Daredevil Season Two May Premiere Against Batman v Superman

Monday, 04 January 2016 - 2:39PM
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Monday, 04 January 2016 - 2:39PM
Daredevil Season Two May Premiere Against Batman v Superman
Well, this would be pretty ballsy. A new (semi-confirmed) rumor says that the highly anticipated second season of Daredevil will debut on Netflix on Friday, March 25: the same day that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice roars into theaters.

A premiere date hasn't been officially confirmed by Netflix, but after persistent rumors that Daredevil would air earlier in the year than it did in 2015, Comicbook.com reports that multiple "independent sources" claim that Daredevil will go directly up against Batman v Superman. Further, when EW released the first official photos from Daredevil season two last week, they reported the premiere date as "March 2016."

This isn't definitive evidence, but it does seem likely. Marvel and DC have a long-held rivalry, and have often gone head-to-head when it comes to release dates. Most notably, Batman v Superman was supposed to debut against Captain America: Civil War, but after a brief game of chicken, Batman v Superman moved their film up a few months. This demonstrated that DC knows they are at a distinct disadvantage when trying to compete with Marvel's cinematic universe. Marvel already has the formula down pat, and DC is struggling to catch up, so they couldn't risk the embarrassment of a technically solo Captain America movie (which, granted, has every superhero ever) beating out their equivalent to Avengers. 

We wouldn't put it past Marvel to schedule Daredevil for the same day as Batman v Superman, because it would be hilarious, if kind of a jerk move. It's basically saying, "Look! We can beat your biggest blockbuster, even with a dark, gritty Netflix series." Daredevil probably wouldn't literally beat Batman v Superman, since Marvel fans can just watch it when they get home, but it might hurt DC's opening weekend numbers a bit. And even if it didn't, people would still speculate that it did, which is the real problem, especially since Netflix doesn't even release their ratings. If a small, relatively niche Marvel TV show got a comparable amount of buzz to the huge, sweeping debut of the DCEU, that would be pretty telling.
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