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2015 was shaping up to be a massive year at the box office for franchise films. Between Star Wars VII, Avengers 2 and Batman vs. Superman, it was shaping up to be one hell of a year. Now, Batman vs. Superman has been delayed until 2016.
The Wrap reports that Warner Bros. has pushed the blockbuster back to a May 6th, 2016 release date, in order to “allow the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story”.
The film was originally scheduled for a July 17th, 2015 release, which means it’s being delayed a whole 10 months. While this may upset fans for creating a longer waiting period to see the Man of Steel and the Dark Knight finally on-screen together, the new date may be a smart choice for the studio, for a couple of reasons.
For one, Batman vs. Superman is no longer being released the same Summer as Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, causing a lot less box office competition. Also, the new date (May 6th, 2016) has already been claimed by Marvel Studios for an untitled project, which means that a massive franchise name like Supes vs. Bats might be going up against a lesser-known character film from Marvel, such as the rumored Doctor Strange or Black Panther. Even if Marvel were to release a sequel like Thor 3, a successful and money-making character, Warner Bros. would still have little trouble trumping it.
Personally, I think this is a smart choice. It was apparent that the studio was rushing the production of the film a bit, leaving fans scratching their heads with choices like the casting of Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, and setting off a lot of rumors without many confirmed details. The film was set to start filming this Spring, but will now more likely begin work later in 2014.
In order for Warner Bros. to still see at least some level of success in 2015, they have announced that an untitled Peter Pan film will be released on the newly-vacant July 17th date.
The press release can be found below:
BURBANK, CA – January 17, 2014 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that the release of Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film has been moved to May 6, 2016, allowing the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story. The decision was made following the shift of the start of production to second quarter of this year. The Studio has also set a July 17, 2015, worldwide release date for its as-yet-untitled all-new Peter Pan adventure. Joe Wright will direct the epic live-action film about the boy who would never grow up, created by J.M. Barrie. The dual date announcement was made by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “We are happy to take advantage of these coveted summer dates, which are perfect for two of our biggest tentpole releases. We share the fans’ excitement to see DC Comics’ most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theatres in May 2016. Peter Pan has delighted people of every generation for more than a century, so we are thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today’s moviegoers.”
Kwan Vandenberg added, “We know that there is already great anticipation building for the next Super Hero film from Zack Snyder, and we are equally eager to see what he has in store for Superman and Batman as they share the big screen for the first time ever. The summer release corridor is also perfect for Joe Wright’s ambitious new Peter Pan adventure, reimagining the ageless story of the beloved and forever-young hero for audiences worldwide.”
Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman film stars Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
Snyder will direct the film from a screenplay written by David S. Goyer, from a story co-created by Goyer and Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.
The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, published by DC Entertainment.
The new Peter Pan adventure will be directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs, incorporating J.M. Barrie’s classic characters. The film is being produced by Greg Berlanti and Paul Webster.
What do you think of Warner Bros’ decision to move their epic Batman vs. Superman back nearly an entire year? Do you think this is a good idea to make the film as great as it can be and to make the right choices?
Written by Josh Sazin on January 17th, 2014, with a link to ‘The Wrap’.