By Ryan Parsons | Image property of Warner Bros, LA Times
The Dark Knight
While Christopher Nolan has done the Batman franchise justice not once but twice with Batman Begins and The Dark Knight, the director is hesitant about returning for a third movie. Why you ask? Well, he says it best, really.
"I have to ask the question: How many good third movies in a franchise can people name?"
Nolan Contemplates Third Batman Installment
Think about. Need examples? Godfather III. Return of the Jedi. Batman Forever. The list goes on and on.
The LA Times have caught up with Christopher Nolan to discuss the success of The Dark Knight and the odds of the director remaining with the franchise.
GB: "The Dark Knight" is closing in on $1 billion. How do you get your arms around that kind of success?
NOLAN: I can’t get my arms around it, to be quite frank. It’s mystifying. It’s terrific but at the same time it’s a little abstract, the numbers are so big. The biggest thrill for me would be, with the number of people who have gone to see the film, how "The Dark Knight" stood on the shoulders of the first film, how we were able to build the audience up and build the story up from the first film. That was really exciting to see. We were all pretty happy with the performance of the first film but so we really didn’t know, "Where does it go from there?" For it to become such a phenomenon is extraordinarily gratifying. I mean, I’ve spent now like six years or something working on Batman films. It becomes an important part of your life; you become very obsessive about it, and it's pretty fun when there are other people sharing your obsession and going to see the film a dozen times or whatever.
GB: 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.
While I would love to see the Batman franchise go on forever like Lionsgate's Saw, I also don't want a er, what's the title of that fourth Batman film? See what I mean? Check out the entire report here.