Joe Russo: Marvel Greenlit Captain America: Civil War as a Response to Batman v Superman
When Batman v Superman was first announced, the third Captain America film was just Captain America 3, which made Warner Bros feel comfortable enough to schedule the two films for the same weekend. But then, it was announced that Captain America 3 was actually Civil War, and the two films were in even more direct competition with each other (which made DC lose that particular game of chicken and move their release date). Now, co-director Joe Russo has seemingly confirmed that making a huge "versus" superhero movie was at least partially motivated by the announcement of Batman v Superman.
Speaking to THR for a recent interview, Russo delved into the reasons why Civil War is such a "risky" superhero movie:
Since the film was so risky, he and Anthony Russo had to work hard to get Marvel execs on board. He cited the success of Deadpool's risky storytelling as a general example, but they wouldn't have known that at the time. Instead, it was simply the prospect of doing something different so audiences wouldn't get bored that convinced Kevin Feige, with an extra push from BvS:
It's actually unclear whether he means that Marvel observed the popularity of superheroes fighting each other, or whether they were inspired by Batman v Superman's exploration of collateral damage in superhero movies. But either way, Civil War was, to some degree, a response to BvS, and if early box office predictions are any indications, a pretty damn successful one.
Via The Geekdom