It has been three months since both Marvel Studios announced that its "Captain America 3" would be released on May 6, 2016 against Warner Bros' "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice". If one of them is going to back out of the competition, it's not going to be Marvel Studios.
"I continue to be all for quality entertainment for moviegoers to enjoy on weekends," the studio head Kevin Feige told Empire. "If it is on the same weekend, I enjoy it slightly less. But we are doing what we've always done, which is sticking to our plan and sticking to our vision for the movies going forward and we have a very large vision that we're working on for 'Cap 3' and for all the threes movies and just because another movie plops down onto one of ours, doesn't mean we are going to alter that. Maybe we should, but we're not going to."
It was WB that secured the date first after moving it from July 17, 2015. "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 5/6/16," Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for WB said back in April. "However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for 'Batman vs. Superman'."
"Captain America" star Chris Evans called the face-off such a shame. "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," the actor said. His co-star Sebastian Stan chimed in, "All you have to do to know the answer to that question is look at the track record of Marvel versus DC."
"Captain America 3" is directed by Anthony Russo and Joe Russo. The franchise's second installment had a $95 million debut earlier this year and has earned $712.7 million worldwide so far. Meanwhile, "Batman v Superman" is directed by Zack Snyder who also directed 2013's "Man of Steel". It debuted to a staggering $116.6 million and went on collecting $668 worldwide.