We're living in the age of the superhero movie, which is fucking sick. Budgets are bigger these days, special effects are, well, even more special, and the casting is usually bang on. And because it's such a well-loved genre at the moment, we're now able to indulge in it more than ever.
But even with this recent barrage of badass, one of the greatest and most popular examples remains Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight Trilogy: Batman Begins, The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises, released in 2005, 2008 and 2012, respectively.
His darker take on the caped crusader was unlike anything we'd really seen before, or have seen since. Now Nolan's revealed there's actually one very simple reason why the films were just so good - as he had something that the current batch of superhero film directors don't get.
Credit: The Dark Knight Rises / Warner Bros
"That's a privilege and a luxury that filmmakers aren't afforded anymore," Nolan said, while speaking at a BAFTA: A Life in Pictures event in London, according to i09.
"I think it was the last time that anyone was able to say to a studio, 'I might do another one, but it will be four years.' There's too much pressure on release schedules to let people do that now, but creatively it's a huge advantage.
"We had the privilege and advantage to develop as people and as storytellers and then bring the family back together."
These days we're used to filmmakers having to churn out sequel upon sequel - and there's not necessarily anything wrong with that, as long as it's not at the expense of the quality of the film. However, studios are falling under increasing pressure, having to constantly succumb to our relentless hunger for more superhero films.
Nolan says it's this lack of arm-twisting that enabled him to create such a good trilogy, having been allowed a bit of both time and freedom.
If you go back through his canon of films, you'll see he took a step back from the Batman trilogy in between each film. He started with Batman Begins, before making The Prestige. He then went back to Batman with The Dark Knight, followed by Inception, before rounding the trilogy off with The Dark Knight Rises. Because of that, each film left us wanting more; with a few years between each, we were given that much-needed dose of suspense before we could indulge in the next installment.
This is all well and good, of course, though we're betting Hollywood won't be taking his advice and slowing down anytime soon.
Featured Image Credit: The Dark Knight / Warner Bros