Batman vs. Superman delayed to 2016, will now open against a Marvel movie

Posted January 17, 2014 by Guilherme Jacobs in Comic Books

The much anticipated Man of Steel sequel, also known as Batman vs. Superman, has been pushed back 10 months, and will now open on May 6th, 2016. According to Warner, the delay “will allow the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story”. The movie’s previous release date was July 17th, 2105, 2 months and 16 days after the other much anticipated sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron.

The interesting thing about this delay, is that it puts the movie in the month of May, which is pretty much owned by Marvel since 2008’s Iron Man. Avengers and Iron Man 3, two movies that made over $1 billion were released in May, and the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron also has a May release date. Even more interesting than that, is the fact that Marvel has an unspecified movie opening in the same date as Batman vs. Superman, in May of 2016. The rumors so far point to Doctor Strange, Captain Marvel or Black Panther as Marvel’s 2016 flick.

The July of 2015 release date will now be filled by Joe Wright’s Peter Pan. “We are happy to take advantage of these coveted summer dates, which are perfect for two of our biggest tentpole releases,” Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said in a statement. “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.”

2016 now sees the releases of FOX’s X-Men: Apocalypse, Sony’s The Amazing Spider-Man 3,  Warner’s Batman vs. Superman and Marvel’s unspecified movie. 2015 remains with the Fantastic Four reboot, as well as Ant-Man and the previously mentioned Age of Ultron.

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