Movie sequel titles: Is it all in the numbers?

Pop quiz! Which movie would you rather see: A) Daredevil 2 or B) Daredevil: Taking It to the Streets?

If you chose A or B, you are required by PopWatch law to click here for a story in The New York Times about inane research on whether folks prefer movie sequels with titles that include numbers (megahit Spider-Man 2, for example) or names (Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life).

If you answered "neither," then you get an A+ and a free link to today’s Official PopWatch ’80s Video of the Day (click here). You also get to read the Cliffs Notes version of the Times story, brought to you by the good people at Movie City News: "Yet Another Utterly Idiotic Academic Paper Given More Mindless Promotion By The Paper of Record… Please Alert Spider-Man 3, Shrek 3, And TF&TF: Tokyo Drift."

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  • Jeff Commings

    Is it wrong that I know ALL the words to “Don’t You Want Me,” even though it’s been many, many years since I’ve heard it?

  • McNutt

    Of COURSE people wanted to learn more about Daredevil: Taking It to the Streets. Instead of just thinking “Are they really making a sequel to that mediocre film?” I’m also led to wonder “Who came up with that awful title?” and “Are the Doobie Brothers involved?”
    See? I’m already more emotionally invested in the project.

  • Ep Sato

    Is there a third category of people like those of us who wish they’d stop making sequels to non-epic movies? A trilogy is cool if the story feels “big enough” to contain it. But does the world really need another Star Trek movie? And I love Daredevil enough to have even enjoyed the movie, but wasn’t Elektra that movie’s sequel? That would make Daredevil: What a fool believes (thanks Mcnutt for the Doobie Brothers mention) techinally the third in the series. Three Daredevil movies? that’s the sort of trilogy I am trying to avoid…

  • Stephanie

    Daredevil: What a Fool Believes
    lol! Taking it To the Streets is a bad title for the film. Elecktra is what is known as a “spin-off” like Frasier was to Cheers. It can happen in movies too.
    I must admit if I had to choose from The Hulk or Daredevil, I’d choose Daredevil as a better movie even if they were both cheezy.

  • Simon

    Please let this be a regular feature of Popwatch – love those 80s videos!

  • Lorenzo

    Why do everyone hate Daredevil? I saw the movie and LOVED every minute of it! I think it’s one of the best comic book adaptions movies ever. Everyone gave an outstanding performace, especially Michael Clake Duncan. He was so convicing as The Kingpin that you didn’t gave a damn about what race the character was supposed to be. Everybody that I know who saw the movie loved it. But every time I read anything about Daredevil from EW, they always talk about how bad it’s Box Office was then the actual movie. Goddamn it! I want this to have a sequel regardless of the damn title!
    Please, anybody, tell me what you hate about Daredevil so much?! I have to know! The movie is too good to be treated this badly.

  • Ep Sato

    I think a lot of folks took the opportunity to rag on Ben Affleck who was in his unpopular stage at the time Daredevil came out. I was pro-DD until the Elektra movie came out, which was “Howard the Duck” quality on the Marvel scale.
    Overall, found it to be a 2.5 stars flick, with some lamer elements, but also some likeable elements (the Kevin Smith cameo, for example). It was Colin Farrell’s over the top performance made the movie worth seeing. I dug the Kingpin, but to me Bullseye was the real star. And while the spin offs have proven lackluster, I’d pay $$$ to see a Bullseye movie in an instant.

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