Movie titles without numbers are all the rage these days, a sign that perhaps movie studios believe theatergoers are getting smarter.

There’s The Dark Knight Rises and now, today, we’ve got a new title for Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes sequel. How do you feel about Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows?

The plot of the Sherlock Holmes sequel, or as much as we know of it, revolves around Sherlock (Robert Downey Jr.) and John Watson (Jude Law) matching wits and fists with the dastardly Professor Moriarty (Jared Harris). Noomi Rapace is the new leading lady – a gypsy, of sorts, according to Rapace – though (SPOILER LINK ALERT!) there may be another leading lady on the cast list. And then there’s Stephen Fry, who’ll be playing Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock’s older, smarter, and lazier brother.

The title Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows doesn’t exactly blow me away with its creativity, but it’s fairly harmless; additionally, it seems to describe the battle between Sherlock Holmes and his arch-nemesis, Moriarty, as well as any title could (since the battle takes place inside the shadows… or something). Personally, I would’ve preferred a classier title more reminiscent of the old stories, but it could’ve been so much worse. Sherlock Holmes: Moriarty Rising, anyone?

Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes was a very entertaining action-adventure vehicle in line with the buddy-cop movies of yore (48 Hrs., Lethal Weapon, etc)… if such movies were period films that took place in the nineteenth century.

Hopefully, the sequel will utilize that same stylistic treatment, minus a few of the more ridiculous elements of the original (the less CGI, the better). If casting decisions are any indication, Rapace (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) and Harris (Mad Men) are both fantastic actors, they’re headed in the right direction.

What do you think of the title? What are you hoping to see in the film? Let us know in the comments.

Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows hits theaters December 16th, 2011.

Source: E! Online