Marvel Studios have been the unquestioned kins of the comic book box office ever since The Avengers came out in 2012 but DC is looking to close some ground with Batman Vs. Superman. However, it looks like DC may already be backing down from the box office duel.
It was recently announced that the highly anticipated sequel to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel, which was originally scheduled for a summer 2015 released date, got pushed back to a 2016 date. At the moment, DC’s massive project will be released against an untitled Marvel Studios project, presumably the recently announced Doctor Strange movie. But recent news suggests that DC may be moving the date to avoid direct competition.
A Brazilian website called Judao recently reported, though it is not completely confirmed, that Batman Vs. Superman has been moved up to an April 29th release instead of the original May 6th date.
Judao also reported that the film will be opening in Brazil on April 28th. If this is true, it seems that DC does not feel confident enough to directly compete with Marvel Studios.
The tentatively titled Batman Vs. Superman will be released three years after Man of Steel. In that time, Marvel will have released a slew of blockbuster level films including the already released Thor: The Dark World and the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier, James Gunn’s highly anticipated Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Edgar Wright’s Ant-Man.
Even if Batman Vs. Superman lives up to every bit of its fan boy potential, it will still clearly have a lot of ground to make up in order to legitimately compete with Disney and Marvel Studios.
Dc Vs. Marvel: Batman Vs. Superman Backing Down?