In a moment of almost fortuitous foreshadowing (considering what the official title of ST2 turned out to be), Damon Lindelof had a chat with E! Online about the sequel in August 2010, and revealed that The Dark Knight was providing a measuring stick for the script’s tone.
“We’re looking at a movie like The Dark Knight, which went one step beyond Batman Begins. It was really about something, and at the same time it was a superhero movie.
“We don’t want to abandon all the things that made the first movie work and have it be fun and emotional, but we also really want the movie to thematically resonate.”