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'Batman Vs. Superman' Will Open One Week Earlier In U.K., But WB Plans To Keep Film Opposite 'Cap 3' In U.S.

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by Kevin Jagernauth
April 9, 2014 12:25 PM
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Won't someone please think of the children! Given some the comments flying around Twitter, you'd think that Warner Bros. was committing a capital crime by scheduling "Batman Vs. Superman" opposite "Captain America 3" on May 6, 2016. Providing something of a Sophie's Choice for comic nerds on opening weekend, right now, neither WB or Marvel are budging, in a weird game of chest-puffing that will inevitably end in someone shifting dates anyway, because it doesn't make any financial sense not to (why cannibalize your all important opening weekend audience?). But before that happens, more schoolyard taunting will have to happen.

Over at Bloomberg, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman made it clear that while the logic doesn't add up, he's not moving the super sequel. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16,” he said. “However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for ‘Batman vs. Superman.’ ”

Perhaps WB is more concerned about the all important international box office anyway. It accounted for over 55% of the $668 million worldwide haul of "Man Of Steel," so maybe it's no surprise that they aren't taking any risks there, with "Batman Vs. Superman" reportedly scheduled to open on April 29, 2016 in the U.K. — one week earlier than the U.S.

Until Marvel or WB come to their (business) senses, over at Digital Spy, "Captain America: The Winter Solider" co-director Joe Russo (who will be helming "Captain America 3" with his brother Anthony) has the most clear-headed assessment of the whole thing. "Everybody likes to imagine a flame war that'll start over this but it's not," he said. "It's two big movies on a date - neither studio is crazy enough to eat up each other's profits. At some point, somebody's going to move off the date."

We'll see what happens on May 6, 2016.

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9 Comments

  • guest | April 10, 2014 12:18 PMReply

    Marvel fanboy powers activate.

  • Guest | April 10, 2014 6:56 AMReply

    Marvel tends to release it's films a week or two earlier in the UK anyway, so it may well be opposite Cap 3 here as well, which is probably the intention behind moving the date here only.

  • DieNu52 | April 9, 2014 6:06 PMReply

    DC Comics sucks when it comes to their super hero films so it doesn't matter what date that mess comes out. BAD casting, Bad Nu52 costumes and story backgrounds, who really cares. Marvel will lead! I'm not giving a penny to DC/Warner for this prank they have pulled on us. TOTAL GARBAGE!!!

  • batman | April 10, 2014 6:50 AM

    very true

  • Fong | April 9, 2014 4:03 PMReply

    It's win/win for Disney because if WB balks first, it shows a lack of confidence in "BvS," and if neither moves, Disney makes a little less on a B-tier Marvel film in return for taking the piss out of DC's flagship property.

  • Dryer | April 9, 2014 4:00 PMReply

    Despite the utter stupidity behind the discussion, this really shows WB true doubts behind a Snyder/Goyer helmed Superman. I think they must realize MOS was a successful fluke and failed to garner any good will critically or theatrically for another outing, two major things which weren't problems for Nolan's Batman Begins. Hopefully this will be a flop of the highest order, and I say that not because I favor Marvel over DC or The Avengers, but because this 'fandom' buisness model needs to stopped

  • mcfly | April 9, 2014 3:03 PMReply

    Who ever backs down is the chicken.

  • thislalife | April 9, 2014 2:34 PMReply

    This is the nerdiest shit ever

  • Jteezy | April 10, 2014 5:52 AM

    yet you're here... nerd.

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