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Warner secretly registers domains for several possible Batman vs. Superman film titles

Warner secretly registers possible Batman vs. Superman film titles

There’s been a lot of debate over the official title of the upcoming Batman vs. Superman film scheduled to be released in 2015.

This week, Warner Bros. secretly registered a host of possible titles through the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor.

Now, it’s likely the debate is going to get more opinions.

According to the latest domain registrations, possible titles include “Man of Steel Battle the Knight”, “Man of Steel Beyond Darkness”, “Man of Steel Black of Knight”, “Man of Steel Darkness Falls”, “Man of Steel Knight Falls”, “Man of Steel Shadow of the Night”, “Man of Steel The Blackest Hour”, and “Man of Steel The Darkness Within”.

Shorter variations of the names were also registered like, “Battle the Knight”, “Black of Knight”, “Knight Falls”, and “The Blackest Hour”.

With regards to MarkMonitor, it’s the same company Warner Bros uses for its very own (WHOIS) and the registrar for the domain (WHOIS).

Here’s a look at several of the names that were privately registered:

For now, it’s all just speculation.

Any of the above names could end up being the title.  At the time of this story, Warner Bros. has made no announcement and none of the domains resolve to a web page.

So what do you think will be the title?

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Is Warner registering Arkham domains for the next Batman movie or video game?

Dark Knight Arkham movie

Last year, Cosmic Book News reported that we could expect a new Batman film in 2016 based on the popular Batman: Arkham Asylum video game.

While there hasn’t been much talk about the Batman reboot since the rumors began, it appears this week that Warner Bros. is trying to secretly buy up domain names for the next Batman movie title or video game through the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor, the same company it uses for its very own (Whois) and for other recent domains like the 300 prequel.

The names, all registered on January 10, 2013, revolve around ‘Arkham’, like (WHOIS) and (WHOIS), and many more.

There are quite a few possibilities for movie or video game titles in the names that were registered.

Here’s a look at the full list of names: (Arkham Universe) (Batman Arkham Universe) (Batman Arkham Arises) (Batman Arkham Begins) (Batman Arkham Dark Knight) (Batman Arkham Knight) (Batman Arkham Legend) (Batman Arkham Legends) (Batman Arkham Night) (Batman Arkham Origins) (Batman Arkham Stories) (Dark Knight Arkham) (DC Arkham Universe) (DC Arkhamverse) (The Arkham Universe)

Keep in mind, although the owner of each domain is hidden behind MarkMonitor’s privacy service DNStination, Warner Bros. as I mentioned is a client of MarkMonitor, so you can bet they are the registrant.

It is possible that Warner Bros. is registering these names for no other reason than to protect it intellectual property and has no plans for them.  The names could also be used for a different Batman product.

Because there has been no official announcement, it’ll just have to remain speculation for now.

At the time of this story being published, none of the domain names resolve to a web page.

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300 prequel renamed – “300: Rise of An Empire” domains registered [UPDATED]

300: Rise of an Empire

UPDATE – SEP. 13, 2012:  Box Office Mojo has also backed up speculation that the 300 prequel will now be called “300: Rise of An Empire”.  Several hours after this story was originally published, Box Office Mojo posted the movie title change to its website from “Untitled ‘300’ Sequel” to “300: Rise of An Empire”.

ORIGINAL STORY – SEP. 12, 2012 @ 4:21 AM EST: Is the upcoming prequel to 300 called ‘300: Battle of Artemisia’ getting a new title?

There appears to be a possibility that the film may be renamed.

Sparking speculation are some interesting domain registrations made this week by the brand protection company MarkMonitor, the same firm responsible for registering the Battle of Artemisa names back in January of this year.

The list of new domains registered privately by MarkMonitor on September 10, 2012, include (Whois), (Whois), (Whois) and (Whois).

Each name was registered anonymously using MarkMonitor’s Whois privacy service DNStination, but you can bet the company behind the names is Warner Bros.  Warner Bros.’ very own (Whois) is managed through MarkMonitor.


If the film is retitled, it wouldn’t be the first time.

In June 2011, Deadline reported that the 300 prequel, first known as “Xerxes”, would be retitled to 300: Battle of Artemisia.


One thing is for sure, “Rise of An Empire” is much easier to spell than “Battle of Artemisia”, but if the name is changing, that’s probably not the only driver.

Recent 300 buzz focused on news that Gerard Butler would not be appearing in the Warner Bros. film.  Butler told an MTV reporter, “They’re filming [the ‘300’ sequel] right now. I wish them the best, but it didn’t [work out]. It wasn’t really my thing.”

At the time of this story, none of the new domains resolve to a web page.  A quick check of other top level domains, shows that MarkMonitor only pursued the .coms, leaving other domains available.

The 300 prequel, whatever it is called, is scheduled to be in theaters on August 2, 2013.


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Amidst The Hobbit trilogy talk, Riddles in the Dark and Smaug domains registered

'Riddles in the Dark', 'Desolation of the Smaug' domains registered as talk of The Hobbit trilogy

UPDATE – AUG. 31, 2012:. Collider reports the third installment in The Hobbit trilogy will now be called The Hobbit: There and Back Again. The second film has been re-titled, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.  No title or release date changes have touched the first film, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.

ORIGINAL STORY:. This week there has been talk of a third ‘Hobbit’ film after The Hollywood Reporter reported that sources close to the production of The Hobbit say the filmmaker Peter Jackson wants to turn his upcoming two-film adaptation of the J.R.R. Tolkien epic into a trilogy.

While the first two films already have names – “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and “The Hobbit: There and Back Again” – it’s not officially known what the title of the third film will be.

Unless, of course, you take a look at some recent web activity involving “The Hobbit” and the internet brand protection company MarkMonitor.

Domain registrations made this week suggest the title may be “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug” or “The Hobbit: Riddles in the Dark”.

On July 27, several domain names were privately registered through MarkMonitor, of which The Saul Zaentz Company is a client.  MarkMonitor is the same registrar responsible for managing the domains for (Whois) and (Whois).

Here’s a look at the full list of domain names registered through MarkMonitor:

Riddles In The Dark, is the title of one of the chapters of The Hobbit.

The Desolation of the Smaug, is the wasted, unpeopled lands around Erebor and Dale, charred and blackened by the burning breath of Smaug the Dragon.

At the time of this story, none of the domains resolve to a web page.

It’s possible these domain names were registered for something entirely different, and not for a third film.  It’s also possible the company is doing nothing more than protecting its intellectual property.

So, for now, it’s purely speculation.

UPDATE 1: Peter Jackson has confirmed the rumor that “The Hobbit” will now be three films.  No announcement on the title as of yet.

UPDATE 2: On July 31 and August 1, The Saul Zaentz Company registered domain names for “The Hobbit: The Battle of Five Armies”.  The names, registered via MarkMonitor, include:

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(Image of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey via trailer 1)

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Warner Bros. to launch photo sharing social network called Out My Window

Out My Window

With photo sharing one of the fastest growing segments of social networking and services like Flickr and Instagram exploding in popularity, it looks like Warner Bros. is throwing its hat into the ring with a new photo sharing service called Out My Window.

The Coming Soon page, which can be found on, went live this week with the slogan, “Share your view at the speed of life.”  The home page reads:

A perfect picture. The urge to share it. From my view to your view. From my phone to your TV. With Out My Window, our photographs will always weave the stories of our lives together.

Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. filed well over a dozen trademarks with the United States Patent and Trademark Office in late December for Out My Window, OutMy Window and OutMyWindow

The goods and services covered in the filings include: peer-to-peer photo and video sharing services, digital enhancement of photographs, digital imaging software, providing temporary use of on-line non-downloadable software and applications, and of course, social networking services provided via the internet.

The company’s latest trademark filing (Serial Number: 85500122) specifically covers, “Social networking services provided via the internet and other electronic communications networks; Providing on-line computer databases and on-line searchable databases in the field of social networking; Providing a website on the internet for the purpose of social networking.”

The filings include serial numbers 85500122, 85500376, 85500370, 85500357, 85500348, 85500336, 85500066, 85500046, 85500031, 85500017, 85499976, 85499960, 85499947, 85499927, and 85499899.

As of today, you can sign up to be notified when the service launches, but not much else.

The Terms page and Privacy page offer little in terms of details and Warner Bros. has yet to make an official announcement about Out My Window.  However with the launch of the teaser page and several trademark filings, my guess is you can expect an announcement any day now.

[Update 1 on January 10, 2012:  Out My Window will be unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.  According to the LA Times it will be available to consumers in the spring. “Targeted primarily at young parents, it’s designed as a new alternative for people who frequently upload and email pictures but don’t want to use social networks or Web photo services that can allow pictures to be seen by outsiders.”]

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