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

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.

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice comes to theaters March 25th, 2016.

Sources:Bloomberg

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  • undeadslayer4 • 1 year ago

    @torrlisand and THT

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    • undeadslayer4 • 1 year ago

      @torrlisand it already has the lego movie

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      • undeadslayer4 • 1 year ago

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

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        • crazy-dave • 1 year ago

          @locutus94 Right on.

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          • themoviefanatic • 1 year ago

            @torrlisand Good point.

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            • Shido • 1 year ago

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

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              • torrlisand • 1 year ago

                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!

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                • locutus94 • 1 year ago

                  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.

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                  • nativenyker • 1 year ago

                    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.

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                    • themoviefanatic • 1 year ago

                      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.

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                      • undeadslayer4 • 1 year ago

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

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                        • Applejackson • 1 year ago

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

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                          • castortroy1911 • 1 year ago

                            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.

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                            • Michael-Kolesik • 1 year ago

                              Don't care. Probably gonna see both.

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                              • bellandedward1 • 1 year ago

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

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                                • dess • 1 year ago

                                  @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.

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                                  • c-a-r-t-m-a-n • 1 year ago

                                    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).

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                                    • jimbobskidoo • 1 year ago

                                      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.

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                                      • justatadmatt • 1 year ago

                                        @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.

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