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It's the Booze Talkin': Nolan's Batman series could be The Best Trilogy Of All Time!

07.17.2012by: Ammon Gilbert

Unless youíve been living under a rock, youíre well aware that a little movie called THE DARK KNIGHT RISES hits theaters this Friday, in what may be the most anticipated movie of the summer season. If any movie has the ability to over-throw THE AVENGERS in terms of quality and box office, itís this one. Not only is it a Batman movie, itís the sequel to the monster hit THE DARK KNIGHT and the last Batman film to be directed by Christopher Nolan. Yep, itís the epic conclusion to his Dark Knight story. Iíll be seeing that shit opening day, but before I do, Iím gonna go ahead and make a bold statement: Nolanís DARK KNIGHT trilogy could end up being the greatest trilogy in the history of cinema! Yup, I said it!

Iím not talking just in terms of film quality, but also as a financial powerhouse. The most successful trilogy in history, the best trilogy in history, and if anyone can live up to such a claim, itís Nolan. Letís look at what heís done so far: he rebooted a franchise that was already 5 movies deep and made everyone forget about what Tim Burton and Joel Schumacher did before him. He made another origin story that was more exciting and compelling than anything we had seen about Bruce Wayne before, and delivered when it came to hard-hitting entertainment, with equally interesting character development and explosive action sequences. BATMAN BEGINS was more epic and better than most people gave it credit for when it was initially released but has since grown in popularity and is now finally getting the respect it deserves.

Then Nolan outdoes himself with THE DARK KNIGHT, a Batman sequel that was far superior to any Batman movie before it, and probably way better than it had any right to be. Part superhero movie, part heist movie, part crime drama, part epic storytelling, thereís a damn good reason it become the number one grossing film of all time before AVATAR came and took the crown away. Heath Ledger did what no one thought was possible, which was out-perform Jack Nicholson as The Joker, and his performance was even awarded with an Oscar. That alone should blow your mind. An Academy Award-winning Batman movie. Oscar worthy. Itís a f*ckiní comic book movie for f*ckís sake, and yetÖ itís that damn good. Itís not a perfect movie, but itís a damn good movie, with so many awesome things going for it that it almost makes me sad to think that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES is Nolanís final Batman film.

The setup for TDKR is greató8 years after he was shamed, Batman comes back to save Gotham from Bane. Catwoman is in the house too (though as friend or foeÖ we donít know yet!), and basically everything weíve seen thus far (trailers, teasers, posters, clips, stills, etcÖ) have pointed to 100 on the Awesome Scale. Sure, people claim to not like Baneís voice. There are gripes that the trailers donít show enough Batman in them. And to these gripers, I say, you havenít even seen the movie yet! Go hate on the marketing team at Warner Bros. and reserve your judgment for the film when you finally see it. Sure, Iím praising the film 6 ways to Sunday before seeing it, but what the hell ya gonna do, right? Itís more for the potential the film has, which is all we can do until we see Nolanís final masterpiece in action.

I said this could be the greatest trilogy of all timeóand I meant it. If TDKR is as good as TDK, Nolanís trilogy will be better than the CHILDíS PLAY trilogy, itíll be better than Sam Raimiís SPIDER-MAN trilogy, the EVIL DEAD trilogy, and even the BOURNE trilogy. But f*ck that, Iím taking it one step further into insanity. It may be better than THE LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, the INDIANA JONES trilogy (I donít count CRYSTAL SKULLS), THE GODFATHER trilogy, the original STAR WARS trilogy, the BACK TO THE FUTURE trilogy, and even THE TERMINATOR trilogy. All of these trilogies are epic. Theyíre all good, and most have stood the test of time, as even today people cherish every one of these films. And Iím not taking anything away from themÖ Iím just saying, Nolansí DARK KNIGHT trilogy has the potential to be better than any of them.

The old saying that ďthe third movie always sucksĒ can be said for a large percentage of the greatest trilogies of all time (THE GODFATHER, BACK TO THE FUTURE, TERMINATOR, SPIDER-MAN, etcÖ), so thereís a small possibility that THE DARK KNIGHT RISES will follow suit, howeverÖ I doubt it. Weíre talking about Christopher Nolan here, and I just donít see his last Batman movie sucking ass. If this is truly the ďepic conclusion to the Dark Knight legendĒ as the marketing campaign claims it to be, thereís no way it will be anything less than epic, right? But letís just entertain the idea that TDKR wonít be as good as TDKÖ so what? Even if itís not as good chances are that it will still be pretty goddamn good and if thatís the case, then it will still be better than most thirds in the trilogy, and thus still rank up there as one of the greatest trilogies of all time!

Maybe itís the booze talkiní, but THE DARK KNIGHT RISES could end up making Nolanís THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy the greatest film trilogy ever made. And I mean ever, as itís rare that all three films in a series are as epic as the one before it, and goddamn itÖ Nolan has already struck gold twice, I doubt heíll fold for the third round. Itís his last Batman movie, and every ounce of my soul tells me heís going to put his all in this motherf*cker and make one of the best films of his career. And if Iím right, then this will truly be the most epic trilogy of all time. And if Iím wrongÖ well, Iím a drunk asshole, what are you gonna do about it? But something tells me Iíll be right, and weíll find out soon enough when THE DARK KNIGHT RISES smashes into theaters everywhere this Friday, July 20th!

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5:04PM on 07/18/2012
Avengers & DKR are 2 TOTALLY different movies, both with qualities.
But I don't see DKR doing better than Avengers in term of BO (the 3D premium price only will make the difference).
And PLEASE...
Release an HD version of this trilogy montage poster of yours...
IT'S SUPERB !
Avengers & DKR are 2 TOTALLY different movies, both with qualities.
But I don't see DKR doing better than Avengers in term of BO (the 3D premium price only will make the difference).
And PLEASE...
Release an HD version of this trilogy montage poster of yours...
IT'S SUPERB !
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2:36PM on 07/18/2012

You're kidding me, right?

"Maybe itís the booze talkiní, but THE DARK KNIGHT RISES could end up making Nolanís THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy the greatest film trilogy ever made. And I mean ever"

Yes, yes it is the booze talking. And possibly the meth. And oxy. What the hell else are you on?
"Maybe itís the booze talkiní, but THE DARK KNIGHT RISES could end up making Nolanís THE DARK KNIGHT trilogy the greatest film trilogy ever made. And I mean ever"

Yes, yes it is the booze talking. And possibly the meth. And oxy. What the hell else are you on?
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5:44PM on 07/17/2012

Hey..

You leave Back to the Future Part III alone
You leave Back to the Future Part III alone
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7:56PM on 07/17/2012
I'll take part III over part II any day. But the first is miles above either sequel.
I'll take part III over part II any day. But the first is miles above either sequel.
5:24PM on 07/17/2012
@chh1138 No they got one lackluster sequel and three uneven prequels instead, same thing to me...!
@chh1138 No they got one lackluster sequel and three uneven prequels instead, same thing to me...!
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4:07PM on 07/17/2012
Nowhere near the Indiana Jones trilogy or the original Star Wars Trilogy. This series will be rebooted several times in the next 30 years - something that didn't happen with Indy and Star Wars.
Nowhere near the Indiana Jones trilogy or the original Star Wars Trilogy. This series will be rebooted several times in the next 30 years - something that didn't happen with Indy and Star Wars.
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8:00PM on 07/17/2012
Well it's the Batman character. Of course they'll make more movies. The difference is they'll have to try something new and wildly different because the Nolan trilogy is such a critical and commercial success it won't be forgotten. These movies will be rewatched plenty of times in the future.

We wouldn't have had this trilogy if they hadn't run the cinematic version of the character into the ground with Batman Forever and Batman & Robin (and I'd argue to a small degree Batman Returns, bat
Well it's the Batman character. Of course they'll make more movies. The difference is they'll have to try something new and wildly different because the Nolan trilogy is such a critical and commercial success it won't be forgotten. These movies will be rewatched plenty of times in the future.

We wouldn't have had this trilogy if they hadn't run the cinematic version of the character into the ground with Batman Forever and Batman & Robin (and I'd argue to a small degree Batman Returns, bat that's a whole other rant I can go on).
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2:36PM on 07/17/2012
My favorite part about the trilogy is that they all tie together and have coherence. A lot of trilogies are like a string of pearls, there is one, then the other, and so on and nothing matters from one to the next. A true trilogy needs to feel like 1 story with 3 chapters. And I love that they did this with Batman.
My favorite part about the trilogy is that they all tie together and have coherence. A lot of trilogies are like a string of pearls, there is one, then the other, and so on and nothing matters from one to the next. A true trilogy needs to feel like 1 story with 3 chapters. And I love that they did this with Batman.
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11:22PM on 07/17/2012
You can't be serious. I love Batman as much as the next guy but let's be honest... Nearly all true trilogies "tie together" and "have coherence."Ě This is not unique to Nolan's Batman movies.

The Matrix, Star Wars, Back to the Future, The Godfather, The Lord of the Rings, and The Bourne Trilogy all tie together to tell a larger story. Even the Terminator, Spiderman, X-Men, and Scream trilogy tell each chapter dependent upon the events from the previous films. Some trilogies such as the
You can't be serious. I love Batman as much as the next guy but let's be honest... Nearly all true trilogies "tie together" and "have coherence."Ě This is not unique to Nolan's Batman movies.

The Matrix, Star Wars, Back to the Future, The Godfather, The Lord of the Rings, and The Bourne Trilogy all tie together to tell a larger story. Even the Terminator, Spiderman, X-Men, and Scream trilogy tell each chapter dependent upon the events from the previous films. Some trilogies such as the Matrix, Star Wars, and the Pirates of the Caribbean hardly even end their second installment as it bleeds right into the third picture. Indiana Jones and Toy Story are the only really great trilogies I can think of that have truly stand alone entries - though this isn't taking into account movies like Jurassic Park, Blade, Austin Powers, and the Naked Gun where they just milked a franchise for sequels until people got bored or the quality of films dropped off.
2:09PM on 07/17/2012
Quite possibly... yes. It just might be. What happened here was you had a great mix of writers and visionaries who LOVE comics and appreciate the story. Some brilliant fans came together and told possibly one of the greatest comic book movie adaptations in history. CAN NOT WAIT.
Quite possibly... yes. It just might be. What happened here was you had a great mix of writers and visionaries who LOVE comics and appreciate the story. Some brilliant fans came together and told possibly one of the greatest comic book movie adaptations in history. CAN NOT WAIT.
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1:22PM on 07/17/2012
I don't think TDK beat out Titanic when it came to the box office. I also want to mention that Toy Story has a phenomenal trilogy as well. I feel that trilogy has not gotten enough love probably because it is animated but definitely stands up there with Star Wars and Indiana Jones and soon to be the Dark Knight Trilogy.
I don't think TDK beat out Titanic when it came to the box office. I also want to mention that Toy Story has a phenomenal trilogy as well. I feel that trilogy has not gotten enough love probably because it is animated but definitely stands up there with Star Wars and Indiana Jones and soon to be the Dark Knight Trilogy.
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8:22AM on 07/17/2012
I like the fact that Nolan's Batman is pretty much stand-alone 3 movies. When you look back, all previous Batman movies look dated. What I'm saying is that previous Batman movies look like they were shot in Studio. For Nolan's Batman, he takes Batman INTO the real world and let the story runs wild.
I like the fact that Nolan's Batman is pretty much stand-alone 3 movies. When you look back, all previous Batman movies look dated. What I'm saying is that previous Batman movies look like they were shot in Studio. For Nolan's Batman, he takes Batman INTO the real world and let the story runs wild.
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