‘Batman Vs. Superman’ Refuses to Move from ‘Captain America 3’ Release Date

Studio executive Dan Fellman admits it doesn’t make sense for two blockbusters to open on the same day, but a lot can happen between now and then.
Studio executive Dan Fellman admits it doesnt make sense for two blockbusters to open on the same day, but a lot can happen between now and then.

After an initial report from March, Marvel confirmed yesterday that Captain America 3 will open on May 6, 2016, the same date that Warner Bros. had set for their superhero sequel Batman Vs. Superman. Obviously, it wouldn't do either company any good to release two massive movies on the same day, but the question remains which studio will budge first? As of now, both are standing their ground firm, with Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, revealing in an interview with Bloomberg that they have no plans to movie their release date, for now.

"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."

Although it hardly matters in a situation like this, Marvel technically laid claim to this release date first, announcing in June that they will release a then-untitled movie on May 6, 2016. Batman Vs. Superman was initially slated for a July 17, 2015 release, before Warner Bros. pushed their sequel into the summer 2016 date back in January.

Also weighing in on the matter was Alan Gould, an analyst for Evercore Partners LLC in New York, who revealed this would be a lose-lose situation for the studios and the theaters if one project didn't switch their release date.

"I don't think the studios or the theaters would be happy to see this. I would be surprised if they didn't end up changing these dates."

Chris Aronson, 20th Century Fox's president of domestic distribution, also offered a statement about this scenario.

"A lot of films are announced many years in advance now, and some of it is posturing."

Marvel already revealed last month that they are keeping the May 6, 2016 release date, but something has to give between now and then. Which project do you think it will be? As of now, there are currently two open weekends in May 2016 (May 13 and May 20), but Fox also has their own superhero sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse, scheduled for May 27, 2016. Other summer 2016 dates that are unoccupied are June 3, June 24, July 22 and the entire month of August.

Captain America: Civil War comes to theaters May 6th, 2016 and stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Frank Grillo, Chadwick Boseman, Daniel Brühl, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner. The film is directed by Anthony Russo, Joe Russo.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016 and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Diane Lane, Laurence Fishburne, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons. The film is directed by Zack Snyder.

Sources: Bloomberg

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  1. undeadslayer4

    @torrlisand it already has the lego movie

    11 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  2. undeadslayer4

    @themoviefanatic last this happened back in the summer it was a massacre it affected both pacific rim and wolverine

    11 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  3. Sam Will

    @locutus94 Right on.

    11 months agoby @crazy-daveFlag

  4. Sean

    @torrlisand Good point.

    12 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  5. Shido

    I wish they would go head-to-head. I'm tired of the controversy.

    12 months agoby @ShidoFlag

  6. torrlisand

    Warner needs move it's movie. Just out of common courtesy. Marvel was there first. Stop trying to be a bully and move your date. Everybody wins that way!

    12 months agoby @torrlisandFlag

  7. locutus94

    I have a feeling if they do end up being released on the same day, that Marvel will have a better turn out. Captain America 3 is a sequel to a good movie. Batman v.s. Superman is a sequel to Man of Steel. Also, if the team from Man of Steel is going to be involved with all of the DC movies from now on, I think I'll just stick with watching Marvel Comic movies.

    12 months agoby @locutus94Flag

  8. NativeNYker

    wonder if the spelling errors were on purpose... but in any event... this BvsS movie has always sounded like a bad idea & the recasting of the title characters didn't make it any better. they should've just forked out the $$$ to retain Bale.

    Plus... Don't think the batman vs superman flick - which has the makings of a farse - is all that important in relation to a Marvel superhero spot - doubt it will rise to the Avengers' level.

    12 months agoby @nativenykerFlag

  9. Sean

    I guess both movie studios are over-confident in releasing their movies on the same day. Hopefully one of the studios releases one of these movies away from the release of the other one.

    12 months agoby @themoviefanaticFlag

  10. undeadslayer4

    @justatadmatt marvel has already have enough money from there movies its time they should let DC catch up and have their chance

    12 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  11. Applejackson

    I was just thinking about how much it would suck if I were planning my movie viewing schedule 2 years in advance.

    12 months agoby @ApplejacksonFlag

  12. CastorTroy1911

    As a movie fan, I don't care that both might potentially open on the same day. However, if I were a studio executive, my priorities would be much different. There is no way these two will go head-to-head. It's just a matter of which studio will move first in this game of chicken.

    12 months agoby @castortroy1911Flag

  13. Michael Kolesik

    Don't care. Probably gonna see both.

    12 months agoby @Michael-KolesikFlag

  14. Bellandedward1

    I waiting to see what going to happen since as of now I am planning a double feature on may 6 2016

    12 months agoby @bellandedward1Flag

  15. dess

    @masterofthemoon lol you must be superman831 and that other dude that keeps talking like dc has something going on.

    Lets face it without Nolan DC is in danger of loosing it all.

    12 months agoby @dessFlag

  16. Cartman

    Cap3 will dominate the BO.. Even nolan knows this its why he moved out of the series completely.. he produced MoS and not BvS (ben as batman lol can even imagine this - gonna be funny than serious).

    12 months agoby @c-a-r-t-m-a-nFlag

  17. Jimbobskidoo

    Love it! Speaking with complete disregard for the financial issues; this adds some significant fuel to the ole DC vs Marvel competition that we all love so much and I hope both dates keep.

    12 months agoby @jimbobskidooFlag

  18. justatadmatt

    @undeadslayer4 I wrote a novel about this yesterday under the CA3 post, but long story short, DC will budge before Marvel does. It's not a matter of what movie will do better, but DC needs a strong opening weekend.

    12 months agoby @justatadmattFlag

  19. undeadslayer4

    @thedude1@justatadmatt@MadTatter730@Fred-Brooks oh they'll do it eventually if they dont both studios are going to be obliterated

    12 months agoby @undeadslayer4Flag

  20. Fred Brooks

    Excuse my grammar, I meant to say looking at 'how' good 'Cap 2' is.

    12 months agoby @Fred-BrooksFlag

  21. Fred Brooks

    Looking at hoe good 'Cap 2' is and the money it's going to end up making, 'Cap 3' will certainly be a big threat to BatmanvsSuperman without question. No doubt releasing both film s on the same day will hurt both Marvel and DC, the question is who will it hurt more. I say DC should move for two reasons, one being Marvel had the release date first, second Marvel can withstand the hit of competition, I don't DC can here. I understand why DC first moved to this date, because they figured they would be going against an unproven Marvel film like 'Dr. Strange' or something, but being that it's Cap instead who will be coming off the fantastic 'Winter Soldier' and the sure to be massive blockbuster smash 'Age Of Ultron', DC is playing a dangerous game here, one that could backfire big time.

    12 months agoby @Fred-BrooksFlag

  22. K.Guy

    someone mooove!

    12 months agoby @kguyFlag

  23. Christian Rivera

    Hate to take the wind out of UR sails there masterofthemoon....lmao master of the moon,yea so any ways superman wasn't that good,so cap has a strong......STRONG!!! Chance of winning that fight screw dc

    12 months agoby @MadTatter730Flag

  24. justatadmatt

    Everything has already been stated. A lot can happen in 2 years...

    12 months agoby @justatadmattFlag

  25. TheDude1

    Its a pissing contest. Someone will move.

    12 months agoby @thedude1Flag

  26. Jainit Kapadia

    Joker: what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object

    12 months agoby @Jainit-KapadiaFlag

  27. Jainit Kapadia

    Joker : what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object

    12 months agoby @Jainit-KapadiaFlag

  28. The Real Goku

    Exactly... Everything I said in the previous post was accurate and made sense

    12 months agoby @therealGokuFlag

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