Superman and Batman are still going to meet on the big screen. It’s just going to take a year longer than we thought for it to happen.
The “Man of Steel” sequel starring Henry Cavill as Superman, Ben Affleck as Batman and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman has been pushed back from its original release date of July 17, 2015 to May 6, 2016. A press release by Warner Bros. said the move was necessary to give ” the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” If nothing else, it gives director Zack Snyder more time to make sure the movie is exactly what he wants it to be (insert your joke here about whether or not that’s a good thing).
As Comic Book Resources pointed out, the new release date puts the movie almost smack up against three Marvel movies in summer 2016: an as yet unnamed “Phase Three” film from Marvel itself on the exact same day, “X-Men: Apocalypse” on May 27 and “Amazing Spider-Man 3” on June 10. Of course one or more of those dates could still change too.
DC fans are sure to be disappointed by the delay, but from Warner’s perspective, it’s more important to get the movie right than have it come out sooner, especially if it is being used as a launching pad of sorts for other DC comics movies. And hey, the producers have another year to figure out a name for this thing, which is always a plus.
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