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After the success of The Terminator, most of the titles of the franchise have followed the "Terminator: subtitle" template. Examples include:

  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines
  • Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • Terminator: War of the Machines
  • Terminator: Rampage
  • Terminator: Future Shock
  • Terminator: Dawn of Fate

Then we have Terminator Salvation. What is the significance of the missing colon?

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Looks like a new producer/director take. –  Ankit Sharma Oct 25 '13 at 7:49
    
The much more interesting question would be, what "Terminator Salvation" actually means (as I for myself don't really know), but maybe this will get answered here as a by-product. –  Napoleon Wilson Oct 25 '13 at 12:31
    
@ChristianRau ... Terminator Salvation refers to Marcus' redemption in helping the human race against the machines even though he is one. –  Paulster2 Oct 25 '13 at 12:38
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@Paulster2 Ah thanks, makes sense, I guess. –  Napoleon Wilson Oct 25 '13 at 12:40
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Originally the titel was: Terminator Salvation: The Future Begins - Btw, the german title does have a colon Terminator: Die Erlösung –  Oliver_C Oct 26 '13 at 12:01

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This is because in T2 & T3, what was listed after Terminator # was a tag line, so requires a colon. With Terminator Salvation it is a single title. You can see it here in the movie posters:

Terminator 2: Judgement Day from Google Images

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines from Google Images

And here with Terminator Salvation you can see it is not a tag line:

Terminator Salvation from Google Images

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This even seems to be supported by the fact, that it didn't have a sequel number either. While the two previous movies still make sense without the tagline, this doesn't work with Terminator Salvation. (Ok, it doesn't work with the TV-show and the other listed things I've never heard of, but well.) –  Napoleon Wilson Oct 25 '13 at 12:22
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@KeyBrdBasher Also true. The more important question would be why it wasn't a tagline (if it wasn't) and what the title actually means at all, anyway. –  Napoleon Wilson Oct 25 '13 at 12:25
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@Paulster2 Yet Marcus wasn't a Terminator in the actual sense, but nevermind. –  Napoleon Wilson Oct 25 '13 at 12:48
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Actually, my question clearly states that the original titles follow a "title: subtitle" template and wonders why Terminator Salvation doesn't. Providing an answer which essentially states that this is because Salvation is not a subtitle is simply being pedantic as that is largely self-evident. The producers have chosen to retain the template, but not quite, as they want to make the title more than what it seems to be. –  coleopterist Oct 26 '13 at 12:41
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Like I said ... reading way too much into what is actually just a title. I'm glad you feel your question is ostentatious. –  Paulster2 Oct 26 '13 at 13:38

One possibility might also be that the producers wanted to emphasize the fact that they were starting something new. Terminator Salvation was the first movie to be set in the future war against the machines instead of the present with the classic time-travel context and it was also initially planned to start a new trilogy (most probably set entirely in the future).

So in order to emphasize those aspects and distinguishing it from the previous movies, that title change might have been a conscious decision and might have been followed through in future upcoming sequels to it (which don't seem too likely anymore, though, given the reboot planned for 2015).

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+1, looks like a valid speculation. –  Ankit Sharma Oct 25 '13 at 12:47

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