Earlier this week, the reviews for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice started to pour in, and from the start, they weren't overly positive. When the first wave came flooding in, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a 40% score on Rotten Tomatoes, which has consistently dropped throughout the week, and now stands at 30%. Yesterday, Henry Cavill spoke about the negative reviews in an interview with Yahoo! Movies UK, but today, video of that interview surfaced, where the actor was seated alongside Ben Affleck, who appears to be quite sad when he hears about all these negative reviews.
YouTube user SanConth put his own spin on the interview with a video that showcases some of the negative review headlines, while zooming in on the "sad" actor as the Simon & Garfunkel song The Sound of Silence is played in the foreground. In all fairness, we don't know for sure if Ben Affleck was actually "sad" or not, but he certainly doesn't seem to be terribly happy, while his co-star Henry Cavill spoke about his perception of the critics. Here's what Henry Cavill had to say about the critical response to Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.
"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. 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."
Shortly before the reviews started to come in, though, a number of fans expressed their positive reactions about the film after attending the New York City premiere on Sunday night. We'll have to wait and see how the masses react to the film throughout its opening weekend. What also remains to be seen is if the negative critical response could have an adverse affect on the box office performance. There have been reports that the budget for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has ballooned to more than $400 million, and while that hasn't been confirmed, a huge opening weekend will be a vital part of whether or not the movie succeeds.
Last night, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice earned a healthy $27.7 million in Thursday Night previews, barely surpassing Avengers: Age of Ultron's Thursday take of $27.6 million. However, it still fell way short of the all-time record of $57 million by Star Wars: The Force Awakens, or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 second-best mark of $43.5 million. Be sure to check back on Sunday to see how Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice fared in its opening weekend. Until then, take a look at the "Sad Ben Affleck" video below, along with the original video interview.