CHALLENGE: Superhero Sequel Titles


The Endless One
Jan 18, 2007
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Are there a shortage of superhero movie titles, or am I the one lacking in imagination? Maybe after Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer and Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther, I get the sense that the "Rise of" could've been attached to just about any guesting hero, or villain for that matter:

Rise of the Submariner, Rise of Doom, Rise of Apokalipse, Rise of the Mandarin, all of these sound like appropriate titles. The Underworld prequel is titled Underworld: Rise of the Lycans. My point is, Rise of is now overused.

So my challenge is simple: I want to see some cool sounding titles and subtitles for superhero sequels. The only condition is: No using "Rise of," "Return of" or "Fall of".

Oh, and no numbers please. Numbers are so last season anyway.
not superheroes, but should also point out: terminator 3: rise of the machines

i thought it was a coincidence, but what exactly is going on here!?!
thw moviemakers lack imagination
First, a few thoughts:
-A movie title needs to be easy and fun to say, it needs to look good on the marquees and billboards, and it should tell you something about what you can expect. Die Hard was based on a book called "Nothing Lasts Forever." Who would read that title and not assume a romance or a heavy drama?

-Maybe it's not as easy as one might think because there's so much that hasn't been tried in superhero movies:
Sure, there are literally hundreds of titles from the comics, story arcs, sagas, etc. But if you name your movie after a specific story arc from the comics, it is implied that you are doing a film version of that arc. At least at first. The majority of people who see the movie will not have read the comics (or at least not that arc), so the title is really not the thing that the fans are most concerned about. They're concerned that the movie is true to the spirit and the themes of the comics, and that it is well acted and well directed and has a great story. If they're a fan, they're going to see the movie no matter what the title is.

-Look at the James Bond movies. Not once have they had to put Bond's name in the title of anything, unless you count the "[fill in the blank actor] as Ian Fleming's JAMES BOND in....[title of movie, usually from the book]" But when you hear those titles, all 20-odd of them, everyone knows right away that it's Bond.

-As far as I can tell, The Dark Night is the first Batman movie without the word "Batman" in the title. But everyone knows it's a Batman movie. Will the next Superman movie be "Superman: The Man of Steel" or just "The Man of Steel"? Would the latter be any less of a Superman movie than the former, just by the title?

So with that in mind, I will start things off simply.
Here's some titles of graphic novels and collections that I think would look good on a movie poster, regardless of the storyarc:

AVENGERS: GALACTIC STORM (the title is cool, I don't care what the movie's about)
DAREDEVIL: MAN WITHOUT FEAR (perfect for a reboot/sequel, like hulk & punisher)
GREEN LANTERN: EMERALD DAWN (or QUEST or something with "Emerald")

And a few where I think the actual story arc should be the movie:
GREEN LANTERN: SINESTRO CORPS WAR (I don't know how it would be made, but the title sure does tell you everything you need to know)

A cool original would be something like:
X-MEN: APOCALYPSE (simple and effective)

Anyone got a badass title for a Deadpool sequel?
-As far as I can tell, The Dark Night is the first Batman movie without the word "Batman" in the title. But everyone knows it's a Batman movie. Will the next Superman movie be "Superman: The Man of Steel" or just "The Man of Steel"? Would the latter be any less of a Superman movie than the former, just by the title?
the official title can remain as that in the US. but in other countries, it almost always changes to something more.
like The Dark Knight. it doesn't have the Batman word in the original title. but here in my country for example, it will be called Batman - O Cavaleiro das Trevas (Batman - The Dark Knight). Daredevil is already called Daredevil - The Man Without Fear over here. and Superman probably will have his name in the next movie over here, too.

Anyone got a badass title for a Deadpool sequel?
the first movie probably would be called Deadpool - Merc With a Mouth.
but Cable & Deadpool have some good titles for their sagas.
such as If Looks Could Kill, Burnt Offering, Murder in Paradise and many others.
Daredevil 2
Batman 3
Fantastic 4 4 (and before that, 3)
Iron Man 2
X-Men 4
Spider-Man 4
I always thought they should call one of the spiderman sequels The Amazing Spiderman and the follow up would be Spectacular Spiderman.

Daredevil: The Man Without Fear
Daredevil: Guardian Devil (Tagline: Not all guardians... are angels.)

Ghost Rider: Hellfire
Spirit of Vengeance

Batman: Escalation
For Deadpool, the first would just be Deadpool, and then the sequel would be Deadpool: The Merc with a Mouth ad if it's a trilogy, the third would simply be DP3
Remember back when there were rumors that the Spider-Man sequels would be titled Amazing Spider-Man, Spectacular Spider-Man, ect? I miss that.

Wolverine / Shadowcat
Fantastic Four: Into the Negative Zone
X-Men: The Inferno
Blade - Prophecies
Spiderman: Negative Feedback (Shocker? Electro?)
X-Men: Natural Selection
I have admit, I'm surprised the obvious jokes haven't been used yet. Come on, folks...

Daredevil 2: Electric Boogaloo
Superman II: The Wrath of Luthor
X-Men: The Quest for More Money
Ghost Rider 2: Ride Harder
Fantastic Four with a Vengeance
X-Men: Children of the Atom
X-Men: God Loves, Man Kills
X-Men: Zero Tolerance
invincible ironman

what about the next batman then, since it's just TDK. makes me wonder.
I'm happy that number titles are out of style.
I particularly like how Nolan's second Batman film is called Dark Knight.
First movie is acceptable and necessary to use the comic title, after that, use stuff that pertains to the character.
since Spider-Man 2 was more about Peter wanting to be just Peter Parker again it should have been...''Peter Parker: Spider-Man" and Spider-Man 3 should have been I guess ''Amazing Spider-Man." but it's drop in quality might have been a bad time to name it that.
Although the movie has little chance of being made a Creeper movie can be called Beware the Creeper. Not a sequel though

Also sequels to Green Lantern:
Green Lantern Corps
Green Lantern: Rebirth

Constantine 2or reboot which is more likely= Hellblazer

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