Superman & The Hobbit Release Dates Remain as Scheduled [UPDATED]

Published 3 years ago by , Updated December 8th, 2011 at 1:48 pm,

Superman Man of Steel Hobbit release dates Superman & The Hobbit Release Dates Remain as Scheduled [UPDATED]

Update: Warner Bros. has reached out to debunk rumors of release date changes for Man of Steel and The Hobbit. Details below.

Up until this summer, Zack Snyder’s reboot of the Superman film franchise was targeting a December 2012 release date, giving Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment not one, but two tentpole superhero films next year, the other being The Dark Knight Rises in July. Then, Warner Bros. pushed Man of Steel back a full six months to the new release date of July 13, 2013.

This effectively gave the studio a nicely spaced out schedule of major franchise releases by letting The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey have winter 2012, while also giving them a DC superhero flick for 2013. According to the latest rumor however, Warner Bros. may reverse the order and bring the Man of Steel back to next winter.

[Update: Warner Bros. has reached out to debunk the rumor with the following statement:

“Contrary to inaccurate reports – The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is being released on December 14, 2012″ – Dan Fellman, President, Domestic Distribution, Warner Bros. Pictures.]


The scoop comes from our friends at Think McFly Think who learned that Peter Jackson’s pair of Hobbit movies are taking a lot more time and work than expected and that he’s in talks with Warner Bros. to move the December 14th, 2012 release date back a year to give his crew more time and to ensure the film’s quality is where it needs to be.

Since Man of Steel is done principal photography, with plenty of time for post-production, TMT’s sources are saying it’s very possible that Henry Cavill’s Clark Kent may show his face on the big screen next December, as originally planned, while part one of The Hobbit may move to the following December in 2013.

When it comes to Peter Jackson’s return to Middle-earth, the more time the merrier. As for the DC Comics side of the film slate, having not one, but two major superhero epics next year makes for some great ammunition to compete with The Avengers, the only Marvel Studios production releasing next year.

If this story pans out, Warner Bros. will be left with an empty summer 2013 slot and it’s a shame The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey couldn’t release then, keeping The Hobbit: There and Back Again for winter 2013 and thus, making fans only wait 6 months between.

For film and comic fans left with a sour taste in their mouth after Green Lantern, seeing Christopher Nolan’s work as director of The Dark Knight Rises and working as a producer for Snyder’s Superman: Man of Steel may be just what everyone needs. It’s also just what the studio needs to get the momentum going on their next biggest franchise, a franchise that’s meant to take over the reins from Harry Potter going forward.

We now wonder what DC films will get the greenlight for 2013 and 2014…

Man of Steel is currently set to hit theaters on June 14, 2013.


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Source: Think McFly Think

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  1. A typical move by WB but this one could bring a better Hobbit movie than a better Superman movie!

  2. start working on Aquaman now before Marvel releases Namor

  3. Armie Hammer as Aquaman

    Johnny Depp as Namor

    Together- The Lone Ranger and Tonto!

  4. i’m only 49 and i’m not dying until i see Amy Adams again
    probably the most gorgeous actress on this planet bar none.
    Bring on the Man of Steel, go red and blue :)………..

  5. and as far as the Potter thing go goodbye Harry
    I think I know which franchise might take your
    place but I’m not saying you’ll have to pay me to
    talk :)

  6. I’m too excited about Man of Steel to give a rat’s ass about Hobbit. We’ve been waiting for a worthy Superman film for far too long. We already know Jackson will give us a couple of amazing Hobbit films, so I’m patient about it. But as a lifelong comic book geek, I’ve been frothing at the mouth for what has all the ingredients to bring the superhero of superheroes to the silver screen. I’m pumped, I tells ya! PUMPED!!!

    • Superheros of all superheros couldn’t agree more we haven’t had a great superman movie since part 2 from the 80′s ,tired of all this spider-man & batman talk im not a hater,but it,s time the number 1 superhero of all time come back & take what’s rightfully his & that’s the crown baby.

  7. cant waitttt till both of these come out!!

  8. Big fan of Superman and big fan of The Lord of the Rings movies dont matter to me what comes out next year as long as one of them does lol

  9. Can they just not make a Flash movie?… Have a good write & director and you will have a great dc hero movie. Then in 2014… Superman 2. Gosh… Is it that hard for them when it comes to dc superhero movie?…

  10. Harry Potter franchise over? C’mon, WB will surely reboot that franchise years later. Id prefered Man Of Steel come out in 2013 so there’s more films to look forward to & as i felt the film been rushed. Im waiting for Flash, WW, Hawkman & others.

    • Actually there have already been talks to bring back the Harry Potter franchise but they will supposedly be following a different group of students.

      • @ mongoose

        Did they talk about the films as being sequels, spin-offs? Still, wouldn’t surprise me years down the road the reboot the franchise with new kids to portray the same three characters as previously seen.

      • Yea, they are probably following the children of Harry, Hermoine and Ron.

        I realy like the franchise and every book/movie, but I am somehow tired of the franchise and happy that it is over now.
        I don’t know why exactly, but the last parts (books and movies) were harder and harder to read/watch.

      • if you think that’s true then you’ll believe anything.

        • As long as they can make money with a franchise, and since there are enough fans who can’t get enough of it, they will make it somehow, sometime.

          No other WB-franchise can replace Harry Potter and his success IMO.
          There are only 3 other franchises out there which are likewise successfull over more than 4 parts: James Bond, Star Trek and Star Wars, and that is something.

  11. I’m going to be selfish and say I don’t want to wait any longer for The Hobbit. Sure I’m excited for MoS also but for me other than TDKR, The Hobbit is my most anticipated film. Also, just like LOTR the holiday season is perfect for The Hobbit’s release. I read the update and I hope WB is being truthful that it’s not going to change.

  12. Damn no summer 2012 release. But yea if they did release it next year they would have nothing for 2012 summer. Unless another DC hero gets the green light to start filming next year

  13. MoS smells like summer. Give us The Hobbit next December (before the Mayan long count ends, just to be safe).

    • Hahahahahaha exactly lol. If the world ends and we don’t get to see MOS we are gonna be so pissed.