‘Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows’ Is Just One Of 2011’s Many Surprising Sequel Titles

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a title: Warner Bros. has announced that the follow-up to 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes” will be called “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.”

As much as we love the good detective, we must admit: the new title has us scratching our heads a little bit. We know Dr. Watson has a penchant for gambling. Is the title a cryptic hint regarding his dusky dice-rolling? Perhaps Moriarty, the lead villain, will be perma-backlit – our only hint at his approach, the shadow puppets creeping up behind our protagonists?

Joking aside, it’s a sure bet that as more details surface regarding the “Sherlock Holmes” sequel, the title will become much clearer. But for now, we can’t stop wondering… is 2011 the year of mystifying sequel titles? Consider the evidence, by way of other recently-announced titles that are surprising, unusual or otherwise tough-to-define!

“Transformers: Dark of the Moon”
By definition, the moon is lunar, based on the word “luna,” or “light.” Last we checked, a Decepticon isn’t quite large enough to block it out — unless, perhaps, this is Michael Bay’s homage to the classic Pink Floyd album, “Dark Side of the Moon”? After all, Optimus Prime undoubtedly has “A Great Gig in the Sky.”

“Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol”
Aside from, say, not haunting people, we’re at a loss to determine what other protocol ghosts have reason to abide by. As long as Ethan Hunt doesn’t sit in front of a mirror and say “Bloody Mary” three times, we think the ghosts will treat him just fine.

“Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”
This one, we get: the tides are turning, they’re getting weirder, and Captain Jack Sparrow’s dreadlocks are back and more epic than ever! We just sorta figured that this was implied. Luckily, we have the “On Stranger Tides” novel to turn to in decoding the title’s meaning even further.

“Spy Kids 4: All the Time in the World”
Now that the original cast is all grown up, perhaps this moniker is a tad misleading? After all, little Alexa Vega (who plays Carmen Cortez) is almost 23 – and married. And remember adorable Juni Cortez, played by Daryl Sabara? He’s 19. Essentially: both of the “Kids” are anything but, so the new film will focus on new mini-spies. But it seems like only yesterday we were watching those pint-sized heroes kick butt on the big screen. Where, exactly, did the time go?

“Kung Fu Panda 2: The Kaboom of Doom”
Or, at least, that’s what it used to be called, as the title has reverted to the simpler “Kung Fu Panda 2.” But imagine if “Kaboom of Doom” had remained: how many parents would have had to endure their kids pronouncing this sing-songy title over and over and over and over? An awesome title to be sure, but we’re betting that parents everywhere are breathing a sigh of relief right about now.

What do you think of the new “Sherlock Holmes” title? Is this the year of unusual sequel titles? Tell us what you think in the comments section and on Twitter!