With the unrelenting extravaganza that is the modern release schedule of superhero movies, it can be easy to forget that the last movie in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight saga was only released five years ago.

According to Nolan, more than time and quality separate his films from all the work that’s come out since.

Speaking at a BAFTA event in London, Nolan commented that his superhero films were the last time such a big-budget serialised production had what he called the “luxury” of time.

“That’s a privilege and a luxury that filmmakers aren’t afforded anymore,” said Nolan.

“I think it was the last time that anyone was able to say to a studio, ‘I might do another one, but it will be four years.’ There’s too much pressure on release schedules to let people do that now, but creatively it’s a huge advantage.

We had the privilege and advantage to develop as people and as storytellers and then bring the family back together.”

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