Batman vs Superman Movie Release Is Delayed Until 2016
If you were looking forward to the prospect of a Summer 2015 featuring both Marvel's Avengers and Batman vs Superman, you're going to be disappointed, because Warner Bros. announced this weekend that they are pushing back the Man of Steel sequel's release date by a whopping 10 months. Originally penciled in for a July 17th 2015 release date, Zack Snyder's Batman vs Superman will now hit theaters no sooner than May 6th 2016.
Warner Bros. representatives told CNN that the move was made to allow "filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story." But does 10 months not seem like a heck of a lot of extra time for realizing a vision that already got under way 6 months ago? With Star Wars: Episode VII already snapping up the big Christmas 2015 slot, some have argued that if Warner Bros couldn't make a July 2015 release work, May 2016 was the next best thing when taking into account seasonal box office performances.
Quite what it was that caused this delay to be necessary in the first place is not yet known, but the studio's decision to 'play it safe' with a May 2016 slot might hint at a lack of confidence in Zack Snyder and his team. It's hard to believe that a movie featuring Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman and more couldn't pull off a big box office performance on a non-traditional release date. But of course, Warner Bros. would never admit to these doubts and nor should they, but if they think for one minute that fans aren't getting a little nervous about this production, they are incredibly mistaken.
For now though, the upshot of all of this is that we now have well over 2 years to wait until we see the next installment of Snyder's Man of Steel saga and one can only imagine what the delay will do to future DC Comics productions that are currently in the pipeline.