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Warners talk about why they moved Batman V Superman release date

August 10th, 2014 by Marc Comments

So last week Warner Brothers announced they were changing the release date of Zack Snyder’s Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice to March 25th 2016 from the original May 6th 2016.

And the Marvel fans, haters and meme fanatics went into overdrive… the only reason this could possibly be is so they don’t have to face the mighty Marvel (they’ve seen Iron Man II and Hulk, right?) and their Captain America 3.

Well, Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner, comes clean with EW that they made an error: “In terms of going back and reviewing the situation, it looked to us – and maybe our reconnaissance wasn’t great – that they were not going to have a movie [ready] on that date. Just that they held onto it and they might not be able to deliver. But they took another position. 

“The reality now is there really isn’t a bad week to open a movie. If you look at the summer box office this year, you can see that there were so many movies, one after the other. You can start with Spider-Man, two weeks later Godzilla, and then Maleficent, and then Edge of Tomorrow, and then Jump Street and Transformers. And the one thing they all had in common, not one of them did over $250 million. We’ll be the first one up [in 2016], which is very important, and we’ll have six weeks before Captain America comes in.”

So, they think it’s a good idea to get Batman V Superman out of the stables first that year? Good for them… the sooner the better as far as I’m concerned.

As for the other announced dates, EW asks if it means we’ll see Zack Snyder’s Justice League earlier than expected… like 2017?: “I think it’s a pretty good bet,” he said.

Let them FIGHT.

Marc is a self-confessed nerd. Ever since seeing Star Wars for the first time around 1979 he’s been an unapologetic fan of the Wars and still believes, with Clone Wars and now Underworld, we are yet to see the best Star Wars. He’s a dad of two who now doesn’t have the time (or money) to collect the amount of toys, comics, movies and books he once did, much to the relief of his long-suffering wife. In the real world he’s a graphic designer. He started Following the Nerd because he was tired of searching a million sites every day for all the best news that he loves and decided to create one place where you can go to get the whole lot. Secretly he longs to be sitting in the cockpit of his YT-1300 Corellian Transport ship with his co-pilot Chewie, roaming the universe, waiting for his next big adventure, but feels just at home watching cartoons with his kids….