For the third time, Warner Bros. has changed the released date for one of its anticipated and unprecedented projects. “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” is the sequel to the highly successful summer blockbuster “Man of Steel.” Zack Snyder will return to the director’s chair with a screenplay written by Chris Terrio, and the cast includes Henry Cavill, Ben Affleck, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, Jeremy Irons, Lawrence Fishburne and Diane Lane for the super-hero venture that brings Henry Cavill’s incarnation as Superman/Clark Kent face to face with fellow iconic superheroes of the DC Universe Batman (Affleck) and Wonder Woman (Gadot). Originally, the plan was to release the film during the 2015 summer line-up but Snyder and Warner Bros. decided that more time was needed to bring the film to its full potential and include more cast members, so the film was pushed back to May 6, 2016, that is until today. Sources can confirm that “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will debut almost a month earlier, on March 25, 2016.
For the last few months, Marvel and DC pegged the May 6, 2016 for their own respective projects; DC intended to release “Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice” while Marvel intended to release the sequel for “Captain America: the Winter Soldier,” and neither side wanted to relinquish the date to the other side, until now with this news that DC intends to jump start the 2016 summer blockbuster season. Also, this is just the beginning for DC is planning its own cinematic universe to keep pace with Marvel by setting release dates for nine mystery projects and two “film events” between August 2016 and June 2020. Perhaps this could be DC’s official response to Marvel’s Avengers Initiative. It truly seems as if “Dawn of Justice” will usher in a new age of superheroism with “Justice League” leading the way.