SPOILER WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Stranger Things /em> Season 2, streaming now on Netflix.
In "MADMAX," the Season 2 opener of Stranger Things, fans were privy to a heist scene that felt very familiar to Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight. The show's creators, the Duffer Brothers, kicked the season off with an '80s punk gang committing a revenge robbery, only to be engaged by the cops in a car chase similar to when Christian Bale's Batman pursued Heath Ledger's Joker in his hunt for Harvey Dent.
Speaking to Vulture, Matt Duffer admitted that they were indeed aping Nolan's dark, gritty style in this action sequence. "We were definitely going for [a Dark Knight vibe]. Some of this stuff happens subconsciously, so I’m sure, yeah, we were ripping off Chris Nolan. Some of it was deliberately," he said.
"We put on movie music when we write -- I know I wrote that [scene] to The Dark Knight score or The Matrix, one or the other. But we love that kind of film, and we don’t usually get to explore that kind of vibe or tone on the show, so I think that’s really why we did it."
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The Duffers had the criminals chased through the streets of Pittsburgh before the superpowered leader, Kali, an escaped MKUltra test subject like Eleven, used her mental powers to project a bridge collapsing, warding off the policemen in pursuit, paying homage to the overall look and feel Nolan deployed in his film.
Now streaming on Netflix, Stranger Things Season 2 stars Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Finn Wolfhard, Millie Bobby Brown, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Cara Buono, Matthew Modine, Noah Schnapp, Joe Keery, Sadie Sink and Dacre Montgomery.