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Our weekly round up of the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including The Amazing Spider-Man 2, The Sinister Six, Venom, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Daredevil, Marvel Disk Wars: The Avengers, X-Men: Days of Future Past, X-Men: Apocalypse, Batman vs. Superman, Arrow, Batman: Strange Days, Son of Batman, Teen Titans Go! and more….
We’ve already seen Captain America: The Winter Soldier setting box office records, and now we’re just days away from the arrival of 2014′s second superhero offering The Amazing Spider-Man 2, which is due to open here in the UK on Wednesday ahead of a North American release on May 2nd. The Marc Webb-directed sequel is currently tracking a $95 million opening weekend in the States, which would put it roughly on par with that of The Winter Soldier. Flickering »
- Gary Collinson
There has been recent speculation that WB will move its still-untitled Batman-Superman project back from May 6, 2016, to the July 22 date to avoid going up against Marvel-Disney’s “Captain America 3.” But domestic distribution topper Dan Fellman recently said that there were no plans to move.
Plot details are under wraps and no cast has been set.
- Dave McNary
If you’ve been anywhere near the internet over the last couple months, you’ve certainly caught wind of the big game of chicken going on right now between Marvel Studios and Warner Bros., who are both refusing to move their superhero films from May 6th, 2016. On the Marvel side of things, we have Captain America 3, which was just officially confirmed for that release date. On the WB/DC side, we have Batman and Superman, who will be co-headlining a live action film for the first time ever in Batman vs. Superman.
At this point in time, both studios are holding their ground, despite the fact that this is a flat-out terrible business decision. Since both movies stand to lose a substantial chunk of their opening box office haul, the studios will likely come to their senses eventually. For now though, we’re just left to wonder who will blink first. »
- James Garcia
Won't someone please think of the children! Given some the comments flying around Twitter, you'd think that Warner Bros. was committing a capital crime by scheduling "Batman Vs. Superman" opposite "Captain America 3" on May 6, 2016. Providing something of a Sophie's Choice for comic nerds on opening weekend, right now, neither WB or Marvel are budging, in a weird game of chest-puffing that will inevitably end in someone shifting dates anyway, because it doesn't make any financial sense not to (why cannibalize your all important opening weekend audience?). But before that happens, more schoolyard taunting will have to happen. Over at Bloomberg, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman made it clear that while the logic doesn't add up, he's not moving the super sequel. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16,” he said. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Earlier this week, Marvel Studios officially announced the release of Captain America 3, confirming that the currently-untitled superhero sequel will hit cinemas on May 6th, 2016 – the exact same date as another currently-untitled superhero sequel in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman.
Well, it seems that Marvel isn’t the only one refusing to budge, with Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman telling Bloomberg that: “It doesn’t make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and May 6th 2016. However, at this time, we are not considering a change of date for Batman vs. Superman.”
- Gary Collinson
Apparently I haven't been reading enough rumor rags as the possibility of the currently "Untitled Superman-Batman Project" (aka Batman vs. Superman) actually ending up being titled Justice League is speculation that's been floating around for a while now. Of course, with both Batman (Ben Affleck), Superman (Henry Cavill) and Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) being in it with rumors of The Flash and others perhaps having cameos this makes total sense. It also means Warner Bros. and DC are looking at the Marvel model and have determined they might not want to explicitly copy their path to success. In an interview with IGN, screenwriter David S. Goyer (Batman vs. Superman, Man of Steel, Batman Begins) says as much telling the site, "I know that Warner Bros. would love to make their universe more cohesive. There have been a lot of general conversations about that, but it's really, really early. I'm not sure. »
- Brad Brevet
In March, news surfaced that Captain America 3 was the mystery May 6th, 2016 release from Marvel Studios that was already in place when Warner Bros. pushed their Man of Steel sequel (frequently called Batman vs. Superman) to the same date. With two superheroes coming together for the first time on the big screen, Warner Bros. and DC Entertainment were certain Marvel wouldn't dare go head-to-head with their blockbuster, especially with a superhero that didn't break $200 million at the domestic box office. But this week, Marvel confirmed that Captain America 3, hot on the heels of the huge success that Captain America: The Winter Soldier enjoyed last weekend, would indeed hit the summer 2016 release. Now what? Well, Bloomberg.com (via Comic Book Movie) has word from Dan Fellman, the president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., that they have no intention of moving their film either. Fellman stated, "It doesn’t make a »
- Ethan Anderton
The battle for May 6, 2016 just took an interesting turn. In an new interview, Dan Fellman, the president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., said “at this time, we not considering a change of date for Batman vs. Superman.” The quote comes a day after Marvel Studios made official what we’d heard a few […]
- Germain Lussier
Someone is going to have to blink. but no one is thinking about it just yet. Marvel Studios recently confirmed news that Captain America 3 would commit wholeheartedly to its previously announced May 6, 2016 release date. The reason analysts thought Marvel might back off of said date . even though it is two years away . is because Warner Bros. also booked Zack Snyder.s untitled Batman/Superman movie on that date. And according to Bloomberg, the studio isn.t moving yet, either. The site quotes Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros., who says: It doesn.t make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and [May 6, 2016). However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for Batman vs. Superman." Oh, we.re back to calling it Batman vs. Superman? That. »
Everyone was a little surprised when Marvel studios announced that for sure they were going to go up against Warner Bros’ Man of Steel 2 crossover movie featuring Batman. Because Captain America: The Winter Soldier has already surpassed WB’s The Lego Movie as the biggest opening of the year, it seems like a safe bet that Captain America 3 can take a shield-sized chunk out of Warner Bros’ megafranchise launch.
Bloomberg collected a series of panicked dick-measuring from the power players:
“It doesn’t make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16,” Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. in Burbank, California, said in an interview. “However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for ‘Batman vs. Superman.’”
“I don’t think the studios or the »
"It doesn't make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16. However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for Batman vs. Superman."
Evercore Partners analyst Alan Gould also weighed in, saying: "I don't think the studios or the theaters would be happy to see this. I would be surprised if they didn't end up changing these dates," whilst Fox's president of domestic distribution Chris Aronson says: "A lot of films are announced many years in advance now, »
- Garth Franklin
After an initial report from March, Marvel confirmed yesterday that Captain America 3 will open on May 6, 2016, the same date that Warner Bros. had set for their superhero sequel Batman Vs. Superman. Obviously, it wouldn't do either company any good to release two massive movies on the same day, but the question remains which studio will budge first? As of now, both are standing their ground firm, with Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution, revealing in an interview with Bloomberg that they have no plans to movie their release date, for now.
"It doesn't make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16. However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for Batman Vs. Superman."
Although it hardly matters in a situation like this, Marvel technically laid »
The two superhero movies are both dated to debut on May 6, 2016, with Marvel claiming the date first before the DC Comics crossover moved into the same slot.
Marvel yesterday (April 7) officially confirmed that the summer 2016 film they were planning to release is Captain America 3.
Warner Bros president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman told Bloomberg that the studio intended to stand firm on their own release plan.
"It doesn't make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16", he said.
"However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for Batman vs Superman."
Alan Gould, analyst for Evercore Partners LLC in New York, added: "I don't think the studios »
Following yesterday’s confirmation that Marvel Studios/Disney will release their third installment to the Captain America franchise on May 6, 2016, the very same day that Warner Bros. currently plans to release its Man of Steel follow-up Batman vs. Superman, Bloomberg has received comment from the latter studio on the potential 2016 comic book movie showdown. “It doesn’t make a lot of sense for two huge superhero films to open on the same date but there is a lot of time between now and 5/6/16,” said Dan Fellman, the president of domestic distribution for Warner Bros. “However at this time, we are not considering a change of date for Batman vs. Superman.” While Disney failed to comment, the president of domestic distribution for 21st Century Fox also weighed in on the matter: “A lot of films are announced many years in advance now, and some of it is posturing,” said Chris Aronson. »
Could we be getting a Justice League announcement soon? Well, this interesting tidbit appeared in this weekend’s New York Times…
As for DC Entertainment, cross-studio collaboration to make better use of its comic book characters appears to have accelerated considerably since Mr. Tsujihara took over, in part because he eliminated some management layers. (He has not named a chief operating officer and did not replace Mr. Rosenblum and Mr. Robinov, choosing instead to divide up their duties and assume some himself.) Two new television shows are coming to the CW and Fox, including one based on the Flash and another on a young Batman, and a film series will be announced in the near future, Mr. Tsujihara said. It is expected to include a “Justice League” movie.
It is only obvious they’re going to make an announcement at comic con. »
- El Mayimbe
Batting clean-up on the final day of CinemaCon 2014 was Warner Bros.' annual "The Big Picture" presentation, meant to showcase the studio's plethora of A-list stars and the fact that they tend to release the most movies per year, something that probably contributed to them become the #1 studio globally in 2013. Warners CEO Kevin Tsujihara introduced Dan Fellman and Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, Warner Bros. Presidents of Distribution Domestic and International, who then alternated to make introductions for the long list of movies and talent on hand to share it with exhibitors. Transcendence (April 18) Christopher Nolan's Oscar-winning cinematographer Wally Pfister was on-hand along with actors Johnny Depp and Morgan Freeman to present extended footage from the upcoming »
Las Vegas - Disney had the cache of Marvel and Pixar. 20th Century Fox might brought the showmanship and, arguably, the best slate of movies. Warner Bros., who was the last studio to present to the nation's theater owners Thursday afternoon, brought the star power. WB was the no. 1 studio domestically and internationally in 2013 and they celebrated by bringing out famous faces such as Johnny Depp, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum, Melissa McCarthy, Adam Sandler, Drew Barrymore and Mila Kunis to hype their individual 2014 releases. Not much was revealed about the 2015 slate or beyond that, but Warner Bros. Head of Distribution Dan Fellman did confirm that J.K. Rowling's "Fantastic Beasts" is in the pipeline. With that in mind, here's a rundown of the major films previewed during the event. [Spoilers ahead.] "Transcendence" Director: Wally Pfister Release Date: April 18 Talent on hand: Johnny Depp pointed to Morgan Freeman and said, "This is God. »
- Gregory Ellwood
Less is rarely more in the major business.
Warner Bros. rounded out the CinemaCon studio presentations with a lengthy bang, corralling filmmakers and stars to introduce the studio’s 2014 slate for summer and beyond.
Highlights included an exclusive extended first look at Clint Eastwood’s tuner “Jersey Boys,” as well as a retrospective of Peter Jackson’s “Lord of the Rings” series, which ends this year with “The Hobbit: There and Back Again.”
Eastwood came onstage to introduce the musical, joking that he’s old enough to remember all the different iterations of CinemaCon.
“I want to thank all of you here, and your parents, as well, when it was ShoWest,” Eastwood said, adding that the sound system at Caesars Palace’s Colosseum is a perfect place to introduce his film.
“We had a lot to live up to,” Eastwood said of “Jersey Boys.” “This sound system is blowing me clean out of my seat. »
- Andrew Stewart
This story first appeared in the March 14 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. The real estate ripple effect continues on a grand scale at Bighorn, an ultra-exclusive golf club 14 miles east of downtown Palm Springs. Mary Hart and Burt Sugarman, Warner Bros.' Dan Fellman, Legendary Entertainment's Bruce Rosenblum and producer Jerry Weintraub have houses in the 1,500-acre community, where properties go for as much as $40 million. Two 25,000-square-foot houses are under construction, part of a shift toward more massive desert retreats. "That's a substantial size for a second home,"
- Alexandria Abramian
As the year’s biggest box office breakout so far, Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow’s toon cross-over hit “The Lego Movie” surpassed the $200 million mark worldwide in less than two weeks of playtime.
Domestically, the film has amassed $146.3 million through Feb. 18, with an additional $60.4 million from 42 international territories, the largest being the U.K. and Mexico.
Though families were the pic’s initial driving force and should continue to be so in the ancillaries, unattached adults and fanboys have made the film a four-quadrant event, based on the popularity of the Lego brand, as well as a voice cast of famous comedians including Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Charlie Day, Jonah Hill and Will Ferrell.
“The Lego brand has captivated »
- Andrew Stewart
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