Comic book and movie fans have proven that no official announcement regarding Batman vs. Superman is too small to make headlines, and when word broke of the film’s official title, online debate raged. Several fans had pitched possible titles for months, but nobody saw Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice coming. Whether considered evocative, over-stuffed, or just plain bad, some online commenters got more creative with their responses than others.

Just as was the case with the first image of Ben Affleck in costume as Batman, those with an eye for wit, scorn or simple comedy fed off of the superhero franchise. The official title has yet to inspire as lasting or iconic an internet meme as ‘Sad Batman,’ but there’s no arguing that a title as lengthy as Dawn of Justice provides infinitely more material in the coming months.

Whether you’re of the opinion that the film’s title is a complete disaster, dooming the project to fail or ultimately a non-factor when the film hits theaters, we’ve gathered up some of our favorite reactions to the announcement, reminding us all that loving our heroes doesn’t always mean holding them above criticism.

We begin, of course, with the negative:







Once the attacks subsided (whether well-deserved or not), more onlookers decided to try their hand at bringing something new to the title, even putting forward better candidates, or looking on the bright side of a Batman/Superman showdown:
















Opinion doesn’t seem to be anywhere near as evenly split as Ben Affleck’s casting, or even the bigger and broader Batsuit, as a majority of the online sentiment seems skeptical at best (as has been the case with most news regarding the production). For our part, there’s no question that Warner Bros. has decided to position the Man of Steel sequel as a precursor to the already confirmed Justice League in a way that no casual moviegoer can miss. But in all honesty, it’s impossible to know how tied to the film’s themes the title will prove, as next to nothing is known about the actual story it will be telling.

Surprising comic book fans with the unexpected is a risky proposition for any director, and there’s no question that fans have put forward some catchy titles of their own. No matter what the title, there were going to be some who felt that Snyder and the studio missed an opportunity.

Of course, we’ll leave you with one important fact that’s worth remembering:

Those are the best reactions we found to the title, but we welcome you to share your own in the comments below. Is this a misstep that could end up costing the filmmakers? Or is any subtitle merely an afterthought when ‘Batman vs. Superman’ hits theaters?

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Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice is scheduled to release May 6, 2016.

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