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Wednesday, April 13, 2016

The Seven Silliest Superhero Movie Titles


The word is out that Spider-Man: Homecoming is officially the title for the next live-action Spider-Man film and honestly, it sounds pretty silly. For fans, there is a clear connection to the comics with this one and it also reflects the high school age of this version of Peter Parker (portrayed by Tom Holland, currently 19 years old in real life), but the somewhat inside joke is also clear. Yes, this is a Sony film that is now connected to Marvel Studios and the title easily reflects the idea of Spider-Man finally coming 'home'. 

We will apparently be seeing MCU characters pop up in this one, which only makes sense, given that Spidey will be popping up in Civil War, but honestly, the title feels like too much of a gag. It seems more like something the writers and producers joked about, only to have it become the actual thing. With all that said, how about we look at some of the sillier titles of various superhero movies that have poped up over the decades.

Superman and the Mole Men (1951)
This is actually the first film to be based on any DC Comics character and starred George Reeves, before he would go on to play Superman on television. I could only hope this sounded exciting at the time, though I am honestly surprised we have not gotten more mole men in superhero movies. Maybe if we stopped spending so much time on Luthor and Zod...

Darkman III: Die Darkman Die (1996)

I think I may have actually seen the Showtime cable premiere of this movie, if my memory serves. This title actually seems like the reverse of Homecoming, as if they really, really want to kill off this film franchise. At least it gets to the point in terms of aggression.

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lava Girl in 3D (2005)

Robert Rodriguez made good on at least two Spy Kids movies, so there was no reason he should not have been able to dive even deeper into kid-friendly adventure movies. Of course, it is a whole different story when it comes to gathering interest in adventures concerning Sharkboy and Lava Girl. At least we know it's 'in 3D', as the title makes us fully aware.

Power Rangers Samurai: Clash of the Red Rangers - The Movie (2011)

I haven't followed up on Power Rangers in quite some time. Just how many Red Rangers are we dealing with here? Whatever the case may be, I'm sure this clash was epic.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice (2016)

I'm not trying to keep piling on this movie, but was the subtitle really necessary? Also, what does it even mean? No justice is ever dealt and based on what happens, it seems more like the end of justice, until we actually get to see the Justice League in action.

Zorro, The Gay Blade (1981)

There's actually a lot of good comedy in this random Zorro film starring George Hamilton, but what an odd route to go with this entry.

Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979)

I assume Christopher Lee joined this cast, based on the can't lose title for this film. This TV movie at the very least got a jump on the "Civil War" comic that would come around decades later.

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That's it for now, but we'll just have to wait and see if Rise of the Superfriends or Growth of the Teen Titans ever becomes a thing.

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