Following yesterday’s confirmation that Marvel Studios/Disney will release their third installment to the Captain America franchise on May 6, 2016, the very same day that Warner Bros. currently plans to release its Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman, Bloomberg has received comment from the latter studio on the potential 2016 comic book movie showdown. “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,” said Dan Fellman, the president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. “However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for Batman vs. Superman.” While Disney failed to comment, the president of domestic distribution for 21st Century Fox also weighed in on the matter: “A lot of films are announced many years in advance now, and some of it is posturing,” said Chris Aronson. More shots fired? What do you think?
UPDATE: Even though neither Marvel/Disney nor Warner Bros. plan to move their respective blockbusters at this time, Digital Spy reports that Batman Vs. Superman is slated for an earlier release in the UK on April 29, 2016, via the FDA. This, however, is not surprising considering even all of Marvel’s films have had earlier international release dates. Anyhow, the site also received comment from Captain America 3 co-director Joe Russo: “Everybody likes to imagine a flame war that'll start over this, but it's not,” he said. “It's two big movies on a date - neither studio is crazy enought to eat up each other's profits. At some point, somebody's going to move off the date.”
The tentively titled Batman vs. Superman is directed by Zack Snyder from a story by David Goyer and screenplay by Chris Terrio. Starring Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Jesse Eisenberg, Gal Gadot, Diane Lane, Tao Okamoto, Callan Mulvey, with Holly Hunter, Laurence Fishburne, and Jeremy Irons, the film hits May 6, 2016 for now.