(Just so you know, there are a lot of spoilers in this following article of The Dark Knight.) Over the past 70 years, the superhero Batman has been across many transformations, and many personalities. He started in Detective Comics, moved onto TV serials, Adam West took over in the 60s with the more stylized version, Burton took over with his Burton-esque feel in the late 80s early 90s, Schumaker gave it a try in the mid 90s, and now Christopher Nolan has taken over Gotham City with my favorite 2 iterations for the past 3 years. If you’ve seen The Dark Knight, you know what happens. Rachel died by the Joker’s hand, The Joker was taken most likely to Arkham Asylum in my opinion, Harvey became two-faced, and was killed by Batman in a frighteningly real scene where he threatened to kill Gordon’s family. Batman had to make that choice, and made the right one. They realized, however that Dent, who was thought of as Gotham’s only hero, had to die respectively, so they decided to blame the murders on Batman, for whom a manhunt was issued. So basically the only real plot-line that can be bridged into a sequel is the idea that Batman is a fugitive, and the whole manhunt premise, which is very interesting and has not been explored by the movies. The Dark Knight was definitely left on a grim note, which the whole movie was about. The idea of the third film focusing around Batman’s fugitivity does sound promising, however doesn’t sound like it could live up to The Dark Knight’s quality. Here’s another thing that comes with that idea and one possible outcome for the plot: In order for the people to accept Batman and for him to be able to return, in the scenario in my mind is concerned, there needs to be a unifying cause, a reason the public would need him, like a big villain. The Joker has already been defined by Heath Ledger, and I personally don’t want to see that be replicated. The idea of villains like the Riddler, the Penguin, or others have been tossed around, and all are possible. An outbreak and violence and mob action, possibly led by the Penguin or influenced by another super villain could be a reason for Batman to come back. Honestly there’s a dozen ideas that can be used for a sequel, however in most cases it will involve Batman’s fugitivity. Nolan, Bale, and Caine, all originally signed on for three films, however there might not be a third. Nolan said himself he was tired with the franchise, and personally I believe I’d be ok with that. The Dark Knight’s ending was also a little resolving in some ways, in that they end it with him not being accepted by the public, and you kinda get this sense that he never will be. Either way I believe that Nolan can provide a wonderful sequel, if not he has created a defining duo of superhero movies.