Re: A Tale of Two Cities and its connection to TDKR
There were similiar thematic elements. Mostly the class warfare aspect and the misunderstood hero who sacrifices himself for the good of others. There are also scenes which serve as an homage such as the storming of the Bastille/Blackgate and hanging enemies of the cause from lamp posts/the bridge. There's also the kangaroo court and executions of the rich.
I'd characterize it as a strong influence on the mood and themes of the film more so than a modern day retelling. I actually felt that the Dark Knight was more of a retelling of the story of Jesus in the gospels than TDKR was of A Tale of Two Cities.