Rumor Patrol: ‘Batman vs Superman’ Production No Longer Delayed?

Published 9 months ago by , Updated January 26th, 2014 at 11:00 am,

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The past year has been a roller coaster for DC Comics fans. Months after Warner Bros. announced their superhero team-up, tentatively titled Batman vs. Superman, at San Diego Comic-Con 2013, the studio turned the Internet upside down with the announcement that Ben Affleck would be taking over for Christian Bale as Batman.

Then, just as Lex Luthor and Aquaman casting rumors began surface, the studio abruptly delayed the entire production nearly a year – to a new May 6th, 2016 release date. Now, just one day after Marvel Studios announced their intention to move Ant-Man into the old Batman vs. Superman date (July 17th, 2015), we’re getting word that Warner Bros. might not have delayed production on the film.

The new (albeit unconfirmed) report comes from Deadline who claim that the Fox TV Pilot The Middle Man, to be directed by Ben Affleck, has been put on hold – due to Affleck scheduling conflicts. News of the show’s delay doesn’t necessarily mean a change in the future Batman’s already busy schedule; however, Deadline goes on to assert that they have inside sources who claim Batman vs. Supermanproduction is not being delayed and the main players have been summoned to start work right away.

Batman vs Superman Delayed to 2016 Rumor Patrol: Batman vs Superman Production No Longer Delayed?

The report doesn’t elaborate, or speculate, on why Warner Bros. would change their mind a mere week after officially delaying one of the most-buzzed about movie productions in recent history. Had the change in release date been a result of scheduling conflicts with key players, Affleck’s choice to drop out of directing The Middle Man, to help grease the wheels on his turn as Batman/Bruce Wayne, would have made sense. Yet, the “official” reason Warner Bros. gave for moving the Man of Steel sequel into 2016 was to allow “the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.” Putting filmmakers to work earlier than expected is likely actually in service of giving everyone “time realize their full vision” – not to get the film out earlier.

As a result, with no mention of scheduling conflicts in the original WB announcement, it’s worth taking this new report with a grain of salt – especially since doubling back on delaying production doesn’t necessarily mean that the final film isn’t still delayed into 2016. In fact, staying the original production course (not release date) would help ensure a better final film for 2016 – given that it would allow Snyder and his team plenty of time in post-production.

Of course, it’s possible that the original delay didn’t have to do with “the complex visual nature of the story.” Plenty of insiders (us included) have speculated that the delay might actually have been a way to consolidate resources and film both Batman vs. Superman and the rumored Justice League movie (which Gal Gadot’s contract confirms will be one of three planned Wonder Woman appearances) back to back.

Batman Vs. Superman Rumor Patrol: Batman vs Superman Production No Longer Delayed?

Should the return to production mean that the film could release in its 2015 date, it’s possible that scheduling of newly cast (read: unannounced) actors or some other variable threw a wrench in that back-to-back shoot this past week – and Warner Bros. is reverting to filming Batman vs Superman solo (and A.S.A.P.). Obviously, it’d be awkward for the studio to walk-back their announcement, and would give passionate comic fans another reason to doubt whether DC can pull their shared universe story off, but ultimately the biggest loser in the speculative situation might be Marvel – who would have to decide whether to move Ant-Man back to its pre-Batman vs. Superman delay spot on July 31, 2015.

As mentioned, at this point, Warner Bros. has yet to officially comment on Deadline‘s (vague) claims, and until they do, it’s safe to assume that the Batman vs. Superman release date is delayed – even if production is no longer on hold. That said, we’ll update you if we here something official either way.

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More: Marvel vs. DC: Who Will Surrender Their May 2016 Release Date?

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Batman vs. Superman is currently scheduled for May 6th, 2016.

Follow me on Twitter @benkendrick for further news and updates on Batman vs. Superman, as well as movie, TV, and gaming news.

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  1. Isn’t “delayed production” and “Pushing back the release date” two separate things? They seem to be spoken of as being mutually exclusive. When this story broke, all that was confirmed was that the release date was moved, all the talk about delayed production and Ben Affleck being injured seemed to be speculation as to why the release date moved… or am I missing something?

    • This. Man of Steel had a 2+ year period from principle photo shoots to release date as well. Seems to me they are just following the same schedule.

    • Its just hype, and we all fall for it like clowns.

    • Correct @KevinC. The release date and the release date only was delayed nearly a year. The start of PRODUCTION was reported to begin in the spring of THIS year. It was never delayed a year.

  2. Change dates, delays It doesn’t matter to me I have high hopes this film will be epic!!!

    • Epic? how the hell can anything with Ben Assfleck be epic? please man, this film is doomed from start to finish. Here comes the most boring and self indulgent batman of all time.

  3. If production continues as schedule, it only reinforces the original statement made the by studio about the release date which is to work on the “complex visual nature of the story”- this points to perhaps a longer shooting schedule or time for reshoots if necessary and more time on post-production which is not unlike Man of Steel.

    They just changed release date then, if this is proven substantial news.

  4. Batman vs. S-s-superman?! ! B-b-Ben affleck? Sorry…. Brain is momentarily having a stroke. Need I remind you of the epic turned disaster- Alien vs. Predator?

    • Ummm, Samantha…

      If you’re suffering from the trauma of a stroke (and it IS likely, given what you say in your response ;) ), you should probably just rush to the hospital instead of commenting on a pop culture website. After all, we know not to trust your opinion, since not enough oxygen is reaching your brain.

      Good luck…feel better. :D

      • Haha!

        Brilliant response, sir. Well played indeed.

        • :)

          • You really feel the need to smile at your own reply? Geez your just as corny as ben assfleck

      • Perhaps Samantha is remembering Batman & Robin (1997) and Superman Returns (2006)… Put those two together and a stroke is the least that could happen to your brain.

        Hopefully this will be nothing like those.

      • Archaeon…. just admit you’re Synder’s @sswiper, you j3rk0ff

  5. You heard it here first…I think they are going to come out with news, maybe this year that they are shooting two movies at once…Superman/Batman(MOS2) or whatever they are calling it AND Justice League…they are shooting both ala Lord of the Rings type thing and then releasing them in two consecutive years…

    I think we’ll find out about this sometime this year…

    • haha, I read the article after posting my thoughts…looks like they kinda said that in the article…whatever, I think it’s true and if so, awesome…

  6. At this point I’m getting tired of being yanked in all directions, unless my old lady is doing it, so I’ll reserve judgment til I hear something official from DC. Until then your just filling space.

  7. The production on the movie was NEVER said to be delayed a year to begin with. Only the release date. Production was pushed to the spring is what was last being reported. You guys are usually on your stuff but come on SR do better.

  8. As you all have calmly pointed out the production was never an issue. Gal Gadot has stated that she is not needed on set till may.

    But it seems as if affleck and cavill will be reporting asap. If it as we told gadot does not have as big a role as the other two it makes sense that her shooting schedle may differ.

    But what I am interested in is that it is end of janurary…shooting can begin as early as next week….which means we should get some good information and photos in the next few months

  9. OOOOO!!!

    pRoduction is no longer delayed!

    Who cares, it’s going straight down the toilet!

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