This could well be the battle of the century, box-officially speaking: After months of speculation as to which movie Marvel would be slotting in to its already-claimed May 6th, 2016 release date, The Hollywood Reporter, citing unnamed “insiders,” is reporting that this movie will, indeed, be Captain America 3, which means it’ll only be two years between this year’s Cap and the next one, and only a single summer after Marvel’s gargantuan Avengers 2 in 2015.
So, great, right? Marvel usually dominates the first weekend of the Summer season (even though, by my count, May is firmly planted within Spring), as it has since the first Iron Man in 2008. But, uh oh, people who can’t figure it out from the headline: May 6th, 2016 is also the EXACT day Warner Bros. is planning to release its hotly-anticipated superhero movie, which may be called Batman vs. Superman (or something like Man of Steel: Dark Knight Returns – The Movie Film). Warner has already pushed their film back a year to give Avengers 2 as wide a berth as possible.
Here’s what the Reporter article said of how this all went down:
This week, when promoting the upcoming sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige threw down the gauntlet, saying he had no plans to move off the May 6 date. He still wouldn’t reveal the identity of the film; However, insiders confirm it will indeed be Captain America 3. The world premiere of Winter Soldier is Thursday in Hollywood.
Warner Bros. may have been waiting to see what the Marvel title was before considering a date change for Batman-Superman, if the studio blinks. There are still weekends available that summer, including the first two after Captain America 3 and Batman-Superman are set to open. Zack Snyder begins shooting Batman-Superman in the coming weeks.
Veteran box office observers doubt that the two films will ultimately open opposite each other.
So what say you, Nerdist faithful? Do you think Bat/Super will pick a different date or will the two big-budget monsters truly open on the same date, likely ending in some kind of low-to-mid-level ticket sales draw? If the two were the same weekend, which would get your money? And, the most pertinent question of all: Why is Batman so awesome? Answers and discussion in the comments below, and don’t forget to show your work.