Batman vs Superman Movie News: 2015 Release Date Pushed Back to 2016

January 20, 2014 Updated: July 18, 2015

The Batman vs. Superman movie has been delayed a full 10 months, with a new release date of May 6, 2016 (the original was July 2015). No trailer has been released yet.

Warner Bros. said in a statement that the movie was pushed back to “allow the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.”

The film, combining Batman and Superman, is expected to be a huge draw. It stars Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman.

“Man of Steel” stars Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, and Diane Lane will also reprise their roles.

Sources told the blog Batman News that Ben Affleck has sustained an injury. One source said that Affleck injured his leg, while two others said he injured his ribs. They all said that the injury happened during a skiing accident around Christmas time.

As Forbes points out, a delay of even several weeks equals a delay of 10 months. Why? Because the original July 17, 2015 release date is close to the end of the summer blockbuster season.

No huge film would open in August, which has drastically lower prospects than July.

So May 6, 2016 was the first date the company could realistically schedule the movie to open, as it’s the start of the blockbuster season.

“Once the choice was made to not open Batman Vs. Superman on July 17th, 2015, the die was cast for the film to open on May 6th, 2016 at the very earliest,” according to Forbes. “The choice to delay may have been about quality or specific production concerns. But the length of that delay was merely about smart (or at least risk-averse) scheduling.”

 

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