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Batman vs Superman movie moves to 2016

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Story by Jack Foley

ZACK Snyder’s Batman vs Superman has moved nine months to 2016.

The follow-up to Man of Steel will now open on May 6, 2016 instead of July 17, 2015, to allow more time to get the film right.

The project will see Henry Cavill reprise his role as Clarke Kent/Superman, with Ben Affleck playing Batman.

The move also sets up a potential Warner Bros/DC showdown with big rival Disney/Marvel, which has already set an untitled Marvel move for that date.

May is seen as an excellent time to launch superhero movies, as well as the official blockbuster season, with Iron Man 3 the most recent example of a May release posting massive figures. Avengers Assemble also became the third-biggest grossing film of all time after an early May release.

Commenting on the decision to move the release in a statement, Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, explained: “We are happy to take advantage of these coveted summer dates, which are perfect for two of our biggest tentpole releases.

“We share the fans’ excitement to see DC Comics’ most popular figures, Superman and Batman, together on the big screen for the first time, which will now be arriving in theatres in May 2016.”

Replacing Superman in the 2015 spot is a new Peter Pan movie being directed by Joe Wright.

Billed as an origins stor, the film will star Hugh Jackman as the pirate Blackbeard and will tell the formative years of Pan and the young man who becomes Captain Hook. Shooting is due to commence in late spring/early summer 2014.

Added Fellman: “Peter Pan has delighted people of every generation for more than a century, so we are thrilled to bring him back to the screen next summer for today’s moviegoers.”

His comments were echoed by Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, Warners president of international distribution, who added: “We know that there is already great anticipation building for the next super hero film from Zack Snyder, and we are equally eager to see what he has in store for Superman and Batman as they share the big screen for the first time ever.

“The summer release corridor is also perfect for Joe Wright’s ambitious new Peter Pan adventure, reimagining the ageless story of the beloved and forever-young hero for audiences worldwide.”

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