Snyder's terrible OG Batman v Superman titles prove that simplicity is effective

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The common consensus of the title Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice is that it’s a laughably cliché name. As one of DC's most important movies, the naming conventions of the superhero flick are very tongue in cheek.

Recently, it was revealed that Zack Snyder and Chris Terrio didn't get to name their movie. However, maybe that's for the best as their collection of alternate names are pretty terrible.

Alternate names for Batman v Superman

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Last week, BvS writer Chris Terrio revealed that the name Batman v Superman was already decided by the studio. Alongside the main set pieces for the movie, the title was one of the things Terrio and Snyder couldn't change.

During an hour-long Snyder Cut panel for JusticeCon, Snyder revealed numerous titles that were thrown around for BvS. In comparison, they're nowhere near as good as the SEO-crazed theatrical title. Actually, they're shockingly dull.

“I remember, there was a back-and-forth that I had with the studio, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice was like the only title that [they wanted]," says Snyder. "The “V” instead of just “versus" was like a crazy negotiation. I was like, 'Guys, can't we just do something like Son of Sun and Knight of Night, or something that's a little bit more poetic?' And they were like, 'Absolutely not'.”
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Terrio's ideas are even more confusing. With the original plans for Justice League already locked in tight, Terrio wanted Justice League in the title. In fact, the writer’s ideas for the movie’s name had no mention of Batman and Superman squaring off at all!

"For a while, we actually talked about titling it 'Justice League: [Subtitle],' to suggest that this movie was going to be the beginning of the Justice League, even though it didn't really look like it. Like 'Justice League: Foundations,' or 'Justice League: Rising.'"

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What's next for Snyder's DC movies?

Zack Snyder's DC universe does appear to be closing up. Warner Bros have made it pretty clear that the recent release of the Snyder Cut is the end of the original DCEU. However, that doesn't mean the studio won't turn back and revitalise the universe.

As for Snyder, the director has already moved onto his new franchise with Netflix. Starting in May, the Army of the Dead movie will see Snyder once again tackle a zombie apocalypse. It's quite obvious, however, that the only corpse fans want resuscitated is the DCEU. On that front, Snyder is re-releasing a new 4K directors cut of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – Ultimate Edition.

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