It is fairly easy to title a superhero movie. Most of the time, you just name it after the hero or their cool-sounding nickname (The Dark Knight, Man of Steel). However, bring two superheroes together, as in the case of the hotly anticipated 2015 duelling between the Caped Crusader and the Last Son of Krypton, and figuring out a title may be a little harder than you think. Batman vs. Superman seems like a good title, as does World’s Finest, a DC Comics series featuring the two illustrious heroes. But there is room for creativity.
This week, Warner Bros. registered a list of titles and domain names through MarkMonitor, an internet brand protection company, and unfortunately, they are all quite horrible.
- Man of Steel Battle the Knight
- Man of Steel Beyond Darkness
- Man of Steel Black of Knight
- Man of Steel Darkness Falls
- Man of Steel Shadow of the Night
- Man of Steel The Blackest Hour
- Man of Steel The Darkness Within
Essentially, Warner Bros. is looking at keeping with the Man of Steel moniker and adding a Batman-related subtitle that illuminates how dark the sequel will be by making a play on words that has to do with darkness and knights. You know, with Batman being The Dark Knight and all that jazz. Considering how moody Man of Steel and Nolan’s Batman trilogy already is, adding a serious subtitle is probably unnecessary, though. Some of the extraneous words are even pre-existing titles (Darkness Falls, The Blackest Hour looks like The Darkest Hour, Black of Knight recalls that Martin Lawrence comedy, et cetera).
Whichever title the film gets, it is still likely that people buying a ticket will call it Batman vs. Superman. Just to remind you, Man of Steel 2: Electric Boogaloo hits theatres on July 17, 2015.
Which title would you give to the Batman and Superman film? My pick would be Man of Steel 2: The First One Sucked But Zack Snyder’s Films Have Such Great Trailers, You’ll Be Peer Pressured Into Seeing This. Hey, it’s an improvement on some of the ones listed above.