Christopher Nolan borrows heavily from Michael Mann, in particular from Mann’s best film, Heat, for his own film, The Dark Knight. To see what I mean, watch this video: The Dark Knight: Visual Echoes.
Visually, he borrows a great deal. But I think he goes much further than that. The bank scene in The Dark Knight takes a lot from the bank scene in Heat. Not just visually, but sounds and action too.
To see what I mean, here’s the scene from Heat:
And here’s the scene from The Dark Knight:
This is not to take away from Nolan, who is a great director. But it is fascinating to me to see how much he uses of Mann, another great director. It’s almost a homage to him.
Fans of The Dark Knight might like to watch it and then watch Heat. You won’t be disappointed.
P.S. The scene from Heat is not just the bank robbery but the getaway. It’s a classic.