Warner Bros. has pushed back the release of its highly anticipated sequel to Man of Steel. Batman vs. Superman will now arrive in theaters on May 6, 2016.
In a press release announcing the delay, the studio said the move allowed the production team for the superhero flick "time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story."
The move makes sense because the full cast hasn't even been announced yet. Henry Cavill (Superman), Ben Affleck (Batman) and Gal Gadot (Wonder Woman) are the only confirmed actors. Also, it appears more and more that the film will serve as the official launching pad for the Justice League, and an impressive showing is necessary to truly compete with Marvel and its Avengers.
A rumor claiming that the production was pushed back because actor Ben Affleck was injured on the set has been debunked by Deadline Hollywood. The site spoke with a studio exec who reasserted that the postponement was due solely to their interest in producing the best movie possible.
Also, WB could have been deterred by the sheer number of potential blockbusters gunning for the summer of 2015. But the new date places it squarely against an untitled film Marvel has long targeted for that date.
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