Marvel & DC Are Firm on 'Captain America 3' & 'Man of Steel 2' Date
by Ethan Anderton
April 8, 2014
In March, news surfaced that Captain America 3 was the mystery May 6th, 2016 release from Marvel Studios that was already in place when Warner Bros. pushed their Man of Steel sequel (frequently called Batman vs. Superman) to the same date. With two superheroes coming together for the first time on the big screen, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment were certain Marvel wouldn't dare go head-to-head with their blockbuster, especially with a superhero that didn't break $200 million at the domestic box office. But this week, Marvel confirmed that Captain America 3, hot on the heels of the huge success that Captain America: The Winter Soldier enjoyed last weekend, would indeed hit the summer 2016 release. Now what?
Well, Bloomberg.com (via Comic Book Movie) has word from Dan Fellman, the president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., that they have no intention of moving their film either. Fellman stated, "It doesn’t make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16. However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for Batman vs. Superman." Neither studio is going to win in this scenario, because both will have less box office bank than if they took different weekends in the summer of 2016. So who needs to bail?
Well, Badass Digest smartly points out that considering just how much of a box office increase Captain America: The Winter Soldier has seen, clearly because of the hero's presence in The Avengers, there's no way that Captain America 3 won't be another massive hit for Marvel. And since there's still The Avengers: Age of Ultron to arrive in 2015 before the red, white and blue hero's third film, it's only going to get bigger. As of now, Warner Bros. and DC are still struggling to figure out how they're going to create a shared universe to lead up to Justice League, and they're desperate to catch-up. There's still plenty of time until May 2016, and one of these films will undoubtedly move, and you can count on Warner Bros. being the one to blink and likely move to sometime later in the summer like June or July. Thoughts?