ScarJo 'To Get £13m Pay Packet For Avengers 2'
Producers reportedly ready to increase Scarlett Johansson's pay dramatically...
The superhero ensemble piece was a smash hit this year, netting more than $1bn globally - and a sequel is set to start filming next year.
Speaking to ComingSoon.net, the British director said: "When [Jonathan Nolan] showed me his first draft of his screenplay, it was 400 pages long or something.
"It had all this crazy stuff in it. As part of a primer when he handed it to me, he said, 'You've got to think of A Tale of Two Cities which, of course, you've read'. I said, 'Absolutely'.
"I read the script and was a little baffled by a few things and realised that I'd never read A Tale of Two Cities. It was just one of those things that I thought I had done.
"Then I got it, read it and absolutely loved it and got completely what he was talking about... When I did my draft on the script, it was all about A Tale of Two Cities."
He insisted that literature was more of an influence on the film than real-life events, but at the same time star Christian Bale has praised him for making Batman "topical" again.
And the director also recently told MTV News that "there's a lot about the consequences of actions" in the new movie.