FlapJack wrote:Pretty good articles in Entertainment Weekly, one with Nolan, one with Bale. I would post them if I could, but I believe they are behind the subscriber content.
Question to Nolan regarding third films being the weakest & looking to other trilogies for inspiration:"I will cop to this: The Lord of the Rings trilogy was in the back of our minds the entire time we were making these."
I was talking about this with a friend of mine sometime last week. No so much two specific trilogies, but trilogies in general. The only one I could really think of where the third movie was the best of the three was the Bourne trilogy (which actually got better with each installment, which is something that's just unheard of with other trilogies) and LotR (and this one's debatable, as I've seen folks who greatly prefer Fellowship or Towers to Return).
And while I'm one of those weirdos who likes Return of the Jedi the best, I will concede that Empire and New Hope are better movies.