Add writing to Batman’s bag of tricks. The Dark Knight earned a nomination Wednesday for best adapted screenplay from the Writers Guild of America.

Director Christopher Nolan and brother Jonathan Nolan co-wrote the screenplay for the Batman blockbuster, which is based on the DC Comics franchise.

The Dark Knight is up against the romantic fantasy The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, written by Eric Roth and based on an F. Scott Fitzgerald story; the Roman Catholic drama Doubt, adapted by director John Patrick Shanley from his stage play; the Richard Nixon saga Frost/Nixon, adapted by Peter Morgan from his play; and the street-orphan tale Slumdog Millionaire, written by Simon Beaufoy from Vikas Swarup’s novel Q and A.

Joel and Ethan Coen have an original-screenplay nomination for their CIA romp Burn After Reading.

Also nominated for original screenplay: Dustin Lance Black for the Harvey Milk drama Milk; Woody Allen for his Spanish romance Vicky Cristina Barcelona; writer-director Tom McCarthy for The Visitor; and Robert Siegel for The Wrestler.

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