Christopher Nolan Ponders The Success And Politics Of 'The Dark Knight,' And Potential Sequels

Christopher Nolan on the set of 'The Dark Knight'Back from a big showing at Spike TV's Scream Awards, "The Dark Knight" director Christopher Nolan recently shared some thoughts about the film with LA Times geek-beat blogger, Geoff Boucher. While Nolan didn't let slip any big news about future Batman films, he did offer up some thoughts on making a third movie -- and the dilemma of the third-film curse.

"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," said Nolan. "On a more superficial level, I have to ask the question: How many good third movies in a franchise can people name?"

While story writer David Goyer debunked many of the "Batman 3" rumors here on Splash Page, certain aspects of the film have remained the focus of much buzz around the 'Tubes. On the subject of the film's much-debated politics, Nolan said that while no such analogies were intended, certain scenes presented questions that today's audiences might be asking themselves, given the current social and political climate.

"I would point to the interrogation scene with Batman and the Joker," said Nolan, "not that there is a specific political point, per se — but that I was interested in getting the actors to explore a paradox: How do you fight somebody who essentially thrives on aggression?"

Along with saying he was still trying to "get my arms around" all of the box-office records broken by "The Dark Knight," Nolan addressed the dilemma of bringing The Joker back for another film, explaining that none of the films were made with sequels in mind -- even though there was that Joker tease at the end of "Batman Begins."

"For me that was just about the excitement of people leaving the theater with the sense that now we have the character up and running," said Nolan. "I wanted people to walk away with that sense in their head. You know, that’s he’s become the Batman in the movie. That’s why we had the title come up at the end, because it was 'Batman Begins,' and it was all very specific to that."

How do Nolan's comments make you feel about the potential for a third Batman film? Can it overcome the failings of third films of the past?