You may not have been thinking about Heat as you watched The Dark Knight in 2008, but Michael Mann's 1995 heist classic had a major influence on Christopher Nolan's Batman flick. Glass Distortion, the film analysis series, just took a look at the distinct echoes of Heat and other Mann movies that appear in The Dark Knight, as Gizmodo spotted.
In an interview, Nolan directly cited Mann as an inspiration on the film, telling Variety in 2009 that he screened Heat for his department heads before they started filming.
“I always felt Heat to be a remarkable demonstration of how you can create a vast universe within one city and balance a very large number of characters and their emotional journeys in an effective manner,” Nolan said. See how that inspiration made its way into his blockbuster: