How Tron 3 Is Like The Empire Strikes Back And The Dark Knight

How Tron 3 Is Like The Empire Strikes Back And The Dark Knight

Tron 3 isn’t going to be like Tron 1 or Tron 2. No, Tron 3 is going to be like… The Dark Knight. Or maybe The Empire Strikes Back. Well, sorta. Here’s why!

“Now that we’ve got the backstory out of the way and we know this world and we know these characters, there’s a lot of freedom that comes with the next film,” says Tron: Legacy director Joe Kosinski. “When you look at Empire Strikes Back or The Dark Knight, sequels that were able to take the stories and characters to whole new places because you’d done all the hard work ahead of time, that’s a really exciting thing.”

Both The Empire Strikes Back and The Dark Knight were the second film in each’s respective series. Tron: Legacy is the second film in the Tron trilogy, and Tron 3 is the third. So it’s not quite the same as those other films. But it’s easy to see where Kosinski is coming from.

Yet, it’s also important to remember what made something like The Empire Strikes Back so great: The characters, which the audience already knew, were put through hell. That, and the fact that George Lucas didn’t write or direct the film, either.

Tron Legacy Director Joe Kosinski On Blu-ray Tweaks And Why ‘Tron 3′ Will Be Like The Dark Knight [MTV]


  • Will be interesting to see where they take it. I liked Legacy but I think I liked it more for the human part of the story, than the setting. The setting did add some good things to the movie, but it added just as many bad things and overall felt kind of internally inconsistent. It was still entertaining though and I’d be happy to see a third Tron film.

  • Methinks I’ll go back to TRON2.0 – the ‘real’ sequel!.. you kiddies can have your fancy iTRONs, but the only bits I really liked of Legacy were the soundtrack and the interesting new approach to the lightcycles and aircraft… oh and Olivia Wilde… but I don’t think that has anything to do with TRON ;p

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