Well, I’ll come out and say it: this sucks. One of the films I was looking forward to seeing most in 2015 was the Man of Steel sequel that would pit him up against Ben Affleck’s Batman (and Wonder Woman would be there too somewhere). Man of Steel is one of my favorites from 2013, and I was very anxious to see what Zack Snyder was going to do next. Not to mention the fact that I’d get to see Batman, Superman, and all the Avengers on the big screen within months of each other!
Now, however, Warner Bros. has pushed the film back from its July 2015 date to May 6, 2016 release. That’s nearly a full year’s delay and it’s breaking my heart. The official reason is to “allow the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.”
Hmmmm. Maybe, this shouldn’t be too much of a surprise, considering Man of Steel suffered a similar delay (it was originally slated for 2012), but I have a feeling there’s a little more behind this. The studio has also pushed filming back to the second quarter of the year, so cameras won’t be rolling in a few weeks like they were originally.
Part of me feels this might be because the scope of the movie has changed. Maybe this means they really are turning it into more of a Justice League film, as some reports have stated. Or, this could give credence to a rumor from earlier this week that claimed WB wanted to film Man of Steel 2 and Justice League back-to-back and release them close to one another. Who knows, but I’m not sold on the simple explanation.
The press release (below) has the full explanation and makes no mention of anything dealing with the cast, meaning everyone is still on board despite the delay:
Warner Bros. Pictures announced today that the release of Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film has been moved to May 6, 2016, allowing the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story. The decision was made following the shift of the start of production to second quarter of this year. The Studio has also set a July 17, 2015, worldwide release date for its as-yet-untitled all-new Peter Pan adventure. Joe Wright will direct the epic live-action film about the boy who would never grow up, created by J.M. Barrie. The dual date announcement was made by Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, President, International Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.
In making the announcement, Fellman stated, “We are happy to take advantage of these coveted summer dates, which are perfect for two of our biggest tentpole releases. We share the fans’ excitement to see DC Comics’ most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theatres in May 2016. Peter Pan has delighted people of every generation for more than a century, so we are thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today’s moviegoers.”
Kwan Vandenberg added, “We know that there is already great anticipation building for the next Super Hero film from Zack Snyder, and we are equally eager to see what he has in store for Superman and Batman as they share the big screen for the first time ever. The summer release corridor is also perfect for Joe Wright’s ambitious new Peter Pan adventure, reimagining the ageless story of the beloved and forever-young hero for audiences worldwide.”
Zack Snyder’s Superman/Batman film stars Henry Cavill, reprising his role as Superman/Clark Kent, and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne. The film will also reunite “Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne and Diane Lane, and also stars Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince.
Snyder will direct the film from a screenplay written by David S. Goyer, from a story co-created by Goyer and Snyder. Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are producing, with Benjamin Melniker, Michael E. Uslan and Wesley Coller serving as executive producers.
The film is based on Superman characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, Batman characters created by Bob Kane, and Wonder Woman created by William Moulton Marston, published by DC Entertainment.
The new Peter Pan adventure will be directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Jason Fuchs, incorporating J.M. Barrie’s classic characters. The film is being produced by Greg Berlanti and Paul Webster.
What do you guys think of this delay? Is it a good thing or a bad thing? Sound off in the comments!