It looks like two major Hollywood studios are pulling down their pants and seeing whose comic book dick is bigger. When Warner Bros. postponed the 2015 release of “Batman Vs. Superman“ and moved it to 2016, they did so by choosing a weekend that Marvel had already planted their flag on: May 6, 2016. At the time, Marvel hadn’t yet announced what that movie will be. And even recently, Kevin Feige played coy, saying they would reveal the title “in the next few months.” Well, we got the news a lot sooner.
Granted, it’s not confirmed by the comic studio, but according to THR, Marvel will be dropping “Captain America 3” opposite “Batman Vs. Superman” aka “Man Of Steel 2.” Boom! What does this mean? Nothing, except two massive superhero sequels will be opening on the same weekend, unless somebody decides to back off. And let’s face it, someone will back off eventually because no studio is going to risk the hundreds of millions that will be spent on these movies only to have their potential opening weekend audience cannibalized over pride. Which brings us back to dick measuring….
…if someone does blink, it won’t be a while yet, because both studios want to look totally confident about their plans and pretend not to worry that nerds will have to make a Sophie’s Choice between DC and Marvel. So, your move WB….