As of now, May 6th 2016 will be a historic day for both comic book fans and movie fans in general. Never has there been an opening day where two superhero comic book films will face off against each other. To be completely honest and logical, this will probably not stand for long. With too much money that will be lost, these days we know with studios that it’s all about the benjamins and someone will move. But just for fun, let’s say these two comic book franchises stuck to their same release date. What would the outcome be?
In one corner, you have Captain America’s third solo film. It will be coming off the major success of Captain America: The Winter Soldier (early reviews are looking great) and Avengers: Age of Ultron (because it’s Joss Whedon, Marvel, and well The Avengers), this film will have all the momentum going for it. Not much is known about the film, beside the directors teasing the 1950’s psychotic Cap storyline, we do know the Russo brothers will be returning to direct the film, which tells us Marvel likes what they done and what their vision is for this property moving forward.
In the other corner, you have the highly anticipated (by decades of comic book fans) Batman vs. Superman. With DC putting their two biggest comic book characters in one movie, their intentions are clear that they are moving forward with creating their comic book cinematic universe. As most people would describe their casting as “unusual” and “outrageous” with Ben Affleck as Batman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Jessie Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, along with some of the main cast of Man of Steel returning, Zack Synder and company clearly have a plan about how this movie will be done and what versions of each character we will see. We have to believe with a movie like this, the amount of money being invested, the fact they got Ben Affleck on board (probably his team of writers as well) and pushing the release date to get the story right, that it will deliver.
Popular conclusion by many would be that Captain America 3 will lose the box office battle. I could not agree more, not saying Batman vs. Superman will hands down be the better movie, but again Cap 3 is going against a movie that fans have been anticipating for a long time. But would Marvel be okay with losing to DC? According to Marvel president of production Kevin Feige, their main concern is (as a team) making the best films possible and with that mentality their concern is not competition because their formula has worked for them up to this point and has made them money. It’s a game of chicken. Those of you who want to take this a step forward. Let’s say both films open up the same day, both will not make as much money as they would have opening different days. But it goes beyond that for one studio. Can DC, who is putting forth their two biggest franchises in one movie, afford to take a hit financially? I only ask because Marvel can. Their track record is a lot stronger while DC is still trying to build its foundation. Not to say if DC/WB does not make a billion dollars on Batman vs. Superman it’s a lost cause. Will DC take the risk and move forward standing toe to toe with Marvel? I don’t think so, it’s not to say the move will only happen because of finances, could be production delays or something else. It would not surprise me if Marvel was aware the damage it could do to Batman vs. Superman. You never know, these studios are all about money, both making and taking. Again, somebody will move. I would like to see these movies on the same day but I’d love for both to do very well.
What are your thoughts on this?
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