The anticipated team up of Batman and Superman will have to wait just a little bit longer.
On January 17th, Warner Bros. announced in a press release that the film, which was set to be released on July 17, 2015, has been pushed back about 10 months with a new release date of May 6, 2016. In its place, Warner Bros will release Pan, an upcoming Peter Pan origin film.
Here is the official Warner Bros. statement concerning the project:
BURBANK, CA – January 17, 2014 – Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that the release of Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film has been moved to May 6, 2016, allowing the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story. The decision was made following the shift of the start of production to second quarter of this year. The Studio has also set a July 17, 2015, worldwide release date for its as-yet-untitled all-new Peter Pan adventure. Joe Wright will direct the epic live-action film about the boy who would never grow up, created by J.M. Barrie. The dual date announcement was made by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “We are happy to take advantage of these coveted summer dates, which are perfect for two of our biggest tentpole releases. We share the fans’ excitement to see DC Comics’ most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theatres in May 2016. Peter Pan has delighted people of every generation for more than a century, so we are thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today’s moviegoers.”
Kwan Vandenberg added, “We know that there is already great anticipation building for the next Super Hero film from Zack Snyder, and we are equally eager to see what he has in store for Superman and Batman as they share the big screen for the first time ever. The summer release corridor is also perfect for Joe Wright’s ambitious new Peter Pan adventure, reimagining the ageless story of the beloved and forever-young hero for audiences worldwide.”
Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman film stars Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
Snyder will direct the film from a screenplay written by David S. Goyer, from a story co-created by Goyer and Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.
The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, published by DC Entertainment.
The new Peter Pan adventure will be directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs, incorporating J.M. Barrie’s classic characters. The film is being produced by Greg Berlanti and Paul Webster.
Although Warner Bros. stated that the delay allows the filmmakers “to realize fully their vision,” there is speculation on whether or not Ben Affleck’s rumored injury has anything to do with the decision. Warner Bros. did not confirm or deny this report.
The delay comes about a week after another rumor surfaced that Warner Bros. was considering filming the highly anticipated Justice League film back-to-back with the Superman/Batman project, similar to the production of The Hobbit trilogy. Heavy speculation is that the casting calls for Nightwing, The Flash, and Green Lantern in the Superman/Batman film aren’t for main roles in the plot, but to be featured in a cliffhanger ending that would tie-in directly with Justice League. Again, Warner Bros. has not acknowledged anything related to this rumor or the rumored casting of Dwayne Johnson.
Interestingly enough, the new release date for Superman/Batman sets it up for a showdown with an Untitled Marvel Film to be released that same day. There is no confirmation as to if this movie will be part of the films released by Disney/Marvel Studios, Sony Pictures or 20th Century Fox.
This is not the first time Warner. Bros has delayed the release of a Superman film. Most recently, Man of Steel, which was released on June 14, 2013, was originally scheduled to be released in December 2012 but was pushed back in favor of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.
What do you guys think? Is Warner Bros. delaying the film to “realize fully their vision” of the film and polish up the special effects? Or is the delay just to give enough time for Zack Snyder to film Justice League and have two DC Comic blockbusters in 2016?