Does Portland Believe In Harvey Dent?

The ‘Dentmobile’ heads to PDX to rally support for Harvey’s bid for Gotham District Attourney…

The viral marketing campaign for the upcoming Batman film The Dark Knight rolls on. The campaign, part viral-marketing and part ARG (Alternate Reality Game) has lead fans on a series of elaborate clue hunts, both on the internet and in the real world. The latest chapter in The Dark Knight ARG is centered on on Harvey Dent, a character known to comic fans as Gotham’s embattled District Attorney and eventually the villain ‘Two Face’. The upcoming Batman film is rumored to feature Dent’s rise to power as Gotham’s D.A., as well as his eventual downfall at the hands of the mob.

The Harvey Dent Election Campaign rolled into the Rose City today, making three stops in downtown Portland, OR. The morning started out slow, with only a few attendees at the first stop at Waterfront Park. SoniaTheRed, our intrepid Publicity Dominatrix, did her best spread the word by gathering new recruits and helping to pass out campaign materials. The festivities came to an abrupt end when a pair of security guards for a local business told the crowd that they needed to move along. Clearly, they were uninformed as to Mr. Dent’s importance and his potential impact on cleaning up Gotham City. We gave them a sticker and headed onto the next stop…

The Dentmobile’s second PDX stop at Pioneer Courthouse Square was scheduled to start around 1:00PM and by 12:30, a small group of Dent supporters had already started gathering. We waited patiently in the rain and by 1:30 there was a good size crowd eagerly waving banners and voicing their support. As a growing police presence (ok, a security guard and one cop, but still…) eyed us warily, the Dent campaign truck was spied just down the street. We waved our banners to let them know we were eagerly waiting for them. The reason for their tardiness was because the Dentmobile had broken down at the first stop that day. There were rumors that this mechanical failure was caused by ‘a bunch of misfits in clown masks’. But the Dent campaign rolls on and the crowd welcomed the new truck with cheers as it parked across the street. After passing out a liberal amount of t-shirts, buttons, stickers and banners, the campaign organizers lead us on a support march around the block. We shouted and chanted our support and faith in Harvey Dent and let everyone know that crime and corruption was at an end in Gotham City. We tried to organize a rally in the heart of the Courthouse Square, but local law enforcement informed us that we would not be allowed to do so. Were these the ‘corrupt cops’ that Harvey had warned us about? We took a group photo and the Dentmobile moved on to prepare for their final Portland stop at OMSI.

For the final Portland campaign stop, the Dent organizers needed something to show our fair city that Harvey needs its support. So, a small band of Harvey backers paraded through the OMSI front lot and made their way onto the Hawthorne Bridge. There, we sang fight songs, encouraged support from oncoming cars and made certain that Portlanders wouldn’t soon forget that Harvey Dent’s goal of ridding Gotham City of corruption. At the end of the day, we collected a few remaining campaign materials and trudged back to our separate corners of the Portland-metro area, confident that Harvey would be proud of our efforts!

We have photos from all three Portland stops of the Dentmobile over on our official photo gallery.

Want to learn more about The Dark Knight ARG? Visit the official Batman ARG wiki, which has a thorough rundown on everything that has occurred so far.

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