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Midweek Mouth-off: Numbers or names for sequels

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From Star Trek to Star Trek into Darkness; from Thor to Thor: The Dark World; from The Hunger Games to The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

Today we want to know how you feel about movie sequels that dump a conventional number in favour of a subtitle… or a completely different title? Think the jump from Batman Begins to The Dark Knight, as opposed to The Godfather I, II and III. Is it confusing? Is it a movie differentiator you like? Do you care? Let us know.

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Last Updated: November 27, 2013


  1. TiMsTeR1033

    November 27, 2013 at 10:52

    Numbers are easier…


  2. WernerE

    November 27, 2013 at 10:52

    THE Rise OF THE Planet OF THE Apes irks me much more than it should and now I hear the sequel will be called Dawn OF THE Planet OF THE Apes.


  3. Zubayr Bhyat

    November 27, 2013 at 10:56

    Terminator 2 worked just fine. Numbers work 100% as long as the quality of the movie stands.


  4. RyseandRepeat

    November 27, 2013 at 11:21

    I like numbers… AND titles! Why not?


  5. James Francis

    November 27, 2013 at 11:46

    I know you know I know you know I know what you did last summer.


    • RyseandRepeat

      November 27, 2013 at 11:52



  6. Kervyn Cloete

    November 27, 2013 at 13:32

    For comic book movies, it kind of makes sense. Comic book story arcs don’t have numbers, they have story titles, and I like that Marvel did this (and now Fox and Sony are following suit) for movies that adapt a particular story.

    Stuff like Star Trek Into Darkness, or Transformers: Dark of the Moon (eurgh. I still cringe at how bad that title is) just sounds kind of silly though.


  7. DarthofZA

    November 27, 2013 at 15:04

    It completely depends on the type of movie series it is. Hunger Games, for example, is a sequence of movies that really need to be watched in the right orders. The movies follow a logical path that should be followed in a sequence. It should have numbers. The Marvel Movies, you don’t really need to watch them in order. They don’t follow on from each other with regards to the story each movie presents. They are essentially standalone movies. They should get subtitles.


    • Kervyn Cloete

      November 27, 2013 at 16:09

      Well in the case of Hunger Games (and Twilight) they have the problem that the first story’s title is what people identify with. If they had called the second and third films just Catching Fire and Mockingjay (which are the full titles of the second and third books), they would lose that brand recognition. So now we get The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.


      • DarthofZA

        November 28, 2013 at 08:23

        My point is that it should of been called “Hunger Games 2: Catching Fire”,


        • Kervyn Cloete

          November 28, 2013 at 08:37

          Fair enough, I guess.


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