Batman vs Superman has moved from its July 17, 2015 release date to May 6, 2016; oddly on the same day as an untitled Marvel film.
According to the studio, the delay would give “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 Warner Bros. DC property was originally set to compete with its comic book competitor, Marvel, and their big studio film, The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
Batman vs Superman has several question marks surrounding it. Zack Snyder will be returning as director after an underwhelming, if not extraordinarily disappointing, Man of Steel. However, Argo screenwriter, Chris Terrio, came on board to take over script duties, which is an obvious profound improvement over the original film’s writer, David S. Goyer.
The casting for Batman vs Superman has not given fans much relief with an unexpected Ben Affleck portraying The Caped Crusader and the skinny Gal Gadot of Fast and Furious fame portraying Wonder Woman, along side the returning Henry Cavill as Superman.
Rumors were abounding Batman vs Superman would turn into a Justice League film, which has a roster of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Flash, Green Lantern and Aquaman. Many fans thought this would be too rushed, especially after seeing the success of how Marvel built their shared universe leading up to The Avengers in 2012.
It’s hard to judge what hasn’t even started filming, but it is safe to say that DC has much work to do to catch up with Marvel. Aside from the success of Nolan’s Batman trilogy, The Green Lantern, with Ryan Reynolds in the titular role, was completely panned in 2011. Various Wonder Woman films and TV shows, including a Joss Whedon script, through the years have constantly been put on the back grill, and Aquaman and Flash, well, they’re not exactly heroes that make for attractive properties.
In regards to Batman vs. Superman there have been a slew of casting rumors, including actors Joaquin Phoenix and Bryan Cranston as portraying the famous Superman antagonist Lex Luthor. Recent rumors also had Jason Momoa in talks to portray Aquaman and Denzel Washington as Green Lantern. As its filming is set for the second quarter of the year nears, more casting rumors will continue to roll in.
Financially, this delay is a great move on Warner Bros. part as 2015 is shaping up to be a competitive year. In Sci-fi, three generation and genre defining franchises – Jurassic Park, Star Wars, and Terminator – would be releasing new installments. On top of that, four of the five biggest action franchises of all time – James Bond, Mission: Impossible, Fast and Furious, and Bourne also have 2015 release dates. On top of the aforementioned Avengers: Age of Ultron.
This delay is the second biggest 2015 delay after Duncan Jones’ Warcraft adaptation was moved to 2016. This will also most likely to avoid competing with Star Wars 7 in December.
Furthermore, ppening on the new release date of July 17, 2016, is the new take on Peter Pan and the as of yet untitled Marvel film. This raises eyebrows, as they have a whole summer to choose a date, and the studio finally sets it on the same day as their competitor. Expect the date to shift as the year progresses.
By Kollin Lore