It’s been no secret that the summer of 2015 movie release schedule was going to be really crowded. Well today that schedule just got some breathing room as Warner Brothers has decided to push back the Batman vs Superman release date for the highly anticipated film from July 17, 2015 to May 6th, 2016. The official reason they gave for the delay was that they wanted to “allow the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” In the meantime, Joe Wright’s Peter Pan film will fill the void left by the Man of Steel sequel and be released on July 17, 2015 instead.
This is both frustrating and relieving at the same time but in the end not particularly surprising. We’ve been hearing about casting rumors for this film left and right since Comic-Con but very little in the way of actual casting despite the fact that they were scheduled to begin shooting in about a month. The delay is probably for the best since, with every announcement or rumor that was made about Batman vs. Superman, I became more and more skeptical (and I know I wasn’t alone in this). Maybe with some more time they can make something more worthwhile and not give a repeat of the Green Lantern fiasco.
Perhaps not so coincidentally there have also been rumors going around today that Ben Affleck had injured his leg serious enough to warrant a lengthy delay in production. Warner Bros. made no mention of this alleged incident during their press release.
This probably won’t be the last time they make a change in the Batman vs Superman release date however, since May 6th, 2016 also happens to be the announced release date of a currently untitled Marvel film. One of them will eventually have to pick a new date and I will be less than surprised if Warner Bros. decides to blink first.
Do you Warner Brothers made the right call in pushing back the Batman vs Superman release date? Do you think Ben Affleck’s alleged injury contributed to the film’s delay? Do you think this will be the last time Warner Brothers delays the film’s release? Give us your thoughts in the comment section below.