Warner Bros. and Disney have been playing chicken over May 6, 2016, with both Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Captain America 3 set to hit theatres that day. Both studios swore they wouldn’t budge, but everyone knew one of them would. Today it happened and, as was largely expected, it was BvS that gave up the date.
Warners announced today that Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will be moving to March 25, 2016. This is the film’s third release date.
However, the studio didn’t want to seem like they were backing down (as they were backing down), so they took the opportunity to drop some information about their upcoming DC film slate. No titles, of course, but they did give the release dates for nine upcoming films, planned all the way out to 2020.
- Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice – March 25th, 2016
- Untitled DC Film – August 5th, 2016
- Untitled DC Film – June 23rd, 2017
- Untitled DC Film – November 17th, 2017
- Untitled DC Film – March 23rd, 2018
- Untitled DC Film – July 27th, 2018
- Untitled DC Film – April 5th, 2019
- Untitled DC Film – June 14th, 2019
- Untitled DC Film – April 3rd, 2020
- Untitled DC Film – June 19th, 2020
The dates don’t quite match up, and there are actually more movies on the official list, but it looks like that leak from June was on the right track. Now we just have to figure out what the leaked list was missing. Here it is again (wrong dates and all) in case you forgot.
- May 2016 – Batman v Superman
- July 2016 – Shazam
- Xmas 2016 – Sandman
- May 2017 – Justice League
- July 2017 – Wonder Woman
- Xmas 2017 – Flash and Green Lantern team-up
- May 2018 – Man Of Steel 2
It’s safe to say this announcement wasn’t made at last month’s San Diego Comic Con because WB didn’t want to admit defeat at a show where Disney and Marvel typically pull out all the stops. I expect we’ll be able to fill in at least some of the blanks on that calendar after October’s New York Comic Con, though.