Re: Can Batman escape the "Third Act Curse"?
Most of the best third films tend to follow a second film that wasn't as popular (ex. Indiana Jones, Harry Potter). The only two series that I can think of that had what is generally considered to be a classic as the second film and then went above and beyond that for third, which is what will have to be done for Batman, are James Bond (which had From Russia with Love and followed up with Goldfinger) and The Dollars Trilogy (which had For a Few Dollars More and followed it with The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly). I personally think that Return of the King was better than The Two Towers, but that doesn't seem to be the consensus so I won't count it.