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WB Pres. Explains ‘Batman v. Superman’ Move, Says ‘Justice League’ Will Come Soon After

WB Pres. Explains 'Batman v. Superman' Move, Says 'Justice League' Will Come Soon After

This week, Warner Bros. threw a massive cinematic Batsignal into the sky. Not only did they shift “Batman v. Superman: Dawn Of Justice” ahead to March 25, 2016, and away from “Captain America 3,” but they they also unveiled an ambitious slate of superhero movie dates through 2020. You can bet that if they weren’t before, Marvel is looking over their shoulder. And while it was inevitable someone would blink when ‘Batman’ and ‘Captain’ were both scheduled on the same date, WB president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman explains the studio’s strategic move to spring.

“The reality now is there really isn’t a bad week to open a movie,” he told EW. “If you look at the summer box office this year, you can see that there were so many movies, one after the other. You can start with ‘Spider-Man,’ two weeks later ‘Godzilla,’ and then ‘Maleficent,’ and then ‘Edge of Tomorrow,’ and then ‘Jump Street‘ and ‘Transformers.’ And the one thing they all had in common, not one of them did over $250 million. We’ll be the first one up [in 2016], which is very important, and we’ll have six weeks before ‘Captain America’ comes in.”

When you put it like that, WB looks downright savvy in their planning. But why did they bother fighting Marvel, who had May 6, 2016, locked down first? “In terms of going back and reviewing the situation, it looked to us—and maybe our reconnaissance wasn’t great—that they were not going to have a movie [ready] on that date,” Fellman explained. “Just that they held onto it and they might not be able to deliver. But they took another position.”

Now the big question is what does WB’s DC slate hold? Titles will start being revealed this month, and with “Justice Leaguealready reported to be shooting back-to-back with ‘Batman v. Superman,’ Fellman teases WB will forgo the industry standard two to three year wait for the ‘Dawn Of Justice’ followup saying, “While it hasn’t been officially announced, I think it’s a pretty good bet.”

Much more to come. Leave your thoughts below.

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Comments

Paul

I don't see it as a competition, either the movie will be good or it won't. I'll go see any Marvel or DC movie. I actually used to be more of a DC fan, but Marvel has won me over with their movies. Still, if BvS and CA3 had opened on the same day, I'd go see both. CA first!

adgs

DC is so far behind in movies and needs to pick up the pace.

Steve

To say DC/Warner Bros. is savvy for switching their date when it is clear to everyone else they backed down from a Marvel DC confrontation is idiotic. After reading that line the rest of this article just sounded like DC fanboyism to me. Ben Affleck as Batman is going to be stupid and it sucks because he was so badass in the last three with Bale. Wonder Woman is the first Wonder Woman ever who doesn't actually have any cleavage and not to knock Gal Gadot, but just look at her acting in any of the Fast & Furious movies, muy horrible. Casting is killing Justice League before it even starts. I didn't even mention Ryan Reynolds, and then to hear they are going with Jason Mamoa for Aquaman, has Aquaman ever had dark hair? It is almost like DC just tries to cast popular actors on franchises that are trending now. Marvel won this battle with their casting a long…….long time ago.

Ra-Gee

YAWN. They who miscast must pay the price.

Jorge

I just can't get over the lack of creativity putting Batman against Superman.
First of all, NO CONTEST !!!
Batman=Human ( flesh and bones ) , Superman=indestructible !
Batman=Angry rich kid with a bunch of toys, Superman=fights for peace and justice.
What possible beef would Superman have against Batman or vice versa ?
I will wait for this one on video !

John Michaels

Nightwing is in the movie

Ed

By the time WB really gets down to making the Justice League movie, all the actors they have slated for it now will be in a nursing home.

bob2

I love that close up picture of Affleck as Batman.

It's like Batman is thinking to himself of what needs to be done, whatever that is it won't be ease and it will be painful.

… so we'll chase him because he can take it.
-Gordon

Herbie J Pilato

I'm just waiting for the RE-BOOT of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Aquaman, Justice League, et all, in maybe around 2030, way after Zach-the-Hack destroys the entire franchise.

Zach

I doubt that WB announcing multiple release dates has Marvel "looking over their shoulder." WB/DC has bone NOTHING so far to scare anyone but their fans.

Sinjun

if they don't excite people with the story to get word of mouth then it really isn't savvy at all. Man of Steel was good but didn't light the fires that a Superman movie should have and now they are pulling out an old almost ready to retire and closer to Batman Beyond age Batman. I guess they are going that way since they don't expect to keep Affleck in that many movies still it's telling. In the comics the two have roughly been the same age and looked close enough that Bruce Wayne could pass as Clark Kent and visa versa but i guess that is thrown out as well.

it almost feels like they are getting ready to write Batman out of the story not all that long before the universe kicks off. maybe three films before Affleck gets tired of it? if they are lucky.

grayzip

I think the rise of the superhero movie was a direct response not to the audience's love of superheroes but their love of CG effects. Movies reached a point where they could blow up whole cities — whole planets — which audiences loved, but it was getting harder and harder to plausibly explain why this megaton destruction wasn't killing the film's main characters. Enter the durable superhero; throw him into the crust of the Earth as hard as you want and then blow up New York on top of him and he'll climb out unscathed. Which is great until you've seen New York blow up fifty times. What I'm getting at is that when audiences get their fill of this stuff, the underlying material will suddenly seem as silly to them as it's been from the get-go, and the companies who thought they held rights to beloved characters will need a whole new strategy but quick

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