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I believe in Harvey Dent.
~ Gilda's most famous quote.

Gilda Dent is a recurring antagonist in DC Comics, appearing as an antagonist for Batman. She is the former wife of Gotham City District Attorney Harvey Dent, who is later revealed to be one of the "Holiday" killers. However, other continuities portray her in different ways, from living happily ever after with Dent to being murdered by a criminal he is prosecuting.

While she was first introduced in 1942, she does not play a significant part in the comics until 1996, with Jeph Loeb and Tim Sale's limited series The Long Halloween.

She was voiced by Julie Nathanson in the two-part animated film adaptation of The Long Halloween.

Biography

Pre-Crisis

Gilda first appears in Detective Comics #66 as the sculptor fiancée of Gotham City's District Attorney, Harvey Dent. When Harvey's face is disfigured by mobster Salvatore Maroni, he despairs that, as a sculptor who "worships beauty", she will hate him for his newly hideous appearance. His life now in ruins, he renounces the law and becomes the gangster Two-Face. Gilda misses him desperately, however, and creates a bust of his former, handsome appearance to remember him as he was. Two-Face later destroys half of the bust with a mallet to reflect his disfigurement.

Gilda is later in the audience when Two-Face and his gang rob a classical music concert, and follows him back to his hideout in order to plead with him to return to her. Before he can decide what to do with a flip of his trademark coin, however, Batman and Robin burst in to apprehend him. Two-Face shoots at Batman, but Gilda jumps in front of the bullet, and is seriously injured. Believing he has killed her, Two-Face is overcome with remorse, and allows the Dynamic Duo to take him into custody. Upon learning that Gilda is still alive, however, Two-Face gives up his life of crime and has his face repaired with plastic surgery so he can marry her.

In a later issue, however, Dent is once again disfigured and once again adopts the Two-Face persona, and Gilda leaves him. She remarries, but Maroni murders her new husband to get back at Two-Face for putting him in prison. Two-Face then kills Maroni as revenge for hurting Gilda, whom he still loves.

Post-Crisis

The seminal 1990 story "Eye of the Beholder" revises Two-Face's origin story, and with it Gilda's role in his story. In this continuity, Gilda and Harvey are already married when Harvey is elected Gotham's new D.A. Gilda loves Harvey, but grows increasingly worried as he begins to crack under the pressure of fighting Gotham's organized crime. She also worries about Harvey continuing to financially support his abusive father, whom she despises.

After Maroni throws acid in Harvey's face, leaving him horrifically disfigured, Gilda visits him in the hospital to give him his father's lucky coin, which had been in his pocket at the moment of his disfigurement. She watches helplessly as what remains of his sanity crumbles and he becomes the murderous gangster Two-Face, and tearfully tells Batman about his abuse history in order to explain his descent into madness.

In "Two-Face Strikes Twice", Gilda is now divorced from Two-Face, who reacts by kidnapping her new husband, Paul Janus, and tries to frame him for his crimes. Batman foils this plot, however, rescuing Janus and putting Two-Face back in Arkham Asylum. Gilda later gives birth to twin boys, whom Two-Face kidnaps, only for Gilda to reveal that they are his biological children, not Janus'.

Batman: The Long Halloween

Two-Face and Gilda's story is rebooted again in the limited series Batman: The Long Halloween, set in the early days of Batman's war on crime. Gilda wants to start a family with Harvey, but is frustrated that he is too preoccupied with trying to prosecute mob boss Carmine Falcone and hunt down the serial killer known as Holiday, who is murdering members of the Falcone crime family, to pay attention to her.

After Dent is disfigured and becomes Two-Face, Gilda reveals in a monologue delivered to the reader that she in fact committed many of the Holiday murders in order to weaken the Falcone crime family so Harvey could have more time to settle down and start a family with her. She reveals that Harvey started committing the Holiday murders after his disfigurement, but they were both put in the clear when Falcone's son Alberto Falcone took credit for the killings in order to impress his father, and Two-Face then murdered him. She then destroys evidence tying her and Harvey to the murders and moves away, reflecting that she believes that Harvey Dent still exists within Two-Face, and will someday come back to her.

The animated film adaptation of the story portrays Gilda as having had an affair with Alberto Falcone and gotten pregnant with his child, only for Carmine Falcone to force her against her will to have an abortion because he did not think her worthy of bearing his grandchild.

DCAU

Batman: The Animated Series reimagines Gilda as Grace Lamont, Harvey Dent's girlfriend and eventual fiancée. She watches with growing concern as the stress of Dent's job, particularly his war with gangster Rupert Thorne, takes a devastating toll on his sanity, bringing out his evil alternate personality, "Big Bad Harv". The night Dent proposes to Grace, Thorne tries to blackmail him with his psychological records, and a fight erupts that ends in half of Dent's face being disfigured. Grace goes to visit him at the hospital, but faints after seeing the severity of his disfigurement. After Harvey reinvents himself as Two-Face, she tries to bring him back from the brink of insanity by telling him she still loves him. With her help, Batman is able to subdue Two-Face and take him into police custody unharmed, with Grace promising to remain by his side.

In the spinoff comic book series, The Batman Adventures, however, their relationship is destroyed once and for all when Two-Face, driven into a jealous frenzy after the Joker convinces him that Grace is cheating on her with Bruce Wayne, kidnaps her and tries to kill her. Batman manages to rescue Grace, but she ultimately leaves Two-Face upon realizing that Harvey Dent is gone forever.

She was voiced by Murphy Cross.

New 52

In the New 52 continuity, Gilda is a wealthy socialite who marries Harvey Dent after Bruce Wayne introduces them. Soon afterward, however, she is murdered by Dent's nemesis Erin Killian, which begins Dent's downward spiral that ultimately transforms him into Two-Face.

Trivia

  • Gilda's final line of dialogue in Batman: The Long Halloween, "I believe in Harvey Dent.", was later used as a tagline for the 2008 Batman film The Dark Knight.

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See Also
Arkhamverse Villains | Batgirl Villains | Batman Beyond Villains | Batwoman Villains | Birds of Prey Villains | Catwoman Villains | Gotham Villains | Harley Quinn Villains | Nightwing Villains | Outsiders Villains | Red Hood Villains | Robin Villains | Telltalle Batman Villains

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