‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’: New release date avoids ‘Cap 3’

Aug. 06, 2014 | 2:29 p.m.
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"Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice" director Zack Snyder tweeted out this first look at Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman. (Clay Enos/Warner Bros.)

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Henry Cavill will be reprising his “Man of Steel” role as Superman in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." (Warner Bros.)

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Ben Affleck will portray the Dark Knight in "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice." (Warner Bros.)

Batman and Superman will no longer be staring down Captain America the next time they appear on the big screen.

Warner Bros. will now open “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice,” Zack Snyder’s follow-up to “Man of Steel,” in 3-D on March 25, 2016. The film previously had been set to open May 6, 2016, opposite Marvel’s third “Captain America” film.

The studio also revealed that it plans to release two DC Comics-based films annually starting in 2016: They will be released on Aug. 5, 2016; June 23, 2017; Nov. 17, 2017; March 23, 2018; July 27, 2018; April 5, 2019; June 14, 2019; April 3, 2020, and June 19, 2020.

A new release date schedule also includes two untitled Warner Bros. “event” films — opening Nov. 16, 2018, and Nov. 20, 2020.

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“Batman v. Superman” was the talk of San Diego’s Comic-Con International, where a teaser for the film was screened and stars Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck and Gal Gadot appeared in person at a Warner Bros. panel presentation. It was a significant moment for the project, which had generated some controversy early on thanks in part to casting choices.

First, comics stalwarts expressed surprise and skepticism in August with the revelation that Affleck would inherit the cape and cowl from actor Christian Bale, taking on the role of Batman opposite Cavill’s Superman in the much-anticipated superhero sequel, the follow-up to his 2013 blockbuster that grossed more than $668 million at the worldwide box office.

Then came the announcement that Israeli actress Gadot, best known for her work in the “Fast & Furious” films, would play Diana Prince / Wonder Woman in the movie, and the uproar started anew. More chatter was sparked by the announcement that boyish “The Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg, 30, had claimed the part of Superman’s traditionally burly, bald and middle-aged arch nemesis Lex Luthor.

In an interview with Hero Complex in March, Snyder assured worried fans, “We know the material … we’re casting according to what’s happening in the script. And we’re hoping that leads to enough originality, enough perspective on what we’re doing that you get something fresh and exciting. I understand the canon. I’m not crazy. I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint.”

Since then, the tide has begun to turn as early photos from the film — particularly Affleck in costume — seemed to win approval from most corners of the fan community.

Much had been made of the impending DC/Marvel face-off with the plan to open the sequel opposite the next installment in Marvel’s “Captain America” franchise — the most recent film in that series, April’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” currently stands as the highest-grossing release of 2014 at the domestic box office. But the new release date avoids any such conflict.

Are you looking forward to “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice”? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre and Chris Lee | @LATHeroComplex


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20 Responses to ‘Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice’: New release date avoids ‘Cap 3’

  1. NYJ says:

    "I know what these characters need from a mythological standpoint.”

    Not judging by Man Of Steel, you don't

  2. Chester says:

    "Since then, the tide has begun to turn as early photos from the film — particularly Affleck in costume — seemed to win approval from most corners of the fan community."

    That's a damn dirty lie. Everyone hates the damn costumes.

    Look at the backlash over Batman's baby ears and Wonder Woman's monocolor atrocity.

  3. Tom says:

    Ben Affleck is a bad actor. The only convincing role he plays is a smart-ass dolt from South Boston, but that's only because he's not pretending. Who cares how he "looks in his costume". If he speaks, it will be bad.

  4. Tania says:

    Gadot looks like Xena Warrior Princes not Wonder Woman, and I kind of agree, Ben Affleck is not exactly the Man of Steel I picture?

  5. Johnny Portis says:

    Man Of Steel has truly raised the bar for all super heroes as it has given us the opportunity to actually see the heroes (Superman being the ultimate hero) in modern believable world. Henry Cavill has owned the role as Superman, and I feel that Ben Affleck, and Gal Gadot will do the same. I have to say, and I'm sure many will disagree, but for all of the skeptical Batman fanatics, you have to keep in mind one thing: contrary to the popularity that Batman has gained, all of the re-imaginations the character has gone through, it is now his turn to take a back seat (no disrespect intended). Superman has not be properly explained, imagined, and invented the way he deserves until MOS. There were some things about MOS I would have done or explained differently, but overall, it was an awesome take on Superman that has really set him on the path to be reintroduced to the world. Batman, as well so many other heroes have had their day, but none of them can measure up to Superman. Dawn of Justice is not slated to be a Batman or Wonder Woman movie, but the story continues to develop around Superman. I can understand why Batman may be favored by many, and it is very simple; he's human, full of rage, rebellion, vengeance, and determined to accomplish matters on his terms only and no one else's. Traits such as these are common among everyday imperfect, and corruptible humans. Superman on the hand, is the guy that stands for what's right and will do that even when it's not his terms, despite having the power to over throw any authority. That is a real hero! Superman has made a comeback, and he will be the "Dawn of Justice"! Then, the Justice League will assemble and close down everything Marvel has done!!!!

  6. DOMIN8R1 says:

    The casting alone has already made this an uphill battle, these choices are ridiculous and it dilutes these legends timeless appearance. The only reason this movie will make money is because of the characters and cgi in it, not the actors. Whether they can act or not they don't look anything like their characters and you can scream fresh or original all day but it won't help. Stories need to be fresh not appearances,very disappointing considering how much easier and better it would have been to do. Henry looks like superman, the rest just DONT LOOK RIGHT

  7. zryson says:

    So Warner Bros has pushed up their date to avoid the showdown with Marvel. I doubt many are surprised by this move from the studio – would you want to go head to head with the wildly successful Marvel?

  8. Nippled Knight says:

    I hope Affleck and Gadot dominate their respective roles and that this movie will be a success.

  9. phoenix says:

    It will be the BEST comic book movie ever. And everyone who oppose, will eat there words. I guarantee you all out there.

  10. Jason says:

    I just appreciate that they are willing to take a chance with casting. We all know in ten years Warner Bros. will make another Batman film anyways; they own DC. So you might as well take a chance on casting.
    Jesse Essenberg as Lex Luthor intrigues me. He can act! Jason Momoa as Aquaman is WAY against type and I'm happy Warner Bros. did it.

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