Warner Bros. Shifts 'Batman v. Superman,' Plots DC Films Until 2020
by Ethan Anderton
August 6, 2014
It appears Marvel's box office performance this past weekend with the record-setting debut of Guardians of the Galaxy has shaken up Warner Bros. Pictures and their plans for the DC Comics mash-up Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice. The studio has just announced that they have shifted their comic book release away from their original May 6th, 2016 date, which would have pitted the film against Marvel's Captain America 3, to the more safe spring release of March 25th, 2016. No, that's not a typo. Warner Bros. is releasing this massive blockbuster in the spring, which almost seems like a punishment. Read on!
While at first this might seem weird, director Zack Snyder has proven to be a valuable commodity in the month of March with previous films like 300, Sucker Punch and Watchmen all seeing spring releases. If anything, this guarantees that Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice will be the massive box office success it needs to be, but it won't quit feel as good without going toe-to-toe with the bigger blockbusters of summer. On the plus side, at least fans will have less of a wait to see The Dark Knight and The Man of Steel square off on the big screen. It seems like no one can stop Marvel from domination on the big screen.
In addition, Deadline reports these are the advance dates Warner Bros. has for DC Comics films:
Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice – 03/25/16
Untitled DC Film – 8/05/16
Untitled DC Film – 6/23/17
Untitled DC Film – 11/17/17
Untitled DC Film – 3/23/18
Untitled DC Film – 7/27/18
Untitled DC Film – 4/05/19
Untitled DC Film – 6/14/19
Untitled DC Film – 4/03/20
Untitled DC Film – 6/19/20
As of now there's no indication as to what films might fill those slots, but these dates don't match up with the list of dates that was supposedly a leak from June. That list mentioned a standalone Wonder Woman movie and a team-up of The Flash and Green Lantern, not to mention a Man of Steel sequel, which would be a more direct follow-up for Superman than this planned face-off with Batman. Here's hoping Warner Bros. starts making some title announcements soon so we know what the hell is going on over there with the DC Comics cinematic universe. What do you want from Warner Bros. and DC Comics?