It wasn't that long ago that The Empire Strikes Back was the sequel to beat. But The Dark Knight managed to accomplish something that even The Best Star Wars Movie Ever(TM) failed to do: make more cash than it's predecessor. It was both a step-up in story and profit.
Which is why movie folks are so quick to namedrop TDK for just about every sequel in development. Bryan Burk, the producer of Star Trek II/XII (depending on how you count) said they're aiming for that most inaccessible of brass rings. This might be the first time in history that anybody has ever compared Star Trek to Batman. Burk said:
"We had a lot of conversations about Batman Begins and how that movie kind of re-invented that franchise, and we looked at what The Dark Knight did and how that really ramped it up and they went to a different place with that film, and how those two films keep re-inventing themselves and are not the same thing every time."
Which means two things: either Khan is coming back (which is unlikely but not impossible) or the Klingons will be the next Star Trek baddies. My money's on the latter.
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