I'm assuming that it's quite possible that there are people who haven't seen The Dark Knight yet so I've attached the big warning in the title of this post and here: IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN TDK, YOUR DUMB (wait a minute, that could be a compliment on this blog)! Oh yeah, you then shouldn't read the rest of this post (but feel free to browse the rest of the blog, it's all good!).
Aaron Eckhart was doing press in Toronto for his next film, Towelhead, when he was asked a series of questions by SuperheroHype during an interview about Harvey Dent's return for a sequel to The Dark Knight:
CS/SHH!: Is Harvey Dent alive?Well there you go. Who knows when or if Nolan plans to return to Gotham but this kinda puts thing into perspective a bit. So you guys think this just might be a planting of information?
Aaron Eckhart: No. He is dead as a door nail.
CS/SHH!: So he's not coming back?
Eckhart: He ain't coming back baby!
CS/SHH!: I was hoping he would.
Eckhart: No. I asked Chris [Nolan] that question and he goes, "You're dead" before I could even get the question out of my mouth. "Hey Chris, am I?" "You're dead!" Alright, cool.
CS/SHH!: That's not a problem in comic book movies. You could still come back.
Eckhart: I think in contract negotiations it's a problem.
CS/SHH!: So you were never signed on for another film?
Eckhart: No, I'm not coming back. I think unfortunately, Heath [Ledger] was supposed to go on and that didn't work out. I'm nobody. I'm a cog. I have no say over this sort of stuff. I'm sure that there's so many other characters that they could whip together. I heard Angelina Jolie was going to be Catwoman or something like that. I thought that was a great idea. I'd like to be in that one.
CS/SHH!: It must be gratifying that so many people responded to your character.
Eckhart: Yeah, I dig it. Write your Congressman. I like that for the first time in my career I'm getting fan mail from kids and 8-year-olds. "My name is Bill. I really liked the film." I've never had that before. I think that's fun. I think someone told me they're going to be Harvey Two-Face for Halloween which is cool. I said to two kids the other day, "Did you see Batman yet?" Then I come to find out like two seconds later they've seen it four times. People are really going back to see it. My parents saw it I think 12 [times] so far. They're sick that it's going out of the theaters.
CS/SHH!: Do they normally see your movies 12 times?
Eckhart: I don't know about 12, but they like to go see the movies. They like to go see the audience. They like to tell people that I'm in the movie like popcorn people.