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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Trailer 2

Ok. This movie actually looks awesome. After the first trailer I called it “not bad” and now I am 100% on board. I’m ready for this movie.

Better titles for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

Here are a list of better titles for the upcoming Man of Steel sequel:

  • Superman: Dawn of Justice
  • Superman / Batman
  • Superman & Batman
  • Man of Steel Returns
  • Return of the Man of Steel
  • Superman: Worlds Finest
  • Superman II
  • Dawn of Justice
  • The Last Son

Because I was under the impression that it was a Superman sequel, not a new Batman movie. I’ve seen “Worlds Finest” thrown around a lot, and the more I see it, the more I really like it.

Taking 5: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice - a terrible subtitle for a movie that doesn’t need one

The full title of Batman v Superman was just revealedBatman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. It’s… it’s not good. Worse, it’s unnecessary. And after thinking about it for a few munutes, I felt like I had to write something. 

Let’s be very clear, I am excited to see Batman v Superman. I think Affleck is a really good choice for Batman and while I don’t really like Snyder’s movies I thought Man of Steel was OK and I’d like to see where he takes the franchise.

I also tend to criticize things that I love and care about. I wouldn’t waste my time otherwise. So let’s fly backwards around the earth a few times and go back to 2011.

2011’s Captain America movie had a subtitle. It was the first movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) to receive one, and it’s the only movie in Phase One to have one. The full title, if you forgot, was Captain America: The First Avenger.

I used to read Captain America comics (up until he died in 2007… spoiler). Yes he was an Avenger, the leader of the Avengers for a while, but up until Marvel started making movies he was always second tier. Spider-Man, Wolverine, Fantastic Four, and The Hulk, have always been the top tier for Marvel. They are the most popular, and have been for decades.  As much as I loved Iron Man he was always second tier. Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, and a hand full of X-men make up Marvel’s second tier.

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a powerful second tier of superheroes, but you can’t compare the popularity of Captain America to Spider-Man. Spider-Man is leaps and bounds (pun intended) more popular.

There’s a reason why X-men, Spider-Man, Hulk, and Fantastic Four movies were (licensed and) made before Marvel started making movies on their own. Those were the most popular characters, and therefor the easiest to get made. Unfortunately since Marvel licensed those characters they are unable to bring many of them into the fold of the MCU. So they had to turn to their second tier characters and make them more visible (again this was pretty easy, since their second tier is full of very good characters). 

By the time Captain America was released we had already seen the release of 2 Iron Man films, a Hulk (in the cinematic universe), and Thor. I think those characters are easier sells. Hulk is top tier after all and Iron Man, (well, aside from Robert Downy Jr crushing it,) the character has a dark side and is very human despite being a billionaire, genius, philanthropist. At this point everyone knew an Avengers movie was coming, it had been teased on the backs of four films already. But why would we, as an audience, want to see Captain America? What does a guy fighting Nazi’s have to do with The Avengers?

In this case, the subtitle “The First Avenger" was necessary. It told the audience, who probably only knew Cap on the surface, that his story was important to The Avengers (the movie and the team). It said, “he’s the first Avenger of many upcoming Avengers, and if you don’t see this movie you’re going to be lost.”

It’s a bit of a stretch, but it worked. Captain America was my least favorite of the MCU Phase 1 and I bet you could have seen the rest of Phase 1 and skipped Captain America and been fine. But the subtitle, as bad as it is, was necessary for Marvel to push their second tier hero out to the masses. 

That brings us to Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice.

Batman. Superman. They are the two most popular, most recognizable superheroes of all time. DC has already put their names side by side in the title, and they’ve linked their logos together. You know what this movie doesn’t need? A subtitle. And to make things worse, it’s a pretty terrible subtitle.

Granted, I’ve been paying attention so I know this movie will set up/lead into the Justice League movie. And I know DC is shooting them back to back so they’ll release in 2016 and 2017. But a subtitle like Dawn of Justice only works when setting up for something bigger / more popular than the first film.

The Avengers as a team are more popular than Captain America as a hero. But Batman and Superman, on their own, are more popular than the whole of the Justice League. DC doesn’t need the Justice League to sell people on a Batman and/or Superman movie the way Marvel needed The Avengers to sell people on Captain America.

There’s a reason why Batman and Superman are still around and popular after almost 90 years. They have the staying power and adaptability very few pop culture icons have gained. The Justice League may be made up of several heroes, but without Batman or Superman that movie doesn’t get made.

But here we are. A Man of Steel sequel that gives the Dark Knight top billing and a subtitle that weakens the actual title. We’ve got two more years of this, so glad we’re getting the rough stuff out of the way. See you guys at the theatre in 2016.

The title to the new Batman / Superman has been revealed

I think my texts to Bryan from dcu cover my feelings:

The subtitle is as bad as The First Avenger. We get it. It’s setting up the next movie. Also, enough with the ‘V’ or the Versus. it’s Superman and Batman. They’re not enemies. 


This article was first published in Empire Magazine Issue #2 (August 1989). A great/historic read about one of the most important superhero movies of all time.

A perfect morning read.

X-Men: Days of Future Past - Trailer 3

Bryan Singer just tweeted a link to the final trailer for X-men Days of Future Past. Honestly, I’m not watching this trailer because I have a rule about watching new trailers for movies I already know I want to see. If we’re six weeks away and there’s a new trailer, I don’t watch it. It almost always gives away too much story.

But I thought you all might be interested. So… here you go.

Amazing Spider-Man 2 - Trailer 2

This movie. It’s like watching a train wreck happen in slow motion. 

Veronica Mars - Trailer

A high school reunion is the perfect way to frame this movie. Really excited for this movie. It was the second thing I ever kickstarted.

Interstellar - Trailer

The first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s next movie, Interstellar. Yes, please.

/Film has the new Amazing Spider-Man 2 posters… oh boy.

This is the first time I’ve ever been worried for a Spider-Man film. I wasn’t worried about Spider-Man 3 (everything leading up to the release looked solid, it just turns out that they gave Sam Raimi a bit too much freedom) and I wasn’t worried about Amazing Spider-Man (which actually seemed interesting but, the chopped out all the parts that made it interesting. The “untold story” that was so prevalent in the marketing leading up was left on the cutting room floor).

But this. This has all the makings of bad superhero film. I thought we, as a species, had gotten over the whole “too many ridiculous looking villains in one movie” thing. See Batman and Robin if you don’t know what I’m talking about.

This is it. Sony, it’s time to give Spider-Man back to Marvel, so they can work him into the Avengers universe.

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