Dark Titles

Darkness has become trendy. Batman reached his peak with The Dark Knight and The Dark Knight Rises. Now, two franchises have announced the titles for their next chapters -- Thor: The Dark World and Star Trek Into Darkness. Kathryn Bigelow will soon bring us the story of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden titled Zero Dark Thirty. To paraphrase the Joker, "Why so dark?"

Stephen King gave us The Dark Half and an adaptation of his epic fantasy The Dark Tower is still in development. Tales from the Darkside was an underrated horror anthology. There have been cult classics like Donnie Darko and Army of Darkness, but Johnny Depp couldn't salvage the recent reboot of Dark Shadows. The word has been used in titles for science fiction flicks, such as Dark Skies, for horror thrillers, as in Don't Be Afraid of the Dark, and for fantasy adventures, such as The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising.

In the past decade alone we've seen Edge of Darkness, In Darkness, Beneath the Darkness, and Darkness Falls. From big budgets like Transformers: Dark of the Moon to low budget sleeper hits like The Darkest Hour, the word seems to do its job well, drawing in viewers to see shadows and light play on the silver screen.