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.”
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“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.’”