Friday, July 18, 2008

A Prediction

When The Dark Knight makes the hundreds of millions of dollars it's going to make, I predict Warner Brothers will do everything in its power to ensure that the next installment, which Christopher Nolan has reportedly wanted to be the "trilogy capper" for Batman, will definitely not be the final Batman film.

At a certain point, you almost can't blame them. When you look at the summer of 2006, for instance, Warner Brothers took a hammering not unlike the mob at Batman's hands according to Sir Alfred in the first teaser. I'm not going to bother with extracting all of the numbers, but I do plainly remember Poseidon, Superman Returns and Lady in the Water just for starters all underperforming. The studio was hit hard. (Fortunately for them, they had The Departed waiting to be shown in the fall.)

Anyway, what do you think? Even if you haven't seen The Dark Knight yet, but especially if you have (and many of you doubtless will in the upcoming hours as will I), do you think Warner Brothers will take a hardline approach to retaining what appears to be their safest cash cow? It's something of a blessing and a curse, of course: Nolan may adamantly insist that his third film is at the very least his last, but will he be comfortable with the studio letting someone else take over?

Not having seen The Dark Knight yet I have no idea how it does or does not set up the eventual third film--the whole Ledger/Joker issue notwithstanding--so it will be something to soak up after viewing the film in its own right, though I'm sure I'll be rightly caught up in The Dark Knight singularly that I thankfully won't be thinking about any of this until later on this evening when I return...


Evan Derrick said...

As I mentioned at LiC, if the third one is to even come close to the emotional resonance and intensity of this one, Batman must die. It's the logical way to cap a trilogy, and somewhat inevitable given who Batman is and what he does.

Of course WB won't let Nolan go there. How could they? They're going to milk this puppy into the asphalt. It will be interesting to see how those talks shape up in the future.

Craig Kennedy said...

I believe there will be many more Batmans to come whether Nolan is involved or not.

Franchises are the closest a studio has to a sure thing and there's no way they're going to let this one die on the vine just because Nolan isn't interested in doing another one.

Alexander Coleman said...

Warner Bros. should give me the the director's chair after Nolan calls it quits.

I don't think Batman has to physically die, Evan.


In a way, he kind of figuratively dies at the end of The Dark Knight. That was emotionally brutal.

Daniel G. said...

Yes, there simply must be sequels in the future, although I think it may have been Evan or someone else who made a good point about future villains not being able to hold a candle to Ledger.

I mean really, wasn't it kind of sad to think about how much better he was than Nicholson, who in our minds was a legendary villain just 24 hours ago?

Alexander Coleman said...

I know it sounds bizarre on the face of it, but an idea I've had regarding Batman III would be that rather than any kind of "super-villains," it's more populated by "stepping-stone" villains of a certain type. I mean, the truth is The Dark Knight continued that template from Batman Begins. More guys like Lau, maybe more vicious gangsters, etceteras.


You also have the fact that Batman is on the run from the police, and I could easily see how cops tasked with taking Batman down could represent "villains" of a certain type.

Anyway, I know literally dozens of people from both online and offline who don't do fan-fiction and don't obsess over the direction of movie franchises, but practically everybody is wondering where Nolan's Batman saga is going at this point.

And that is exciting. We're dealing with a franchise that just killed off the love interest, ostensibly kicked out one of Wayne's mentor figures and ripped apart much of the Batman myth and ethos and stomped it into the ground (while paradoxically boosting "The Dark Knight" and his image as Gordon explains it all to his son). Nolan's overturning some sacred cows.