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Warner Brothers Refuses to Back Down on May 6th, 2016

By Robert T. Trate     April 11, 2014

May 6th, 2016: Marvel vs DC - NOW CANCELLED
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It looks as if the epic battle of “Marvel vs. DC” is still on for the Summer of 2016. Marvel has confirmed that they are still planning on releasing Captain America 3 on May 6th, 2016. Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, revealed they still have May 6th as their target date for Superman vs. Batman

"It doesn't make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16. However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for Batman vs. Superman"

Captain America’s early buzz delivered. The yet untitled Man of Steel sequel has already been mired in production problems, which lead to the released date landing on May 6th. The Man of Steel sequel also has the weight of establishing the Justice League movie. What the Man of Steel sequel has working in its advantage is, all of those heroes for the first time in one film. 

We know we are opening a can of worms here at Mania, but we thought we would like to hear your opinions on this release date issue after having seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Let us not for get that Marvel has Avengers: Age of Ultron, Guardians of the Galaxy, and Ant-Man all arriving before May 6th, 2016. DC does have... well nothing before May 6th, 2016. 

Captain America 3 will be directed by Anthony and Joe Russo. 

Superman vs. Batman will be directed by Zack Snyder. 

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DarthBob 4/11/2014 8:45:13 AM

DC/WB will blink and move their release date.

Eldogg42 4/11/2014 8:57:38 AM

If no one budges, based on prior history.  Cap 3 will be the one that I see first (Midnight Showing).  Don't get me wrong, Bats vs Supes will probably be soon after.  So don't worry, They both will get my money.  And by 2016, I'm Assuming movie tix will be around $25-$30.

ElBaz13 4/11/2014 8:58:19 AM

I could see why WB/DC moved out of the end of July 2015 date. By the time MOS 2 would roll out, there will be 3 superhero flicks released. Avengers 2, Ant Man, Fantastic Four.

I think they were scared of supehero fatigue being the last out of the gate. Mid June would have been the better choice but from what I hear, the movie is very slow at being produced.

As for 2016, Marvel had that weekend date already picked.  So, WB was trying to a date in 2016  Once again, a glut of superhero movies. Cap 3 (May 6), X-men Ap (May 27) and Spidey 3 (June 10). Again, they would be the 4th comic movie out of the gate. It's not easy for DC/WB as they are one studio vs 3.  So they went ahead of taking the most coveted summer movie weekend of the year (see results the past 10-12 years).

What will happen next? Who knows. Marvel will keep saying "we had it first" while DC will say "hey, give us a break here, you have 3-4 movies a year coming out and Cap 2 was a hit in April, so move up a month"

One of these will move for sure. It's unheard of in the industry when two blockbusters, of the same genre, open the same day.


ElBaz13 4/11/2014 9:00:28 AM

There is a huge article at SHH on "why MOS2 vs Cap 3 is a bad idea"

great points. One of them is IMAX. Limited IMAX screens and both films will want to have a piece of that.

monkeyfoot 4/11/2014 9:12:14 AM

Somebody will change before the date, most likely DC. But we'll see.

Even if they don't I will be seeing BOTH that weekend!

redslayer 4/11/2014 9:16:34 AM

It think Marvel Studios has spent the time (and certanly the money) to develop each of their characters and bring them together.   DC...well, they haven't.

So yeah! Captain America3 will get the release but I''m still going to the Man of Steel, is just that right now Marvel has more traction out there so they seem more appealing.  Still plenty of time tho.  So do something DC/WB !

lazarus 4/11/2014 9:50:57 AM

Yeah so like has been said. DC is always going to be at a severe disadvantage as long as they have only one movie production track at a time and it appears sometimes they have little or NO direction plan. I mean does any one else get this impression DC is simply reacting and attempting to ride the momentuem of the superhero genre popularity right now? If the person at the top had a clue they would use Marvel as a blueprint and start scripting an entire New 52 series of movies for their top characters. Not all of them, but you could do Flash, Wonder Woman, Aquaman. Dr Fate, Firestorm, Cyborg and the Hawks to start. Heck even redo Supergirl.

That would be kinda cool to have a Kryptonion 14 year old girl with her powers and write a line of 3-4 movies about her growing up, throw in some cameos of other heroes. The trials of growing up being a teenager while having all those powers would be interesting. And no it doesn't need to be Smallville 2.

The sad fact is DC has a vault of material almost as diverse as Marvel and yet they tap NONE of it except to make Ryan Renolds a gay Green Lantern. I know he is not gay it was a joke. You get the message.

I would REALLY love to see a Superman Doomsday done in a 2 - 3 part movie series. WIth all the JLA characters involved. I mean you could easily set it up identical to the comic story line where DD  takes out the Beetle's vehicle while in flight and promptly begins beating the snot out of the JLA team that is there. I believe Blue Beetle almost died in that. Finish the first one with the death of Superman, then follow up with #2 opening on his funeral and the subsequent appearing of the "Supermen." It could be done.

ElBaz13 4/11/2014 10:17:11 AM

In a recent interview with David Goyer about a DCU

"I know that Warner Bros. would love to make their universe more cohesive," he said in an interview with IGN when asked about connecting the films and TV shows. "There have been a lot of general conversations about that, but it's really, really early. I'm not sure. Marvel has had enormous success, but I'm not sure that everybody should try to emulate them either. It's just been vague conversations so far."

So, essentially, they all wait to see how MOS 2. No battle plan.

It's pretty sad when Fox and Sony have huge long term plans with tertiary characters and DC has a bunch of A-listers and no plans. Even though I'm diehard Marvelite, i would rather go see a Flash, Wonder Woman movie over Mystique, Sinister Six or Gambit movie.


violator14 4/11/2014 10:19:48 AM

 I could care less about opening day battles

Redshirt1 4/11/2014 10:21:53 AM

Cap first. Marvel has by far had the greatest success with their movie franchise. While I am a big Batman fan, and enjoyed the Nolan films. I have reservations that DC is trying too hard to throw everything they can into this Superman/Batman film, and I fear it is just going to turn into one big mess. Meanwhile Marvel/Disney just keeps showing everybody how it's done.

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