Thursday, 7 August 2014


In a development which I find equally surprising and inevitable, Warner Bros. has decided to push Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice up to a 25th of March 2016 release date. It had been scheduled to open Summer 2016 on the 6th of May, but then Marvel jumped into the same slot with the third Captain America movie, and a stand-off resulted in speculation that one of those two films would eventually have to vacate, to a position most likely in July. Warner has favoured a late July opening for many of its most lucrative blockbusters in recent years. But the choice of release date isn't what surprises me, it's the fact that it was Batman v. Superman that moved, and not Captain America. There's more buzz around the DC production currently, not least for the fact that it'll serve as an introduction to the comic brand's own Avengers-style team-up, Justice League (the film even stars two further members of the crew, Gal Gadot's Wonder Woman and Jason Momoa's Aquaman). With all three of the last Batman v. Superman related films opening above either of Captain America's films, and the sheer size of the excitement for Zack Snyder's Man of Steel follow-up, it looked like DC would end up beating Marvel over that weekend, even with a further expected bump up in grosses following the next Avengers movie. Either way, one of them had to shift, or both were likely to lose potential money.