Looks like there will be a battle of the superheroes come May of 2016 if the studios behind “Captain America 3” and the as yet untitled Batman-Superman movie have anything to say about it. According to Variety on April 7, Disney and Marvel have picked May 6, 2016 for the opening of the latest ‘America’ film, the same date Warner Bros. has inked on their planners for their Batman-Superman flick.
The announcement comes after “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” broke box office records with its commanding debut weekend. The sequel raked in $203.3 million worldwide with $96.2 million of that occurring in the U.S., making it the highest grossing debut in April for all time. “Winter Soldier has gone on to surpass the $300 million mark worldwide.
Industry experts expect one or both films to change their opening date. To leave them both on the same date would cannibalize the earning potential of both films.
The move is seen as a vote of confidence in the “Captain America” franchise on Disney’s and Marvel’s part. Execs at the two companies believe Warner will change their date first, given the poor performance of “Man of Steel” which only earned $668 million gross worldwide.
Warner has already changed the date for the Superman-Batman movie once. Originally it was slated to open on July 17, 2015. The explanation given by Warner at the time was that it would “help fully realize the vision.” The film is in production in Michigan and stars Henry Cavill and Ben Affleck with Zach Snyder directing. Co-starring in the movie is Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, in addition to Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
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