Clint Eastwood was supposed to play this classic villain in Batman 1966

It was almost certain... and then the series got cancelled.

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One of the best parts of the 1966 Batman series with Adam West is undeniably the rogues gallery of villains. Cesar Romero as The Joker (complete with painted-over mustache), Burgess Meredith as The Penguin, Julie Newmar and Eartha Kitt's double duty as Catwoman — all of them defined these classic characters for a whole generation. Even smaller, less-seen villains are still memorable over fifty years later. We're especially fond of Vincent Price as Egghead.

However, there's one notable villain that we didn't see that nearly joined the ranks of these greats. 

Harvey Dent, better known as Two-Face, has been one of Batman's longest-running adversaries. First appearing in 1942, Dent was originally a Gotham City District Attorney who went insane after his face was damaged when a mob boss threw chemicals on him during a trial. Over the years, Two-Face has been brought to life by such actors as Tommy Lee Jones, Billy Dee Williams, and even Captain Kirk himself, William Shatner!

While Two-Face didn't make an appearance on Batman 1966, he was on his way. According to the 60s Batman Wiki, show creators considered Two-Face early on, but thought that he was too gruesome for the more campy, family-friendly tone of the show. However, as ratings began to drop later in the show's run, they thought about pulling him back out. This Two-Face would be a TV reporter, not an attorney, whose face is damaged from an explosion involving studio lights.

Clint Eastwood, fresh off his success from The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly was reportedly in talks to play the iconic character. Sci-fi author Harlan Ellison wrote a story treatment. Martin Grams, a pop culture author who has written over thirty books on shows like The Twilight Zone and The Green Hornet, says that he's seen production papers that say Two-Face was "almost a certainty" with "Clint Eastwood slated for the role".

Alas, the show was cancelled before this could happen. However, in 2015, DC Comics put out a one-shot comic titled Batman '66: The Lost Episode that used Ellison's original story treatment. So you may never be able to see Eastwood as Two-Face, but you can revisit the story in print and think about what might have been.

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MichaelPowers 21 months ago
I wonder if ABC would have gone ahead with Two-Face as a guest villain had Batman not been cancelled by the network? Batman was a camp-comedy series, essentially a sitcom.
The makeup for Two-Face, as seen in the DC comic books is frightening. Would the network really put that on their humorous superhero spoofing show that young kids were enthralled by? Would they have watered down the scary makeup in order to pass muster?
wolfenstag 22 months ago
Woulda, coulda, shoulda. That would have been something to see. Just picked up the entire series on DVD; but still watch episodes in Saturday night. Kapow!
vinman63 22 months ago
Seems like ever other episode had the joker or king Tut.
jimmyvici 22 months ago
Clint would have skyrocketed the ratings back up and kept them there too. Dang…😕
Steve2021 22 months ago
Thank God they didn't cancel Julie baby
JohnGrant 22 months ago
Fortunately they didn't cancel Julie Newmar
phritzg 22 months ago
Looks like the comic can be read at the following link (I only looked at the first couple pages, did not click through the entire comic).
Stoney 22 months ago
I wonder if Batman and Robin would have felt lucky, if they would have gone ahead and made Eastwood's day lol
LoveMETV22 Stoney 22 months ago
LOL. Good one Stoney
PDCougar 22 months ago
Worth noting: By the time the "Batman" TV show was on, Two-Face hadn't appeared in the comics for more than a dozen years, and had only been in about 5 Batman comic book stories total during the 1940s through the early '50s.
ScarlettKaiju PDCougar 18 months ago
Yes, that is true, but Catwoman had a 12 year hiatus before she appeared on the TV show.
CoreyC 22 months ago
Richard Moll voiced Two Face in Batman The Animated Series.
cperrynaples 22 months ago
I read the Wiki page! Did you notice that nearly every story was 2 parts with rhyming titles? Wonder where that came from...LOL!
cperrynaples cperrynaples 22 months ago
Another thing: The REAL reason it took Batman so long to get to DVD was a legal battle between Fox [which still owns the actual series] and Warner Brothers [who bought DC in the "70's]! If you go to HBOMax, notice they have everything Batman EXCEPT '66!
LoveMETV22 cperrynaples 22 months ago
The first two out of the 3 seasons it ran did the rhyming episodes. Probably to set up a cliffhanger from episode one to episode 2. They stopped the rhyming of episodes format in it's last season.
Michael cperrynaples 22 months ago
But two episodes ran each week. So it was more like an hour episode, split into two for a cliffhanger between.
cperrynaples Michael 22 months ago
When I said "where did that come from?" I knew it was '66! But yes the comic book spinoffs did the same thing! And yes It wasn't used in Season 3 for obvious reasons!
ttenchantr cperrynaples 22 months ago
Fox and WB/DC made a deal to finally release the show on DVD where Fox got the video rights to the series and WB got the print rights so DC could do the Batman '66 comics.
vinman63 LoveMETV22 22 months ago
I think season 3 had less 2 partners.
LoveMETV22 vinman63 22 months ago
Yes they had a few, but not like the first two seasons.
cperrynaples 22 months ago
Well, since the MeTV guys forgot, I'll ask a bonus question: What MeTV star DID play Two-Face just a few years ago?
LoveMETV22 cperrynaples 22 months ago
" What MeTV star DID play Two-Face just a few years ago?"
Was it: ?
justjeff cperrynaples 22 months ago
ANY politician...
cperrynaples justjeff 22 months ago
No, they're not on MeTV! GOOD ONE!
cperrynaples LoveMETV22 22 months ago
Apologies! Another shortfall is that I often ignore the first 2 paragraphs of the post! So that was a DUH question! Here's a fact you might not know: Would you believe that both Clint & Adam were offered the role of James Bond? Yes, they both confirmed that they were replacements for Sean Connery and said no! Just as well: I can't see Eastwood drink a martini and I don't think Adam could handle the line "Bond...James Bond"...LOL!
Michael 22 months ago
He coukd have played Shame, rather than Cliff Robertson. That would scare Eric Shea
cperrynaples Michael 22 months ago
No, he would have to play The Man with No Name...LOL!
tootsieg 22 months ago
What a shame. Batman was one of the shows that everyone wanted to be on.
Very good article.
JHP 22 months ago
love the show - despite the yung un's who watch the bachelorette

that show is my rock when I want to look back on a simpler more carefree life (of course it was)

hmmmmmmm Sherry Jackson:)
BrittReid JHP 22 months ago
Sherry Jackson Hottie.....
JHP BrittReid 22 months ago
Hotter than the the sun's core

When she played the role in eps with the riddler ( I can see why he would giggle like he did:)

She was more El Fuego than Julie Newmar (hate to say it)
Zip 22 months ago
Maybe it's just me, but it would be odd seeing Clint Eastwood in such a silly show.
LoveMETV22 Zip 22 months ago
No it's not just you. Most all of his roles were serious, maybe the only one that wasn't was his appearance on Mr. Ed.
DocForbin 22 months ago
Kind of strange but Eastwood did put in an appearance on Mister Ed.
JHP DocForbin 22 months ago

In the words of Johnny Carson " I never knew that"
cperrynaples JHP 22 months ago
No, the phrase was "I did not know that"!
JHP cperrynaples 22 months ago
oops I stand corrected:)
MarkSpeck JHP 22 months ago
Yep. Ed made prank phone calls to Eastwood, and Clint came over and almost beat the you-know-what out of Wilbur, thinking HE made the calls. Eventually, Clint offers to help Wilbur train Ed.
JHP MarkSpeck 22 months ago
watched Mr Ed religiously - cant remember that one - thanks for the heads up - Allan Young was the comedic twin to Fred Rogers - just my 2 cents
vinman63 DocForbin 22 months ago
Mr Ed summer block instead of the crap full house they are showing this week
Barry22 22 months ago
Too bad this didn't happen. "You feel lucky, Bat?"
Rick 22 months ago
If I had a billion dollars and a time machine, I would make this episode happen.
cperrynaples Rick 22 months ago
If I had the time machine, I would try something else! Of course, we know how that turns out in The Twilight Zone...LOL!
justjeff Rick 22 months ago
If I had a billion dollars and a time machine, I'd buy me a South Pacific Island to live on, and time-travel to visit old friends and family that are long-gone...
cperrynaples justjeff 22 months ago
Yep, but do you remember when "the Professor" tried to save Lincoln? He was knocked out by John Wilkes Booth! Also in another episode, the main character tried to kill Hitler but didn't!
LoveMETV22 justjeff 22 months ago
I like your idea justjeff, both practical but also sentimental.
vinman63 cperrynaples 22 months ago
Time travel like that would cause alterations but some how things would balance out and the past wouldn't. You couldn't kill your grandfather but you could maim him
LoveMETV22 22 months ago
Interesting topic. Wonder how it would have worked for Eastwood had he appeared on Batman.
Would it have been Good, Bad or Ugly ?
NickG LoveMETV22 22 months ago
LOL. Good one
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