Remember when everyone was declaring that 2015 was going to be the most ridiculous summer for geeky movies ever? What with The Avengers 2, Batman vs. Superman, and a new Star Wars? Well, we already knew Star Wars had slid out of that season, and now another titan has dropped out of the running: the still untitled Batman vs Superman movie has been delayed a year.
Production on the Zack Snyder-directed film has been delayed until the summer of this year, which means there’s no way the film will make its original July 17, 2015 date. The reason being given is that the studio hasn’t fully cast the film yet, which gave Variety the opportunity to say that they’re still hearing that the main villain role is Joaquin Phoenix’s to turn down.
Warner Bros. has decided to now slot the film for May 6, 2016. And if that date stands out to comic book nerds, it’s because it’s one that Marvel had already laid claim to for one of its own Phase 3 movies (Doctor Strange, perhaps?). We highly, highly doubt Disney and WB will both open superhero movies on the exact same day, so it’s a safe bet that the Marvel movie will slide at some point considering they still haven’t said what it will be– though it can’t slide too much considering the studio was already planning another untitled film for July 8, 2016.
As for the film’s old date, the studio is now filling it with Pan, their Peter Pan origin story directed by Joe Wright. So what say you, DC Comics fans? Are you glad Warner Bros. has decided to not rush this one out of the gate, even if it means waiting a year?
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