‘Captain America 3’ to open May 6, 2016, opposite ‘Man of Steel’ sequel

April 07, 2014 | 10:14 a.m.

Mark your calendars.

The release date showdown between Captain America and Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman is now official — Marvel has confirmed that its follow-up to the box office smash “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” will open May 6, 2016, the same date staked out by Warner Bros. for its “Man of Steel” sequel.

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” soared to a domestic box office record of $96.2 million in its opening this weekend, making it the best-ever April debut of a movie. The latest in an unbroken chain of big screen successes for comic book movie powerhouse Marvel, the sequel, generated just more than $207 million in its first 10 days overseas.

The follow-up to 2013’s “Man of Steel,” which will pair Henry Cavill’s Superman with Ben Affleck’s Batman and Gal Gadot’s Wonder Woman, is also set to open in theaters May 6, 2016 — a weekend that now stands to represent the biggest superhero invasion of the multiplex on record and a straight-ahead contest between Marvel and DC movie properties. (It does seem likely that one of the movies would choose a different weekend to open to avoid cannibalizing each other’s box office, but for now, that’s simply speculation.)

“Captain America: The Winter Soldier” directors (and brothers) Joe and Anthony Russo already have signed on to direct the third standalone film to star Chris Evans as patriotic hero Steve Rogers from a script penned by “Winter Soldier” scribes Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.

“Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder is also set to return to helm his super sequel, the follow-up to his 2013 blockbuster that grossed more than $668 million at the worldwide box office. The as-yet-untitled film generated early controversy, however, with the announcement that Affleck as Batman would inherit the cape and cowl from actor Christian Bale.

Equally contentious was the selection of boyish “Social Network” star Jesse Eisenberg, 30, to portray the part of Superman’s traditionally burly, bald and middle-aged arch nemesis Lex Luthor.

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“We know the material,” Snyder told Hero Complex in an interview earlier this year. “Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material. So, 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.”

Which film are you more likely to see on May 6, 2016? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

— Gina McIntyre | @LATHeroComplex


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19 Responses to ‘Captain America 3’ to open May 6, 2016, opposite ‘Man of Steel’ sequel

  1. alpmore says:

    I don't know which will gross more, but I already know which one will be better written and directed. Is it too late to reboot Superman again, minus Zack Snyder and David Goyer? Or teach people at Warner Bros how to make a movie with a modicum of Marvel's quality?

  2. Crabbieappleton says:

    “We know the material,” Snyder told Hero Complex in an interview earlier this year. “Unfortunately, the fans don’t know the material."

    Oh SNAP!

    Good for him.

  3. Laer Carroll says:

    Which film? BOTH of course!

  4. John Small says:

    Snyder proved he knows nothing about the character of Superman with "Man of Steel." As someone who had been reading Superman comics for nearly 50 years before Snyder's film and the so-called "New 52" books being published by the current regime at DC Comics conspired to ruin the character, I view his comments about what the fans do and do not know with a healthy dose of skepticism (at best).

  5. G. Paxton says:

    Despite a wonderful cast, the first Man of Steel was somehow both boring with drawn out, meaningless action sequences and offensive with its unexpected vulgarity (male nudity, Lois Lane's infamous line). Really bad word of mouth followed. Why should we expect anything different with the same team putting together the next one? That said, we're over two years away and Marvel can't find any other spot on the release schedule?

  6. Mike says:

    Will there be more killing? If there's anything a Zack Snyder Superman movie needs it's more heroes acting completely unlike themselves. Maybe Batman can get in on the violence this time and just take out the Joker once and for all.

  7. francisedward says:

    I'm surprised WB isn't opening July 22nd, or in August. WB has a track record of strong openings in the mid- to late-summer period, and they'll have good access to large format screens by that point and a pretty clear path through the foreign markets. X-Men: Apocalypse has Memorial Day staked out, ASM-3 comes two weeks later, and then Marvel's second summer property opens a month later (which presumably would be the origin story of a lesser Marvel character with a major Age of Ultron arc.

  8. JAK says:

    Ha Ha Ha to many fanboys/girls in hear all these characters have quality's that no human will ever posess. Why SO Serious? Both of the movies will create a cray weekend and this will be the new trend of Hollywood they finnally figured it out. I guess it's Harry Potter/Avatar Turn Right:)

  9. DieNu52 says:

    We don't need to know the material to know that they already messed up the first MAN OF STEEL by making Superman someone to fear rather then look up to as a symbol of hope. Snyder is terrible and has ruined Superman as he WILL destroy Lex Luther and Wonder Woman as well. The casting and direction of this film is HORRIBLE! They are trying too hard to rewrite history and not stay true to the core of these charactors and that is why Marvel has NOTHING to fear. I will be at Captain America 3. DC Comics and Warner Bros has destroyed the whole DC Universe with The Nu52 and this dark gritty direction. HATE IT! Snyder and everyone involved should be ashamed of themselves for this tragic mess they are weaving. Give us back the original Heroes with their restored origins and costumes and then it might be a showdown at the box office. With the current direction there is NO CONTEST! Marvel has it in the bag. Marvel respects their fans and the properties they own where DC Comics is clueless and can't make a good outside of Batman.

  10. Daisy Davis says:

    You already said your mind on this ….So be quiet , please. We don't want to hear it again…Are you on Marvel's payroll?….I loved "Man of Steel!!!!!!! Yes, I will be first in line and very happy you won't be there……Time to get a life, please………….Daisy

  11. J.D. says:

    The bottom line is Superman does not kill. Nobody wants to see Ben as Batman, however they do want to see Wonder Woman.

  12. All I know is that I'm really bummed out that I have to wait 2 more years for either movie :(

  13. cap1970 says:

    Honestly I can’t wait for either movie and hope that in the spirit of competition both of these movies out do themselves.

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