– by Joseph Jammer Medina


Stranger Things 2 definitely had a bit of an odd opening. The previous season had been wholly set in the small town of Hawkins, Indiana, and rather that start things off there, they opted to go a bit bigger.

Instead of Hawkins, the second season started off in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania with a gang of unknown assailants. These assailants wore a bunch of unsettling masks, and the general tone may have reminded you of a little film called The Dark Knight.

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As Stranger Things creator Matt Duffer revealed, that’s kind of what they were going for, and that the scene, and the impending car chase was indeed inspired by the comic book film.

“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. 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.”

Indeed, that part of the show felt completely separate from the world in Hawkins, and while some folks may have found it initially off-putting, I think it did give them a bit of extra license to change things down the road as the world expands.

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SOURCE: Vulture

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.