Marvel Studios called dibs on May 6, 2016 for an untitled project which later proved to be Captain America 3 since June 2013, but it appears that it could go head to head with DC’s Batman/Superman movie after the latter moved its awaited opening from 2015 to 2016. A box office battle has not been seen since Fast & Furious 6 and the third part of Hangover last Memorial Day weekend, but a confrontation between Marvel and Warner Bros. is seen as a novelty. However, the current plan could change as the production of both films advances.
May 6, 2016 was initially booked by Captain America 3, but after Warner Bros. decided to move its Batman/Superman film from 2015 to 2016, DC’s all-star movie appears to go head to head with Marvel Studios’ Captain America sequence . Although veteran box office observers believe that the two films will not end up opening on the same date, the competition has become inevitable, especially since the first Captain America won $371 million worldwide, while Man of Steel took $668 million. However, Marvel Studios expects Captain America’s second movie, which appears on April 4 to match Thor: The Dark World’s $641 million profit.
Even if Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios did not want to reveal the name of the film which will be released on May 6, 2016, insiders confirmed it will be Captain America 3. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Feige stated that he has no intention to change the date.
Batman/Superman Aims at Avengers’ Recipe for Success
Batman/Superman will bring back DC Comics’ major heroes and some observers see it as Warner Bros.’ answer to Marvel’s The Avengers and, after recent news, it seems that it will also go head to head with Captain America 3. Even if the script for the third Captain America has not been written yet, Chris Evans reportedly accepted to impersonate Marvel’s hero once again.
Warner Bros. announced earlier that its awaited Batman/Superman movie will be released on July 17, 2015 but the company chose to change the date for May 6, 2016 after the previous date has been reserved for a Peter Pan movie, directed by Joe Wright. Although this move might also mean that Captain America 3 could be outshined by the Batman/Superman movie, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman stated that the company is happy to use two summer dates, not only for the film featuring DC’s major heroes, but also for Pan.
Regarding Pan, the movie responsible for Batman/Superman’s moved released date, Fellman disclosed the fact that the studio is “thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today’s moviegoers.” Hugh Jackman will impersonate pirate Blackbeard and will tell the story of Peter Pan and the young man who later becomes Captain Hook.
Even though Captain America 3’s details have not been figured out yet, two things are certain, namely the fact that its release date remains May 6, 2016 and that Chris Evans has signed up to portray one of Marvel’s best-known heroes. Irrespective of the announced dates, the movies’ release could be advanced, depending on the production rhythm. For now, Captain America 3 seems to go head to head with Batman/Superman movie after Warner Bros. announced that its awaited all-star film will be pushed back nearly a year.
By Gabriela Motroc