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The Man Of Steel Sequel Featuring Wonder Woman & Batman Has Been Pushed Back To 2016

Faster than a speeding bullet!

As Scooby Doo would say, “Ruh roh!” 

Previously set for July 17, 2015, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel sequel has officially been moved to May 6, 2016 according to Variety. Warner Bros. will be replacing the original release date with Joe Wright’s Peter Pan origin story, Pan.

Let’s talk about how this is nothing but good news.

Man of Steel 2 was getting a little out of control. First there was the huge announcement of the Superman film including Batman in a big way. Then they cast Ben Affleck. Then there were Wonder Woman rumors and Gal Gadot was actually cast in the role. No one really knew how any of this would work on screen (well, presumably Snyder but we can’t even be sure of that) but it did open the flood gates for Justice League talk. Dwayne Johnson and Jason Momoa are names being thrown around for possible hero roles (though Momoa has denied the talks).

Bottom line? This sounded like way too much, happening way too fast. So regardless of why it’s getting pushed back, the extended work time is a good thing. Even if it means whatever script they were working with originally was crap, it means they are trying to make a stronger end product. We already learned Affleck’s Argo screenwriter Chris Terrio had been brought on board to write a draft, so I’m leaning toward that being the case, and crossing my fingers Terrio pulls out something fantastic. Warner’s statement said the move was to “allow the filmmakers time to realize fully their vision, given the complex visual nature of the story.”

The date change moves the film to the year Warner originally intended for their Justice League project, which lends more credence to the Man of Steel sequel turning into that, and out of the very crowded 2015 schedule of  Things Nerds Will Go Watch. However, at the moment, the new date sets it against an untitled Marvel Entertainment film and close to X-Men: Apocalypse.

What are your thoughts on the change?

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Jill Pantozzi is a pop-culture journalist and host who writes about all things nerdy and beyond! She’s Editor in Chief of the geek girl culture site The Mary Sue (Abrams Media Network), and hosts her own blog “Has Boobs, Reads Comics” (TheNerdyBird.com). She co-hosts the Crazy Sexy Geeks podcast along with superhero historian Alan Kistler, contributed to a book of essays titled “Chicks Read Comics,” (Mad Norwegian Press) and had her first comic book story in the IDW anthology, “Womanthology.” In 2012, she was featured on National Geographic’s "Comic Store Heroes," a documentary on the lives of comic book fans and the following year she was one of many Batman fans profiled in the documentary, "Legends of the Knight."