But the point is there's not enough evidence to suggest it was intended as an homage to that particular movie, because that particular movie's Joker death scene was not unique enough to rule out a coincidental similarity. I'm not trying to be "pedantic," I'm trying to assess the evidence and the probabilities in order to answer the question that was asked of us, i.e. whether the Dark Knight
scene was likely to be an homage to the '89 scene. My answer is that it probably wasn't, based on the available evidence. If someone can provide a quote from one of the filmmakers saying they did intend an homage, I'll freely change my conclusion, but based on what information I have available at the moment, I'd call it unlikely.