Batman v. Superman Gets New Release Date to Avoid Captain America 3


By: Haylee Fisher (@haylee_fisher)

Call it the Battle at the Box Office. After much speculation as to whether or not Marvel or Warner Bros. would flinch and move their respective properties from a release date of May 6, 2016, we finally have our answer. Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has officially been moved to March 25, 2016 and will no longer compete with Captain America 3. (For those keeping score at home, that’s six weeks before its original release date.)

Given Marvel’s success rate – including the recent $94 million box office debut for Guardians of the Galaxy – this move comes to no surprise. But that doesn’t mean Warner Bros. is going down without a fight. The studio announced nine more untitled films and two “event” films whose release dates are as follows:

Untitled DC Film – August 5, 2016
Untitled DC Film – June 23, 2017
Untitled DC Film – November 17, 2017
Untitled DC Film – March 23, 2018
Untitled DC Film – July 27, 2018
Untitled WB Event Film – November 16, 2018
Untitled DC Film – April 5, 2019
Untitled DC Film – June 14, 2019
Untitled DC Film – April 3, 2020
Untitled DC Film – June 19, 2020
Untitled WB Event Film – November 20, 2020

November has traditionally seen the release of Harry Potter movies, so the “event” films could logically be the sequels to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the spin-off series of JK Rowling’s beloved books. The first installment is coming out November 18, 2016. As for the other slots, they’ve been rumored to include stand-alone movies for Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman, but could also be for Shazam, Sandman, Justice League, a Flash/Green Lantern team-up, or Aquaman. Regardless, this announcement shows Warner Bros. is trying to maintain the classic debate over which comic publishing giant is better and move the fight to the cinematic world.

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