With Marvel Studios releasing at least two movies a year (not to mention the Spider-Man and X-Men films from Sony and Fox), Warner Bros. have a lot of catching up to do when it comes to exploiting the popularity of their DC Comics characters on the big screen, especially as there’s a three year gap between Man of Steel and Batman Vs. Superman.
So, when Warner Bros. decided to slot Batman Vs. Superman into the same date as one of Marvel’s untitled 2016 movies – Doctor Strange is currently the prime candidate – fans quickly realised that the rivalry between the two may be heating up.
Brazilian website website Judão reveal that their sources at Warner Bros. Brazil have told them that the movie will open in the South American country on April 28th, 2016 (new films are released there on a Thursday), and while this branch of Warner Bros. tells them that they’re still waiting for 100% confirmation, word is that the US release date of Batman Vs. Superman has also been moved up to April 29th instead of May 6th.
That’s a week before, and an easy way to save face for the studio. After all, fans feeling grateful to have the highly anticipated Zack Snyder helmed movie seven days earlier will hopefully pay more attention to that than the fact that they’re seemingly backing down from Marvel. This also gives Batman Vs. Superman a clear week at #1 before it has to contend with whatever Kevin Feige and company has in mind for that date.
If it is Doctor Strange, it’s certainly possible that Batman Vs. Superman could possibly even retain the top spot, although it might struggle when facing off against bigger names like Thor or Captain America. Either way, this is good news for both movies as facing off against each other would have ultimately put a huge dent in both their box office hauls.