I don't know anything about Tale of Two Cities, with the exception of the opening and closing lines being the same, as well as its themes of class structure and warfare, and the French Revolution. And while it had influenced TDKR, my question for those who had read the book and seen the film (of course) is this: how well was the film's execution using the book as its influence? From what I've read, it sounds like a great story to be turned into a Batman story (film, etc.), and if I'm right, a story that gives Gotham character and leads back to why Batman was created in the first place. But that's just me, someone who has seen the film but not the book. From you guys, how well did the film execute the book as its influence, and what themes and from the story were used in TDKR, and was the payoff well achieved too?