- Harvey Dent falls from glory
- Batman takes the blame
- Commissioner Gordon covers it all up.
Was that whole taking the fall for Dent and coverup from the comics?
Or was this something added to the universe in Nolan's movies?
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Short answer: Nope. Original story.
Long answer: No, but it did draw heavily on a few comics that mirrored parts of the movie, most relevant to Dent's story being Batman: The Long Halloween. In it, Dent, Batman and Gordon team up to go after mob boss Falcone, ending in Falcone's death by Dent's deranged hands.
It is a Nolan story element. Batman in the movies, is a far more public figure than he every is in his own comics.
During the Year One/Long Halloween era stories, Batman essentially is still an urban legend at best, with Gotham only having two or three previous major vigilantes that no one every remembers.