Two films got moved around this evening as studios play their virtual chess with one-another. The highly anticipated return of Man of Steel will have to wait until May 6, 2016 to premiere, that move was so that Peter Pan could take the July 2015 release window.
On the other side of the coin Vampire Academy was moved forward, leaving the Valentine’s day weekend up ahead one-week. Warner Bros. made the confirmation earlier today that Man of Steel 2 would have to wait nine extra months. The Peter Pan film that we mentioned earlier will be directed by Joe Wright.
This does create an interesting competition though, now Warner Bros and DC will tackle Disney and Marvel, since both big budget Superhero films will release in the same month. Marvel had Iron Man 3 release in May and it was the second highest-grossing film in 2013, so May proves to be a perfect month for such films. Not to be forgotten, The Avengers also released in May.
Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman stated in a release, “We are happy to take advantage of these coveted summer dates, which are perfect for two of our biggest tentpole releases,” adding, “We share the fans’ excitement to see DC Comics’ most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theaters in May 2016. Peter Pan has delighted people of every generation for more than a century, so we are thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today’s moviegoers.”
As of right now we know that Ben Affleck will play Batman and Gal Gadot will come onboard to play Wonder Woman, of course Henry Cavill is returning as Superman. Warners president of international distribution Veronika Kwan Vandenberg said, “We know that there is already great anticipation building for the next super hero film from Zack Snyder, and we are equally eager to see what he has in store for Superman and Batman as they share the big screen for the first time ever.” She went on to say, “The summer release corridor is also perfect for Joe Wright’s ambitious new Peter Pan adventure, reimagining the ageless story of the beloved and forever-young hero for audiences worldwide.”