Your New Book Assignment: Dickens’s Batman

Happy Belated Bastille Day! (It was yesterday.) I hope you are, like I am, pulling out your copy of A Tale of Two Cities. The latest Batman adaptation was, it turns out, at least partly inspired by Dickens’s oft-mandated book. According to Jonathan Nolan,

I was looking to old good books and good movies. Good literature for inspiration… What I always felt like we needed to do in a third film was, for lack of a better term, go there. All of these films have threatened to turn Gotham inside out and to collapse it on itself. None of them have actually achieved that until this film. ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ was, to me, one of the most harrowing portrait of a relatable, recognizable civilization that completely folded to pieces with the terrors in Paris in France in that period. It’s hard to imagine that things can go that badly wrong.

The trailer doesn’t make much of a deal about it, but Christian Bale’s silly facial hair reminded me straight away of some great steampunk imaginings.

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