Regardless of what side of the spectrum you fall on, it's hard to ignore the fact that fans have been waiting with baited breath to see whether Zack Snyder's first installment to the DC Cinematic Universe, [Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice](tag:711870) will fulfill expectations after months of controversial casting news and doubtful speculation.
Now, it seems, at least one audience has been proven wrong. Den of Geek reports that Warner Bros. insiders who attended a secret screening of the film for the crew and studio execs are claiming that the film -- which was a "nearly finished" cut -- received a standing ovation, with Ben Affleck's Batman stealing the show and the audience's favor during the course of the film.
Den of Geek Reports:
That screening was, we're told, a glowing success - to the point where Zack Snyder's movie received a "standing ovation."
Warner is said to be so impressed with Affleck's performance as Batman that it's apparently in the process of making an extended, "Golden deal", which could see the actor play the Caped Crusader in a trilogy of stand-alone movies, not the single outing already announced.
All told, this deal could see Affleck in the role of Batman for the next 10 years or so.
"Basically, Warners are now working their movie universe around Ben's Batman," our source says.
The fan reaction to Affleck was classically negative, as it has been for nearly all actors who have donned the cowl. While the screening's audience was made up of Warner Bros. employees and executives, it's always hard to determine whether or not a movie will be a hit during production -- so the fact that WB is already gearing up to try and sign Affleck on to continue as Bruce Wayne/Batman for the next ten years is either a sign of incredible bias, or a surprising turn as the dark knight that will likely leave fans reeling. While fans wade out of the lukewarm waters left behind by FOX's Fantastic Four, 2016's superhero film slate is jam-packed with new universe-building stories, especially for a fledgling DC Cinematic Universe under Snyder's guidance.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters March 25, 2016.