Well ain’t that a peach? Just as the cast of the untitled Man of Steel 2 or Batman vs. Superman or whatever you want to call it was gaining headway – Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman – Warner bros. has announced this week that the project has been delayed until 2016. Now with July 17, 2015 freed up, WB has positioned Joe Wright’s Pan, a new live action Peter Pan adventure, to take Batman vs. Superman’s place. However, with its sights set on 2016, the epic DC superhero film may clash with a Marvel Studios release. More on this story after the break.
After the official announcement of the Batman vs. Superman was made at Comic-Con 2013, fans have had many questions as to how DC and WB will be able to pull off this massive clash of the titans. Since Batfleck’s casting, we know that Bruce Wayne’s tale will start from scratch and Wonder Woman will also make an appearance in this newly formed DC Cinematic Universe. There’s also been murmurs about a Justice League movie filming back to back with Batman vs. Superman. Perhaps this move to push BVS to 2016 is to combine the projects?
According to the official statement by Warner Bros., this decision has been made “allowing the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” Production was expected to begin shorty, but now is said to start in second quarter of this year. This delay also gives the filmmakers time to seal the deal on their villain, which has yet to be announced. According to reports, Joaquin Phoenix or Jason Mamoa could be our next DC Villain, or maybe even villains.
Movie delays happen all of the time, but one would not think Warner Bros. would pit itself against the Disney/Marvel powerhouse. The new release date for Batman vs. Superman is May 6, 2016, which happens to be the same day that an unnamed Marvel Studios project is set to release. As far as speculations go, many believe Thor 3 will be the movie Disney has planned for that date. More than two years down the road from now, it’s most likely one of these films will swap dates.
You can read the full press release below, courtesy of /Film:
BURBANK, CA – January 17, 2014 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that the release of Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film has been moved to May 6, 2016, allowing 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 Studio has also set a July 17, 2015, worldwide release date for its as-yet-untitled all-new Peter Pan adventure. Joe Wright will direct the epic live-action film about the boy who would never grow up, created by J.M. Barrie. The dual date announcement was made by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “We are happy to take advantage of these coveted summer dates, which are perfect for two of our biggest tentpole releases. We share the fans’ excitement to see DC Comics’ most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theatres in May 2016. Peter Pan has delighted people of every generation for more than a century, so we are thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today’s moviegoers.”
Kwan Vandenberg added, “We know that there is already great anticipation building for the next Super Hero film from Zack Snyder, and we are equally eager to see what he has in store for Superman and Batman as they share the big screen for the first time ever. The summer release corridor is also perfect for Joe Wright’s ambitious new Peter Pan adventure, reimagining the ageless story of the beloved and forever-young hero for audiences worldwide.”
Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman film stars Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
Snyder will direct the film from a screenplay written by David S. Goyer, from a story co-created by Goyer and Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.
The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, published by DC Entertainment.
The new Peter Pan adventure will be directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs, incorporating J.M. Barrie’s classic characters. The film is being produced by Greg Berlanti and Paul Webster.
How do you feel about the push back to 2016? Would you like to see a Batman vs. Superman film and a Justice League movie, or see the projects combined?
Batman vs. Superman is now set for May 6, 2016. Which side will you take?
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