Can you think of any trilogies that you feel got better or at least stayed just as good with each movie? The only one I can think of is Lord of the Rings. If the third Nolan Batman movie is amazing I will be surprised. Toy Story 3 is coming out soon and I felt 1 and 2 were both great movies. If 3 can pull it off too then I'll also be surprised. Personally I don't think trilogies that are afterthoughts have a very good chance of being great. Usually the 1st and maybe 2nd are good and the third almost always loses steam. Some examples of trilogies that had a lot going for them but flopped or at least were let downs by the end of the 3rd: Matrix (1st was the best by far) Pirates of the Caribbean (1st was the best by far) Back to the Future (1 & 2 were the best) Shrek (1 & 2 were the best) And obviously the list can go on and on.