When DC bumped the date of the Man of Steel sequel to May 2016 it lined up head-to-head with an unannounced Marvel Phase Three movie. Earlier this week Marvel said they are not backing down from the date and today The Hollywood Reporter revealed that Captain America 3 will be the one to face off against Superman and Batman.
There was some buzz earlier today that Batman vs Superman wasn't quite comfortable going head-to-head with Marvel and would be moving up their release date a week. If true, perhaps they got wind of the movie Marvel would be releasing against them. It would be one thing to go up against Dr. Strange or Black Panther, but with the build-up for Captain America 2 aiming at a $100+ million opening, and Joe and Anthony Russo already signed on to direct the third, Cap 3 may have quite a bit of steam coming out of Avengers 2. With Robert Downey Jr.'s contract winding down, it looks like Chris Evans/Captain America may be lining up as Marvel's next solo movie star.
If Warner Bros./DC hold strong on the date, I'm sure there will be plenty of fans willing to do a double feature that weekend. But realistically it will hurt the bottom line for both movies and chances are, one of them is going to move. So who will blink first?
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Jeremy was born in a small mountain village of a strange foreign land called Weystvurginea. Banishment for liberal views saw him spend years wondering the east coast until he decided to bike to California. When he saw how long a trip it was, he drove instead. Now he's living it up in a low humidity climate, sometimes working on his photography and when not, he writes for us covering books (by way of his blog: Reading Realms), gaming, tv, movies, comics, conventions in the SoCal area, and creates a weekly webcomic: A Journey Through Skyrim. If you look for him offline, start in the L.A. area; online start at: www.jeremyshane.info for his profile and all the social networks he's on... or just follow him on twitter, he seems to be on there a lot: @jeremyshane.
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