‘A Tale of Two Cities’ (Not the Occupy Movement) Inspired ‘The Dark Knight Rises’

A Tale of Two Cities Movie

Look, everyone. Let’s be honest. From here on out it’s going to be all The Dark Knight Rises, all the time. A few foreign films might slip into the mix, and some sort of Asian Film Festival in New York might end up on the radar, but for the most part everyone will be writing about Christopher Nolan’s forthcoming trilogy cap forever and ever and ever for the next two weeks.

That being said, Wired has crafted a must-read article on how Nolan’s vision has been brought to masterful life. It features Nolan, co-writer Jonathan Nolan, and the stars of the film weighing in on various aspects of production, but the most interesting note might be where the story was really born from: Dickensian England.

Jonathan Nolan claims that the goal was to see Gotham truly destroyed, and the best place to look for a story of total. shocking destruction in a modern city was the classic you were forced to read in high school, “A Tale of Two Cities.” 

Admit it, you rented the movie too.

“After the second film came out, it was before the recession and Occupy Wall Street,” said Jonathan Nolan.“Rather than being influenced by that, we looked at old books and movies, and at some point I found ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ to be captivating. . . The other [Batman] movies keep threatening to turn Gotham City inside out so it collapses on itself, but they never really achieved that. ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ was the most harrowing portrait of a relatable, recognizable civilization falling to pieces.”

There’s certainly an element of Occupy to Anne Hathaway’s character, especially since all the protesters started wearing tight leather and hosting the Oscars, but it’s nice (and unsurprising) to know that the Nolans dug into literary history to counterbalance the spandex and rubber suits.

So now who wants to see an adaptation of “A Tale of Two Cities” done by Nolan?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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