(Or... Batman VS Superman Delayed)
Warner Bros. have announced that their Justice League movie's release date has been moved from July 17, 2015 to May 6, 2016. I may be wrong but this delay only helps solidify my speculation that Man of Steel 2, A.K.A. Batman Vs Superman will in fact be a Justice League origin story.
My only worry is that it all could be a case of history repeating its self. Some may read this as Warner Bros. being cautious and making sure they get the film right but then there's the ill fated 2007 George Miller Justice League movie for a sense of déjà vu.
That movie had most of the principal characters cast and being fitted for costumes before it was finally shelved. From what I understand of the current film's production schedule, most of the characters have been cast and Batman (possibly even Wonder Woman) already have their costumes ready.
I'm not saying the current production is in trouble but they did get Chris Terrio in to do a re-write of a script by David Goyer (the guy who co-wrote all of Nolan's Batman films and Man of Steel) who knows comic books inside and out.
It's very possible Goyer's tired of how this film went from Man of Steel 2 to World's Finest in such a short space of time and didn't want to do yet another rewrite.
I sure hope all's good but Ben Affleck isn't getting any younger. If he turns out to be a fantastic Batman he's going to be nearly 50 by the time he gets a shot at a solo Batman film. As much as I want to see a Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman (and who the hell else they can cram into this) DC Universe film, I really would like to see a new Batman movie.
One that features an established Batman facing established villains without being hamstrung by flash backs to his parents death. Maybe even a Batman film with Robin at his side, not being a teenage pain in the ass and being part of a 'dynamic duo' - like he was in the 1949 movie series and the 60's TV Series.
The most important thing of all is, I'm not getting any younger either. I'm about the same age as Ben Affleck. I'd like to see more Batman movies coming out sooner. More time doesn't necessarily mean better quality.
Would be great if Warner could set up DC Entertainment with a similar contractual arrangement as Marvel has with Disney, then just let them get on with the business of turning out two DC movies per year. They don't even, all have to be Batman.
Marvel are the company taking all the risks. It's not like Warner doesn't have a proven business model to follow.
Stop dicking about and get it done!