What We Can Learn From the Dark Knight Trilogy: How to Make a Successful and Popular Movie

If you’re looking to make a movie, you’ve come to the right place. The first movie that comes to mind when you think of making a successful movie is the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy. It’s one of the most successful trilogies of all time, with the last movie of the trilogy making over $1 Billion in revenue. Even if you’re not planning on making a movie, you can learn a lot from this.
What makes the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy different? For one thing, they had a different plan for each movie. In the first movie of the trilogy, they appealed to an emotional base. They made an origin story about a superhero who loses everything and becomes the dark knight. In the second movie, they focused on an intellectual base. They made an action film about a masked vigilante with a complex backstory. And in the final movie of the trilogy, they did neither. Instead, they made a sequel. They took the established mythology and built a whole world around it. That’s what you should do with your movie ideas as well.
Here’s more on how you can make a successful and popular movie.

What makes a successful and popular movie?

The Dark Knight trilogy is one of the most successful trilogies ever. But that doesn’t mean it was easy to make. Each movie had its own unique plan. For example, the first movie was an emotional story about a superhero who loses everything. The second movie was a sophisticated action film about a masked vigilante with a complex backstory. And the final movie of the trilogy was a sequel that built on established mythology.
**Planning for your movie **
Sometimes, you have to figure out what you want to do before you can do it. If you don’t know where you’re going, how can you get there?
You should also be thinking about whether or not your movie will appeal to an intellectual base or an emotional base. If your goal is to make an intellectual movie, then make sure your story has complexity and is deep enough for people to really learn something from it. It’s harder to create content that appeals exclusively to an emotional audience because they tend to be more fleeting than intellectual ones.
**Appealing to more than one type of audience **
In addition, many movies are successful because they appeal to multiple bases at once. In fact, ‘Jurassic World‘ did this exceptionally well by appealing to both a nostalgic group and young people who wanted something new and fresh like dinosaurs in their world again (intellectual basis). It wasn’t just dinosaurs though; it also appealed emotionally by

Tell a story

A good story is one of the most important things that you need to make a movie. It’s what gets people hooked and makes them want to see more. The most successful movies are the ones that have a proper balance of action and plot.

Keep it simple

The Dark Knight trilogy is one of the most successful trilogies of all time because they focused on keeping it simple. The first movie was about a vigilante who becomes a superhero. The second movie was about a vigilante who makes mistakes and gets caught. And the final movie was about the origins of his world. As you can see, there was no complicated backstory that changed in each movie. They stuck to their plan for each movie and trusted themselves to make it entertaining and interesting with just those three things to work with.

Go with a proven formula

A proven formula is what studios use to figure out how they will make a movie. They will use the same formula for each of their movies.
For example, if you’re planning on making a movie about a group of friends, you should see if there’s already an existing movie that uses this formula and borrow from it. If there isn’t one yet, then think about what your story is like and create a similar one. The trailer for ‘It’ is a great example of what you might do with your own movie idea. It’s got all the components of a film about friends: innocence, youthfulness, friendship.
But don’t forget to go with your own ideas as well! Just because someone else has made a successful movie using this type of formula doesn’t mean you have to copy them exactly. Instead, look at what makes their specific story unique and adapt that into your own idea. Look at ‘Furious 7’ as an example again–it made up its own characters and didn’t copy anyone else’s original ideas.

Change the formula up a bit

The Dark Knight was a story about the vigilante, Batman. But they changed it up in the final movie. Instead of going with a straight sequel, they made a prequel. This meant that they had to create a whole new story around this new protagonist and his world. In order for your movie to succeed, you need to change up the formula more than just once or twice. You should also have different endings for each movie so that people are excited for what comes next.

Do something different

This is an idea that the ‘Dark Knight’ trilogy seems to have been famous for. In the first movie, they made a superhero film about an origin story about a vigilante who loses everything and becomes Batman. In the second movie, they made an action film about a masked vigilante with a complicated backstory. And in the final movie, they made a sequel. They built their whole world around the established mythology of Batman with all three movies being different from each other.
The intellectual base was also present in The Dark Knight Rises with making an action film that focuses on more than just action sequences.
You should also do something different in your movie by making it appealing to an emotional base, making it appealing to an intellectual base, or taking a new approach to storytelling.
If you want to make something original and successful, you can take your inspiration from these movies and make a breakthrough piece of cinema that will bring in millions of dollars.

Conclusion

Batman: The Dark Knight trilogy was a box office success, but the formulaic film has been replicated so many times that it’s hard to remember what makes it so special. A successful movie needs to tell a story and stick to a formula — but it should also be able to change it up a bit. You might want to take a cue from the Dark Knight and make your own unique film.
So how would you make a successful and popular movie? Well, your first step is to know what makes a movie successful. Follow the Dark Knight Trilogy’s blueprint and you can be sure that your movie will be a success. It might not be the most original film, but it will be a hit — just like The Dark Knight.

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