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Sunday, January 19, 2014 

Batman vs. Superman movie delayed until 2016

Forbes says it's because of a newly declared rivalry between DC and Marvel movies:
Summer 2015 just got a lot less crowded last night, as Warner Bros. announced that they were delaying their proverbial Man Of Steel 2 from July 17th, 2015 release date to a new May 6th, 2016 date. The move isn’t a surprise, since there have been rumblings about problems behind the scenes, with creative differences over just what the film was supposed to be. Is is a true Man Of Steel sequel? Is it a backdoor Justice League film? Will the Wonder Twins make a cameo? At heart, the project seemed the result of Warner Bros. and DC Comics needing to announce something “cool” for last year’s San Diego Comic Con (“It’s Superman… vs. Batman!”) and then figuring out how to make a movie off of that pitch in just two years. Putting aside rumors about Ben Affleck sustaining an injury, the extra ten months gives everyone a chance to slow down and find their bearings. But the real surprise is Warner Bros.’ choice of a new release date. They are sacrificing their best release date merely to play a game of chicken with Disney.
The problem is that it happens to be more a fanboyish fight in the comics adapted to film, hardly something wider audiences would consider great popcorn fare. But, they do ask if this'll be what I've already suspected, more a backdoor precursor to a Justice League movie, and with the guests who will or might turn up, it shouldn't be too hard to tell why it doesn't work as well as it could.

If the movie comes to be, nearly 2 years from now, it might make money and become popular, but it also might not, since by the time it comes around, the buzz surrounding it will probably diminish. Again, WB may not be playing their cards good.

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