Soon after The Dark Knight was released director Christopher Nolan flew off to stay at Anna Maria Island on the west coast of Florida. Now he is back and he has got some questions we want answering! Such as the one below from the Los Angeles Times:
Could you see actually yourself not making the third Batman film?
NOLAN: Well … let me think how to put this. There are two things to be said. One is the emphasis on story. What’s the story? Is there a story that’s going to keep me emotionally invested for the couple of years that it will take to make another one? That’s the overriding question. On a more superficial level, I have to ask the question: How many good third movies in a franchise can people name? [Laughs.] At the same time, in taking on the second one, we had the challenge of trying to make a great second movie, and there haven’t been too many of those either. It’s all about the story really. If the story is there, everything is possible. I hope that was a suitably slippery answer.
He has a point, most trilogies seem to have peaked with their second movie. X-Men 3 could have been so much better. Spider-Man 3 was good but not great. At World’s End made less money than Dead Man’s Chest. After the huge success of The Dark Knight, can Nolan top it? There is no denying that Heath Ledger’s death contributed to the buzz surrounding The Dark Knight. Could the same buzz and anticipation be created for the next film?