Warner Bros. Explains 2nd Release Date Change Posted by: Bill "Jett" Ramey (Follow @BATMANONFILM)
August 8, 2014
Like the Batman that we’ll see in BATMAN v SUPERMAN (and JUSTICE LEAGUE and the solo Batfleck Batflick – unless it’s a prequel), I’m also old and crusty. And old and crusty folks don’t like change – or people on their lawn either. So yeah, it makes me a bit nervous when a film featuring a live-action Batman won’t be released in either June or July as I’ve become accustomed to over the last 25 years. May? OK, I can live with it. But March? Batman films are “Summer Blockbusters” released, well in the Summer, right?!
OK, I’m kidding. While change is often hard - particularly for old and crusty people - my friends at Warner Bros. did the right thing by moving off that May 6, 2016 release date for BvS. In fact, they never should’ve moved to May 6th in the first place. Yeah, I know I barked out some ridiculous bravado on BOF saying WB should hold their ground on that release date, but that was both ignorant and stupid.
Bottom line: The move was not only good for BvS, but it was good for the comic book/superhero movie genre overall.
On that note, here’s the release date move explanation from WB’s president of domestic distribution, Dan Fellman via EW.COM...
“The reality now is there really isn’t a bad week to open a movie. We’ll be the first one up [in 2016], which is very important, and we’ll have six weeks before CAPTAIN AMERICA 3 comes in. 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. Just that they held onto it and they might not be able to deliver. But they took another position.”
And while Marvel and DC fanboys continue to wage their insignificant and anonymous “war” on each other on all those "classy" online message boards, the rest of us will breathe a sigh of relief knowing the world of comic book movies is better off now than it was a few days ago.