Warner Bros. and DC Comics may be planning to blink first in 2016’s planned superhero face-off.
As it stands, the much-anticipated Batman Vs Superman big-screen team up is due for release on May 6 2016, the same day that will also see the release of Captain America 3. Marvel recently confirmed Cap will release on that date, and all talk from within the walls of DC and Warner say they have no plans to move their movie and avoid a colossal superhero collision.
Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution told Bloomberg that although there is no date change scheduled on their end;
“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.”
And during an interview with Digital Spy, Captain America: The Winter Soldier co-director Joe Russo suggested that at some point of the movies will have to budge.
“Everybody likes to imagine a flame war that’ll start over this but it’s not. It’s two big movies on a date – neither studio is crazy enough to eat up each other’s profits. At some point, somebody’s going to move off the date.”
However, according to the Film Distributors’ Association, the UK release of the as-yet-untitled Batman Vs Superman film is set for April 29, one week before the planned May 6 US opening date. This could be a sign that DC are leaving the door open to bring forward the US date to give it a day-and-date worldwide release.
It should be noted that Marvel have released their last several films one week earlier in the UK, with Iron Man 3, Thor: The Dark World and Captain America: The Winter Soldier all getting earlier releases on this side of the pond.