According to numerous sources, The Dark Knight Rises will be the end of the Batman series. I think all the three Batman movies directed by Nolan was successful and did well at the box office. Since his great success in Batman series, Why did Nolan want to end the Batman series?

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    A new challenge, boredom, wanting to stop before it goes stale, leave them wanting more - these could all be reasons. I think an answer to this question needs to have some references in interviews or the like as the answer could be anything.
    – iandotkelly
    Commented Jul 21, 2012 at 20:58
  • Maybe there are still people valueing quality and a completed and self-contained trilogy higher than box-office returns or critical success, and I guess Nolan is one of those. Whereas I have no doubt (and wished) Nolan could give us a whole bunch of Batman movies more in the same high quality, he maybe thinks it's time to stop and just looking at box-office returns or positive critics won't change his mind.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 9:30

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There are numerous magazine articles and interviews with Nolan in which he states that he always conceived his Batman films as a three-act story. He and his brother had the basic arc mapped out from the beginning, it was just a case of putting meat on the bones when the time came to write the next script.

Quoting Nolan:

Without getting into specifics, the key thing that makes the third film an great possibility for us is that we want to finish our story. And in viewing it as the finishing of a story rather than infinitely blowing up the balloon and expanding the story ... I’m very excited about the end of the film, the conclusion, and what we’ve done with the characters. My brother has come up with some pretty exciting stuff. Unlike the comics, these thing don’t go on forever in film and viewing it as a story with an end is useful. Viewing it as an ending, that sets you very much on the right track about the appropriate conclusion and the essence of what tale we’re telling. And it hearkens back to that priority of trying to find the reality in these fantastic stories. That’s what we do.

BTW - DC and Warner really want to move on with their attempt at a Justice League movie, and Nolan's Batman does not fit into that scheme in any way; the character would need to be rebooted in order to allow the more fantastical elements of the JL stories to be told - right now he is too grounded.

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    +1 for the Justice league movie reference. With the new man of steel coming up I think its feasible we might see another batman reboot.
    – Dredd
    Commented Jul 21, 2012 at 23:24
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    @Morpheus Sadly enough this will most probably happen. Let's just hope Nolan's movies can stand the test of time not be forgotten in the depths of yearly reboots. But in the end if any movies can, then those.
    – Napoleon Wilson
    Commented Jul 23, 2012 at 9:35
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  1. One of the worst things that can happen to a movie franchise, especially a really good one, is over-milking.

  2. Some directors in Hollywood care about story, not just money (shocking, I know). Nolan is one of those directors.

  3. Nolan had a complete storyline for it and had a set ending.

Fun fact: Nolan actually had wanted to end it after Begins and leave it to someone else, but was called back to do the other two.

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    "Nolan actually had wanted to end it after Begins and leave it to someone else, but was called back to do the other two." It would be much better if you back up your line by providing source. Commented Apr 20, 2015 at 5:00

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