Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice saw its New York City premiere on Sunday, March 20, and was scheduled to have its London Premiere commence Tuesday night, on March 22 at Odeon Leicester Square. However, the recent terrorist attack in Brussels has caused the studio to figure out how to coordinate the European debut of Batman v Superman. Warner Bros. announced that the BvS premiere will continue, though they have decided to cancel the red carpet for press, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
Warner Bros. released a statement regarding the Brussels terrorist attack, insisting that they will not “yield to terror.”
“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.”
ISIS on Tuesday declared that they were responsible for their attacks on the airport and subway station in Belgium’s capital, reports CNN. Nearly 30 people were killed, with about 230 having been wounded.
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel revealed to reporters on Tuesday that they were fearful of such a horrific attack taking place. “We were fearing terrorist attacks,” Michel said. “And that has now happened.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice‘s London Premiere will see its stars, Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck, in attendance, along with the film’s director Zack Snyder. The superhero film is opening March 25 this weekend, all around the globe. Some European markets will be able to see the film on Wednesday, including France and Belgium. A number of movie theaters in Brussels closed on Tuesday, following the terrorist attacks. And even with all of that, BvS is still expected to bring in at least $350 million worldwide this weekend.
“This is basically their Avengers,” according to Jeff Bock, a box office analyst with Exhibitor Relations. “There’s a ton of buzz about it. They need to open bigger than any DC Comics film ever has.”
More fan reactions to the Warner Bros. film have rolled in from those who were lucky enough to see Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in numerous IMAX screenings Monday night. As anticipation for the movie continues to build, the fan praise doesn’t seem to be dying down.
Critic reviews are still embargoed for the film until about 6:00 p.m. Eastern Time Tuesday night. The overwhelmingly positive reviews will surely help with those still deciding if they want to see the film. But could the Brussels terrorist attacks become a reason that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice doesn’t do well at the box office this weekend?
It’s happened before, with The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 last year. The studio, Lionsgate, saw the tragic terrorist attacks in Paris as one of the reasons the film did not do as well financially as they were predicting.
The Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice pre-sale tickets has been doing extremely well, with Fandango reporting that BvS is the fastest-selling superhero movie in the ticketer’s history. Dawn of Justice was able to beat the previous record-holders, The Dark Knight Rises and Avengers: Age of Ultron. $20-$25 million has already been gathered just with pre-sale tickets alone.
Batman v Superman will be opening Thursday night at 6:00 p.m. and should do very well, hopefully making as much as The Dark Knight Rises‘ on Thursday night’s box office earnings. The official synopsis for BvS can be read below.
“Fearing the actions of Superman are left unchecked, Batman takes on the man of steel, while the world wrestles with what kind of a hero it really needs. With Batman and Superman fighting each other, a new threat, Doomsday, is created by Lex Luthor. It’s up to Superman and Batman to set aside their differences along with Wonder Woman to stop Lex Luthor and Doomsday from destroying Metropolis.”
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25, 2016.
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