Looks like DC has blinked after all.
Warner Bros. has decided to move up the release of their highly anticipated superhero epic, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice from May 6, 2016 to March 25, 2016 after reports surfaced that Marvel Studios have plans to release Captain America 3 the same weekend.
The studio house also confirmed the upcoming Batman movie would be released in 3D to no one’s shock.
Did DC wimp out? Possibly, but Batman v Superman is being considered the final tipping point for the franchise financially. Warner Bros. simply can’t afford to invest hundreds of millions of dollars into a sinking series.
Plus, just to hazard a guess, they’re probably not too keen on possibly losing the critical warfare to Captain America 3. Snyder has already proven to be a tricky sell with critics in past movies (Watchmen, Man of Steel), whereas Captain America has practically been unanimously approved of.
Although, one insider close to the project told The Wrap that it wasn’t a moment of weakness or insecurity about the success of the film at all.
“Not flinching – it’s a fantastic corridor for us,” he said.
If Batman v Superman is actually released on March 25, 2016 (this is the third time the date has been changed for the film), it’ll be the earliest blockbuster release since this superhero genre resurgence began, with the second Captain America film, The Winter Soldier, previously holding that spot with an April 4 release date.
Warner Bros. also released the time frame for nine unannounced projects, all relating to the DC universe.
Although there hasn’t been any indications made as to what the titles may be, we can assume one of the 2018 dates will be a Justice League film, considering previous news stories on the production cycle of the film.
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The rest of the titles? A revival of Green Lantern is a possibility, along with the Flash and Aquaman.
Who knows, though, maybe they’ll go down the Guardians of the Galaxy route and choose an unfamiliar group of masked crusaders.
Until then, the release date wars are still on and still very lively.
Marvel 1, DC 0.