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‘Batman vs. Superman’ delayed until 2016 & other WB/DC hijinx

Submitted by on January 20, 2014 – 9:55 amNo Comment

654651321664It’s official, DC fans are going to have to wait 10 extra months to see Batman and Superman teaming up on the big screen. The release date for the new film just got pushed back from July 17th, 2015 to May 6th, 2016. And Warner has now moved Joe Wright’s live-action Peter Pan adventure film into the previous 2015 Superman/Batman slot.

The studio released a statement saying that the delay was due to the fact that they now need extra time to allow the creative team to quote “fully realize their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” Which could mean a multitude of things including potential casting issues, scheduling conflicts among the cast and crew, and/or rewrites, here’s the full press release:


654651321664_2Warner Bros. Pictures announces 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.

654651321664_3In 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.”

654651321664_4Kwan 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 Princ
Production was expected to start here very soon, but got delayed until the second quarter of 2014.

The reason for the delay is multifaceted. While I’m not at liberty to discuss most of those issues at this time, I can tell you that one issue is budgetary. There’s a concern regarding Wonder Woman’s home, Paradise Island (aka Themyscira). Executives are debating whether to feature the island, which would require massive VFX, or merely referencing it.

Last week, Mario-Francisco Robles of Latino Review reported that “Batman vs Superman and Justice League are going to be shot back-to-back. He also said, Batman vs Superman would end with an “insane cliffhanger/teaser that leads right into Justice League. I’m told by General Napier that shooting Batman Vs. Superman and Justice League back-to-back is being considered but no official decision has been made at this time. But, I was also contacted by another source, who requested anonymity, and he told me Justice League is a go, and will be released one year after Batman Vs. Superman.

654651321664_5As for the cliffhanger rumor? General Napier, tells me that’s very much true. Cliffhangers, will actually be one key component in WB’s master plan to dethrone Marvel Studios. WB realizes that Marvel films are famous for their mid- and post-credits scenes, and have no interest in copying from Marvel’s playbook. WB’s plan, is to end each of their films with a cliffhanger, setting up the next film in their cinematic universe. WB also wants to do short films for their lesser known characters. These short films would be played at the end of each film. That’s a pretty interesting way of taking on Marvel’s trademark post-credits scenes.


And as some may know – the marketing campaign for Batman Vs. Superman will still be starting up this year. Photo releases can be expected in the coming months and a viral site will be launched with a “choose your side” angle. That’s about it. In the near future, be on the lookout for official casting news pertaining Joaquin Phoenix, Jason Momoa (despite his denials) and Josh Holloway.

This delay also means that the Superman/Batman film is moving into a very competitive time slot in 2016. If you’ll remember, there is an as of yet unnamed Marvel Phase 3 film set to open on May 6th of 2016 which means, it will possibly be the biggest box office battle between Marvel and DC ever .


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