20 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets from The Dark Knight
The Story Was Inspired by Several Specific Comic Books
Every superhero movie is obviously inspired by comic books. That’s where most of these characters come from, after all. For The Dark Knight, though, the Nolan brothers were being influenced by a few comic book series in particular. The first was Alan Moore‘s The Killing Joke, which explored the psychology behind the Joker.
The film also refers to Batman: Year One, which explores the relationship between Batman and Commissioner Gordon, and Batman: The Long Halloween, which tells Harvey Dent’s story. All of these pieces come together almost seamlessly in the final film, which manages to use the best elements from every work it references.