Batman vs Superman Release Date: Will Another Change Take Date to April 2016?

Batman vs Superman could hit theaters a month earlier if Warner Bros. tries to beat the summer movie kick.

The upcoming sequel to both Man of Steel and the Batman movies is one of the biggest films in production right now, and is highly anticipated by fans of both superheroes.

The movie was initially slated to be released in the summer of 2015 but the release date was pushed back to May 2016. 

Captain America 3 is coming out early that month, meaning the two movies would be in direct competition with each other.

There have been rumors that the release date is actually late April for the movie in some countries, such as Brazil. 

Now a Forbes contributor, Scott Mendelson, is saying that Warner Bros. should move up the U.S. (and presumably international) release date up to April.

He notes in his case that The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opened this year in the summer and has crossed $700 million worldwide, but that Captain America 2 opened earlier and has a higher gross so far.

“Fair or not, a token part of the overall feeling of ‘disappointment’ regarding the Spidey sequel is that Captain America 2 opened earlier and over-performed. It continued a long pattern of the ‘summer kick-off film’ periodically snatching the spotlight away from the presumptive summer champion,” he said.

“Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice has more to lose than Captain America 3, especially if that Comic Con release date slate that Nikki Finke dropped turns out to be true. Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice a month before Captain America 3 can avoid any immediate negative perceptions right out of the gate because it has only itself to compare to. It won’t be expected to break any records beyond “biggest April debut” so it can spin as a win anything over $100 million into a month of relatively competition-free play. The Batman/Superman team-up film can fly or fall on its own terms.”

Batman vs Superman, which has been titled “Dawn of Justice,” is set to star Henry Cavill (Superman) and Ben Affleck (Batman).

Jesse Eisenberg (Lex Luthor), Jeremy Irons (Alfred), Amy Adams (Lois Lane), and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) are among the others stars.

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