Just what could take down Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman at the same time? Marvel, apparently. Warner Bros and DC announced today that the hotly anticipated Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will release on March 25, 2016. Originally scheduled to release on May 6, 2016, the film now avoids going toe-to-toe with Marvel's Captain America 3, which is scheduled for the same date.
With Marvel on a roll, dominating not only the comic film universe but Hollywood overall, it's a good bet that Batman v Superman is safer in this window. Going up against Captain America would divide audiences and, given the popularity of Marvel's properties, probably have a negative effect on the Warner Bros. and DC blockbuster, regardless of the popularity of the characters involved.
A Warner Bros insider told The Wrap “Not flinching – it's a fantastic corridor for us.” Owning the Spring while setting up the future of the DC film universe would be a great position for them. As such, Warner Bros. also announced dates going out to as far as 2020 for DC films:
Untitled DC Film – 08/05/16
Untitled DC Film – 06/23/17
Untitled DC Film – 11/17/17
Untitled DC Film – 03/23/18
Untitled DC Film – 07/27/18
Untitled DC Film – 04/05/19
Untitled DC Film – 06/14/19
Untitled DC Film – 04/03/20
Untitled DC Film – 06/19/20
While none were titled, the immediate turnaround to another DC film launching 5 months after Batman v Superman suggests both Warner Bros and DC have big plans to catch up to their competition at Marvel.
Do you think DC and Warner Bros. stand a chance against Marvel? Was moving Batman v Superman a good move? Should they have waited to see if Marvel would have moved Captain America? Sound off in the comments below!
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