For all of us anxiously awaiting the Batman vs. Superman movie, it looks like that wait will be a little bit longer, 10 months longer to be exact. Warner Bros. studios has made an official press release stating the the picture will indeed be abandoning it’s July 17th 2015 date and setting up for May of 2016. The only reason given was, “to allow the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.”
…but don’t worry, Warner Bros. is using that date for a big release. Instead of Batman vs. Superman we will be treated to…Peter Pan directed by Joe Wright. Yup, I’m feeling like that is a worthy replacement. *sigh*
I could go on a big rant about how DC/Warner Bros. continues to let their fans down and how Marvel is literally crushing them at every turn in the theaters (and if you don’t believe that check out Korbl’s article on DC’s letter to a 7 year old fan littered with falsehoods.)
This sets up quite an interesting showdown in 2016. Gone is the epic battle between DC’s Batman vs. Superman against Avengers II: Age of Ultron in 2015. May has traditionally been the month for Marvel’s first release of the year, it has been since 2008 (longer if you count the X-Men movies). Marvel has yet to make an official statement about what property they have set up for May of 2016, but it will be interesting to see what that will be…Doctor Strange? Black Panther? Iron Man 4?
Does this mean the JLA is even further out of the picture? Is DC gearing up for an even bigger film with Batman vs. Superman? Are the rumors that Warner Bros. is shooting the JLA back to back with Batman vs. Superman for a one, two punch release true? We’ll just have to wait and see… It’s Okay DC, we’re used to that.
Press release below …
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.