Last night the oh-so-attractive cast of Batman VS Superman: Dawn of Justice walked the red carpet at London’s Odeon Leicester Square. The stars were met with cheering crowds who camped out all day, despite the heightened security following the Brussels terror attacks.
Warner Bros. said in a statement:
“Rather than yield to terror, we’ve decided to join the film’s fans and move forward with the premiere.”
“Our hearts go out to the victims of recent terrorist attacks, their families and the communities impacted around the world. Rather than yield to terror, we’ve decided to join the film’s fans and move forward with the London premiere of Batman v. Superman this evening.”
Check out the pics below (via Pacific Coast News).
Henry Cavill aka Supes
The lovely and talented Gal Gadot who is our new Wonder Woman.
Umph. Jason Mamoa – formerly Khal Drogo – currently Aquaman.
Maaaaaaybe take a comb to that hair, but YES! YES! YES! WHATTAMAN!
Andy Serkis (Gollem! King King! Caesar from Planet of the Apes! Balloo from Jungle Book! Supreme Leader Snoke from Star Wars the Force Awakens!)
Amy Adams/Lois Lane
and Star Wars legend Mark Hammill
The review from Deadline (warning: Spoilers ahead!)
The screening was met with applause throughout — especially when Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman appears for the first time, sporting gold wristbands, shield and lasso — and as the credits began to roll. Gadot’s standalone Wonder Woman movie is due in summer 2017, followed by the DC Comics gathering Justice League in November, and this movie goes some way to setting the table for that superhero ensemble.
Batman V. Superman: Dawn Of Justice, which starts international rollout tomorrow, kicks off with a recall of Bruce Wayne/Batman’s origins when his parents were gunned down before his young eyes. Crossing into the contemporary Batman/Superman universe, the film picks up from the final battle scene in the previous Warner/DC movie, 2013’s Man Of Steel, as Superman fights the evil General Zod and essentially destroys Metropolis in the process. This time, the battle is seen from the perspective of Wayne (a graying-at-the-temples Ben Affleck, who’s new to the Batsuit) as he watches the carnage with horror.
From there, Batman is on a crusade of his own, which involves concerns over his legacy and acquiring a stash of Kryptonite. In so doing, he comes across Lex Luthor (a Social Network-esque Jesse Eisenberg) and a mysterious woman who eyes him with purpose.
In the meantime, Clark Kent/Superman (Henry Cavill, reprising his Man of Steel role) is concerned that Batman has become an out-of-control vigilante. The son of Jor-El recently has rescued girlfriend/crack reporter Lois Lane (Amy Adams) from a sticky situation in the desert and later is blamed for several deaths there, severely tarnishing his reputation.
Dream sequences — or are they? — are used as a device to introduce some of the characters we’ll meet in later installments including Cyborg, the Flash and Aquaman. It’s when Gadot’s Wonder Woman enters the third act in full regalia that the Odeon audience really exploded. After the show, attendees buzzed about the character as the perfect feminist antidote to the more masculine narrative we’ve been treated to thus far. (There’s also a fair bit of humor here with Diane Lane’s Martha Kent getting off one of the best lines.)
The final showdown involves Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman battling a gargantuan mutant monster with enough pyrotechnics to satisfy the most ardent firebug.
BvS will be in about 62 territories worldwide this weekend, including North America and China, with an estimated global opening of $350M on 35,000 screens. That would make it the second-best pre-summer and Easter debut behind Furious 7′s $397.7M.