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

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

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

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

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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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