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Sequels get a bad rap, especially as it now feels like all we seen in cinemas these days are those and reboots. However, they aren’t all bad, and there are in fact at least a handful of follow-ups which were not only great movies, but improved on what came before.

The fact that these are so few and far between is a shame, and it’s easier to think of the bad than good. Attack of the Clones, Iron Man 2, and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen are among those which instantly spring to mind, but that’s only taking second instalments into account, not third, fourth, and sometimes fifth efforts which were oftentimes even worse!

Going back to the good though, and what you’ll find here is a look at ten sequels which actually improved on their predecessors along with a look at why that is. Some may be more obvious than others, but there are a few here you probably weren’t expecting to see…

10. The Dark Knight

The Dark Knight

Batman Begins was a good start when it came to rebooting a franchise which had been run into the ground by a series of glorified big screen toy commercials, but Christopher Nolan took things to the next level with The Dark Knight.

On paper, there’s so much going on in this movie that it really should have been a mess, but it was far from it. While Heath Ledger’s magnificent performance as The Joker certainly elevated this sequel, the whole thing was amazing; just think back to that jaw dropping robbery shot in IMAX or the Tumbler’s transformation into the Batpod.

The Dark Knight was a game changer, altering how the Oscars do things and setting the benchmark for every superhero movie that followed.

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