To the surprise of exactly no one, Christopher Nolan has confirmed that he'll be directing the third (and presumably final?) chapter in his series of Batman films. The British filmmaker responsible for 'Batman Begins' and 'The Dark Knight' let this massive piece of non-news slip in a recent interview with Empire, during which he confessed: "I feel myself falling into it, I guess. And getting it all figured out and I'm pretty excited about what we're doing so... If I haven't announced it, I think that people probably all know at this point that I'm doing it." So anyone experiencing sleepless nights due to fears of Tim Story hijacking the franchise can now rest easy (remember Tim Story?) I may be among the minority who consider Nolan's Batman films to be the most disposable of his illustrious career, but I'm still convinced that the dude is incapable of making a bad movie.
The odds of Nolan dropping the ball and churning out a 'Spider-man 3' or a 'Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End' are slim, and even if he made the ultimate trilogy-crippling mistake and cast Sofia Coppola as Batman's new love interest, it would sure be a heck of a lot more interesting now than it was when she showed up to flat-line 'The Godfather: Part III.'
With 'Batman 3,' Nolan will probably become one of the rare directors to have been responsible for all three of an esteemed trilogy's films, and the company he'll join seems especially elite now that we live in a time wherein trilogies are so inevitable that 'Little Fockers' seems less like a blatant cash-in than it does the necessary, pre-destined, and epic final chapter to the Gaylord Focker saga (all they have to do is re-title it 'Little Fockers: Beyond Thunderdome' and I'll be convinced). There aren't too many other filmmakers out there who've steered a complete trilogy to greatness, but there are still too many to list here. Follow the jump for a sampling of five of our relatively recent favorites.