Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that the Man of Steel sequel has been pushed back from the crowded summer of 2015 to a slightly less crowded summer in 2016.
The untitled Superman/Batman moves from its original release date of July 17th, 2015 to May 6th, 2016, which will place the Zack Snyder helmed film in direct competition with an as yet unnamed Marvel Studios film. While this means we have to wait a bit longer to see the Man of Steel sequel, it gives the studio more time to deliver on the highly anticipated film.
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.
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 press release didn’t comment on rumors that a recent injury sustained by Ben Affleck is responsible for the delay. With all the recent announcements, rumors, and speculation regarding the sequel a delay is normally the last thing we want to see. Considering the added pressure of using this film to help springboard the new DC Cinematic Universe, this move should be considered a good thing for the film, which needs to take as much time as needed to properly give these characters the launch point they deserve.
Are you upset or relieved about the later release date? Is this a chance to put further effort in the story or a stalling tactic as DC waffles over whether or not this is a Justice League film? Let us know in the comments section below!
Images: DC Comics, Warner Bros.