A Batman villain was deemed “too gruesome and too violent” for TV! Which villain?
The 1960’s television series ‘Batman’ was the first time the character was brought beyond the realm of comics. Due in large part to comics being subject to strict censorship at the time, the show was kid-friendly and stressed many moral lessons including the importance of using seat belts, doing homework and drinking milk among children.
Because of the kid-friendly nature of the show, the character Two-Face was scratched for being “too gruesome and too violent.” The character was imagined as a news anchor who was disfigured when a television set exploded in his face.
Who was going to play Two-Face in the series? Clint Eastwood was discussed for the role. This was right around the time when Eastwood was making a name for himself in the ‘Dollars’ trilogy. No doubt he would have been a scary villain.
It’s interesting to see how things change over the years. Less than 40 years after this series aired came Christopher Nolan’s ‘The Dark Knight’ trilogy. It’s hard to imagine a more gruesome and violent character than Heath Ledgers portrayal of The Joker.
It’s a shame Eastwood never had the chance to show us how he could do in such a role. I don’t think he’s too broken up about it, though. He’s had a pretty good career without this one.