We hope you weren't in love with the title Batman vs. Superman, because that's not what the film is ultimately going to be called when it hits theaters in 2015. This should come as no surprise considering everyone working on the film has called this a temporary title since it was unveiled at Comic-Con earlier this year. But now we know what the actual title candidates are thanks to the tried-and-true practice of looking at what URLs studios register (this method first revealed the title The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug to the world).
According to the website Fusible, Warner Bros. has registered over two dozen domain names that are obviously tied to the film. And once you weed out all of the .com and .net variations, we're left with eight frontrunners so far. They are:
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
None of those are particularly inspiring, if you ask us. Several of them sound like titles you'd make up if you were spoofing how post-Nolan superhero movies must be gritty and dark, and yet none of them do as simple a job as communicating the selling point as well as Batman vs. Superman does. Of course, the studio can't just call the movie that, though. It has gone ahead and branded this run of Superman movies as Man of Steel, so it has got to stick with that and chase it with a subtitle. And that's fine, but hopefully the studio folks think of something a bit more creative than The Blackest Hour or The Darkness Within, both of which sound like the names of Papa Roach albums.
Naturally we don't really have any better names to offer. Then again, we don't know a whole lot about the movie other than Robin/Nightwing is involved, and that he's not on speaking terms with Batman, who spends all his time in the Batcave obsessed with drones. Knowing that, we're at least a little relieved they haven't registered Man of Steel: Knight Drones.
But what say you? Are we being a bit too jaded about these titles? What would you like to see the movie called?
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