Chris Nolan is an excellent director who has been able to take on the Batman franchise and make it new and interesting again. The success of his earlier films certainly has a part in how much the studio is willing to give him for his next picture and there is certainly no arguing the success of the trilogy thus far. There are other variables that can lead to how much money the studios give a director to make a movie. Batman has a lot of fans and keeping the fans happy with a good movie is essential because once you disappoint the fans it is hard to win them back. Also The Dark Knight Rises is being released during the summer blockbuster time period when the studios make the majority of their money and the more money you spend the more money you hope to earn back. I am really looking forward to seeing what Nolan does with his next installment and seeing how he uses all that money.
Yeah, it's true, everyone wants the special effects. But then I wonder this: Why do the effects for the Avengers look...more fake? As well as the majority of all the other superhero movies?
I am also looking forward to DKR. Nolan is very smart with his movies, unlike most of today's directors.
Well he made 2 critically acclaimed movies, Memento (which he got an oscar nomination for), and Insomnia, which I guess got him the job for Batman Begins. When that was a huge success of course he was hired for the second movie (an even bigger success) and then he was given the budget for Inception, which he been writing for years but never had the money to make. Now of course he's doing The Dark Knight Rises which of course he got a huge budget for.
Yes, studios recognize he's one of the few directors left who can make a massive summer blockbuster that audiences respond to without being mindless. Batman Begins helped, The Dark Knight did more for him.