In a new three-part interview over at the LA Times, writer-director Christopher Nolan has returned from his Batman vacation and finally opens up a bit about The Dark Knight's ridiculous box office take, Heath Ledger's performance and whether or not he'd be interested in directing a third Batman film. Sure, on paper he'd appear stupid not to take a gig helming the next Bat-flick, but Nolan has always been a man who takes one thing at a time -- and notes in this interview how much he dislikes the whole act of "setting up the sequel," even though he kinda does it himself at the end of Batman Begins when Gordon shows Batman the Joker card. Regarding that scene, however, Nolan adds: "But for me that was just about the excitement of people leaving the theater with the sense that now we have the character up and running. I wanted people to walk away with that sense in their head. You know, that he's become the Batman in the movie."

Later on in the interview -- which covers Knight's box office, Ledger's performance and the inevitable sequel -- Nolan, who says he'd next want to take on a "very intimate, small story that happens to be photographed on a ridiculously large scale," questions whether he'd even want to make a third Batman film. He says, "There are two things to be said. One is the emphasis on story. What's the story? Is there a story that's going to keep me emotionally invested for the couple of years that it will take to make another one? That's the overriding question. On a more superficial level, I have to ask the question: How many good third movies in a franchise can people name? [Laughs.] At the same time, in taking on the second one, we had the challenge of trying to make a great second movie, and there haven't been too many of those either. It's all about the story really. If the story is there, everything is possible. I hope that was a suitably slippery answer."

What do you think? If Nolan doesn't direct it, do you egg his house next Halloween?