It’s safe to say that most audiences were completely blown away by The Dark Knight this summer, and were clamoring for a sequel as soon as they left theaters. However, director Christopher Nolan says that he’s not necessarily planning a third installment in his Batman franchise.
The Los Angeles Times’ Hero Complex blog caught up with Nolan to talk about The Dark Knight’s critical and financial success, with the film fast approaching $1 billion worldwide as of this posting.
"I can’t get my arms around it, to be quite frank. It’s mystifying,” said Nolan. "It’s terrific but at the same time it’s a little abstract, the numbers are so big.”
When asked about the possibility of another installment, Nolan explained that he didn’t make the Batman Begins sequel with a third film in mind.
“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.” He added, “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.”
The last time someone else took the helm of a Batman franchise two movies in we ended up with nipples on the Batsuit. And, in all honesty, I don’t see how a third Batman film in this series would be able to top The Dark Knight regardless of the director. If Nolan decides to leave the series alone, here’s hoping that Warner Bros. does too.