All the Ways 'The Dark Knight' Borrowed from 'Heat' Revealed

The Batman owes a debt to Michael Mann's crime drama.
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Al Pacino in 'Heat' (left) and Heath Ledger in 'The Dark Knight'

Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan has long cited Michael Mann's 1995 crime epic Heat as an inspiration for his much loved Batman film. 

For casual viewers, the opening heist scene in which the Joker (Heath Ledger) steals from the mob has the most easily recognizable callbacks (and even features Heat star William Fichtner in the key role as the bank employee who takes a stand against the Joker's men). 

Now, an excellently crafted video from Glass Distortion delves into the visual cues The Dark Knight takes from Heat, as well as other films in Mann's catalogue: L.A. Takedown, The Insider and Collateral.

Last year, Nolan hosted a reunion screening of Heat, which centers on a gang of criminals led by Robert De Niro, who are pursued be police led by Al Pacino.

Check out the comparison below, as well as part of Nolan's Q&A with Mann, Pacino and De Niro.

The Dark Knight: Visual Echoes from Glass Distortion on Vimeo.

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