While Deadpool proved to be an early hit for 20th Century Fox, taking in a whopping $135 million in its opening weekend, many are expecting Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to surpass that mark when it debuts March 25. Early box office tracking has projected that the superhero adventure will take in $154 million, but we still have a long way to go before opening day. As we get closer and closer to the release, Warner Bros. announced through the Batman v Superman Twitter page that tickets will go on sale February 29, a very important date for one of these heroes.
For those who have followed the history of Superman comics, February 29 is not only Leap Day, which only comes around every four years, but it's also Superman's birthday. The Man of Steel's birthday was first mentioned in Action Comics #149 (Oct. 1950), where it was said to fall sometime in October. However, several comics between the 1960s and 1980s listed February 29 as Kal-El's birthday, although Clark Kent celebrates his day of birth on June 18, the day he was found on Earth by the Kent family. Now fans will be able to celebrate the Man of Steel's birthday and buy tickets to his superhero adventure on the same day!
Over the weekend, it was confirmed that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has a running time of just over two and a half hours, 151 minutes, to be exact. The report came just days after an unconfirmed report claimed that the budget has swelled to a massive $400 million, which includes marketing costs. Of course, the budget hasn't been confirmed by the studio yet, but it's worth noting that 2013's Man of Steel cost $225 million to produce, but that doesn't include marketing costs. While that movie only featured one superhero, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will include many more than just the Man of Steel.
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will introduce Ben Affleck as the new Batman, alongside Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. Aquaman (Jason Momoa), The Flash (Ezra Miller) and Cyborg (Ray Fisher) will also appear to create the Justice League. This will set up the two-part adventure Justice League Part 1 (November 17, 2017) and Justice League Part 2 (June 14, 2019).
We reported yesterday that fans can also win a trip to the New York City premiere by donating to a new Omaze campaign. The lucky winners will get to ride in the Batmobile with Ben Affleck, fly in a helicopter with Henry Cavill and photobomb the cast on the red carpet with Jesse Eisenberg. For the rest of us who won't win tickets to the premiere, you can pick up your tickets in less than a week.