Apparently, Dark Knight Rises director Christopher Nolan and his screenwriter brother Jonathan told the internet that the latest Batman movie was inspired by Charles Dickens’ A Tale of Two Cities a full two weeks ago. Did I know about this before today? No! I feel like my geek credentials need to be revoked.

Well, Slate’s Forrest Wickman knew about it and has put up a post on their Brow Beat blog looking at the similarities between the two works. It’s not something you should read without having seen the movie — or if you’re still holding out hope that you’ll one day get to the Dickens classic, I guess — but it is an interesting take on the movie that puts a lot of the ideas in the film in a new light.