WB Showing Signs Of Backing Down Over Superman/Batman Vs. Captain America Showdown?!?
Reported by Jay Cochran - 2014.04.08
A few weeks ago it was announced and then again yesterday re-confirmed by Marvel that they would be releasing the third Captain America film on May 6th, 2016, the same day Warner Bros. and DC Comics would be releasing their Superman sequel which will also feature Batman. Of course as soon as news broke that the two films would be released on the same day, many fans and the media alike couldn't help but bill this as a colossal showdown between the two biggest comic book companies in the world.
DC Vs. Marvel, Warner Bros. Vs. Disney, who will win the box office showdown and which studio will blink and change their release date first???
Well obviously after a pretty successful weekend opening at the box office for Marvel's second Captain America film which brought in a estimated domestic take of $96.2 million, Marvel was feeling pretty confident about sticking with the May 6, 2016 release date for Cap 3, hence the official announcement yesterday from Marvel. So how is DC Comics and Warner Bros. feeling about the possible confrontation? Well in a recent interview conducted by Bloomberg.com with Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., it looks like the studio might be about to blink.
In the interview Fellman indicates at the moment Warner Bros. has no plans of changing their release date for Superman/Batman, but he then goes on to say how he doesn't feel it makes a whole lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date:
“It doesn’t make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16,”
Truth is Warner Bros. is caught between a rock and a hard place right now. Superman and Batman are the studio's heavy hitters. When it comes to DC Comic characters you don't get any bigger than those two. A Batman/Superman movie is to WB/DC what The Avengers is to Disney/Marvel. So if a Batman/Superman movie can't do significantly better at the box office than a solo Captain America movie, it could possibly be deemed a failure by fans and more importantly by Wall Street and the shareholders, even if Superman/Batman actually came out on top. Of course if Warner Bros. changes the release date, then they will look weak and afraid of the competition which could also have a negative impact with everyone. My guess is Warner Bros. will back down from the fight and change their release date. It's probably easier to justify a release date change than trying to explain why your biggest names in the super hero game couldn't pull in significantly more box office dollars than the competition, but only time will tell I guess.