One of the bigger films of 2015 (of which there are many) is Batman Vs. Superman, the sequel to the highly successful Man Of Steel which will pit The Last Son of Krypton against the Dark Knight himself. But, apparently, having the simple yet catchy title of Batman Vs. Superman isn’t enough.
No, instead of going with the simple title that speaks for itself, Warner Bros has decided to give the film a plethora of options by registering multiple website domain names. Such names include:
- 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 Knight Falls
- Man of Steel Shadow of the Night
- Man of Steel The Blackest Hour
- Man of Steel The Darkness Within
So basically Warner Bros. is trying far too hard to shoehorn in the Man of Steel name into the title. I can theoretically see why Warner is so invested in doing that, given that they want to make the connection to Man of Steel explicit in order to establish the whole DC Film Universe thing. Then again, let’s be real here: as long as you put a dude wearing cool blue underwear with the Superman logo on a poster, people will see it. Man of Steel itself proved that people aren’t as easily confused by a title that doesn’t directly have the hero’s name in it. Hell, The Dark Knight more than proved that fact five years ago, so there’s no real need to worry about bringing back the title, especially when you could just highlight the main two reasons in as simple a title as Batman Vs. Superman.
However, there’s a far more important issue with this recent news leak; these supposed titles are HORRENDOUS. Juxtaposing Man of Steel with references to Batman as lame as Darkness Falls or Black of Knight just don’t fit whatsoever. It feels like Warner is trying far too hard to give the title a similar tone to The Dark Knight and none of suggested titles have the ingenious simplicity of Batman Vs. Superman. Plus, we all know that every single person who walks up to the box office booth on July 17th, 2015 isn’t going to say something as wordy and disjointed as “One for Man of Steel Beyond Darkness, please.” If Warner Bros. goes with any of these titles, it’ll be just one of a pile of worries I have about this upcoming crossover effort.
But what about you out there? Do you think any of these titles sound like a good fit? Should Warner Bros. just stick with Batman Vs Superman? Do you have any other suggestions for a title? Post those or any other thoughts on this in the comments below!