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Is Warner Bros. Still Considering Other Titles For ‘Batman Vs. Superman’?


Warner Bros. this week stealthily registered dozens of domain names, leading to speculation the studio is considering other titles for director Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel.

Although screenwriter David S. Goyer, crew members and just about everybody else have referred to the film as Batman Vs. Superman, Fusible picked up on the registrations, which 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” and “Man of Steel The Darkness Within.”

Presumably, any of those titles would include a colon or even a dash (e.g. Man of Steel: Beyond Darkness). The website also notices shorter variations were also registered, including “Battle the Knight,” “Black of Knight,” “Knight Falls” and “The Blackest Hour.”

It’s certainly arguable whether Man of Steel: The Darkness Within or, well, any of those, is stronger than the more straightforward Batman Vs. Superman, which also has the benefit of including the name of a character who for nearly a decade has been more bankable than the Last Son of Krypton.

Of course, there’s also the possibility that none of those titles has nothing (or at least little) to do with the Man of Steel sequel; there are also console and mobile games and direct-to-DVD animated movies to consider.

Warner Bros. recently filed a trademark application for “Nightwing,” further fueling rumors that an adult Dick Grayson will appear in the film (for what it’s worth, the actor said to be the frontrunner for the role has denied any knowledge). That led The Hollywood Reporter to note the studio’s “aggressive” nature when it comes to staking out legal territory, a tendency that sometimes reveals its movie plans.

No matter what it’s named, the Man of Steel sequel opens July 17, 2015, with Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck in the lead roles.

(via SuperheroHype)


  • Kabuce

    Really… how about “Man of Steel: Shadow of the Bat”.

  • Kitch

    I’m sorry, but any of these (and they’re not that great) are better than “Batman vs. Superman”

  • OJP

    I honestly don’t know why they don’t just call it Batman/Superman. It seems pretty obvious to me, though Batman vs Superman works just as well (though I’m not sure if it’s really a VERSUS movie).

    All those names are pretty lame in comparison.

  • lewis4510

    Man of Steel: Breaking Bat
    Man of Steel: Dude where’s the Batmoblie?

  • Vincent Michael Anderson

    Man of Steel: World’s Finest. I’m by the time it’s out we’ll have seen the logo and trailers enough to remember Batman is in it.

  • budman2008

    Man of Steel: Dark Knight Over Metropolis

  • Thiago Rosa

    Am I crazy or does the idea of an old Batman that has not talked to Nightwing for years actually allows for the Nolan Bat films to be considered part of this universe?

  • Keith Lindow

    That’s what I’ve been saying since they announced Batman to be in the sequel.

  • Dwight Williams

    Works for me.

  • Dwight Williams

    That would be a close second…

  • sasquatch888

    youre crazy

  • animal_strength

    that would require christian bale, wouldnt it?

  • Jay

    Man of Steel: Darkest Knight of Dark Knight Into Darkness Falling Beyond Dark Knight Falls To Rising Dark – 80% Pure Cocoa!

  • Tim Clark

    ‘Man of Steel: Light and Dark’ or ‘Man of Steel: Eclipse’?

  • dvjason8

    So far this sounds like a train wreck. I’m still waiting for the studio to say gotcha! Theirs no way Ben is gonna play batman and Christian Bale is on board.

  • Zagreus

    Batman/Superman is probably the best title that I can think of without knowing the plot. Hopefully there is a story beyond just “Uh. There’s Superman and Batman… and they don’t like each other and yeah, they do things differently. And they fight bad guys. But they argue some first, before they fight teh bad guys together and become bestest buddies.”

  • dvjason8

    How about Superman: Franchise Killer 3D

  • PietroMaximoff

    horrible names. all of them.
    World’s Finest sounds good enough.

  • lewis4510

    Is it me or do some of those titles sound kind of porny?

  • Luke Whitaker

    The World’s Finest

  • Luke Whitaker

    or The Dark Knight Rises Again, and gets beaten up in 2 seconds by The Man of Steel because DC made him so overpowered in the last one due to the fact they have no idea what they’re doing

  • jeffreyballesteros
  • Leon Bright

    Instead of “Man of Steel Shadow of the Night” they could change it to: “Man of Steel: Shadow of the Knight”, “Man of Steel: Shadow of the Bat”, or “Worlds Finest” or shoot maybe even: “Knight & Steel: Worlds Finest”.

  • Tommy Rankin

    These all sound rather bad or even horrible but I’m not on board with Batman Vs. Superman either. It sounds like a movie from decade or two ago, not something that would appear today (at least not from any big Hollywood film company) or something that fits more in comics (not even sure about those) but not in movies

  • Thiago Rosa

    Not really