent (2/??)
Previous Parts: | Prologue |
Fandom: Batman (general comics continuity)
Characters: Harvey Dent/Two-Face, Gilda Dent, Bruce Wayne, Jim Gordon, Vincent Moroni
Genres: General, Drama, Angst, Romance
Rating: PG-13
This story contains: Alcoholism, brief mentions of child abuse, graphic violence, swearing, character death, sexual content

Disclaimer: Don't own, don't sue.

A/N: It's been suggested that I do these on Tuesdays instead of Fridays, so in the interest of not losing the momentum, you get the next part extra early this week!

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