BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Release Date Moved Up to March 25, 2016; WB Dates 9 Untitled DC Films and 2 Event Movies

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The Marvel/DC release date showdown has come to an end, and it appears that Marvel has come away the victor.  Marvel Studios staked out the May 6, 2016 weekend a while ago for an “Untitled Marvel Movie,” but when Warner Bros. went looking for a new release date for its Man of Steel follow-up, it decided to plant its flag on May 6, 2016 as well with the thinking that Marvel would subsequently move.  Except Marvel didn’t move, it doubled down by announcing that Captain America 3 would be its May 2016 movie, which was certainly a big deal coming off the stellar opening weekend for Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

And so now Warner Bros. has flinched, but instead of delving deeper into the summer, the studio will be trying to kickstart the blockbuster season incredibly early by setting the Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice release date on March 25, 2016.  If that wasn’t enough, Warner Bros. has announced release dates for 9 untitled DC films and 2 “event films”.  More after the jump.

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While it’s not a surprise that Warner Bros. moved its film off the May date, it is a surprise that Batman v Superman—one of the most highly anticipated films on tap for the next few years—will be released in March.  Though the Winter/Spring divide made for a successful launching pad for The Hunger Games in 2012, Lionsgate opted to release the sequel Catching Fire in November over the Thanksgiving holiday.  This past March, the “big” movie was Divergent, and even looking at 2015, there’s nothing even remotely similar to Batman v Superman in terms of scope and audience reach.

Nevertheless, March 25th is what Warner Bros. has settled on for the first feature film showdown between two of the biggest comics characters in history.  The new Beverly Hills Cop film is also scheduled for that weekend, but I imagine Paramount will be moving that pic in due time.

The new Batman v Superman date isn’t too far off from the April 4th release of Marvel’s The Winter Soldier, but I’m still kind of baffled that this massive film will be hitting theaters when most kids are still in school.  Studios have been trying for years to extend the “summer movie season” beyond the late May to early August window, and while the first weekend in May is now the new traditional start, the goalpost just keeps being moved up.  Is this the new normal?  I sure hope not.

But the Batman v Superman release date news isn’t all!  Taking a page out of Marvel’s book, Warner Bros. has set release dates for 9 untitled DC films and 2 “event films”.  Check them out below:

  • Untitled DC Film — August 5, 2016
  • Untitled DC Film – June 23, 2017
  • Untitled DC Film – November 17, 2017
  • Untitled DC Film – March 23, 2018
  • Untitled DC Film – July 27, 2018
  • Untitled WB Event Film – November 16, 2018
  • Untitled DC Film – April 5, 2019
  • Untitled DC Film – June 14, 2019
  • Untitled DC Film – April 3, 2020
  • Untitled DC Film – June 19, 2020
  • Untitled WB Event Film – November 20, 2020

That’s, uh, ambitious.  The only other confirmed DC film in development at Warner Bros. is Justice League, which Zack Snyder will direct after he wraps BvS, but a previous report claimed that AquamanWonder Woman, and a team-up The Flash/Green Lantern movie were in development.  Could Warner Bros. beat Sony to the punch and get their own female-led superhero movie in theaters by August 2016?  Head to the comments and take a guess as to what films/properties these release dates might correspond to.

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  • Aidan Tress

    DC must have seen guardians of the galaxy.

    • Manuel Orozco

      What’s your point

      • trevor

        I’m guessing she meant that marvel is on a roll and dc is backing off.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I don’t think so

      • bidi

        no i’m pretty sure that’s what she meant

      • Manuel Orozco

        I want to hear what she truly meant

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        That’s definitely what she meant.

      • Manuel Orozco

        And that is

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        What Trevor said. It couldn’t be clearer.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Maybe he meant DC is not willing to compete with Marvel’s increasing success

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        That’s what both Trevor and Aidan’s comments mean. Please tell me English isn’t your first language.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I just don’t understand figurative language but i do speak English

      • doop

        Like Drax!!!

      • Manuel Orozco

        Nvm

      • gar216

        That made me laugh really hard.

      • Stroke

        Why?……. you crushing on her?

      • Manuel Orozco

        I just want to know what she meant

      • Leroy

        These other idiots can’t see what you’re doing, but you have to be the world’s biggest loser if this is how you spend your afternoons

      • Manuel Orozco

        What do you mean by spend my afternoons

      • Early Edition

        this whole thread is hilarious

      • Manuel Orozco

        I didn’t ask you but thanks anyway

    • Bruce Timm should be DCs Feige

      Untitled DC Film – August 5, 2016 – Wonder Woman
      Untitled DC Film – June 23, 2017 – Flash/Green Lantern
      Untitled DC Film – November 17, 2017 – Aquaman
      Untitled DC Film – March 23, 2018 – Shazam
      Untitled DC Film – July 27, 2018 – Batman
      Untitled WB Event Film – November 16, 2018 – Justice League
      Untitled DC Film – April 5, 2019 – Green Lantern
      Untitled DC Film – June 14, 2019 – Superman
      Untitled DC Film – April 3, 2020 – Cyborg
      Untitled DC Film – June 19, 2020 – Martian Manhunter
      Untitled WB Event Film – November 20, 2020 – Justice League 2

      Sandman isn’t part of the DCCU and that’s rumored to come out in Xmas 2016. Then there’s Justice League Dark, which I have no idea where that’d go or if it’s connected to anything

      • Manuel Orozco

        Let’s just see what happens as time goes by.

      • jocab_w

        I love your username.

      • Bruce Timm should be DCs Feige

        Thank you haha I dunno why it hasn’t happened yet. Such a no-brainer to get him in charge of their whole DCCU. F*** Goyer and Snyder, they don’t know sh*t about the characters

      • Bruce Timm should be DCs Feige

        Thank you haha I dunno why it hasn’t happened yet. Such a no-brainer to get him in charge of their whole DCCU. F*** Goyer and Snyder, they don’t know sh*t about the characters

      • gar216

        Justice league was announced for 2017… So start rethinking. Possibly (just guessing) crisis movies on the “event ” dates.

      • Doug_101

        That looks good, but just swap Superman and Batman – I believe the word is that there won’t be a solo Bat-Film until 2019 and the previously rumored film slate had Man of Steel 2 slated for 2018.

    • lord jim

      DC didn´t change the comic books, so what the hell do you mean?they don´t do movies, and the idea that warner bros would be afraid of marvel is ridiculous.

  • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

    DC: ::blinks first::
    Marvel: ::smiles smugly::

    • pkh

      they gonna release it earlier, that’s not blink, this is means fuck u we are going to do it sooner than u :D

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Not really. January through March releases tend to suffer because of weather. If it’s really cold/snowy, people are likely to stay in on the weekend/evenings. Historically speaking, according to box office grosses, May through July are the prime months.

      • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

        It was also Snyder’s film the 300 that showed that March can be a lucrative month for the right type of films. He followed it up with The Watchmen and Sucker Punch 2 years apart after around the same relase dates. Just saying that it may have been his idea to move back to a date that his prior films were released.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        True 300 contributed to pre-existing evidence that March didn’t have to be a wasteland, but there’s also a question of how well could 300 have done if it had been released in the summer? Would it have earned an additional $50-100 million? Maybe, we’ll never know. For all the success of 300, Watchmen and Sucker Punch suggested the contrary notion, by being a similar type of film as 300, but still failing to win in March. I think it’s a fair bet 300 could have benefited more from a full summer release, or maybe having only a 2 week window to itself would have reduced its haul. Hard to say. BvS probably has enough pull to make any date seem lucrative, but the question will ultimately be what/how much profit is WB/DC sacrificing by betting on that earlier date. Chances are it’s not nothing.

      • Matt Clayton

        Hard to say. BvS probably has enough pull to make any date seem lucrative, but the question will ultimately be what/how much profit is WB/DC sacrificing by betting on that earlier date.

        The first Hunger Games raked in a whopping $408 million domestically, and is the highest-opening weekend for a non-sequel ($152 million). It had a 61% drop in its second weekend but stabilized in the following weeks thanks to good legs and no competition. That $408 million is a number a summer blockbuster would be proud of.

        I think 300 would’ve probably bombed or underperformed in a packed summer because of the numerous options. WB took a risk on it coming out in March, and it paid off for them. Hence why they released the sequel on the same weekend too.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Yes, Hunger Games had an impressive haul, but again, it could’ve held its own as a summer blockbuster and had it gone up against Snow White and the Huntsman, in a prime summer spot, it would have dominated (especially since it was a YA series that had a lot of buzz). The point isn’t that movies can’t make money in March, it’s that comparable films tend to make more in May-July.

        Would 300 have bombed or underperformed in summer? Maybe, maybe not. The competition, besides Spidey 3 and Harry Potter wasn’t that fierce. All of the big franchises disappointed that summer, save for HP. 300 had a couple slots it could have aimed for. I’m not a huge fan of 300, but it had better word of mouth than Spidey 3.

        The issue is that we’re playing with a lot of what ifs when we try to predict what past movies could have made in a summer slot. By contrast, BvS hasn’t been released yet and so WB could easily reslot it for June – where statistical proof shows films typically do better.

      • Manchego Cheese

        Looking at it from another point of view altogether, perhaps DC are aware of the growing slate of comic book films not just each and every year in isolation, but the next few years.

        Maybe they reason blockbuster or genre fatigue could be more a hindrance to the total or final gross than the time of year.

        Get in first, strike the opening blow, bank your money free of any great competition and be, more or less, the first BIG film of the year; be the first film marketed as ‘must see’ for 2016.

        No matter how the films turn out, a great number of Captain America 3′s audience will have already seen BvS by the time Cap arrives in theatres. That suits WB just fine.

        2015 will close dominated by Avengers and Star Wars, the general public will go away, calm down, then be brought back in their droves by the first event picture of the year.

      • mbmarquis69

        Avatar begs to differ. While released in December, it made most of its money during the time frame you just described.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Avatar is proof of the rule, not a contradiction of it. It debuted in a prime spot (the holiday weeks surrounding Christmas) and in 2 weeks made about 280 million. By contrast, it took 3 whole months, in months with weak competition (a further demonstration of the dumping ground concept), to make about 440 million. 440 million in about 14 weeks compared to about 280 in 2 weeks. Look at that ratio. It goes from an average of 140 million per week to about 31 million. That’s your average weekly numbers for a top January-March release.

        It was basically Fox reusing the tactic that served them so well with Titanic. Release a strong film in the December holiday slot that will bulldoze over the weaker films in the first quarter.

      • mbmarquis69

        It still suggests that a strong enough product can make quite a bit of money during months when competition is not fierce. Sure, the rule still stands that those are the “off” months, but it’s precisely the kind of gamble that WB is taking with BvS.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Yes, BvS will make lots of money in March, but my point is that historically speaking, it is very likely it’ll make less than it would were it released in May, June or July. Competition is fiercer, but movies rake in much more in shorter amounts of time. The ultimate question is why DC doesn’t opt for June? It’s wide open for a Superhero flick. Choosing March makes it seem like they REALLY don’t want to follow any other superhero film for fear of comparison.

        Also, all it takes is another really bad freak snowstorm in March for its numbers to take a big hit across the Midwest and the east coast – a risk you don’t have in May-July. It’s just not ideal considering better options exist.

      • Matt Clayton

        Yes, BvS will make lots of money in March, but my point is that historically speaking, it is very likely it’ll make less than it would were it released in May, June or July.

        I think we need to accept the fact that the traditional ‘summer blockbuster’ model is slowly going away. You look at the intense competition last year had, which cut into the earnings of Man of Steel (released in mid-June). And releasing a big movie every weekend is going to cause fatigue and have theater patrons become more selective about which ‘big’ movie they want to see. Warners doesn’t want that, they’re taking a leaf out of Lionsgate, Universal and Marvel/Disney’s book by releasing the first ‘event’ film of 2016, take advantage of no competition, and make more money. (Plus, a lot of public and college students will be out for spring break and Easter holiday too.)

        Universal was on to something when they scheduled Fast & Furious from June 2009 to April 2009, and since then they flipped from spring to summer and back again with each installment (with little audience attrition). That, combined with the huge successes that were 300, Alice in Wonderland and the first Hunger Games, show that if there’s a big movie coming out– people will come and see it.

        Why else would WB have three of their upcoming DC movie after Batman v Superman scheduled for March 2018 and the remaining two for April 2019 and 2020? The fact they chose those dates show that they’re confident, because there’s precedence.

      • MichaelRWorthingon

        Now it is no longer a summer tentpole…they were scared to stay in their summer slot against Marvel. If Cap 3 wasn’t still there, they would have stayed.

      • scififan

        Can we all just agree that no matter what either studio does, there will be endless bickering between Marvel’s fan base and DC’s fan base – even though we ALL know that it’s the same fan base. We’re all going to go see all of them, regardless of the parent company, so why are we arguing?

      • milo

        “We’re all going to go see all of them”

        People say that a lot and I just don’t get it. I haven’t seen Man of Steel or either new Spidey film or a number of other big genre films. And that’s just based on reviews, not studios or branding.

        I’ll be very happy to go see BvS…if it has decent reviews. And if not, maybe on video eventually (as will probably happen with MoS).

      • blkyank

        There were good reviews for MOS and many of the bad ones didn’t hate the entire movie,just certain things in it.

        There’s nothing wrong with seeing a film based on a studio or branding. People see PIXAR films because the studio built up a history of great films so people were willing to take a chance on every new release.

        It would put more stock in the opinions of friends and co workers then a Rotten Tomatoes score.

  • http://www.collider.com/ DNAsplitter

    I like it! The earlier the better. Besides the Hunger Games made over $400M w March release date so the timing could be right for a film of this scope to do the same. Also Captain was released one week later for April 4 and it is the highest grossing film in 2014.

    • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

      I’m hoping, assuming BvS is any good at all, that this will help reclaim the January-March slump/dumping ground season.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I’m assuming too by the way what’s dumping ground season

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I can’t tell if that was a statement or a question.

      • Manuel Orozco

        Question

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Dumping ground season is January, February, and usually March, because that’s when studios typically “dump” their films that haven’t tested well or they just don’t know how to market them. Usually these are schlocky horror or action films, but sometimes they’re films that the studio hoped would be blockbusters but, upon seeing the final product, realized they would fail miserably if released at a time when they had competition from big blockbusters or the prestige pics of Sept-Dec. Jupiter Ascending, for example, had its release date rescheduled into the dumping ground season, after rumors about bad test audience and studio reactions surfaced.

      • Manuel Orozco

        That makes sense January is not usually an exciting month i’ve gone to a movie on MLK weekend 4 years in a row

    • Manuel Orozco

      I agree earlier the better but I still think it was better to remove BVS from the summer 2015 schedule

  • zac

    Well this is a good thing…audiences and theater owners have been begging not cram everything in summer. I dont subscribe to the whole kids in school thing. Maybe 15 years ago but not today. It jst means more people at nights and the wknds

    • Steve Rogers

      Marvel: “Hey DC, on your left.”

      • lord jim

        haha, i don´t think that warner bros is afraid of marvel.

      • YodaRocks

        They are. Why do you think they changed the release date?

      • lord jim

        besides that bot movies would suffer from the same date, WB makes a lot more money than Marvel Studios.

      • milo

        That’s a weird comparison, if you really want to compare it should probably be DC versus Marvel or WB versus disney.

        Right now WB is slightly ahead for this year so far but now that Guardians is out that should push Disney ahead at least in the short term. Disney has Big Hero 6 coming out, I don’t know what WB has coming up.

        http://boxofficemojo.com/studio/

        Both movies would suffer from sharing a release date. WB and Disney could both weather that, but it sure seems like DC needs a big hit more than Marvel does at this point. Heck, it’s entirely possible that Guardians makes more than Man of Steel did.

      • lord jim

        I find the DC versus Marvel comparison weird, because DC is not in the movie business.They sold the rights, like Marvel sold the rights for Spiderman, X-Men etc., and Marvel Studio is still a movie company.Marvel Studios belongs to Disney, but DC does not belong to WB, so I don´t get all the fanboys that make it out to be a fight between Marvel and DC, it´s not.WB is bringing out Interstellar for example, they don´t rely on comic book movies.

      • blkyank

        Its not being afraid of Marvel Studios if you come to conclusion that while your film would “win” the opening weekend face off with Cap3, it would lose millions of dollars it could have made without a major tent pole playing against it.

        Marvel was willing to take a big hit on Captain America 3 and WB needs to make as big a splash as possible.

        This is not the make or break situation fanboys are trying to drum up because SHAZAM would still carry the DC banner during the summer and Justice League would likely,already
        be filmed and slated for the June 2017 DC film slot.

        Its not as if WB would cancel Justice League which would have a proper summer release.They would chalk BVS up as
        an attempt at a grand slam that they had to settle for a home run.

        Sure a freak winter storm could happen March 25th but BVS has pretty much the entire month of April without another major tentpole,including spring break for kids to be out of school, for it to make up its money.

        WB may also be hoping for more repeat business of BVS for the very same reason. That being no next big event film showing up 2 weeks later to steal the spot light.

    • blkyank

      Agreed, for some time now Marvel studios has been releasing their early May films ahead of time in europe by at least a week. Even Captain America TWS came out early. Maybe WB has come around to see that while North America is still the biggest market it is not the market that every thing has to revolve around.

      WB is counting on having IMAX screens to itself for nearly 5 weeks before The Huntsman shows up on April 22nd.

      WB is hedging its bets because they do have 8-5-16 reserved for a DC film so if their marketing department gets cold feet over the next year they could switch places with SHAZAM (The likely second 2016 DC film)

  • Christopher Sims

    At first I thought it read May 25th, and was like ok, that’ll give them a couple weeks after Cap 3. Upon further reading I realized that they lost the hell out this game of chicken. lol

    • Smarter Person Than You

      thats dumb as hell. the game isn’t fucking over until the movies come out. BvS will almost certainly outgross Cap3. Who gives a shit about ANOTHER cap movie. Watch any of the other 4 movies he’ll already be in. BvS is a historic film.

      • milo

        It kind of amazes me that so many people seem to believe that by just throwing batman and superman in the same movie will be magical and make a ridiculous amount of money regardless of how good the movie is.

        And to answer your question, I give a shit about another cap movie. As well as those that made the second the top grossing movie so far this year (GOTG will likely pass it, then Mockingjay will pass both later in the year). Cap 3 may be my most anticipated upcoming MCU movie.

      • Django9000

        It certainly seems WB is unwilling to have their initial world building foray come out AFTER Marvel ‘ s 12teenth.

        Better hide it in front, so it’s long forgotten by the time those ongoing epic narratives about nations, worlds & universe s start up again. . .

        *blink* *wink* (nudge …) MARCH!

        Good luck finding space on the calendar year, actual films & Oscar contenders …. 87

      • YodaRocks

        It will be a travesty that Mockingjay will pass both of them. Just like it is a travesty that Transformers is the highest grossing film of this year.

      • milo

        Why? Transformers is the highest worldwide but at least in the USA it won’t make it past #3 and will be bumped down to #5 by the end of the year.

        On the other hand, the hunger games series is a solid one, I don’t see what’s so offensive about it doing well.

      • milo

        It kind of amazes me that so many people seem to believe that by just throwing batman and superman in the same movie will be magical and make a ridiculous amount of money regardless of how good the movie is.

        And to answer your question, I give a shit about another cap movie. As well as those that made the second the top grossing movie so far this year (GOTG will likely pass it, then Mockingjay will pass both later in the year). Cap 3 may be my most anticipated upcoming MCU movie.

      • Christopher Sims

        I don’t think you know what chicken is smarter person. Let me explain…2 forces opposing each other, about to collide, the first one to flinch before impact is the loser…i.e. D.C….k?

  • DEADP00L

    That’s BULLCRAP!!! That’s right in the middle of exams there is no way we’re going to get to watch this movie during that time!

    Seriously WB?!

    You guys couldn’t push the date DOWN and take the opportunity to add more and polish a lot more?!

    Well screw you then!

    I really hate them now.

    • JMD

      It comes out on a Friday. What exams do you have on Saturday? If you can’t take 3-4 hours out of studying to go see a movie, you’re not going to do well on the exam anyway

      • doop

        Indeed.

      • ʝoe βloggs

        It could be a parental disapproval thing.

      • DEADP00L

        Parents… they are possessed when exams start. You open the front door and the old man is right out side waiting on your butt. Like a permanent fixture on the lawn.

        Not that I mean to speak ill of him or my mom I know they just want the best for me.

        BUT THIS SUCKS!!!

      • DEADP00L

        Parents… they are possessed when exams start. You open the front door and the old man is right out side waiting on your butt. Like a permanent fixture on the lawn.

        Not that I mean to speak ill of him or my mom I know they just want the best for me.

        BUT THIS SUCKS!!!

  • Manuel Orozco

    Maybe this will convince fanboys to save money between each movie. I’m hoping Power Rangers opens spring 2016 too

  • Stefan Bonomo

    I’m more interested in what those Event Films are. Either way, finally DC may be getting their shit together.

    • Christopher Sims

      Their version of the Avengers, so…The Justice League movies.

      • Oliver Queen

        The event movies are only labeled as WB so they might not have anything to do with DC, besides i doubt they’ll be waiting till November 16, 2018 to release Justice League which will start filming right after or back to back with Dawn of Justice.

      • Manuel Orozco

        I’m still predicting they will shoot back to back

      • lord jim

        all of these movies are WB, DC don´t do movies.

  • TotesMcGotes

    Someone postes this on another site, very fitting. Cap doesn’t fuck around.

    http://arousinggrammardotcom.files.wordpress.com/2012/07/capsa3.jpg

  • T_Toughnuts

    Not trying to be contrarian, but why do you hope this is not the new normal? Why would you not want good movies THROUGHOUT the year? Kids will see the movies. I say bring it on!

    • Dark Knight of Steel

      That’s the thing though, they won’t a lot less kids go to the movies during school time, i know cause i did my exams and i know what i’m talking about.

      • doop

        Part of the reason Lego Movie did so well was BECAUSE February is typically shit-movie time. WB releasing Lego Movie in Feb was one of the most genius release schedule moves in recent history.

  • Lol

    Lol.

  • Mattman

    Makes sense. Good news for both movies!!

  • suave

    Marvel didn’t win anything because its not a competition. they should just consider themselves lucky, they would have lost a ton of money during that weekend

    This is great news because i get to watch the movie sooner, thats all this means,
    ill watch Captain too but i would never choose Captain America over Batman and Superman, thats just a ludicrous thought.

    • SadBatman

      MoS remains a highly controversial movie, while Marvel movies in general receive high praise by both fans and critics. Moreover, Captain America 2 was one of the most critically successful Marvel movies to-date and one of the highest grossing movies of an otherwise slumping summer 2014 box office.

      While I agree that BvS has a built-in audience (unfortunately), as a business decision they are trying to play it as safely as possible. Right now, Marvel/Disney is the BMOC and Warner/DC needs to tread carefully.

      • suave

        controversial to fan boys, regular people don’t even think about this stuff. All they are going to think about is wow Batman and Superman and Wonder Woman in the same movie. Thats a must see

        Regular audiences don’t care if they ever see Captain America again on the big screen but regular audiences are always clamoring for Batman and Superman movies

        to me thats how simple this is,
        i love Marvel and everything they are doing but Captain America is not a must see movie for most people

      • Allen_Sun24

        That’s your opinion, but the fact is that Captain America Winter Soldier made $710 million worldwide, while Man of Steel only made $660 million, not to mention Captain America’s not even Marvel’s biggest hit. And it’s almost common sense to everyone that DC is backing off cuz everyone wants their blockbusters release in summer. This means DC’s afraid of Marvel (at least for now), end of story. It’s not an opinion, it’s a FACT.

      • suave

        My opinion? no friend i was speaking the truth and again the only people that see this as a competition are little fan boys like yourself and this website for hits apparently.

        All comic book movie fanatics will see both movies

        heres a little more truth,
        Man of Steel was the first movie from this new DC universe and it made almost as much as the second highest grossing Marvel movie ever, that should tell you something but its ok, i understand your trolling of DC (for some reason that i still don’t get) is far more important then using your logic.

      • suave

        correction 3rd highest grossing Marvel movie

      • Allen_Sun24

        Man of Steel did not live up to the hype and its box office performance isn’t nearly as good as it was suppose to be please. Sorry to disappoint you but I’m not a Marvel fanboy, and I have nothing against DC. I’m just talking about the status quo of Marve/ DC from business perspective, and as business, Marvel is almost the unstoppable force that dominates the superhero genre market at this point. That’s why DC backed off.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Pretty sure the Studios see it as a competition. They are businesses with competing products, after all.

      • GrimReaper07

        No… MoS was controversial to everyone. The whole fanboy argument is stupid. I love Superman but the movie was horrible.

      • suave

        thats definitely your opinion

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        But it’s an opinion that’s much closer to the popular consensus than “Man of Steel is good/great/” is.

      • DomDom

        What’s does that have to do with anything? An opinion is more valid if it’s more in line with the majority? That’s depressing.

        I know plenty of people who say they didn’t like Man of Steel simply for its ending, and only say that because they read it on a load of film-blogs and websites, but are unable to offer criticisms beyond that point. I know this is only one example and I’m not looking to talk directly about MoS – I think your statement needs some thought as it might be interpreted as “the best opinion is the most heard one” and that would be an unpleasant world to live in.

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I’m not saying the best opinion is the most heard one, I’m saying that his point of “audiences are always clamoring for Batman and Superman movies” doesn’t really make sense in the context of a world where most audiences considered the last Superman movie to be horrible at worst and disappointingly bad on average.

      • GrimReaper07

        That the movie is terrible? Sure. The fact that I hated it doesn’t make me a Marvel fanboy though. And that the movie is controversial isn’t my opinion. It’s a fact.

      • mattinacan

        reading your responses you are clearly an immature child who thinks he is always right even when he isn’t.

      • suave

        you still haven’t established that i was wrong in the first place, this little argument is all about how fashionable it is to hate on DC and Snyder and Nolan before him, i mean look at all this unwarranted hate on this thread, its pathetic

        sorry I’m not part of that. I love both companies and consider this a golden age for comic book movie fans.

        But to my original point you can’t argue about the popularity of Batman and Superman especially against Captain America

  • bidi

    i can’t help but worry this means they don’t have confidence in their product. i always assumed this would be the movie to move, but i didn’t think it would be this bad. why would WB EVER leave their late July weekend? Nolan has made a killing for them there. keep the Batman brand in late July

    • dROK83

      Probably because they’re also releasing another DC film in August, and they don’t want to crowd the summer, and have to compete against so many other CBM’s. It’s a similar approach to what Marvel did this year, releasing CA:TWS in the beginning of April (to no competition), and releasing GotG in August (again, with very little competition). BvS will be opening only one week earlier than CA:TWS did this year.

    • Matt Clayton

      Fox has pounced on that highly-coveted mid July spot for 2017 and 2018 for “Fantastic Four 2″ and an “Untitled Marvel Film”.

  • tonymatthews

    Acceptance of defeat is the first step. Good job, WB/DC.

    • Matt Clayton

      Um, you do realize BVS is coming out first? Letting Marvel “win” the May 2016 date is a meaningless victory.

      The first big ‘event’ film of the year is usually the most profitable one.

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  • DeathoftheEndless7

    August 16 is Shazam.

  • TigerFIST

    May 01, 2015 – Avengers: Age of Ultron
    July 17, 2015 – Ant-Man

    Mar. 25, 2016 – Batman v Superman
    May 06, 2016 – Captain America 3
    July 08, 2016 – Dr. Strange
    Aug. 5, 2016 – Untitled DC Film

    May 05, 2017 – Thor 3
    June 23, 2017 – Untitled DC Film
    July 28, 2017 – GOTG 2
    Nov. 03, 2017 – Black Panther
    Nov. 17, 2017 – Untitled DC Film

    Mar. 23, 2018 – Untitled DC Film
    May 04, 2018 – Ms. Marvel
    July 06, 2018 – HULK 2
    July 27, 2018 – Untitled WB Event Film
    Nov. 02, 2018 – Inhumans
    Nov. 16, 2018 – Untitled DC Film

    April 05, 2019 – Untitled DC Film
    May 03, 2019 – AVENGERS 3
    June 14, 2019 – Untitled DC Film

    April 03, 2020 – Untitled DC Film
    June 19, 2020 – Untitled DC Film
    Nov 20, 2020 – Untitled WB Event Film

    • bowb brown

      You gotta get Thunderbolts and The Punisher in there too. James Gunn has said he’s interested in doing Thunderbolts, and the earth-based MCU needs a gritty anti-hero like The Punisher, who Marvel have the rights for again now, and who is potentially a huge character for them.
      Hulk 2 might not be a certainty, and Black Panther is more likely as a secondary character in another film or tv series, as cool as a Panther movie would be.

      • TigerFIST

        Free said a couple of weeks ago we’re going to see an “AFRICAN AFRICAN” character soon so we will see Black Panther movie. If Hulk is Amazing in A2 we will get a solo Hulk film. HULK vs. The Leader, Abomination, and Hulk Dogs.

  • cineast4

    WB event film on November 20, 2020?
    Well, that’s something to hold on to for the next 6 years…

    • Oliver Queen

      XD

  • appolox

    Holy hell. I’m gonna go broke seeing all of DC’s damn movies. I was fine with three or four superhero movies a year, but now I’m gonna be seeing like 8 or 9.

  • Kyle Chandler

    So the next 5 years at least will have 2-3 marvel movies and 2-3 DC movies each year?

    I’d better start convincing my girlfriend now.

  • TedSallis

    LOL, so much desperation.

  • Oliver Queen

    I’m guessing… August 5, 2016 (Shazam), June 23, 2017 (Justice League), November 17, 2017 (Wonder Woman), March 23, 2018 (Sandman), July 27, 2018 (Batman reboot), April 5, 2019 (The Flash/Green Lantern team-up), June 14, 2019 (Man of Steel 2), April 3, 2020 (Booster Gold), June 19, 2020 (Justice League 2).

  • Avery Merrick

    Possible DC Cinematic Universe Films (after Man of Steel and Dawn of Justice)
    1) August 5, 2016: Wonder Woman
    2) June 23, 2017: Aquaman (with Batman/Superman and Wonder Woman)
    3) November 11, 2017: The Batman
    4) March 23, 2018: Justice League
    5) July 27, 2018: The Flash/Green Lantern
    6) April 5, 2019: Man of Steel 2
    7) June 14, 2019: Green Arrow/Black Canary
    8) April 3, 2020: Martian Manhunter
    9) June 19, 2020: Justice League 2

    • mattinacan

      i think Shazam and Sandman are already confirmed, just not matched with dates yet, so you are missing those

  • TheDarkNut

    March is not a dumping ground. Its normally just a safe month for getting out ahead of the big releases. CA:TWS did well with the April release date this year and this is only a week earlier and I believe the Easter weekend. With X Men: Apocalypse and CA 3 in May and June and now seeing a DC release in July where else could they have gone? Plus we have a Spider-Man film as well so don’t take it as DC losing a game of chicken, more like sitting down for a game of chess.

    • TheDarkNut

      correction: DC release date of August 2016 not July.

  • SomeGuy

    Are the event films like a Fathom Events-type thing? Batman opera?

  • gdowell

    So for those keeping score, the next few years in comic book movies look something like this (roughly):

    May 1. 2015: Age of Ultron
    June 19, 2015: Fantastic Four Reboot
    July 17, 2015: Ant-Man
    March 25, 2016: Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    May 6, 2016: Captain America 3
    May 27, 2016: X-Men: Age of Apocalypse
    July 8, 2016: Dr. Strange
    August 5, 2016: Untitled DC Film
    November 11, 2016: The Sinister Six
    March 3, 2017: Untitled Wolverine Sequel
    May 5, 2017: Untitled Marvel Film
    November 3, 2017: Untitled Marvel Film
    June 23, 2017: Untitled DC Film
    July 28, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
    November 17, 2017: Untitled DC Film
    TBA 2017: Female-Themed Spider-Man Spin-off Film
    March 23, 2018: Untitled DC Film
    May 4, 2018: Untitled Marvel Film
    July 6, 2018: Untitled Marvel Film
    July 27, 2018: Untitled DC Film
    November 2, 2018: Untitled Marvel Film
    TBA 2018: The Amazing Spider-Man 3
    April 5, 2019: Untitled DC Film
    May 3, 2019: Untitled Marvel Film
    June 14, 2019: Untitled DC Film
    April 3, 2020: Untitled DC Film
    June 19, 2020: Untitled DC Film

    Looks like 2016-2018 are especially going to see a glut of superhero product…

  • t

    WB AND DC ARE COWARDS! Sorry to burst your bubble losers!!!

  • Dave Netherton

    The “WB” events films are probably Harry Potter related…If they were “Justice League 1 & 2″ they would be titled as “DC” events films. Here are my predictions for the slate of dates:

    Untitled DC Film – August 5, 2016 – Shazam!
    Untitled DC Film – June 23, 2017 – Justice League
    Untitled DC Film – November 17, 2017 – Flash/Green Lantern Team Up
    Untitled DC Film – March 23, 2018 – Wonder Woman
    Untitled DC Film – July 27, 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
    Untitled DC Film – April 5, 2019 – Aquaman
    Untitled DC Film – June 14, 2019 – Batman
    Untitled DC Film – April 3, 2020 – Cyborg/Martian Manhunter
    Untitled DC Film – June 19, 2020 – Justice League 2

    • mattinacan

      the event films are justice league 1&2 and sandman should be in there somewhere

      • Dave Netherton

        But if Justice League were being shot back to back with B v S why would they wait 2 years 8 months later to release it, and why in November??? November is proven ground for the Harry Potter related franchise

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I think it’s more likely that the event films are JL 2 and 3. I think JL is going to be the movie immediately following BvS. Especially since they don’t have any of the others in production yet.

      • Dave Netherton

        Guess we’ll have to wait and see…Exciting times anyways

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        Agreed, no way I would have thought we’d ever be in this situation when I was a kid.

      • Dave Netherton

        I finally think WB is wising up, seeing how successful comic book movies & have been the last year or so…When so far 2 of the years biggest movies are comic book themed and GOTG looks to do just as well or even better

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I think it was also helped by the fact that now Harry Potter is long gone (until spin-offs, sight) and they’re about to close out the overextended Tolkien for good. They need to refill their franchise clip, and, like you said, none are more promising than comic book franchises right now.

      • Dave Netherton

        I’m just hoping now that B v S & Justice League and possible sequels are a reality that nothing happens to be before I get a chance to see them all LOL

      • http://www.JustPressPlay.net Lex Walker

        I can just imagine someone on a hospital stretcher bleeding profusely and screaming “Keep me alive, dammit! I need to live until at least 2020. Possibly longer if studios extend their superhero movie agendas. Also I’m in intense pain.”

      • Dave Netherton

        LOL I don’t care if they have to wheel me into the movie theater on a gurney I’m not missing them LOL

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  • Verbal Kent

    BvS – March 25, 2016
    Untitled DC Film – August 5, 2016
    Untitled DC Film – June 23, 2017
    Untitled DC Film – November 17, 2017
    Untitled DC Film – March 23, 2018
    Untitled DC Film – July 27, 2018
    Untitled WB Event Film – November 16, 2018
    Untitled DC Film – April 5, 2019
    Untitled DC Film – June 14, 2019
    Untitled DC Film – April 3, 2020
    Untitled DC Film – June 19, 2020
    Untitled WB Event Film – November 20, 2020

    SH!T JUST GOT REAL!!!

    Is that what you meant Dave? No predictions just Awe.

  • TheDarkNut

    May 1, 2015: Avengers: Age of Ultron, July 17, 2015: Ant-Man, March 25, 2016: Batman v Superman;Dawn of Justice, May 6, 2016: Captain America 3, July 8, 2016: Untitled Marvel Studios Film, August 5, 2016: Untitled DC Film, May 5, 2017: Untitled Marvel Studios Film, June 23,2017: Untitled DC film, July 28, 2017: Guardians of the Galaxy 2, November 3, 2017: Untitled Marvel Studios Film, November 17,2017: Untitled DC film, March 23,2018 :Untitled DC film, May 4, 2018: Untitled Marvel Studios Film, July 6, 2018: Untitled Marvel Studios Film, July 23,2018: Untitled DC film, November 2, 2018: Untitled Marvel Studios Film, April 5 2019: Untitled DC film, May 3, 2019: Untitled Marvel Studios Film, June 14,2019 :Untitled DC film, April 3,2020 :Untitled DC film, June 19.2020 :Untitled DC film ..This does not include X Men, Fantastic Four or Spider Man related films.

  • Jack Dennis

    makes sense for BvS to move up seeing that Cap 3 hasn’t even started filming. can’t wait to hear what that august 2016 project is!

  • guest

    LOL
    I knew Cap would win this one.
    Well done Marvel!

    And all that dates, I’m bored already… Man of Steel was so dissapointing.

  • Strong Enough

    man if we get justice league and bvs in the same fucking year? holy shit

  • MichaelRWorthingon

    DC blinked…they were scared to have Superman and Batman go up against Captain America 3.

  • ʝoe βloggs

    Is it too much to wish that Warner got their act together in their cinematic universe?

    They’ve had a long long long time now to strategize and come up with a good plan to counter Marvel’s. By now they could have at least a working title/superhero to be featured instead of stating, “Untitled DC Film”. Marvel ALREADY have a locked in title all the way to 2017, and Warner can’t even confirm the Aug 2016 one???

    This is really poor form by Warner.
    Someone needs to get fired or hired.

    The fact that they don’t have a Feige equivalent on-board is really hampering them.
    Also the fact that they don’t believe in their comic character pantheon enough is telling by not putting names/titles on dates.

    • dROK83

      I would imagine that they’re sticking with “Untitled DC Film” for the sake of secrecy, considering there’s still 2 years before BvS comes out. If they start announcing titles now, that takes attention away from BvS, which would counterproductive.

    • slip

      How do you know they don’t have a plan. They could know which titles are going to fill every one of those dates, but why would they announce it yet? We don’t need to know. Plus it gets us talking about what they could be so more media exposure.

  • Jack Dennis

    I don’t understand why they can’t give out some titles to the DC films.especially the august 2016 one. they would need to have a writer,director, and cast for that one pretty damn soon.I’m also wondering if all the DC films will replicate zack snyders visual style .it could work as noam murro did a great job doing just that with 300 rise of an empire. I’m betting that they have murro in mind for one of these films. If they don’t hire a woman to direct wonder woman he would be great to take that spot.

  • YodaRocks

    Good. We are getting one step closer to DC’s total annihilation. Nobody in their right mind will come watch this movie when exams are upon them and it will be an utter flop, thus bringing down this Zack Snyder-David Goyer era of ridiculousness.

    • mark l.

      lol live a little, go see a 2hr movie then go back to studying, it’s not a commitment.

    • dROK83

      You’re absolutely right, because movies tend to only stay in theaters for one weekend, especially when there are no other blockbuster movies being released at that time. CA:TWS, which opened a week later (April 4th), managed to rake in $700+ million, imagine that. Also, The Hunger Games made $408 domestic, with a $152 million opening weekend, and released on the same date (March 23rd) in 2012.

    • slip

      Sounds like you are hoping this move sucks. Wouldn’t you just want a great movie. I go into every movie I see hoping it will be great. And I think most kids will be able to take a few hours out of their weekend to see a movie, exams or not.

      • YodaRocks

        I am not hoping that this movie sucks. I know this movie will suck because of the people associated in making this. 300, Sucker Punch MoS all these movies have left a bad taste for anything Zack Snyder comes up with. His only silver lining was Watchmen but I think even in that movie they screwed up the ending.

  • milo

    If the two “event” films were JL, wouldn’t they be listed as “DC event films” instead of just WB?

    The next Rowling movie comes out 2016 so following up in 18 and 20 would make perfect sense. Plus if they were JL that would make three DC movies in those years, there’s no way in hell DC can manage to pull off three in a year, particularly if one is a JL movie. Any JL movies are included in the DC list.

    Plus wouldn’t calling them “event” give away that they’re JL, when there’s no reason to do that? “event” in this case just means “NOT dc”.

    And I’m calling it now, when the first one or two of these underperform compared to what WB/DC wants, they’ll pull a Sony/Spidey and trim this schedule way back.

    • slip

      How are Sony trimming back the Spiderman movies? They have a Sinister Six and Venom/Rampage movie in production, plus have said they want to do a female-led film as well. All that plus both Spidey 3 and 4 have been announced. That’s a lot considering they only have one property to use.

    • slip

      How are Sony trimming back the Spiderman movies? They have a Sinister Six and Venom/Rampage movie in production, plus have said they want to do a female-led film as well. All that plus both Spidey 3 and 4 have been announced. That’s a lot considering they only have one property to use.

  • milo

    If the two “event” films were JL, wouldn’t they be listed as “DC event films” instead of just WB?

    The next Rowling movie comes out 2016 so following up in 18 and 20 would make perfect sense. Plus if they were JL that would make three DC movies in those years, there’s no way in hell DC can manage to pull off three in a year, particularly if one is a JL movie. Any JL movies are included in the DC list.

    Plus wouldn’t calling them “event” give away that they’re JL, when there’s no reason to do that? “event” in this case just means “NOT dc”.

    And I’m calling it now, when the first one or two of these underperform compared to what WB/DC wants, they’ll pull a Sony/Spidey and trim this schedule way back.

  • The Wink And Gun

    Since Bruce Wayne is older in this new iteration of Batman and the other heroes seem to be young, could DC be planning a Batman: Beyond type of reboot for future movies with the character? I doubt they’d use a 50 something year old Batman for several Justice League movies…

  • Angel of Death

    Aaaaaaand…DC BLINKS! Congrats Marvel on winning the biggest geek game of chicken ever!

    • slip

      It’s not DC. It’s Warner Bros. And I’m sure they’re really worried about having to change the date.

  • Angel of Death

    Aaaaaaand…DC BLINKS! Congrats Marvel on winning the biggest geek game of chicken ever!

  • thomas

    that’s what I have gathered:

    2016
    25.03.2016 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    XX.XX.XXXX – Shazam
    XX.XX.XXXX – Sandman
    05.08.2016 – Untitled DC Film

    2017
    XX.XX.XXXX – Untitled Justice League film
    XX.XX.XXXX – Wonder Woman
    XX.XX.XXXX – Flash/Green Lantern team up
    23.06.2017 – Untitled DC Film
    17.11.2017 – Untitled DC Film

    2018
    XX.XX.XXXX – Man of Steel sequel
    23.03.2018 – Untitled DC Film
    27.07.2018 – Untitled DC Film
    16.11.2018 – Untitled WB Event Film

    2019
    05.04.2019 – Untitled DC Film
    14.06.2019 – Untitled DC Film

    2020
    03.04.2020 – Untitled DC Film
    19.07.2020 – Untitled DC Film
    20.11.2020 – Untitled WB Event Film

  • thomas

    that’s what I have gathered:

    2016
    25.03.2016 – Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
    XX.XX.XXXX – Shazam
    XX.XX.XXXX – Sandman
    05.08.2016 – Untitled DC Film

    2017
    XX.XX.XXXX – Untitled Justice League film
    XX.XX.XXXX – Wonder Woman
    XX.XX.XXXX – Flash/Green Lantern team up
    23.06.2017 – Untitled DC Film
    17.11.2017 – Untitled DC Film

    2018
    XX.XX.XXXX – Man of Steel sequel
    23.03.2018 – Untitled DC Film
    27.07.2018 – Untitled DC Film
    16.11.2018 – Untitled WB Event Film

    2019
    05.04.2019 – Untitled DC Film
    14.06.2019 – Untitled DC Film

    2020
    03.04.2020 – Untitled DC Film
    19.07.2020 – Untitled DC Film
    20.11.2020 – Untitled WB Event Film

  • Manchego Cheese

    I can only speak for myself, but if Captain America 3 and Batman v Superman opened on the same day I know for certain which one I’d be seeing first.

    It wouldn’t have been made by Marvel.

    For the layperson BvS needs to only nail the fight between the pair. If so it’ll be one of the greatest, most epic, spine tingling sequences in the history of the medium; and by that I mean cinema as a whole.

    Batman and Superman duking it out. Think about it. That short clip from Comic Con was enough to drop jaws.

    People are quick to hate on this particular Batman – itself a silly thing to do considering we’ve seen just 5 seconds of him – but what did Bale and Nolan’s take on the character do that was even a fraction as awesome as chuck on a mechanised batsuit and stare down Superman?

    Before anyone says what Nolan and Bale accomplished I get it. I saw it. We all did. It was good. It was different.

  • Manchego Cheese

    I can only speak for myself, but if Captain America 3 and Batman v Superman opened on the same day I know for certain which one I’d be seeing first.

    It wouldn’t have been made by Marvel.

    For the layperson BvS needs to only nail the fight between the pair. If so it’ll be one of the greatest, most epic, spine tingling sequences in the history of the medium; and by that I mean cinema as a whole.

    Batman and Superman duking it out. Think about it. That short clip from Comic Con was enough to drop jaws.

    People are quick to hate on this particular Batman – itself a silly thing to do considering we’ve seen just 5 seconds of him – but what did Bale and Nolan’s take on the character do that was even a fraction as awesome as chuck on a mechanised batsuit and stare down Superman?

    Before anyone says what Nolan and Bale accomplished I get it. I saw it. We all did. It was good. It was different.

  • theseeker7

    A release date literally almost 6.5 years in the future. Yes, this is quite normal in the movie business now lol

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  • Doug_101

    This is a good move for WB. What everyone has to remember is that this movie is filming NOW, so it will be finished long before they hit this release date. I’m sure WB wanted to originally move BvS to December 2015, but oh wait, Star Wars. So, this move makes sense. They’ll have all of April to make their money before Cap 3 hits theaters.

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  • Bronson

    This is a BIG tentpole flick which open in the summer. I would’ve done mid to late July. Maybe because 3 of Snyder’s films opened in March. Dawn of the Dead, 300 and Watchmen.

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