BATMAN V SUPERMAN: DAWN OF JUSTICE Moves Release Date Up, DC/WB Claim 5 Years of Dates

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice
Credit: Warner Bros.

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice no longer shares a release date with Captain America 3. The movie will now debut on March 26, 2016 instead of the planned May 6, 2016 date, Warner Bros announced Wednesday afternoon.

That puts aside the stand-off the two films had for the last few months, and extends the “Summer” blockbuster schedule into late March in 2016; Captain America: The Winter Soldier had extended it to the first week of April this year.

In addition, Warner Bros has plotted out release dates for the five years starting in 2016 for DC Comics films - though it is not saying what they are.

2016:
March 25: Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice
Aug. 5: Untitled DC Film

2017:
June 23: Untitled DC Film
Nov. 17: Untitled DC Film

2018:
March 23: Untitled DC Film
July 27: Untitled DC Film
Nov. 16: Untitled WB Event Film Note: Hollywood Reporter says the two "WB Event Films" on the list are not DC Comics based

2019:
Apr. 5: Untitled DC Film
June 14: Untitled DC Film

2020:
Apr. 3: Untitled DC Film
June 19: Untitled DC Film
Nov. 20: Untitled WB Event Film Note: Hollywood Reporter says the two "WB Event Films" on the list are not DC Comics based

The claiming of release dates is a tactic Marvel Studios has used for years, and their most recent schedule, for your easy comparison, is here:

2015:
May 1: Avengers: Age of Ultron
July 17: Ant-Man

2016:
May 6: Captain America 3 (not official title)
July 8: Untitled

2017:
May 5: Untitled
July 28: Guardians of the Galaxy 2
Nov. 3: Untitled

2018:
May 4: Untitled
July 6: Untitled
Nov. 2: Untitled

2019:
May 3: Untitled

There are no direct conflicts in the schedules, but DC/WB is trying, clearly, to take some of the wind out of Marvel Studios' sales by scheduling a couple of their releases as close as two weeks after Marvel's. More on this news as it develops.

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