Batman v Superman Premiere: Ben Affleck Is the "Best Batman Yet"
Now, people have actually seen the film, and if the earliest reactions are to be believed, Batman v Superman is exactly as epic as Warner Bros. needs it to be:
And remember when fans were in an absolute uproar that Ben Affleck was cast as Batman? He has since become one of the most anticipated aspects of the film, and apparently he doesn't disappoint. Attendees were widely in agreement that Affleck is not only great in the film, but that he's the best incarnation of the Dark Knight yet.
Christian Bale was certainly no slouch, so this is pretty high praise, and makes us even more excited to see this gritty, borderline sadistic Batman. But reportedly, it wasn't Batman who stole the show, it was Gal Godot's Wonder Woman:
Got to say, I was pretty impressed by Batman v Superman. Everyone went crazy for Wonder Woman! (she was amaze) #BVSPremiere— Swati Teerdhala (@swatiteerdhala) March 21, 2016
We're very happy about this, especially considering how long it's taken for a female superhero to gain prominence and get her own mainstream superhero movie. But no one was really too worried about Ben Affleck or Gal Godot, as they already seemed pretty amazing in the trailers. Jesse Eisenberg's Lex Luthor has been the most controversial aspect of the film since the Batfleck objections died down, but he's getting rave reviews as well:
Batman v Superman was great. Jesse Eisenberg's performance in particular blew me away. #BatmanvSuperman— cR_WoundCowboy (@cR_WoundCowboy) March 21, 2016
@AMSismyname But Eisenberg's Luthor and Affleck's Batman were clear highlights of the movie— Ben Kahn (@BenTheKahn) March 21, 2016
And finally, for those of you who (like us) were worried that the trailer gave away absolutely everything, we have a lot more excitement ahead of us:
Also, the trailers didn't give everything away. Not by a long shot. #BatmanvSuperman— Patrick Guaschino (@Pat_JG) March 21, 2016
As usual, these first reactions need to be taken with a grain of salt, since reviews from early screenings tend to be very positive, regardless of the quality of the film. Extremely disappointing movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron and even universally hated films like Fantastic Four received glowing reviews at first, probably because those invited to the premieres are superfans or connected to the film in some way, or both. But still, even if these fans were more likely to enjoy the film overall, there was no reason for any of them to call out Ben Affleck, Gal Godot, or Jesse Eisenberg specifically, so it's probably safe to assume that those elements will hold up.
Batman v Superman hits theaters next Friday, March 25.