'Batman v. Superman': Stars Out in Force at European Premiere Despite Terror Attacks
Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg, Holly Hunter and Gal Gadot met their fans on the red carpet in London, despite Warner Bros. canceling media interviews in the wake of the twin Belgian bombings.
At the end of a day that saw security alerts heightened across Europe following two fatal terrorist bombings in Belgium, London was still able to put on a suitably grand European premiere for Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice.
Stars Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Henry Cavill, Jesse Eisenberg and Gal Gadot were all out in force Tuesday in the capital's Leicester Square, alongside director Zack Snyder, Warner Bros.' U.K. chief Josh Berger and producer Charles Roven.
Earlier in the afternoon, Warner Bros. in a statement had offered its thoughts to the victims of the twin attacks, but said that it would still be going ahead with the premiere. However, the studio did cancel the press line on the red carpet.
Despite the lack of media, the stars still offered plenty of time for the assembled crowd, which was lined on two sides of the square, with the film showing simultaneously in both the Odeon and Empire cinemas (by contrast, December's Star Wars: The Force Awakens premiere took over three theaters).
"The energy tonight is absolutely fantastic," Cavill said in an onstage interview, while newcomer Gadot noted the typically chilly weather, saying, "It's cold, but it's warm inside my heart."
Just before the pic started, Snyder took to the stage with the cast and asked for "a moment" to remember those who had died in the Belgian attacks. "There is no way to express the sorrow that we feel," he said.
Following the premiere, Batman v. Superman begins its rollout across Europe, including France and Belgium, on Wednesday. However, with many cinemas closed in Brussels on Tuesday in the wake of the terror attacks, it's unknown when they will reopen.