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‘Batman Vs. Superman’ Pushed To 2016, Will Face Off Against Marvel & 'X-Men: Apocalypse'

by Kevin Jagernauth
January 17, 2014 8:23 PM
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Well, here's one less mega-sequel/franchise/tentpole to worry about in the already crammed calendar of summer 2015: "Batman Vs. Superman" has been pushed to 2016.

Variety has the news which is scarce at the moment, except to say that production has been moved back to the second quarter of 2015. The official word is that the delay is to allow "the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story."

However, Batman News reported earlier today that Ben Affleck—aka Batman—sustained a leg injury that was serious enough to push production back six weeks. Crew members were apparently told of the hiatus in production earlier in the week. That said, this is unsubstantiated and according to Comic Book Movie, the actor was seen earlier this week walking in L.A. with this family. And even a six-week delay doesn't seem enough to warrant moving a major tentpole back ten months.

Whatever the cause official or not, "Batman Vs. Superman" will now be hitting screens on May 6, 2016, squaring off directly against a still-untitled Marvel movie, with "X-Men: Apocalypse" opening a few weeks later on May 27, 2016. Brassy move, WB. And undoubtedly, this pushes other DC Comics movies from the studio, such as "The Flash" and "Justice League," back as well.

And taking the place of "Batman Vs. Superman" next summer? Joe Wright's "Pan."

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  • Ben Affleck | January 18, 2014 12:12 PMReply

    Hey guy I just want you to know I Ben Affleck AKA Batman is doing fine. and I won't say who the badguy in film is but the hint is he is a well known character based off of Jim Jones. And if you thought Christian Bell was a good Batman wait tell you see mine. well bye duty calls da da da da da da Batman! Batman! Batman! da da da da da da Batman!

  • John Goodman | January 18, 2014 9:58 PM

    Me too!

  • Matt Damon | January 18, 2014 9:58 PM

    You owe me pizza money, bitch!

  • ae | January 18, 2014 6:17 AMReply

    at some point this heavy scheduling's going to back fire, I mean who can say what the cultural climate will be in 2016? I guess they're confident in their marketing (brainwashing?) manipulation skills. Either way it equals death to creativity, they're not films they're machines. I'm wondering if there was ever a 1970's satire that depicted audiences in the future rushing in a frenzy to Multiplexes completely blind to the fact they're watching the same film over and over again. When does repetitive stress kick in?

  • Marko | January 18, 2014 10:49 AM

    I'm more scared by the prospect that we'll be heralding Seth Rogen's R-Rated animated film, Sausage Party, about a bunch of talking meats, which comes out that year as masterpiece, solely based on the fact that it's an original property.

  • Doja | January 18, 2014 8:18 AM

    Now here's the first SOB on this site that I've heard speaking any sense. He sees the deception and propaganda of the 5 star meal prepared with ingredient and in the manner of fast food drive threws. Amen brother!

  • Guy | January 18, 2014 2:54 AMReply

    Cuncel da Affleck.

  • Doja | January 18, 2014 12:34 AMReply

    Ps: Please retitle this website name. There's nothing indie about it. It's all main stream shit. The city hippy hipsters have ruined everything. would be more suitable. The most indie thing I've seen talked about on here was Tarantino and he hasnt been an independent film maker since after Reservoir Dogs hit

  • Doja | January 18, 2014 8:13 AM

    I get it, there's a small faction of independent crap on here but its like micro breweries in the US right now. They're just trendy. They shouldn't have 467 different film festivals to enter your film in, made by big time directors and the lot. There once was a time when the art of a film was all that there was to stand on. There was only flight or fall into cult lore. Indie flix aren't competition Barbecue. U damn nerds ruin every they. Most of all an indie site would never worry themselves with who's fricken nominated for the oscars. Talk about a lost generation. You can embrace the technology without phucken the soul out of things you pretentious vapid hipsters. Whats the next sub genre your goin to jerk off on? Air breathers?

  • Ken | January 18, 2014 2:23 AM

    You must have not seen the handful of Sundance reviews posted thus far. And you can be assured there will be more the next few days.

  • Doja | January 18, 2014 12:23 AMReply

    DC needs time to copy the next phase of marvel before they can write a script.

  • John | January 17, 2014 10:07 PMReply

    2016 is kind of a horror show too. Like 4 Marvel movies (from Dis/Fox/Sony), Man of Steel sequel, Avatar 2, Warcraft, maybe Star Trek 3, Alice in Wonderland 2, Finding Dory, How to Train Your Dragon 3, Ice Age 5, Planet of the Apes 3, Independence Day 2, ya dee da.

  • Michele | January 17, 2014 9:48 PMReply

    I'm guessing script.

  • Jimmy Tapout Olsen | January 18, 2014 3:29 AM

    Yeah, there's going to be a script once Zach Snyder has polished it.

    It's going to be in all caps and most of it is him describing the sounds of punches and explosions.

  • Marko | January 17, 2014 11:08 PM

    You mean there's going to be one?

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