How Misha Collins’ Son Convinced Him to Join ‘Gotham Knights’

Child accepted! Misha Collins wasn’t thrilled concerning the thought of leaving his household in California to play the long-lasting Batman villain Harvey Dent/Two-Face in Gotham Knights after greater than a decade filming Supernatural in Canada — however his son made it a straightforward selection.

“In all honesty, the one factor that made me not wish to take this job was the truth that my children are in Southern California,” the Massachusetts native, 48, completely instructed Us Weekly forward of the CW present’s Tuesday, March 14, debut. “The present was gonna movie in Toronto and Atlanta, and it was gonna take me away from them fairly a bit. Yeah, I had a extremely onerous time wrapping my head round that, and I broached it with my youngsters.”

Collins shares son West, 12, and daughter Maison, 10, with spouse Vicki Collins (née Vantoch), who he married in 2001.

Misha Collins together with his household.
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“My son specifically — who is aware of effectively who Harvey Dent/Two-Face is — I stated, ‘You realize, I’m gonna be filming in Atlanta and I’m gonna be gone quite a bit if I take this job.’ And he was like, ‘Do it.’ And I used to be like, ‘Nicely, honey, pay attention, I’m not gonna be capable to be round as a lot.’ And he stated, ‘Dad, do it, please,’” the Roadfood host recalled.

“He was so longing for me to take the function and it truly damage my emotions,” Collins joked. “He thought it was cool sufficient that it completely trumped desirous to spend time together with his father. I feel each of them are harboring some pleasure about possibly doubtlessly having some small feeling that their dad is in a method cool for the primary time.”

It’s straightforward to see why they’d be excited. Collins is enjoying probably the most well-known Batman villains, Two-Face. Nonetheless, Gotham Knights introduces Harvey Dent earlier than he loses contact with actuality. He’s a detective who’s attempting to resolve Batman/Bruce Wayne’s homicide.

“Harvey Dent within the very first episode is attempting to take Bruce Wayne’s adopted son [Turner Hayes, played by Oscar Morgan] beneath his wing and determine methods to shield him within the wake of his father’s demise — and that individual aim is upended in a short time when [Turner] is accused of murdering his father,” Collins teased.

Turner groups up with The Joker’s daughter Duela (Olivia Rose Keegan), Cullen Row (Tyler DiChiara), Harper Row (Fallon Smythe) and Carrie Kelley (Navia Robinson).

Misha Collins in 'Gotham Knights' pilot
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As Dent tries to resolve Batman’s homicide and begins questioning whether or not Turner is, the truth is, the killer, the detective begins having bother. “That investigation is encumbered by the truth that I, [as] Harvey Dent, I’m beginning to see cracks in my very own psyche,” the actor revealed. “I’m experiencing gaps in time and reminiscence lapses, and I don’t fairly know what’s occurring. So, as my higher world unravels with the invention that my greatest pal is definitely Batman, my internal world can also be unraveling and I’m desperately attempting to clinging to my very own sanity.”

The New York Occasions bestselling writer (he revealed Some Issues I Nonetheless Can’t Inform You: Poems in 2021) was pleased to study that Gotham Knights wouldn’t have Dent change into Two-Face with the flip of a swap. “Historically, the character has been introduced on this barely sophisticated gentle the place he’s bodily disfigured on this one traumatic occasion, after which that causes him to change into insane, however not solely insane [but also] evil,” Collins instructed Us. “[That’s] not nice commentary on bodily incapacity and having a catastrophic accident. I’m no psychiatrist, however I feel, sometimes, that doesn’t make an individual change into an evil villain.”

Gotham Knights offers Two-Face extra complexity and depth, and the story is structured to observe Dent’s gradual descent into villain territory. “We’re not gonna simply have this one incident that makes him snap, however as an alternative we’re gonna present how he may have been so fragile that this incident may have pushed him over the sting,” the Supernatural alum stated. “We get right into a historical past of psychological sickness. Harvey Dent’s father suffered from what colloquially known as cut up character dysfunction, and Harvey had a really abusive childhood. We present Harvey attempting to white-knuckle it and maintain onto his sanity as he will get increasingly proof that he has this different facet. This different character shouldn’t be essentially nefarious, however definitely not bounded by the identical ethical and moral guidelines that govern Harvey’s life.”

Viewers can witness Harvey Dent’s unraveling when Gotham Knights premieres on The CW Tuesday, March 14, at 9 p.m. ET.