It only took 27 years, but Lando Calrissian himself will finally get his chance to play Two-Face — but in Lego form. (Good enough!) During an exchange with a fan on Twitter, director Chris McKay revealed that Billy Dee Williams is voicing Harvey Dent in the upcoming The Lego Batman Movie, a movie that is already doing all it can to look amazing. It’s a role he hasn’t played since 1989’s Batman, and is sure to make the fans wishing they could forget the Schumacher films very happy.
Twitter user Brent Waller asked the straightforward question of whether or not Williams would voice Two-Face in the film. McKay had only one thing to say:
@buddboetticher Please tell me Billy Dee Williams voices Two Face?— Brent Waller (@BrentOnInternet) November 30, 2016
He does https://t.co/sf1x4NtRzS— Chris McKay (@buddboetticher) November 30, 2016
This is a big deal for fans of Tim Burton’s original Batman films. Williams played District Attorney Harvey Dent back in 1989, at a time when race-bending characters wasn’t done across the board. Though he only had a one-picture deal with Warner Bros., Williams had hoped to play Two-Face in the third film in the series, Batman Forever. However, when Joel Schumacher took over as director, the role went to Tommy Lee Jones. And, despite Jones being one of the best actors working in the ‘90s, that performance was, well...
But this history is already a part of why The Lego Batman Movie looks so special. The trailers have done much to send up the Batman movies’ many flaws, from Bruce Wayne’s incessant brooding, to his Bat nipples, much-maligned face-off with Superman just this year. Having winking fun with the character — especially since the last truly good Batman film came out in 2008’s The Dark Knight — might be just what the franchise needs, and having Billy Dee Williams along for the ride makes what this movie is promising seem all the sweeter. The Lego Batman Movie hits theaters on February 10th, 2017.
Correction 12/2 12:20am ET: A previous version of this article indicated that Billy Dee Williams played Harvey Dent 17 years ago. That was incorrect. It was 27 years ago. We regret the error and the article has been updated.