Warner Bros have been steadily adding more superheroes to Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel but it appears even the combination of Superman, Batman and Wonder Woman haven’t been able to thwart production problems. Instead of locking capes on the silver screen summer 2015, the grudge match has been postponed until May 2016 to give the filmmakers more time to develop “their vision”.
The official statement regarding the release date change says; “Zack Snyder’s untitled Superman/Batman film has been moved to May 6, 2016, allowing the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story. The decision was made following the shift of the start of production to second quarter of this year.”
As far as reading between the lines goes it’s fair to assume that crafting a script that everybody is happy with is causing the delay. David Goyer and Zack Snyder have been working on the story with Argo writer Chris Terrio drafting the script, there’s no mention of a new writer coming onboard but studios don’t usually delay their tentpole movies by almost a year if everything is tickety-boo.
Warner Bros won’t be without a summer movie in 2015 as Joe Wright’s new take on Peter Pan will now occupy the former release date for Batman vs Superman. Dan Fellman (distribution president for Warner Bros) added:
“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.”
One of the biggest issues with the modern movie industry is that release dates are set long before the film has entered production, in some cases release dates are assigned to projects barely in development. Although not every film made this way turns out bad, the frantic rush to get into production can create quality problems, rather than take the point of view that this is a bad omen for Snyder’s movie it’s actually refreshing to see a studio put on the brakes to ensure they get the best possible script they can before the cameras roll.
On the plus side as well, this gives the producers an extra 10 months to come up with a better title than they currently have.