‘Superman/Batman’ film release pushed to May 6, 2016

Jan. 17, 2014 | 6:22 p.m.

Actress and model Gal Gadot, best known for her work in the "Fast & Furious" film franchise, has been cast as Wonder Woman in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel" sequel.

Gal Gadot, left, and Sung Kang in 2011's "Fast Five." (Jaimie Trueblood / Universal Studios)

Paul Walker, left, Tyrese Gibson, Don Omar, Sung Kang, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Jordana Brewster, Gal Gadot and Vin Diesel in "Fast Five." (Universal Studios)

Sung Kang, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges, Gal Gadot, Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Tyrese Gibson in "Fast & Furious 6." (Universal Pictures)

Fans eager to see Superman and Batman together on the big screen are going to have to wait a little longer.

Warner Bros. has pushed the release of Zack Snyder’s untitled sequel to “Man of Steel” from July 17, 2015, to May 6, 2016.

The film will team Henry Cavill as Superman with Ben Affleck as Batman, with Israeli actress Gal Gadot appearing in the film as Wonder Woman. The project was originally announced last year at San Diego’s Comic-Con International.

A release issued by the studio said the move will allow “the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.”

The “Man of Steel” sequel goes into production later this year, and is set to film in Michigan.

Even in its nascent stages, the film has been the subject of some controversy. Affleck’s casting was greeted with much consternation on the Internet – the hashtag #BetterBatmanThanBenAffleck began trending on Twitter, with users offering suggestions as to who would make a better choice to play the superhero, who had been so memorably brought to the screen by Christian Bale in filmmaker Christopher Nolan’s Gotham City trilogy.

But other prominent voices in the genre community expressed enthusiasm at the prospect of seeing Cavill’s Superman squaring off with Affleck’s Batman. “Avengers” filmmaker Joss Whedon, for one, tweeted, “He’s got the chops, he’s got the chin — just needs the material. Affleck & Cavill toe to toe — I’m in.”

Similarly, some fans expressed concern that Gadot, best known for her appearances in three “Fast & Furious” films, wouldn’t receive enough of the spotlight in her role as Diana Prince, given that she’s sharing time with DC Comics’ two most legendary heroes. (Click through the gallery of images at the top for more about Gadot.)

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One of the biggest hits of last summer, “Man of Steel” grossed more than $291 million at the North American boxoffice. Producers Charles Roven and Deborah Snyder are returning to the follow-up as producers, with Nolan and Emma Thomas serving as executive producers on the upcoming film, along with Benjamin Melniker and Michael E. Uslan.

Returning “Man of Steel” cast members include Amy Adams as Lois Lane and Laurence Fishburne as Perry White. Diane Lane also will reprise her role as Martha Kent.

Warner Bros. also announced that it plans to release a new live-action Peter Pan film directed by Joe Wright on July 17, 2015.

– Gina McIntyre

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Comments


10 Responses to ‘Superman/Batman’ film release pushed to May 6, 2016

  1. bill scott says:

    The actress playing Wonder Woman doesn’t even come close to looking the part. The Wonder Woman character is tall, beautiful and healthy. This person looks like your typical, scrawny, unhealthy model. Fail.

    • Beatmann says:

      oooo, haters gonna hate…bla bla bla,…Wonder WOman is not like that, oh, the uniform is different. Shut up, it's entertainment, they make it for the money, grab your popcorn end enjoy it..or not.

      • Claus Talon says:

        Why is telling the truth about character casting considered hating? Seems like labeling out of ignorance.

    • Claus Talon says:

      AGREED. I don't think these folks have the SLIGHTEST idea anymore about casting for the DC universes films.

  2. Hawk says:

    I think DC fans have begrudgingly accepted Ben as Batman for now and are willing to give him a chance, but I agree 100%. I don't know if it's because she's Jewish or not, but that's ridiculous. It's like casting me as the Red Hulk.

  3. kelvin says:

    It is necessary that Batman is different movies from Superman.

    Can this delay till 2016 be the last comments.

    I don’t know

    But

  4. reddog says:

    who know's, maybe they're giving her a year more to add a steak per meal and that much more time on her workout schedule.

  5. DCsRedHood says:

    Don’t get me wrong, I thought Gal Gadot played an extraordinary job playing her role in fast & furious but if Zack Snyder is really taking a Comic book approach to Man of Steel with Jim Lee’s look, why would he choose an actress that doesn’t really fit the mold of such an iconic character such as Wonder Woman? I have no hate towards Gadot, I enjoyed MoS, and I saw daredevil as a young boy and actually enjoyed it and looked up to him so I support Ben Affleck as Batman, I actually read comic books so I look forward to the others experiencing the wonderful stories we’ve all read and loved, such as the dark knight returns and all-star superman

  6. Medua1893 says:

    Pushed back? Well this is odd but alright. It gives them more time to develop the film. I'm not happy or upset about the casting. As a huge Wonder Woman fan DC's really pushed all of Diana's fans aside and really hasn't treated her right since they "redesigned" her in 2010. The reboot in 2011 of DC really plunged a dagger into Wonder Woman and her fanbase. DC's gotten Wonder woman so wrong for over three years now. This film has a lot to prove with Diana's fans and to the entire Wonder Woman community itself.
    Gal's beautiful and charming. She is no doubt athletic and powerful but she doesn't look the part mainly because of her thin bone structure and skinny frame. She's bulking up as we speak so she'll be Amazonian in time (especially with the three hour a day workout and 3,500 calorie diet and now with the film's pushback). After gaining muscle, some blue contacts, and donning the classic gold, red, white and blue costume (with a Greek variation) she may do awesome as the modern Wonder Woman. :D

    • Claus Talon says:

      I USED to have a "wait and see" attitude about these casting selections-until "Man of Steel" announced its cast. I was repulsed initially and saw nothing in the movie that changed how I felt or still feel about it. I was not pleased nor impressed with MOS in the least, and the choices for Batman and Wonder Woman leave me feeling the same way. Sure, MOS did what the producers wanted-which was to make money, but that means nothing the fans of the historical mythology. IF she is able through the regimen you described to actually "look the part", I'll be halfway there on the road to acceptance-BUT there'd STILL be a problem(for ME) with Affleck as BatBruce, as long as Cavill is a part of the deal. Victor Webster SHOULD have been cast for Supes-Hands DOWN. IMO. That's all.

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