Batman Vs Superman: Dawn of Justice got its midnight launch with 2,000 fans selling out 10 screens alone at Cineworld Sheffield.
And by the time they left – over two and a half hours later – it really was dawn of justice, with most fans saying the big fight blockbuster is a knockout.
Yet the must see Easter film, released on Friday, has had mixed critical reviews.
It is dark and broody, with sometimes complex sub plots which are incoherently structured, lacking clarity and purpose.
John Hall, 25, of Doncaster, in his Batman outfit to pose for photos before the screening, said after watching the film: “I won’t give any spoilers away but ti is spot on. It did the comic books justice.”
Antony Oats, aged 18, of Swinton said: “I thought it was brilliant. It took a while to get going. But brilliant.”
Nicola Moxon, 38, of Sheffield, said: “Absolutely brilliant. I really enjoyed it.”
Hayley Smith, 18, said: “I’ll definitely be telling my friends to come and watch it. Ten out of 10.”
Andy Meakin, 43, Cineworld Sheffield’s Operations Manager, said: “Close to 2,000 people came along to se what was the Smackdown of the century. Forget WWE wrestling, this is what everyone has been waiting for. It’s certainly been a knockout punch. Everyone expects the Man Of Steel will win, but Batman has got some tricks up his sleeve as fans of the comics will know.”