For the last couple of weeks, everything in the comic world has been focusing on the upcoming Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Now, the release date for a third movie has been set for May 6, 2016 to compete with DC’s Batman/Superman, which was pushed back 10 months to the same date to have “Time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story”
While this does not come as a surprise, it is surprising that they chose Captain America instead of maybe a bigger name. I’m certain Batman vs Superman would lose the Box-Office battle if it had been Iron Man 4 being announced. From the looks of things, it’s certain DC and Marvel are not giving in on the release dates of there upcoming movies. It’s clear that April-May dates belong to Marvel because there movies always come out in that time. So don’t be shocked if DC/WB is the first to give, which is unlikely.
But of course someone is going to give, because there is a lot of money at stake for the Batman vs Superman sequel. Whether its 100 million to 1 billion dollars at the box office. Its clear that DC has some tricks up there sleeve, because The Dark Knight Trilogy has made over 1 billion dollars at the box office for each movie (First and second movie.) But the level of darkness in the DC movies might play a factor at the box office, since Marvel is less dark.
Whatever the results may be, it will be a very exciting competition for these two very successful industries.
Captain America: The Winter Soldier will hit theaters March 26, and in North America April 4th. The film is directed by Anthony and Joe Russo, and written by Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely.