Comic book movie fans are wringing their hands in worry after Warner Bros. Pictures announced yesterday that they would be pushing their upcoming “Superman vs Batman” movie back by nearly a year.
Early rumors indicated that the reason for the delay was due to actor Ben Affleck, who will play Batman, hurting his leg. However, a studio executive rebuffed the claim by saying that “We just want to do it right and need the time.” The film will now open on May 6, 2016. Nearly a full year after it’s original July 15, 2015 release date.
This move to push the release date back has also added fuel to the fire surrounding the rumor that Warner Bros is going to attempt to make a “Justice League” movie back-to-back with this film. However, given how it’s been such a struggle to unite Batman and Superman on the screen, I don’t think Warner Bros would want to risk spreading themselves too thin. No, I think this release date change might be a result of Ben Affleck and his writer wanting to take a longer look at the script.
Regardless, while I may be disappointed that I’ll have to wait even longer to see two icons finally united on the big screen, I’d rather the film be pushed back then to have to sit through a half-baked production. What I find most intriguing about this move, though, is that it places the film in direct competition with an unannounced Marvel movie that opens on the same weekend. It’ll be interesting to see if Marvel decides to go head to head with it’s long time rival.