Holy release date shift, Batman.
Variety has just announced that Warner Bros.’ highly anticipated sequel to Man of Steel has been pushed from its original date of July 17th, 2015, back to May 6th, 2016. The film will still star Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and Ben Affleck as Bruce Wayne/Batman, and Zack Snyder will still be the man behind the camera.
The new release date will move the film out of the summer of 2015, which is shaping up to be the busiest and most insane movie season in recent memory. But the first week of May usually belongs to Marvel at the box office, and 2016 is no different: the studio has an untitled project already slated for May 6th, so Batman vs. Superman (or whatever this sequel is ultimately called) will pit DC against Marvel at the box office as direct rivals on the same day. Should be interesting, to say the least.
Production on Batman vs. Superman has been pushed to the second quarter of this year, so there’s still a bit of time for Snyder and his team to tweak any script issues they might have and figure out the best way to utilize Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Batman-News.com reports that Affleck sustained a leg injury, and because of that, the movie has to be put on hiatus for about a month until he heals.
What do you think about this release date change? Excited that it’ll have some breathing room outside of 2015, or do you think this push signifies problems that may have troubling implications for the film’s creative direction? Let us know below.
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