Warner Bros. has announced that the sequel to Man of Steel has been pushed back 10 months from it’s original release date of July 17, 2015 to May 6, 2016. Why this delay? The official word on the subject is that it will give
“the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.”
It’s original date will now be taken by Joe Wright’s Peter Pan film. Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. Director of Domestic Distribution, said this in a statement:
“We are happy to take advantage of these coveted summer dates, which are perfect for two of our biggest tentpole releases. We share the fans’ excitement to see DC Comics’ most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theatres in May 2016. Peter Pan has delighted people of every generation for more than a century, so we are thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today’s moviegoers.”
Honestly, I am not surprised by this move. Getting the film out by next year seemed like a huge undertaking and wouldn’t have given the script or anything else time to grow to a quality level. I am actually glad they moved the film and hopefully it will be all the better for it.
In related news, batman-news.com is reporting this:
According to my sources, Ben Affleck has sustained an injury, and as a result Batman vs. Superman production has been pushed back six weeks. The crew was informed of that decision earlier this week, and told they’ll be on hiatus for about a month. Update: A second and third source tells me that Affleck injured his ribs, not his leg as previously reported. All three sources confirmed that the injury occurred during a skiing accident around Christmas time.
Keep in mind, the above quote was posted before Warner Bros. announced the delay.
While the Affleck injury could have a little to do with the delay, possibly the filming start date, it wouldn’t be severe enough to warrant a 10 month delay. I honestly feel like Warner Bros. is being square with us and the need the extra time due to script issues and super heavy effects work.
More information as it comes out.