As Marvel officially confirms that "Captain America 3" will open May 6, 2016 against "Man of Steel 2", Warner Bros. which releases the DC movie and Joe Russo who directs the Marvel pic offer their thoughts on the impending showdown. WB won't back down for now, but Joe is confident that one of them will eventually move the date to avoid the clash.
Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., says to Bloomberg in an interview, "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 [May 6, 2016)." He adds, "However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for Batman vs. Superman."
Meanwhile, Joe speaks to Digital Spy, "Everybody likes to imagine a flame war that'll start over this but it's not." The director, who works in tandem with his brother Anthony Russo, continues, "It's two big movies on a date - neither studio is crazy enough to eat up each other's profits. At some point, somebody's going to move off the date."
Although the Captain America flick and the Superman vs. Batman film are both slated on the same date in the United States, the latter is scheduled early in U.K. on April 29, 2016. Such thing, however, is not really surprising since many movies often get early release across the pond. "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" arrived in international markets roughly a week ahead of North American release.
The third "Captain America" film will see the return of Chris Evans as the titular hero. Before the actor continues the Cap's solo adventure, he will first reprise his superhero role in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" which is due May 1, 2015. Joss Whedon returns to sit behind the lens for the sequel to 2012's "The Avengers".
Evans called the Cap and Superman face-off "a shame." He said, "It's not really fair. Superman would beat everyone really, wouldn't he? What can't he do? [Superman] can turn back time. So even if he loses, he'll just try it again." Meanwhile, his co-star Sebastian Stan uttered, "All you have to do to know the answer to that question is look at the track record of Marvel versus DC."
The "Man of Steel" sequel is directed by Zack Snyder. Henry Cavill and Amy Adams return as Clark Kent and Lois Lane respectively. Ben Affleck is added as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, and Jeremy Irons as Bruce Wayne's loyal butler, Alfred Pennyworth.
Holly Hunter, Callan Mulvey, and Tao Okamoto also join the cast. They reportedly will play characters newly created for the movie. A new report from Latino-Review suggests Hunter could play Leslie Thompkins "or a Leslie Thompkins replacement character." In the comic books, Thompkins is an ally to Bruce Wayne and actually knows his secret alter ego.