The European premiere of 'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' goes ahead in London, but without red carpet interviews. Rollo Ross reports.
It was supposed to be the grand European launch of one of the year's biggest blockbusters, but the blasts in Belgium which killed at least 30 people made the organisers of the 'Batman v Superman' premiere rethink the carpet. Warner Bros., the film's distributor, released a statement, saying "Our hearts go out to the victims of recent terrorist attacks, their families and communities impacted around the world. Rather than yield to terror, we've decided to join the film's fans and move forward with the London premiere of 'Batman v. Superman' this evening." However, they had one condition - that television crews and radio journalists were excluded from the event but that photography could still go ahead. This left European television presenters at a loss around London's Leicester Square, while the stars did their usual meet and greet with fans. SOUNDBITE Italian presenter, Marta Perego, saying (English): "I don't know, we tried to do the best we could do, so we filmed outside, we spoke with fans and so on, we tried also to understand from the fans to be here at such an important premiere in such a sad day." This marks the second time in six months that a high profile premiere has gone ahead only with photographers following a terrorist attack. Two days after the events in Paris in November, the Los Angeles premiere of 'The Hunger Games - Mockingjay: Part 2' similarly kept audiovisual media out of the proceedings.