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March 2016 will see the release of the long awaited pairing of the man of steel and the dark knight on the silver screen. And the movie that they're appearing in is, as we all know, titled '[Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice](movie:711870)' which lead many fans (myself included) more than a little disappointed that it wasn't 'World's Finest' as we happened to be in the "can't we all get along?" team in the who would win debate that ensued. However, there's a small detail in that title which may mean that we all get to win. One that I notice a lot thanks to how often the title is mis-spelt. Why isn't it Batman vs. Superman?

You see, the most common use of "v." is in court cases to convey that in the case of 'person-X v. person-Y' person-X is pitting themselves against person-Y. Now, this could be a minute detail and completely irrelevant, but let's hypothesize that it isn't. That leaves us with three options...

1) Batman is suing Superman

see? they can't even look at each other!!!
see? they can't even look at each other!!!

As fun an idea as this is, it's probably not happening, as the world doesn't know who Superman really is and I doubt Zack Snyder is making a movie about legal issues regarding the destruction of Metropolis. Still, it's a fun mental image, and who knows, when you're pulling from the world of comics, you have a lot of weird stuff you can pull from, so don't rule this one out as a small detail, but don't feel the need to watch this space either.

2) It's not actually a versus film

everyone getting along
everyone getting along

It's a long shot, I know, but I'll take any glimmer of hope at this stage for my World's Finest film. What if, rather than just deciding to straight up fight Superman like an idiot, Batman rather simply opposes the blue boy scout until proven otherwise by some act of heroism? As well as explaining why Batman's name comes first (aside from it just being, you know, grammatically correct), It also makes a certain degree of sense. For example, if Batman's a hero who has been in the business for 17 years (which he is) then why would he suddenly take up arms against Superman, who despite having a rough first day at the job, will be doing his best to prove his good intentions to the world? Unless this slightly far fetched theory about Gordon's death is true. I personally love the idea of the film being more about a mind game between the world's two greatest superheroes than a straight up battle, cause let's face it guys, there's no way Batman can win a fisticuffs with Superman, but at a psychological battle? Not even a contest.

3) I'm clutching at straws

i mean, they seem pretty set on hitting each other
i mean, they seem pretty set on hitting each other

I'm perfectly aware that this is very unlikely, but I like the sound of it so I don't care, it's fun to speculate. But it's perfectly reasonable that I'm talking complete rubbish so forgive me if that's what you think. Still, I'm gonna stick with this theory until I'm proven otherwise, and in response to why the film has a "v." instead of a "vs." Zack Snyder did say this:

"to keep it from being a straight 'versus' movie, even in the most subtle way."

So yeah, that's something for you to think about.

Wrapping Up...

So that was me over-analyzing the title to a film that was announced over half a year ago now, but hey! Better late that never. Feel free to share your thoughts below, and until next time guys, enjoy your lives!!!

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