10 Movie Sequels That Were Better Than Their Predecessor
Conventional wisdom suggests that movie sequels will always make more money than the original despite not being quite as good, and for the most part, this is correct. However, every once in a while, a sequel can be so well made or cleverly written that it actually tops the original film that laid the groundwork for the premise. Here we look at 10 movie sequels that were better than their predecessor.
1. The Dark Knight
Coming three years after Batman Begins, this was the re-launch of the Batman film franchise for a younger generation that had cast Christian Bale as Batman and made him dark, moody and brooding. Batman Begins was a decent film that laid the groundwork well to this new Batman well but having to reintroduce the character's origin story as well as creating a villain for the piece who he had to beat, along with his own demons, made the film a little too convoluted. When The Dark Knight came along, the Batman mythology had already been reestablished and so a greater focus on the character study of a troubled Batman and his iconic nemesis Joker could be more in depth and detailed as well as the fact that Heath Ledger gave an Oscar-winning performance as the unhinged, nihilistic bad-guy making this outing all the more superb.