Christopher Nolan’s “goodbye letter” to the batman trilogy was recently posted on Reddit:
People ask if we’d always planned a trilogy. This is like being asked whether you had planned on growing up, getting married, having kids. The answer is complicated. When David and I first started cracking open Bruce’s story, we flirted with what might come after, then backed away, not wanting to look too deep into the future. I didn’t want to know everything that Bruce couldn’t; I wanted to live it with him. […]
I never thought we’d do a second—how many good sequels are there? Why roll those dice? But once I knew where it would take Bruce, and when I started to see glimpses of the antagonist, it became essential. […]
I never thought we’d do a third—are there any great second sequels? But I kept wondering about the end of Bruce’s journey, and once David and I discovered it, I had to see it for myself.
What we see here were movies that were made because a great story was there to tell. It’s unfortunate that cinema today has become more about finding movies that will make money. Yes, Batman will make money, but the films were great because Nolan focused on telling a story – not even planning for the future because he wanted to live as Bruce Wayne did.
More people in the creative profession need to focus on telling a good story. Take Pixar’s approach of “only make a movie (or book or TV show, etc.) if there is a story to be told.”
I’d also add: focus on using the proper medium for telling that story. This is really a knock on TV Shows that seem to want to spread their story over multiple seasons when they would have done just as well as a single season mini-series1.
- Prison Break, I’m looking at you! [↩]