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

Published 1 year 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.


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


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. Baiting marvel to switch Ant Man dates and then move it back?

    • Pretty much, heha.

    • filming is happening the same but the actual movie date is 2016. there is over a year in post production because filming will finish in july this year

      • I think over a year in post is fine by me. I don’t need this movie soon. I need this movie RIGHT.

        • “I think over a year in post is fine by me. I don’t need this movie soon. I need this movie RIGHT.”

          This has got to be the best comment I have read here thus far.

          I agree. All I want is for DC to NOT rush this film.

  2. This is a mess.

    • +1

  3. God I hope its back to 2015. I don’t know if I can make it 2 years with no live action DC movies. But if it being delayed means a better movie, then more power to them.

  4. Damn this movie is going to give everyone heartburn

    • I know what you mean. This movie’s going to make me an Anderson Cooper look-a-like.

      • just as long as you stay off your knees lol

        • LMFAOOOOOOOOO that’s just wrong!!

        • HAHAHAHAHA! Not a problem. I’m just worried that one day I’ll wake up and find myself hosting my own talk show.

  5. WTF Ben? This is definitely some crazy antics to pull on us fans. Either it was a ploy to have Marvel step up or they just lovvvvvve seeing all of us squirm. Either way, I’m excited!

  6. there must be a tonne of action so they need to take longer with CGI. there isnt any other reason to delay it that much. what is their reasoning? -_-

    • Even if production was delayed a couple of weeks, I think it makes sense to postpone it to another year that is less busy. The first date was in July, move it a couple of weeks and it would be in August, which may not maximize the profits for this big of a movie. Postpone it to Christmas and you’re going head to head with Star Wars. What’s the next ideal time, I guess the summer after.

      • Though if this rumor is true, I got no clue what’s going on aha.

      • “I think it makes sense to postpone it to another year that is less busy.”

        NOT…ONE…BIT! If they had been the only ones to make that move, it could have worked, but since almost everybody has moved to 2016 already, summer of 16 will be crowded with 2015 almost empty at this point.

        So far, we’ve got Warcraft and POTC5 moving from 15 to 16 and there is still no guarantee Star Wars will make the Christmas 15 date. It is also Trek’s 50th anniversary, so another Trek movie is very likely. With X-Men: Apocalypse, Spidey 3 and the launch of the Avatar sequels, there are already some huge tentpole projects for 2016 and if this tendency goes on, there will be no major hit left for 2015 but Avengers 2 and maybe Jurassic 4 (if they make that date)…

        2014 is already a an empty void with far too few good blockbusters to look forward to. 2015 should have been the year of salvation… If hope they’ll reconsider…

        • Guardains of the Galaxy man…its all about the Guardians.

  7. If this is true, Im inclined to say that they are thinking on how to please the Fan that cannot wait… or (are they confused with the project?)
    Either way, it feels like they have realised how much hot this property is and they are really really really trying not to screw up.
    I still can’t wait! :)

  8. I’m just ready to see this movie lol

  9. I just want the movie to be maddeeeee gah.

  10. It would be so funny if Antman switched it’s date again

    • I think that’s why DC went back to original date! If this rumor is true.

    • It would be perfect for Marvel to have Antman going up against Superman and Batman. If Antman can make it even the least bit competitive (and it will) then it looks good for them. Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and whoever else can’t exactly gloat that they beat “Antman.”

      Marvel should just tell DC, “Gal Gadot Ben Afflect yourselves!”

  11. Warner Bros. should just announce that Superman/Batman is filming back-to-back with Justice League. We know it’s leading up to that.

    • Yeah I think that’s what they are doing, a lot of casting has still yet to be confirmed and also making sure actors schedule’s fall in line with your plan can be tough. Therefore the focus for Warners right now is to make sure that they have enough time to get everything in order.

      • Yeah, that’s true. I know Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson is planning something with Warner Bros./DC for this year that I’m really eager to find out what it is.

  12. HA HA HA HA HA – kind of funny (if true) –
    we’re making the movie of all movies … wait it’s so big we have to delay it a little bit …. wait, Marvel is taking our empty slot .. never mind we can do it … well we think we can …

    love Batman & Superman – but the recent movies … that’s another story
    TDK – yes – the other films (look great & good casting but the stories could have been … different). They (WB) must learn to tell the stories and NOT kill the villains right away .. and don’t consider this a rant against DC … it’s a commentary on WB making DC movies
    remember the films are Marvel … vs … Warner Bros (and yes Marvel is under Disney’s umbrella, but Marvel makes the decisions, Disney is kind of just the banker and especially with the success of all the Marvel films, Disney is letting them do their thing).

    hopefully it will all turn out great – and one day Justice League will be on screen – rushing a film is never a solution.

  13. WB should make a soap-opera.

  14. If this is true then I think the official date will be in 2015 but not in the original one they had planned. Maybe on August or November.

    • They would have balls to put it right back on top of Ant-Man and squash it like a bug.

  15. I can’t wait for this movie!!!!

  16. Interesting but confusing at the same lol

  17. I love how Ben said “Batman vs. Superman is CURRENTLY scheduled for May 6, 2016″ haha. This just gives credence to the thought that WB doesn’t know what they’re doing and them changing anything wouldn’t be shocking at this point. Next week we might find out they’re going to shoot two justice league movies back to back

  18. What a flaming mess this movie is. Could it be any clearer, any clear at all, that WB/DC DOESN’T HAVE A CLUE WHAT THEY ARE DOING?!?

    How embarrassing.

    This is the bigest and most important movie WB/DC has ever attempted, and they are screwing it up before it even starts.

    Here’s the truth, MARVEL is so far in WB/DC’s head, and they are feeling SO much pressure to make a perfect movie with the only two marketable properties that they have, that they are freaking out.

    WB/DC is like a nervous virgin on prom night, just so afraid to make a mistake while trying act like they know exactly what they’re doing all along. What a joke.

    This movie has disaster written all over it (already).


    • You again? Lol

      What if, just what if DC/WB figured or ironed out whatever wrinkles they had within the space of a week we DON’T know whats going on over there (and prolly ever won’t unless somebody says something) but of course it’s easy to assume they floundering around right. The Marvel “way” isn’t THE only way of doing superhero movies. If they want to build they world with more than one hero in one movie fine, once the development is solid. So save your silly little rants about disaster and what not until you’ve seen something from the film.

    • Don’t be so willfully ignorant my good troll.

      This happens on many many movies. Making a movie ain’t like dusting crops boy! Without precise calculations they could fly right through a star, or bounce too close to a supernova and that’d end their flick real quick, wouldn’t it?

      The difference here is, 99.9% of movies never experience ANYTHING CLOSE to the level of scrutiny being aimed at this movie. To say it is being produced under a microscope would be an understatement.

      • 😉

  19. What, are we playing movie release date chess now? This is getting tiring.

  20. These studios need to focus on getting their ish together. Every little thing that happens WB has to release the news. Make movies not headlines.

  21. I am DONE with these rumors for this film. It is something new and ridiculous EVERY DAY. I am leaving it all alone until whenever the hell this thing is coming out.

    • I second that. Whoever is in charge of this thing seems to be kind of clueless, and it’s crossed the ridiculousity threshold.

  22. We aren’t trying to upset our fans, all of whom we are thankful. The goal is 2015 but an excellent product and maintaining the integrity of the canon is our ultimate goal.

  23. The source of the news come from

    Don’t believe that website. It’s full of gossips & rumors

  24. Hhhmmmm…a day after “Antman” reveals film release date? Either a coincidence or a studio negotiation fallout?

  25. eh. at this point who cares? The movie will be released warts and all when its released. An no amount of fan squeaming can change that. Its ridiculous that WB does not have a plan, wether its their plan or someone else’s, to get this done. I think thats the biggest issue, they appear to be winging it as they go, and that does not breed confidence. I’ve never said they need to do things the Marvel way – but at least act like they have a clue. They made it work with Harry Potter, how the hell can they screw up (or appear to screw up) the production of a franchise this badly?

  26. As far as I can tell, Deadline has no basis for the claims they are making.

  27. If its true, thats awesome news

  28. if this is the case, concerning the shooting schedule, the film will still likely release on the date given. same as what went on with the first film.

  29. They can do what they want with the movie but all I ask is that they change the logo. It is just flat out ugly. Every time I look at it, I picture Fat-Man instead Batman.