Since Tuesday, reviews for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice have poured in, and the word on the street has been decidedly negative. As of right now, the critic’s score for the film is at a 31 percent on Rotten Tomatoes. For some perspective, Affleck’s Daredevil, which didn’t fare well with critics, is at a 44 percent.
Now, the cast is reacting to the negative reviews. During an interview with Yahoo, Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck were asked their thoughts on critics panning the movie that was supposed to jump start the excitement for the new DC universe that Warner Bros is starting.
Cavill told Yahoo Movies UK, “The interesting thing is that we get the critics who have their personal opinions, and the thing about personal opinions is that they always come from a place. And there’s a preconceived idea which you have to get past a critic before you start writing your article or your review, and that affects everything.”
— Batman v Superman (@BatmanvSuperman) March 24, 2016
Cavill continued, “What is really going to matter, I believe, is what the audience says, because they’re the ones who are buying tickets, they’re the ones who want to see more of this kind of story or not and so the audience’s voice is loudest and after this weekend the audience, at least partly, will have spoken.”
Actress Amy Adams, who plays Lois Lane in the film, echoed Cavill’s statements about how she perceives the negative reviews of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Adams said that Zack Snyder, the director, doesn’t make movies for critics and insists that the film is for the true DC fans.
“You can’t go into it with that perspective. I know we really hope the fans like it and so far the reaction has been really positive on that front.”
— Complex (@ComplexMag) March 24, 2016
Adams is right. When the film premiered to a packed out audience in New York, fans were very excited.
I haven’t felt this giddy after watching a movie since The Avengers. Goosebumps. Everywhere. Need to talk about it ASAP. #BVSPremiere
— Rodrigo Mariano (@Dragonsfoe) March 21, 2016
— Ashley (@anwarren87) March 21, 2016
So Ben Affleck is my favorite Batman now.. #BVSPremiere
— Kendell B. (@kburton23) March 21, 2016
Although Affleck didn’t comment on the negative reviews, the actor said in an interview a year ago that if Batman v Superman was anything like Daredevil, he would picket the film himself.
“Indeed I have regrets about Daredevil. I have regrets about all the movies that I don’t think were executed properly…. Look, if I thought we were remaking Daredevil, I’d be out there picketing myself… and that goes for other movies as well that I haven’t been happy with.”
Considering the Rotten Tomatoes scores right now, that quote has come back around to bite the actor. That said, not all is lost, as it seems that fans are still excited to see a film with three of DC’s biggest superheroes.
As the Inquisitr reported, the film is on track to make $400 million during opening week. To be a commercial success, Latino Review stated that the film needs to make $800 million to $1 billion worldwide.
At the time, Cowen and Co. analyst Doug Creutz said of the film, “It would be a slight exaggeration to say everything is riding on this film, but if they can’t make this sale to audiences, then they have a huge problem. They have told Wall Street they are going to grow earnings at Warner Bros. If you can’t make that franchise work, then you can’t achieve that goal.”
As it stands right now, Batman v Superman has already broken records with its pre-sales alone. Ninety percent of Fandango’s pre-sales belonged to the film, which broke records previously held by Avengers: Age of Ultron and The Dark Knight Rises.
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