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A Tale of Two Cities disguised as The Dark Knight Rises

As the details of the Aurora, CO, tragedy emerge, I’d like to point Batman fans to something that will get their minds off this dreadfulness. Surprisingly, I haven’t heard much about Christopher Nolan’s comments that this latest Batman installment was inspired by Charles Dickens. That is, until this article on Slate. (Warning: Do NOT read this article if you haven’t seen the movie yet!)

Take a moment to consider this. There’s the location—the corrupt, crime-ridden city; the orphans as principal characters; the lower class uprisings. You may even notice (full disclosure here: I didn’t) that the novel itself makes an appearance in the film. As we all know, there are a handful of stories that have been told and re-told throughout the centuries. Some people just happen to be better at re-telling those stories in new and unusual ways—like Christopher Nolan—than others. Yes, other film directors that have come out with a new superhero movie lately, I’m thinking of you.

We’ve been seeing interpretations a lot more than usual recently—or maybe I’ve just been noticing it more—from Hawthorne’s Scarlet Letter being the basis of Easy A to the influx of modern day fairy tales at the multiplex. What classic tales would you like to see re-told and in what way?

2 Responses to A Tale of Two Cities disguised as The Dark Knight Rises

  1. Redleg says:

    I would pay good money to see “The Cyborgs Karamazov” – a sci-fi actioner exploring themes of guilt, nihilism, and filial relations against the backdrop of a giant alien war. Tagline: “It’s always rewarding to talk to a clever…KAPOW!!!”

  2. SPOILERS BELOW.

    The A TALE OF TWO CITIES parallels were some of the most interesting parts of the movie for me! I actually wanted more French Revolution during the five-month interval where Bruce was gone from Gotham.

    As for classics I’d love to see adapted in some new way: MOBY-DICK. And not with some cheesy alien instead of a white whale, although that might be interesting in its own right. I want to see someone tackle the depths and consequences of (non-romantic) obsession the way Melville did.

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