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Another move comes from Warner Bros. today as far as Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice goes. According to The Wrap, the upcoming team-up film has switched release dates once again, this time being moved up to March 25th, 2016.
Originally set for a June 2015 release, WB pushed the movie back nearly a year to May 6th, 2016 in order for the filmmakers to “fully realize their vision” for the movie. The problem with May 6th was that Marvel Studios had already claimed the same date and announced Captain America 3 will be opening that day. After Marvel head-honcho Kevin Feige stated multiple times they had no intention on moving, it became apparent that Dawn of Justice would eventually be the one to move.
Some speculated that Bats vs Supes would’ve been pushed back to June or July 2016, while others claimed April would probably be equally as effective. March 25th is a solid release date for a tentpole franchise, very similar to that of The Hunger Games in 2012, which earned $691M worldwide. This also clears up space for both Dawn of Justice and Captain America 3 to earn their full potential at the box office, as opposed to releasing on the same day and taking hits by going head-to-head.
In addition to Batman v Superman being moved up, Warner Bros. took another bold move today and announced 11 untitled film release dates all the way through 2020, 9 of which will be based off DC Comics. The dates are listed below:
Untitled DC Film – 08/05/16
Untitled DC Film – 06/23/17
Untitled DC Film – 11/17/17
Untitled DC Film – 03/28/18
Untitled DC Film – 07/27/18
Untitled WB Event Film – 11/16/18
Untitled DC Film – 04/05/19
Untitled DC Film – 06/14/19
Untitled DC Film – 04/03/20
Untitled DC Film – 06/19/20
Untitled WB Event Film – 11/20/20
The schedule may look not-so-similar to the apparent “leaked” schedule of DC movies we saw a couple months back, but if anything the official announcement seems 10x more promising. Expect Justice League to hit theaters on June 23rd, 2017, with standalone films for each character not long after. If I had to put money down (and file this away for future reference), I would have to guess July 27th, 2018 and June 19th, 2020 are Batman solo outings, as Dark Knight flicks have always benefitted from Summer releases.
The Wrap also made point of noting the two “WB Event Films” in November 2018 and 2020 could very well be the sequels to J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter spin-off “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” which will hit in November 2016.
What do you think? Is Warner Bros. and DC finally finding their footing in the cinematic universe world? Which hero are you most excited to see on the big screen from DC?
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice hits theaters on March 25th, 2016, directed by Zack Snyder and starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams and Laurence Fishburne.
– Josh Sazin, 8/6/14