Film Influences in POI

The Batman Trilogy

The Batman triology of films were co-written and directed by Christopher Nolan; Jonathan Nolan co-wrote The Dark Knight and The Dark Night Rises, but did not work on Batman Begins.

Batman Begins (2005)

Written by Christopher Nolan and David S. Goyer
Directed by Christopher Nolan

  • The mysterious Henri Ducard (Liam Neeson) approaches Bruce Wayne in China, where he has gone to distance himself from the loss of his parents, much as Reese withdrew from the world and became a vagrant following Jessica's death. He persuades Wayne he needs a reason to continue living, and something to do with his life, much as Finch does with Reese. Finch's approach is more pragmatic that of Ducard, who wants to train him as an assassin for a shadowy organization. The latter is similar to the CIA's view of Reese's role, and later, the approach Greer takes when recruiting Kara Stanton.
  • China plays a pivotal role in Wayne's defining himself when he turns away from his training as an assassin and begins his transformation into Batman. Similarly, Reese is in China when his distaste for his role as a killer crystalizes, and he begins the transformation into someone who does not have to kill, culminating in Cura Te Ipsum.
  • Ducard's duplicity (a la Decima)
  • John Nolan appears
  • Fox a bit like Finch crossed with Q -- provides the toys Batman needs

The Dark Knight (200?)

Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
Story by David S. Goyer
Directed by Christopher Nolan

The Dark Knight spends much of its time exploring two major themes: the limits a hero must face, and the use of technology against others.

What is a Hero?

the cost of being a hero, how a hero can cross the line between a hero and a aggressor, and what we need a hero to be. These are themes that are also explored in POI, particularly with respect to Reese, and his recognition that he did not have to kill to do the right thing.


  • Use of Machine-like surveillance technology
  • Fox's resistance to the invasion of others' lives: boundaries

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)

Written by Jonathan Nolan and Christopher Nolan
Story by David S. Goyer
Directed by Christopher Nolan

  • John Nolan, mayor, Brett Cullen

The Star Wars Triology (Episodes VI - IV)

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