Batman vs. Superman Movie News: Warner Bros. Moves 'Man of Steel 2' Release Date Up 1 Week
Although Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios are preparing for a game of box office chicken on May 6, 2016, the United States release date of both the Man of Steel sequel and the third Captain America film, Warner Bros. will release its tentpole film a week early overseas.
According to Film Distributor's Association, the studio plans on releasing its still tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman flick on April 29, 2016 in the U.K., Forbes reports. Historically, Marvel Studios tends to release its films overseas ahead of the U.S. release date so the ultimate showdown could still happen for comic book geeks in Europe. Captain America: The Winter Soldier opened to international audiences and raked in $100 million before fanboys got to see it in the U.S., according to Forbes.
Coming off the heels of Marvel's Monday announcement that the third Cap film would in fact premiere on the May 6 date still two years away, Warner Bros. President of Domestic Distribution Dan Fellman told Bloomberg that the studio has no plans on relinquishing the coveted date, Huffington Post reports.
"It doesn't make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date, but there is a lot time between now and 5/6/16," Fellman said. "However, at this time, we are not considering a change of date for Batman vs. Superman."
Marvel originally claimed the date last year. Meanwhile, Warner Bros. pushed back its superhero film from July 17, 2015 to May 6, 2016 date earlier this year so that filmmaker Zack Snyder could fully realize his vision.
Captain America 3 will be the fifth film featuring Chris Evans as the Star Spangled Man With A Plan, and it will follow the highly-anticipated Avengers sequel, Avengers: Age of Ultron. The third installment will also continue the Marvel Cinematic Universe into Phase Three, following the conclusion of Phase Two with Ultron.
Batman vs. Superman will also feature Wonder Woman played by Gal Gadot and Lex Luthor played Jesse Eisenberg. Henry Cavill is set to reprise his title role as Superman and is joined by Ben Affleck as Batman.
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