As readers may recall, I am a massive fan of the 1966 Batman TV series. There are so many great performances from classic actors and actresses who brought several iconic villains to life on screen, but there has always been one missing for me, Harvey Dent/Two-Face.
The facially-scarred villain obsessed with duality and other double concepts seems ideally suited for the Dozer TV series, so why didn’t he make the cut? What’s more, why didn’t Harlan Ellison’s script get accepted? That’s right, Ellison wrote a script and it was passed over!
Holy Harlan Ellison! Of all the brilliant Batman villains who made their way to the small screen during the run of the iconic 1960s Batman TV series that starred Adam West, Burt Ward, and a bevy of special guest batvillains, Two-Face was always noticeably absent. Strange, considering that his striking (if grotesque) look and very specific modus operandi would have fit perfectly into the world of the show. But it turns out that Two-Face did come close to trading brightly-colored punches with Adam West and Burt Ward…in an episode that was to be penned by none other than the legendary Harlan Ellison.
“Though Harlan’s written numerous comic book scripts for the Dark Knight, his first slide down the Bat-Pole was in 1966 when he pitched an episode to ABC’s Batman, starring Adam West and Burt Ward. Tragically—for reasons explained in the editor’s notes—“The Two-Way Crimes of Two-Face” was never produced, but now you can read what the Unrepentant Harlequin had in mind for the Dynamic Duo and their Bifurcated Foe.”