I've seen this topic come up once or twice in TDK General Discussion thread, so I thought I'd make an official topic for it. What years do the Nolan trilogy take place in? According to TDKR Weapons Manual, TDK takes place in 2004. However, in the movie, a security photo of The Joker is dated: 7/18/2008. Just an Easter Egg or the actual date of events? If TDK took place in 2004, then TDKR takes place in 2012. If TDK took place in 2008, then TDKR takes place in 2016. When did Batman Begins take place?