In an unexpected turn of events, Warner Bros. has pushed back the release date for Batman vs. Superman. Originally slated for a July 17th, 2015 bow, the Man of Steel follow-up will now be released on May 6th, 2016. The move was made in order to allow "the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story." Its original release date will now be taken by the Peter Pan movie Pan. Below is WB's press release announcing and detailing the news.
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 May 6th release date was previously filled by an untitled Marvel Studios movie. The company has been known for releasing films in that time slot for nearly annually for over a decade. It looks like WB/DC is hoping to find similar success. The unspecified Marvel movie will most likely move now.
This announcement also comes off the heels of a rumor claiming that Ben Affleck had sustained a leg injury, thus postponing production on Batman vs. Superman by at least a month. It's unknown if that had an affect on the release date change, or if the rumor is even true at all. Well, stay tuned for more news as we have it.
Batman vs. Superman got pushed back a year because Terrio just now got finished laughing at Goyer's draft.— Cameron Carpenter (@Lumetian) January 18, 2014