[UPDATE: You can now watch the BvS teaser and register for tickets HERE.]
Although Marvel Studios has established its shared cinematic universe in theaters, on the small screen and now on online streaming, Warner Bros. and DC Comics have so far only released Man of Steel. Of course, the DC Comics universe has plenty of films planned out through 2020, plus a slew of television series existing in a multiverse. However, the cinematic universe will truly kick off with the release of Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice next year.
With little more than a year until release, there have been many reports as to when the first trailer for Zack Snyder's universe-launching feature will drop. Now, it seems Warner Bros. is following the route of Disney/Lucasfilm and will be debuting the first full-length trailer for Batman V Superman in theaters.
Variety reports the trailer will premiere in IMAX theaters Monday, April 20th. The information comes from the Celebration Cinema Theater, which revealed they will be hosting a "Batman vs Superman IMAX Trailer Event" on that date with a runtime of 15 minutes. The full list of IMAX theaters where fans will be able to watch the trailer has yet to be released.
According to previous reports, the first trailer will debut with the release of Mad Max: Fury Road on May 15th. More recently, it was rumored Snyder would tweet the first five seconds of the trailer on the morning of April 16th (tomorrow). Then fans would be able to watch the full-length trailer - which will run two minutes and six seconds - in select theaters. The trailer would, presumably, be released online and hit wide theater release with Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron.
The new report seems to confirm the previous rumor about Warner Bros. and Snyder’s plan to release the Batman V Superman trailer, though the runtime of the IMAX event doesn’t reflect the length of the trailer. It’s extremely doubtful Warner Bros. would release 15 minutes worth of footage from Batman V Superman, so the runtime may be a placeholder that Celebration Cinema Theater posted for the event.
That being said, fans who make the trip to the IMAX theaters may be treated to something extra along with the full-length trailer. Whether that may be some exclusive footage (perhaps a few extra seconds worth), a message from Snyder, or a behind-the-scenes look at the film remains to be seen.
However, it’s just as likely that the 15-minute runtime is a placeholder and doesn’t offer much insight into the event itself. We’ll likely know more about the official premiere of the trailer soon.
Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice will be in theaters on March 25th, 2016; Suicide Squad on August 5th, 2016; Wonder Woman – June 23rd, 2017; Justice League – November 17th, 2017; The Flash – March 23rd, 2018; Aquaman – July 27th, 2018; Shazam – April 5th, 2019; Justice League 2 – June 14th, 2019; Cyborg – April 3rd, 2020; Green Lantern – June 19th, 2020.
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