Warner Bros. may have been playing chicken to see who would flinch first. News circulated this week that the “Batman vs. Superman” film was to be pushed back an entire year to May 6, 2016. Marvel Studios was quick to move their “Ant-Man” film into the vacated July 17, 2015 slot. However, Warner Bros. may not have delayed production at all.
Website Deadline carried this news, which had Batman/Bruce Wayne actor Ben Affleck with a scheduling conflict due to his TV pilot “The Middle Man.” The website did state:
“Production is not being delayed and the main players have been summoned to start work right away.”
Warner Bros. did give an “official” reason for moving the film to 2016. They wanted to allow
“the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.”
No mention was given of the scheduling conflict with Warner Bros.’ announcement. So, it would be safe to say not to believe everything at face value. It must also be pointed out that the production can go ahead as planned with post-production being delayed to allow director Zack Snyder plenty of time to fine tune his film.
The unofficial reason for the delay is that Warner Bros. wants to combine their resources for both “Batman vs. Superman” and the highly anticipated “Justice League” film. This would save the studio an incredible amount of money and fulfill part of Wonder Woman actress Gal Gadot’s confirmed three picture contract.
In the unfortunate case that Warner’s is unable to unite the two projects or have scheduling conflicts with some of the cast, then it would be difficult to undo the announcement they released this week. As for the game of chicken, it appears Marvel flinched and may have to move their “Ant-Man” film back to its original July 31, 2015 release date.
“Batman vs. Superman” is scheduled to arrive in theaters on July 17, 2015. The action/adventure/fantasy film will star Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Galdot, Diane Lane and Laurence Fishburne. Chris Terrio wrote the screenplay from the story by David S. Goyer and Zack Snyder, which is based on characters created by Jerry Siegel, Joe Shuster and Bob Kane. Zack Snyder directs.