Warner Bros. Studios has just announced that they have moved the release date of ’ “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” from May 6, 2016 up to March 25, 2016.
The superhero hybrid, starring Ben Affleck and Henry Cavill, was supposed to challenge “Captain America 3″ during the first weekend of May but will instead spring forward a month to avoid a blockbuster confrontation.
The earlier months of March and April have proven fertile ground for Hollywood tentpoles in recent years. “The Hunger Games” and “Captain America: Winter Soldier” both opened to stellar results in March, as did several Zack Snyder-helmed films like “300,” another WB release.
Co-starring Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, “Batman v. Superman” has been filming in Detroit for the past two months.
Warner Bros. also announced the release dates for nine untitled DC films on Wednesday. The studio is hoping its Justice League universe, which includes superheroes the Flash and Green Lantern, can match Marvel’s hit franchise “The Avengers” at the box office.
So far, the November dates won’t create another Marvel vs. DC game of chicken like the recent face-off between “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Captain America 3″ (WB blinked). That’s because Marvel will release first on Nov. 3, followed by DC’s Nov. 17 date. Both films are untitled so far.