Despite some less-than-stellar early reviews, including New York Times critic A.O. Scott saying the film “is about as diverting as having a porcelain sink broken over your head,” the stars of “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and director Zack Snyder are not even close to throwing in the towel on their epic superhero battle.
Although critical response can affect viewers before they even step foot in a theater, Henry Cavill, in his first interview after reviews were published, says that fan reaction is the ultimate test.
“What is really going to matter, I believe, is what the audience says,” Cavill told Yahoo Movies UK, “because they’re the ones who are buying tickets.”
He added that the fans will dictate the success of this film, the longevity of a franchise and whether more films like these will be made.
“The audience’s voice is loudest and after this weekend the audience, at least partly, will have spoken,” he said.
Amy Adams, who plays Lois Lane, said that viewers should go into the movie without letting others’ opinions cloud their experience.
“I know that Zack doesn’t make the movies — or none of us are making the movies — for the critics,” she said, adding that fan responses so far have been positive and articulating that they’re “making the films for them.”
Gal Gadot, who plays Wonder Woman, said that Snyder has done an impeccable job laying the groundwork for more characters in the future.
“Yes, there’s a lot in this movie, but I think he nailed it,” she added.
Snyder, who will begin production on “Justice League” in April, says he’s always been a “comic book guy” so he made this movie using that aesthetic as much as he could.
“I don’t know how else to do it 100%, so it is what it is,” said Snyder.
The film is forecast to rake in $300 million worldwide this weekend.
“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” hits theaters March 25.