Though 'The Dark Knight' was a very successful blockbuster movie in its time, it did not get the recognition it deserved as a sequel or a spin-off to the well-known Christopher Nolan's 'Batman' series. The movie was critically acclaimed and it was lauded for portraying the dark side of Batman while still keeping him interesting. In fact, the reception towards the movie was so good that it was dubbed as a 'sequel' to 'The Dark Knight'. So, now the question is where does 'The Dark Knight' fit into the Hollywood saga.
The first step to go in is to determine the timeline of the franchise. Batman has been around since his first appearance in 'Detective Comics #27' published in 1939. He had a spectacular debut as the dark knight in this graphic novel that further made him popular as the Caped Crusader.
Then, one can look at the features of the second installment of the Superman franchise, which is set to be released in July 2020. The film is going to have an older version of Superman while others say that the film will portray a darker Superman than his previous outings. Whatever the case, the films for this franchise are going to be set in the year the character's universe was introduced in the comic book.
As for 'The Dark Knight', the film had a moderate opening weekend but it has done phenomenally well in the box office. This is good news for the producers and the studio as they have now been assured of getting a sequel. Once the second installment rolls out, 'The Dark Knight' will become the third member of the 'Dark Knight Saga'.
A movie based on the 'Batman' sequel is certainly going to have a lot of similarities to the earlier movies in the franchise, but as we said before, it will be set in the year 2020. This means that the fans will have to wait for eight years to catch up with thestoryline of the second installment. But then, it is expected that most fans are more comfortable with the fact that the sequels are set in the present day.
If the studio is smart enough, the next installment of the 'Batman' saga may be split into two parts. The first part of the sequel could be called 'Batman: The Brave and the Bold' and the second part will be 'Bane of the Century'. However, the prequel series is just a fan service and fans can expect the Batman film to continue on from the storylines of the first two series.
A lot of people are suggesting that 'The Dark Knight' can be viewed as a prequel to the 'Bane of the Century' which is a sequel to the original series. But then, it is a fact that there was no new version of Bane in the latest chapter of the comic book series. This means that the makers will be going back to the earlier storyline and that is going to make fans excited.
With so many versions of the movies already out, it does not make much sense to set up another one. It is expected that 'The Dark Knight' will be considered as a spin-off of the 'Batman' franchise. So, the next installment is not going to be as thrilling as the original and it will be the best to wait for the sequel of 'Bane of the Century' to be released in 2020.