As much fun as it would have been to see the members of the Justice League go head-to-head with Captain America at the box office, to say nothing of DC versus Marvel, it didn’t really make much sense for two super hero movies to come out on the same May weekend in 2016.
Now they won’t be. Variety reported today that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has moved up two months and will now hit theaters on March 25, 2016, leaving Captain America 3 to have the May 6, 2016 date to itself.
While it seems like DC/Warner was the one that flinched, there’s really no disadvantage to being the film to move. May is historically the stronger time to open as it heralds the beginning of summer blockbuster season, but if we’ve learned anything this year, it’s that super hero movies don’t necessarily need to follow the script — they can seemingly make any release date work.
Ironically, it was Marvel’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier that laid out the blueprint Dawn of Justice can follow to success, as it opened in April this year and is the top-grossing 2014 movie to date. Speaking for comic book fans everywhere, I can say that it’s nice to give the old wallet a break and have the movies separated by a few months. Having more super hero movie weekends to look forward to is a good thing.
(via Comic Book Resources)