Supernatural actor Misha Collins is not any angel in Gotham Knights. Set within the seedy streets of Gotham Metropolis. The TV collection opens with the homicide and unmasking of Batman. Within the aftermath, proof means that Bruce Wayne’s adopted son, Turner, killed him to inherit his father’s wealth. To uncover the reality and clear his identify, Turner reluctantly groups up with a ragtag group consisting of buddies and enemies, most notably being Duela, Joker’s daughter.
Collins performs Harvey Dent, a charismatic district legal professional dealing with the case. He cares for Gotham and needs to make a distinction. Comedian guide readers and moviegoers, nevertheless, acknowledge that there’s one other facet to Harvey. After turning into horribly disfigured, he evolves into the deranged villain Two-Face, whose model of justice is decided by the flip of a coin. Collins’s model hasn’t fallen down that rabbit gap, but, however Gotham Knights will start to reveal the cracks in Harvey. Collins spoke to CBR about life after Supernatural, Harvey’s psychological anguish, the Court docket of Owls, and the artwork of flipping a coin.
Misha Collins: I wished to do a drama. I wished to do one thing that was gritty, actual, and grounded. I performed Castiel for 12 years. Castiel appears like a member of the family to me now, as weird as that sounds. I received to actually know the character and fell in love with him. He [wasn’t] human, so he had these nearly alien traits. I wished to play any individual who had the entire vary of human feelings. To be frank with you, I used to be a bit nervous that [it] was going to be onerous. I’ve been taking part in Castiel for thus lengthy, I wasn’t even certain I may do this. This character isn’t solely grounded, however we’re exploring a person who’s unraveling kind his personal psychological sickness and his personal inside demons. That was fascinating to work on, as an actor.
There have been days I received again from filming, and I used to be like, “I’ve by no means been so drained.” It wasn’t a bodily day on set, simply psychological gymnastics. Because the season goes on, my character suffers from cut up character dysfunction. He is attempting to maintain the darkish facet character bottled up, however the jar breaks occasionally and the opposite facet comes out. There have been instances [when] we have been filming, the place I used to be having to toggle between these two characters inside this one physique, and it was fascinating and super-challenging and exhausting.
I just like the look, too. I just like the manufacturing worth. It feels epic. They did an incredible job creating Gotham’s [skyline]. It feels gritty and noir. It additionally checks the field of feeling it has that otherworldly Gotham high quality that I actually like. I can let you know the second half of the season is when it actually begins cooking. I’m very proud of the primary half of the season, however the second half is like, “Oh shit. That’s actually good.”
[In] the start, I [saw] this character as this man white-knuckling it via life. He’s working in opposition to the tides of evil on this planet. He’s doing his damnedest to make the world a greater place. That could be a theme that performed out in Supernatural. That was the identical factor Castiel was doing. The problem for Harvey is he’s attempting to maintain evil at bay in Gotham. On the similar time, he’s attempting to maintain the evil at bay in his personal self. We, because the viewers, get to observe the method and may all determine with that.
All of us have variations of our private demons. Harvey’s simply occur to be a lot stronger demons than many people have. We find yourself rooting for him as a result of he’s attempting so onerous, however he is white-knuckling it. He’s clearly a workaholic. He buries himself in work. That’s partly as a result of he’s simply attempting to cover from his personal traumatic previous. It is a coping mechanism for him.
The viewers is aware of within the very first episode that Turner has been framed. He isn’t the assassin. There’s proof pointing to Turner being the assassin. In his coronary heart of hearts, Harvey is aware of that Turner isn’t the assassin. Whereas his public self is saying they’re going after Turner, as a result of that’s the political expedient factor to do, the reality is he’s attempting to determine who really killed Batman.
Definitely, with my character, it’s very a lot about duality. That can be a part of canon for my character. The Harvey Dent character is one embodiment of excellent and evil. Because the present unfolds, we’re watching the forces of excellent and evil at play. That query lives extra in Harvey than wherever else within the present. Every character wrestles with whether or not to make offers with the satan and whether or not the tip justifies the means in given eventualities.
It takes some time for the Court docket of Owls to emerge as an actual menace for Harvey. The Court docket of Owls is that this mysterious cabal of nefarious energy brokers, who’re pulling the puppet strings behind the scenes within the metropolis of Gotham. We don’t know who they’re. We don’t know what their motives are. All of these elements mixed make Harvey a bit doubtful at first. Who’re these folks? Are they even actual? What’s occurring? That’s precisely what the Court docket of Owls need. It takes some time to get there.
It’s humorous. Within the pilot episode, there was one thing within the script about Harvey choosing up the Court docket of Owl’s coin, which was discovered on Bruce Wayne’s useless physique. It stated that he rolled it throughout his knuckles. I spent lots of time rolling 1 / 4 throughout my knuckles. At first, I used to be like, “I’ll by no means be capable to determine this out.” I lastly received it. I received it fairly clean after which the day we have been filming it, the prop grasp introduced me the Court docket of Owl’s coin, which is about two instances wider than 1 / 4. It took me about 5 seconds to appreciate, “Oh yeah. That ability doesn’t translate to a a lot greater coin. I’ve to begin the method of studying how to do that over once more.” So, whereas it was scripted, Harvey did this cool coin trick within the first episode. Finally, we needed to lower that due to a clumsy actor who was unable to do it. Then, because the season unfolded, I labored on it fairly a bit. Then, the script by no means referred to as for it once more. There’s coin flipping, however there’s not that cool knuckle-rolling.