I’m sure we will all need to sit down and catch our collective breath after reading this item: DC Comics and Warner Bros. are actually doing something right in connection with Batman vs. Superman: The movie’s release is being pushed back to May 6, 2016. Yes, fans will have an additional 12 months to obsess over Ben Affleck taking up the bat cowl opposite Henry Cavill’s Kal-El, but the filmmakers will get a chance to take their time.
Not only does this give director Zack Snyder some breathing room to polish his Man of Steel sequel rather than merely crank it out, it also sends DC biggest guns into direct battle with Marvel Studios, which previously announced it was releasing a yet-to-be revealed movie in May 2016 (Doctor Strange, perhaps?). Marvel has owned May forever, with the Spider-Man flicks, The Avengers, Iron Man… you name it, so this could backfire on DC — but at least they’re trying.
Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman announced the scheduling move, adding:
“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 theaters in May 2016.”
Another potential reason for the switch? There are still rumors that Warners will shoot a Justice League movie back-to-back with BvS — which could explain why so many casting rumors for so many characters keep popping up; if extraneous heroes like Wonder Woman and Nightwing are actually intended for a JLA movie, it could all make sense.
But for now, let’s applaud DC and Warners for not falling into that trap of churning out a movie just to fit a previously announced release window.