First Reactions To The Super Mario Bros. Movie Are In, And Billy Eichner’s Stands Out

Chris Pratt's Mario in the first Super Mario Bros. movie
(Image credit: Illumination Entertainment)

Nintendo’s lush video game world is finally getting the big screen treatment in the form of Illumination Entertainment’s animated The Super Mario Bros. Movie, set to be among 2023’s upcoming movie releases. And finally, fans got a first look at it on Thursday when the first trailer for The Super Mario Bros. Movie dropped online during the Nintendo Direct event. So of course it’s time for those first reactions. 

First off, Billy On The Street’s Billy Eichner gave the absolute best reaction to the trailer by calling out himself following the box office bomb of his movie Bros. The LGBTQ+ romantic comedy unfortunately underperformed last weekend, to which the actor/writer asked audience who are not homophobic to go see it. Check out his Mario tweet: 

Get it? Because they both have Bros in the title? Anyways, there are a lot of other thoughts on The Super Mario Bros. Movie first look. And of course, there’s a lot of talk about Chris Pratt’s voice of Mario, which has earned backlash since the Jurassic World actor was cast. Here’s what one fan thought: 

Looks like that’s a thumbs up, even if it’s odd to hear the voice behind a myriad of massive films, including various MCU movies and The LEGO Movies tap into the beloved video game character next. Here’s another take: 

Jack Black’s Bowser opens up the trailer, and lots of fans are super into how the character looks and sounds. The Super Mario Bros. Movie includes a stacked cast, with Anya Taylor-Joy playing Princess Peach, Charlie Day as Luigi, Keegan-Michael Key as Toad, Seth Rogen as Donkey Kong, Fred Armisen as Cranky Kong, Kevin Michael Richardson as Kamek and Sebastian Maniscalco as Spike. Wait, there’s more Bowser love: 

And along with a first look at Bowser and the Mushroom Kingdom, one especially big favorite showed his face for a moment, and fans are also stoked. Check it:  

Gotta love Luigi! You can check out the full first trailer of The Super Mario Bros. Movie below: 

This Super Mario Bros. movie, of course, follows the infamous 1993 movie starring Bob Hoskins and John Leguizamo, which has its share of lovers and haters. The Nintendo property has a massive fanbase of gamers of all ages who’d be curious to see Mario and Luigi take on an animated movie. If it does well, it could become another successful franchise for Universal Pictures on the heels of Super Nintendo World soon having a presence in more of their parks in the near future.

The Super Mario Bros. Movie is heading to theaters on April 7, 2023. 

Sarah El-Mahmoud
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Sarah El-Mahmoud has been with CinemaBlend since 2018 after graduating from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Journalism. In college, she was the Managing Editor of the award-winning college paper, The Daily Titan, where she specialized in writing/editing long-form features, profiles and arts & entertainment coverage, including her first run-in with movie reporting, with a phone interview with Guillermo del Toro for Best Picture winner, The Shape of Water. Now she's into covering YA television and movies, and plenty of horror. Word webslinger. All her writing should be read in Sarah Connor’s Terminator 2 voice over.