Warner Bros. Registers Potential ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Titles

Published 1 year ago by , Updated November 21st, 2013 at 1:00 pm,

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When the Superman movie franchise reboot was officially dubbed Man of Steel, it was generally acknowledged that the title for director Zack Snyder’s movie was in the same vein as The Dark Knight – the second chapter in Man of Steel producer Christopher Nolan’s Batman movie trilogy – with regard to how the title has artistic implications for the film.

Pretty much all other superhero films that have been released to date have featured their protagonist’s name in the title (or protagonists’ names), but the degree of public awareness surrounding Kal-El and Bruce Wayne allows filmmakers room to be more creative with the titles for movies about them (i.e. deviate from the numeral and/or subtitle tradition). However, it was screenwriter David S. Goyer who originally suggested that the Man of Steel sequel will probably have a straightforward title such as Batman vs. Superman (or maybe Superman vs. Batman).

Fusible has broken the news that Warner Bros. went ahead and quietly registered several possible titles for the Man of Steel sequel this week, through the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor. The list includes:

  • 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

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We should mention that MarkMonitor is also the registrar for both the Superman vs. Batman and Batman vs. Superman domains that WB owns. As such, this news isn’t at all tantamount to a confirmation that the Man of Steel sequel – featuring Henry Cavill as Kal-El and Ben Affleck playing an older/more experienced Bruce Wayne – is going to have a subtitle, rather than the Batman vs. Superman title that has started to look more and more like the real thing for a while now.

Possibly though, the actual title will be one of the 10 options presented here (until more options are registered, anyway), which probably comes as disappointing news for those who’re hoping that the film could be called World’s Finest (after the Superman/Batman animated feature).

Then again, Snyder and Goyer’s new Superman movie appears to be taking inspiration from comic books such as Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns and/or Alex Ross and Mark Weid’s Kingdom Come, which both feature seasoned iterations of Bruce Wayne, who has grown increasingly unstable and seemingly lost his moral compass in his old(er) age. If so, then one of the more ominous titles registered by WB might be more befitting of Snyder’s film, much in the same way that the Batman vs. Superman title alludes to the philosophical/physical skirmish between the two superhero titans (better than a more positive title like World’s Finest does, anyway).

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Marvel Studios has favored the subtitle option with its “Phase 2″ sequels (save for Iron Man 3), which is something that 20th Century Fox has – for the most part – also done with sequel installments in the Marvel franchises that it owns (X-Men and Fantastic Four). Meanwhile, Sony may be going in that direction with The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (as it’s currently known), with rumors now pointing to The Amazing Spider-Man: Rise of Electro being a possibility (as opposed to The Spectacular Spider-Man, which had been floated earlier on).

However, there are significant differences between the Marvel and DC universes, which (arguably) ought to be further reflected in everything from the tone to titles of their respective comic book movies. Indeed, if the Man of Steel sequel is going to focus on how a more physically/emotionally-hardened Batman’s views on superheroism don’t align with a younger and more vulnerable Superman, then it’s going to be quite serious.

And frankly, a title like Man of Steel: The Darkness Within (along with the other new possibilities) might be a little too close to more light-hearted (read: cartoony) superhero fare like Thor: The Dark World, to be an appropriate title for a clash of the (superhero) titans.

How about it – what do you think the Man of Steel sequel should/will be called?


Batman vs. Superman/Man of Steel 2 will open in theaters on July 17th, 2015.

Source: Fusible

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  1. I stand by the one I suggested a few months ago:

    “Man of Steel: Shadow of Vengeance”

    • +1


    TWO AND A HALF MAN (batman, superman, robin)








  3. Alfred VS Luis Lane

    The Man With The Robin Hood Fathers

    Man Of Steel 2 : Steel Of Man

    Flying S and The Black Bat

    Batman Licks The Steel : Supermans First Time


    Lex Luthors Revange : Batman Loves It

    Superman is Batman!

    Is it a Bird? A Plane? Its Batman!

    Brokeback Metropolis

    The Dark Love Story

    The Love Story Of Steel

    The Dark Love Story Of Steel

    Steel Me Batman

  4. No matter if some one searches for his necessary thing, thus he/she desires to be available that in detail, so that thing is maintained over here.

  5. How about simply ‘Man of Steel To’ ?

    • “…To” what?

      Maybe “Man of Steal (and Superman’s in it) Too.”

      • I think “To” might be a reference to the Dumb & Dumber sequel.


  7. Man of Steel: 1st movie is pretty much crap so we add Batman
    Man of Steel: Must hit billion lets add Batman
    Man of Steel: Snapping necks with batman
    Man of Steel: Why add Batman? because we need to catch up to Marvel

    i know its long

    • These are genius! WB Execs are beyond pathetic with their attempts to catch-up with Marvel.

      • Actually, these titles define $tup!d!ty.

        Some “heo”…

  8. Man of Steel:Fighter of the Knightman

  9. Clark and Silent Bruce Strike Back

    • XD

  10. I like Black of Knight

  11. I’m calling this right now,but I don’t think that this movie will be much of a “Vs.” as everyone thinks,or is led to believe.

    I thin that we will see some minor scrap between Supes and Bats,then they will come to their senses and team up to face off against a common threat.

    • Duh. Anyone that’s read a comic or seen any of the cartoons know that’s gonna happen. Even regular moviegoers know that both Batman and Superman are good guys and will ultimately join forces.

  12. Man of Steel: Knight Fall(s)

    Called it! I’m sure someone around here will remember I suggested this a couple weeks ago on another article. I expect my royalty cheque is in the mail… 😛

  13. How about…
    MOS: Adopted Kids Only Club
    Habitat for Humanity: Metropolis Edition
    Superman Continues
    More Amy Adams More Tight Sweaters

    Seriously though…
    MOS: Yellow Sun Black Knight
    MOS: Last Sons of Justice
    MOS: Judgement Knight

  14. Man of Steel: World’s Finest. It’s a classic for a reason, or just go Superman Vs. Batman. Whatever, I’ll Still Stand In Line To See It Opening Weekend.

  15. What was the name given to the Batman/Superman team ups previously? World’s Finest. Simples *meerkat noise*

  16. I don’t really love any of the titles but Shadow of the night or Knight falls seem to be decent. Hopefully they will come up with some more titles. I will still go see it no matter what they call it.

  17. The Man Of Steel III : The Search For Spock…. ?

    • III?

  18. It should never be night falls !

  19. Man of Steel 2: Billion Dollar Baby

  20. How about man of steel 2: even steelier

    • Or :balls of steel.

  21. I like Shadow of the Knight. I am looking forward to seeing Wonder woman and I hope she has curves, a little muscle and Hight she was a amazon for crying out loud. kind of tired of Hollywood using, how is a nice way of saying this, Scrawny women for superheros. I am not trying to be mean I just have hopes for Wonder woman, and think she should look like she did in that PS3 Mortal Kombat style fighting game smoking. I mean look what they did to Emma Frost in first class.

  22. Just Batman versus Superman. Those other titles are a little strained.

    Any chance of having Crispin Glover appear as The Joker.

  23. The main reason people will want to see this is because Superman is in it and batman is in it. Don’t confuse that fact with some ambiguous title that may confuse the fact.

    I know you might think they are going to throw a multi million dollar budget to advertise anyway but remember 50% of people are complete idiots who don’t get nuthin no matter how plain you make it. You know, they are the ones who vote for the other guy in every election.

    Make it easy for them. We still want their money.

  24. I can’t believe how bad all of these titles sound.

    I think “Batman v. Superman” is the only way to go (or the reverse). The problem is that “Man of Steal” is already an obscure way of saying “Superman.” Adding more convoluted terms just sounds bad. It’s not like “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” for example. A title like that clearly has CA’s name in it.

    • *throws rocks*

      You are about as subtle as a kick in the teeth, you know that?

      • You should have thrown kryptonite 😉

  25. Man Of Steel 2: Against the Knight

  26. Man of Steel 2: Batman vs Superman is a perfect title matter of fact.

  27. Ma Of Steel: The Knight Man Cometh…lol

    • ^ Man

    • Knight of Steel

      Man of Steel meets Knight

      The Knight and the Steel

      Both their moms are named Martha

  28. Man of steel: Knight watch

  29. Everyone keeps suggesting “World’s Finest”, and that’s cool for people that saw the cartoon, cause we’d get it, but it doesn’t tell you anything about the film. Nor does it convey any mood or tone. I don’t know if casual moviegoers would be enticed by that title. Not to mention that when I hear “World’s Finest”, I immediately think of chocolate, THEN think of Batman and Superman.

    • +1

    • Agree 100%. “Worlds Finest” sounds like the description of food ingredients in a commercial. Chocolate is a good one. I asked a non-comic reader what he thought and he immediately said, “No.” Then he said it sounded to him like something “Girls Gone Wild” would put out.