Marvel Will Not Move ‘Captain America 3’ for ‘Batman v Superman’

Marvel Not Changing Captain America 3

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige is ready for a superhero showdown.

The studio head told Empire that they’re not going to change “Captain America 3’s” May 6, 2016 release date just because Warner Bros. is launching “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” on the same day.

“I continue to be all for quality entertainment for moviegoers to enjoy on weekends,” he said. “If it is on the same weekend, I enjoy it slightly less. But we are doing what we’ve always done, which is sticking to our plan and sticking to our vision for the movies going forward and we have a very large vision that we’re working on for ‘Cap 3’ and for all the threes movies and just because another movie plops down onto one of ours, doesn’t mean we are going to alter that. Maybe we should, but we’re not going to.”

It was widely anticipated that one of the two tentpoles would move off the date since they will surely cannibalize each other. WB’s “Man of Steel” debuted to $116.6 million last summer and went on to haul $668 million worldwide, while “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” launched to $95 million in April and has so far earned $712.7 million worldwide.

WB had already secured that date specifically for “Man of Steel” — moving it from July 17, 2015 — three months prior when Marvel made the announcement in early April that the untitled Disney-Marvel project it had slotted on June 13, 2013 for that date would be “Captain America 3.”

“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,” WB said in a statement back in April. “However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for ‘Batman vs. Superman.’”

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  1. Marvel is beating up DC since the beginning on the movies universe. DC will be in bad shape if they just don’t chance the date, because Marvel already has a more solid fan base for movies, while DC only made a couple of movies and just now will try to make a universe.

  2. If anything DC should the ones worried about going up against the Cap… I just hope Marvel don’t run out of awesomesauce before we get more Guardians of the Galaxy

  3. TONY says:

    Marvel will and always will mop the floor with DC/Warner

  4. Michelangelo says:

    Sorry, Sups and Bats. But make mine Marvel!

  5. Evanrb1 says:

    Marvel isn’t going to budge… that much is clear. If moving planned distribution dates was something they would consider, they would have moved GOTG into the abandoned Jupiter Ascending slot which had the primary Batman slot. It’s up to you WB. I believe you will blink. But if not, what an awesome showdown.

  6. Severin says:

    Look at who won’t be going to the movies that weekend. This guy right here.

  7. Morgan says:

    Batman Vs Superman will beat down Cap 3. After seeing the comicon footage of Batman Vs Superman there is no more doubt that its a better and more anticipated movie than Cap 3.

    • Morgan – this part from the news story “WB’s “Man of Steel” debuted to $116.6 million last summer and went on to haul $668 million worldwide, while “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” launched to $95 million in April and has so far earned $712.7 million worldwide” is the real story. DC/MoS movies open bigger. But, word gets out about how bad it is, and the fall off only gets them $668 mil. Marvel movies have legs. CA: TWS was out for less time and earnest much more than MoS. THAT’S the reality that DC/WB is afraid of.

    • Roy Palasi says:

      Regarding the so called Comic Con footage from this years Comic Con. Warner Brothers never did make that footage, WB them selfs stated it was a FAN MADE trailer and the executives at WB never really endorsed it. The producers saw it and decided to use it because they didn’t have one of their own.

    • Ainsley anus says:

      Naaa dc sucks. Man of steel let me down. Cap 2 was arguably one of the best marvel movies made and cap 3 will more than likely be as good or better. Batman v superman is overstuffed with heroes that have yet to be introduced in that film universe and due to this audiences have no attachment to any character in said movie except for superman.

    • Allen says:

      That would be quite the undertaking, considering how disjointed and disappointing MoS was. Given WB’s recent moves with their properties, I’ve been considering dropping my subscriptions to DC comics and sticking to Marvel, including their animated and live action properties. BVS is definitely a film I’m not going to be forking out cash for because of this and the people they’ve cast into the new roles. Ben Affleck butchered Daredevil, I highly doubt he could pull off Batman, and nothing I’ve seen of Gal Gadot has me convinced that she could play the Warrior Princess of Themyscara.
      DC is dead.

  8. CRAIG says:


  9. z says:

    Honestly, I wouldn’t be surprised if many geeks just treat this as a double-feature and see both back-to-back. I know a lot of people are only going to see one or the other on opening weekend, but I doubt ALL people are going to take that approach. It’s not like you’re only allowed to see one movie per trip, as long as you can pay for more than one. Obviously not everyone will be able to see both opening weekend, but I bet a lot of people will.

    Personally, I’m going to prioritize Cap’. I’ve liked all the movies he’s been in so far and I quite like him as a character now. Not to mention that I’ve enjoyed all the Marvel movies so far (though some not as much as others; Thor 1 and Iron Man 2 were merely “Okay” to me). As such, I’m going to put my trust in Steve’s movie (unless Marvel REALLY drops the ball on the next several movies). Not to mention, I usually find Superman pretty boring as a person in the hands of most writers, and his movies don’t exactly always have the best writers. Steve just interests me more than Clark does.

    Granted, my fiance’s favourite superhero is Batman (and I’ve got to agree, Batman’s pretty cool), so he’s probably going to be slightly biased toward seeing Sups v Bats first. Then again, the Superman vs Batman does look pretty messy from a production angle and a LOT of people are worried that it’s going to suck, and DC hasn’t exactly had the best track record outside of Batman for their movies. I’m going to hazard a guess and say that if you don’t count any Batman movies that DC’s overall average movie rating is lower than Marvel’s average. Batman surely boosts their average, but…. (And hell, even Batman has a low point occasionally… Bat Credit Card, anyone?)

  10. Reblogged this on The Visionary Film Fanatic and commented:
    This could either be a good thing or a bad thing. Snagging release dates this early is somewhat important now and the first weekend of May is probably the most important one to snag early on. It now looks like the first weekend in May 2016 is going to be the most crowded day of the year. Captain America 3 seems like a sure thing to gross over a 100 million that weekend but at the same time Batman V. Superman comes out the same day and that might cause some problems. Superhero movies are the cornerstone of box office revenue now a days and when you have to competing on the same weekend and appealing to the same audience than one is going to make and the other will fail or both with fail. I don’t see it happening any other way. The both would do big business but not if they are competing on the same weekend with the same crowd. This is the problem with the marketplace today, you either go big or go home and with two big studio unwilling to change the release date they both are going to lose a load of potential business.

    • Even the Batman movies aren’t exactly great story-wise. That is, Nolan had an incredible vision for his Batman universe, but story-wise? Both of his Dark Knight movies make zero sense. (I don’t have to go into details, do I? There’re tons of articles all over the net breaking down the gigantic plot holes…and most of them don’t even cover them all.)

      What made those movies work however was the casting and Nolan’s overall style and approach. They were incredible films…if not great stories.

      Now we have Snyder who seems to be trying to make each movie worse than his last (I was SO impressed w/300, not only b/c it looked great, but he actually had his screenwriter give characters arcs that, in the the GRN, had none), and any semblance of story or style has been tossed out the window.

      So, yeah, go Cap3 I guess.

      • I can agree with all of that. After Guardians I’m starting to look forward to Marvel’s movies. DC seems to just be screwing up with Batman V. Superman

  11. Greg says:

    Actually, you have this backwards. Marvel had the date first, though they hadn’t announced which movie would appear. Batman V. Superman came in after Marvel had already said that they were releasing a movie on that date.

  12. Steve says:

    rocky-o, as soon as you said you were not crazy about the Dark Knight trilogy, you lost all credibility. You clearly don’t like much of anything….

  13. rocky-o says:

    i will be the first to admit that “man of steel” was indeed one of the worst movies i have ever seen…but…i don’t get this idea that marvel is the end all be all of superhero movies…’thor’ 1 and 2 were awful…’captain america 1′ was boring (haven’t seen 2 yet)…’the hulk’ movies were a waste of celluloid…and personally, i thought ‘the avengers’ was a hot mess…marvel’s only saving grace has been the ‘iron man’ movies, and even those have significantly gone down hill, albeit robert downey jr. is what makes them watchable…and even though i was not crazy about the dark knight trilogy (christian bale was less than stellar casting), batman will forever be batman…and since dc knew that a ‘man of steel’ sequel would not cut it, they had to change it to a ‘faux’ justice league flick, which, granted, could be the best move either studio ever made…

  14. Justin says:

    Let them fight.

  15. Aaron says:

    WB has the most to lose by this – Batman v Superman cannot afford to take any sort of hit (and if it does release against Cap 3, it most certainly will take a massive hit). Cap 3 will be riding off of the success not just of Cap 2, but Avengers 2 as well, and Marvel also has firmly established its own cinematic universe, whereas everything rides on Batman v Superman doing blockbuster sales for WB. If it doesn’t hit the box office with huge opening weekend numbers, it won’t get the momentum that WB wants to launch the Justice League and other DC movies. It needs to be released with little to no competition.
    Not to mention that Marvel is the one who announced first that they’d release one of their movies for that weekend. They didn’t specify it was Cap 3, but WB should have used some common sense and realize that ANY Marvel movie released on that weekend would cause a problem for them.

    • MrFoo says:

      You hit the nail right on the head. Marvel will take a hit on Cap 3 if it means torpedoing the success of a competing studio.

  16. alan says:

    Yikes, might be a big mistake for Cap Amer 3. DC fans have waited a long time for this and Cap’n A-head is just picking up steam from the first movie to the second. I’d hate to see the third installment regress because of competition from a big DC blockbuster.

    • anon says:

      Captain America 3 will win hands down. BvS will take a massive hit on the global market that it won’t make up for in domestic screenings. Marvel has a way bigger following post Avengers. Age of Ultron is shaping up to be much better than the original and will significantly out-gross the first, a lot of that revenue is going to pass on to CA3.

      And Marvel had the release date first.

    • Kyle says:

      what DC fans? a lot of DC fans including myself think this Batman vs Superman movie is gonna suck big time. All the casting news and leaks about the plot simply do not inspire. And unless a miracle happens, a lot of us DC fans have no intention of watching this mess. As for mass audiences? Man of Steel had mixed reactions, a lot of people simply weren’t happy with what they saw. A lot of people who turned out for that movie simply would not show up for the sequel. Warner has a lot to lose in this. If they have at least half a mind, they would concede and move their tentpole to another date.

  17. Bradley Barnes says:

    Let them both come out the same day. It doesn’t bother me. I will see both of them the same day.

  18. Adam says:

    Actually, Marvel secured the date before DC moved BVS. They just waited until April to announce that the May 6th movie was going to be Captain America 3.

  19. WillieM says:

    People already aHTE batman V Superman and are worried it will suck Marvel knows this and is not even worried people love cap he’s already established and well liked I would not move it either

  20. Josh says:

    BVS is going to have a lot of things going on, but I bet Cap2 is confident because they got plot. It is also a well established tie in to other movies. It will probably have a great story and tie in to Avengers 2 fallout.

  21. Mark Craft says:

    Cap may lose the weekend but I’m pretty sure he will win the war. Unless DC pulls a rabbit out of the hat, S v B sounds like a train wreck

  22. Superheroes don’t blink in the face of opposition.

  23. EVH says:

    Marvel had the date first, regardless if they specified that it was Captain America or not. In their defense, why should they move when it’s not even a lock that SvB will come out on that date given WB’s track record of moving release dates for the DC comic book movies.

  24. Keith says:

    Who cares? Its months away. Someone will blink. Slow news day Variety and Yahoo?
    You’re both being incredibly boring.

  25. vbprgrmr says:

    It’s hilarious to think they can predict exact release date two years in advance. Either one will jump the gun to be first, or the other will finish Special Effects late delaying their release. It is sort of like a poker game. Who is bluffng? Who has the best cards. It’ll be fun to watch though.

  26. ALFRED says:

    There is Nothing New i would want to see in Captain America 3 that i haven’t already seen in CAPT 1 and CAPT 2, The will have The Same Actors But i would love to see Wonder Woman, Cyborg, Batman and Aquaman in Batman V. Superman

    • anon says:

      Cap 3 is Evan’s last Captain America movie. I’d say there’s a good likelihood of something big happening, without giving away spoilers.

  27. Steph says:

    I want to see both opening weekend but if I could only see one movie opening weekend it would be Captain America 3. In my opinion, Marvel films tend to have more humor and heart. That being said I don’t know if that will be the more successful film, Superman vs Batman seems to have much more buzz considering that so many people want to see if Ben Affleck can actually pull off playing Batman.

    It be cool if someone set up a poll asking people which movie they would go see opening weekend.

  28. rocky-o says:

    if this were just the ‘man of steel’ sequel coming out, i would indeed say they should move, because ‘man of steel was just so awful and ‘captain america 2’ did get some good critical acclaim…however…it ain’t just supey we’re talking about here…batman is on board, as well as wonder woman and apparently flash and a host of others that may or may not show up…so this could be the more interesting of the two, despite zack snyder’s involvement…but i do have to ask…when did movie’s all of a sudden become about the opening weekend…i’m sure some of you remember that most films that are considered classics today, didn’t find their following in the theatre till weeks, if not months, down the road…so lighten up…by the time all is said and done, both films will tally up nicely regardless of who sees what film what weekend…

  29. The reason why this is a big deal is that only one of these films will get IMAX screens. $9.6 million of Captain America: The Winter Soldier’s opening weekend take was delivered from 346 domestic IMAX screens, which made up 16 of the top 20 locations, with another $6.5 million grossed on 278 international IMAX screens for a $19.4 million global IMAX total on opening weekend. In 2013, June records were broken with Man of Steel playing on 331 domestic IMAX screens where it brought in $13.3 million, as well as 79 international screens where it added another $4.2 million, for a total worldwide weekend IMAX gross of $17.5 million.

  30. John says:

    Why should any studio fear Ben Affleck as Batman? It’s a joke casting, it’s like fearing Raindeer Games two. Marvel is familiar with Affleck because he ruined Daredevil. They know they have nothing to be worried about. He was so bad that they even gave back the rights to the character after the damage Affleck had done. Disney should tell WB to take their movie and their Jennifer Garner they rode in on, because Marvel should keep the date.

  31. keisersose says:

    I can’t wait! Batman V Superman is my most anticipated movie OF ALL TIME.
    And I sort of like Captain America too so it would be a great day! lol

  32. T says:

    Marvel had this date a year before DC did. They shouldn’t have to move it.

    • Jason says:

      With an “untitled movie”. They didn’t even know what movie until after DC took the date.
      Marvel is a greedy company now because its now owned by Disney.

      • richardjsanger says:

        WM moved BvS 6 months later onto a date they knew was already occupied by Marvel. Marvel had that date for Cap 3 earmarked way in advance. They were just waiting for the opening weekend of Winter Soldier before they announced it. That has been their MO from the beginning. as I stated before, why should they move, WM moved MOS a few times, have already moved BvS…who’s to say they won’t move it again? If Cap is moved, and then BvS is moved, now Marvel has to reshuffle their release dates to appease WB? It doesn’t work that way.

      • Hitter says:

        Also I spelled straight wrong totally wrong!

      • Hitter says:

        Dude Marvel always come out with a movie in May. And on top of that WB and Dc do not have the money to lose on a 200-300 dollar budget movie or maybe even more. So all I’m am saying is dc should move I will feel bad if Henry Cavil can’t be superman anymore because he is a great superman and ben affleck I saw argo and it got all that bullshit awards. Minimal acting from him, no way he can be batman so for you to say marvel is greedy get your fact striaghts!

  33. matt says:

    All i know is that DC movies in theatres suck, their animated movies are very well done. Marvel, you are the king of superhero movies, and unfortunately for DC their movie is going to be a tossed together catastrophe, and Cap 3 will be the winner hands down

  34. Tom says:

    Make mine Marvel!

  35. Larry says:

    boycott all mavel charachter films that are not connected to the Marvel Universe! The other studios need to work with marvel studios or they dont get our patronage. Spread the word!

  36. Don Benn says:

    The only loser(s) are movie fans who enjoy their BIG movies in IMAX. Theaters will have to decide on one or the other (as well as whatever other summer blockbusters are on tap)…..and ticket buyers will just have to see the “other one” on a regular screen. As far as the casting of anyone for any part (and of course I mean BA for BM)……am I really in the minority when I say “how about we see his performance before we give him our reviews”?

    • JoelR says:

      Don, you have it right. I laugh when I read people claiming “Oh I’m not going to see it because of BA.”
      Personally, I though Affleck was fine as DAREDEVIL. Yes, the movie itself had issues, but most people who slame it have not even watched the Director’s Cut (which is a big improvement, though still a flawed film.)

      As for IMAX, Warners has had a long relationship with them from almost the beginning…and two world-wide iconic characters (3 if you count Wonder Woman) will get the preference over CAP…especially with 3D involved. Not one Marvel movie has been made with 3D in mind. BvS, while not being shot in 3D, is being made with an eye towards 3D implementation. Plus, BvS is being handled by an Oscar-winning screenwriter, so that makes me even more optimistic. In a nutshell, if it came down to it, BvS will be presented in IMAX 3D, while CA3 can utilize RealD and 2D showings. BvS is something new and the start of a new series of movies…CAP remains another cookie-cutter, same-old same-old Marvel flick. Considering what’s been done with ANT-MAN, Marvel has little interest in breaking formula..

  37. Steve says:

    The idea that one of these films will suffer financially if both open on the same day is ludicrous. No doubt each will have midnight screenings on Wednesday or Thursday of that week and even if that doesn’t happen, people who truly want to see them opening weekend will find a way to do so. See one Friday and one Saturday. What’s the big deal?

  38. Richard says:

    One of the two movies will be hurt by this, the market for superhero movies is still doing well but I doubt it can carry two movies in the same weekend. All bubbles burst and with them tossing out superhero movies left and right without any breather you never know when people might stop showing up. If I would go to see one it would be Cap because I liked the first one and people have told me that the 2nd one was good. Man of Steel was the last comic book movie I saw at the movies and I did not think it was terrible I just found it OK.

    • Yentl says:

      Same here, I saw Cap 2 about five times in the cinema because of how good it was. I found Man of Steel kinda meh. Only thing that worries me in this case is that my cinema only has one IMAX theatre. I hope the midnight premiere there will be Cap, and not BvsS.

  39. David Castaneda says:

    Makes perfect sense for Marvel to stick to the plan. They know that the Superman franchise is stuck with a terrible director in Zack Snyder. The first weekend will be close but Marvel will dominate after that with it’s superior writing and directing. Such a shame for DC to leave a franchise in the hands of such mediocrity.

    • Wade Wilson says:

      As a Marvel fan I liked MoS much better than anything Marvel had done at that point. Winter Soldier is a close second for me. MoS was the anti-boy scout Superman movie I have always wanted to see. The haters can suck a @#$%. Watched Superman: the movie and MoS back to back, and the former was really awful in comparison. Lot of similarities, but Shannon’s Zod > Hackman’s Luthor any @#$%ing day. And people that whine about him killing Zod at the end must have missed the issues when he kills Zod, Faora & Quex, or the one where he killed Doomsday. The only thing worse than a fanboy is some idiot that doesn’t know WTF he’s talking about.

      • HrtZ says:

        Except MoS’s special effects where terrible, the script was kinda broken and the forced 3D stylization is terrible when not watched in 3D. Overall MoS had good acting but not much else.

  40. Pete says:

    Woo hooo!!!! I’m stoked!! 2 awesome movies on the same day?!?!
    Who’s complaining?

  41. dragonfly says:

    I’m a diehard Marvel fan but I think Cap is going to get his butt kicked at the box office going against BvsS.

    • Michelangelo says:

      You like the concept of Batman versus Superman. The execution of that concept is another story altogether. Knowing Snyder’s previous work that movie will skew more to style than substance. You will end up liking the fight scenes and fast forward through every thing else.

    • Wade Wilson says:

      You and I are cut of the same cloth my friend. I’m more psyched for BvS even as a Marvel reader.

  42. John Galt says:

    I’d recommend BvsS to move. The two Captain America movies have been far better than the one MofS movie. Heck the latest Captain America is still showing first run three months after it’s release. I’ll acknowledge that’s also due to the lack of quality releases this year.

  43. will williams says:

    if im still living on that day which all of you don’t know if you are still gonna even be living that day that’s god call not you guys so if so im gonna see both one at a time grow up kids

  44. Sinjun says:

    your bias is showing. If Disney slotted the date first then they have the date. Simple as that not just Disney rolling over every time WB says they want something. Are you forgetting that WB moved Batman v Superman in the first place so it wouldn’t compete with the Avengers: Age of Ultron?

  45. Noble Lox says:

    Let us be frank…. Zack Snyder can only make soulless films, but for some reason comic book nerds don’t seem to mind that the characters have no emotional depth. Maybe because their own heart remains an undiscovered country, they don’t comprehend that humans are far more than what is visible to the eye.

    So looking at this opening weekend, let us generalise and say there are two kinds of people, those in relationships, who have to consider the needs of another person, and these people will only be going to see one of the films, as they have other things to do, or cannot justify spending the whole day in the multiplex. Well my guess would be that these people would choose the film that is more likely to have an emotional soul, and decent actors, which will be Captain America, while the nerds will go see both, while they may otherwise seen the same film twice on any other weekend.

    So based on my simplistic logic, I think Warner need to blink first, as they will suffer far more than Marvel, and Zack Snyder’s career would not stand up to the examination of that his tedious films cannot stand up to any form of competition. Because who really would chose a film where you need to “switch off your brain” when there is an alternative choice that will engage it?

    • Wade Wilson says:

      You are the worst kind of movie goer.
      I like thought-provoking film as well as action films that don’t take themselves too seriously. It’s not @#$%ing Shakespeare, dimwit. Stop being a pretentious tool. I’ve never seen a comic book movie that’s even remotely ‘engaging’ my brain, and I make a point to see 99% of them.
      “…choose the film that is more likely to have an emotional soul…” ..what a @#$%. You’re clearly only seeing what you want to see. lmfao

  46. I don’t know why people are acting like they’ll have to choose which one to see in theaters. I’ll go see BOTH on opening weekend. Probably on the same day.

  47. Fre says:

    ” Maybe we should, but we’re not going to.”

    Really? Somebody’s gonna move cause that’s ‘Stupid’ to open both on the same weekend, cutting profits for ‘both’.
    Investors don’t care about pissing contests, they care about returns.

    Someone’s gonna move, watch.

    If it stayed… my money’s on the Captain for sure.
    I have a feeling anyway, Bat v Sup is gonna blow.
    Wrong move putting the not so nimble ‘Daredevil’ embarrassing Affleck in as the bat. Bad choice indeed.

  48. anjalishreya says:

    I am surely going to watch CAPTAIN AMERICA…… nt superman movie……

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