Captain America, Superman, Batman

Warner Bros, Marvel Studios

What would surely (by then, at least) be a hotly anticipated showdown between the heroes of Marvel and a veritable justice league's worth of DC Comics' finest isn't going to be taking place in 2016 after all.

After having pushed back the release date for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice by nearly a year so as to make it the best Batman vs. Superman it could be, Warner Bros. announced today that the film will now be released early!

Not as early as 2015, mind you, but earlier than May 6, 2016.

Instead, Batman v Superman, starring Ben Affleck as the Caped Crusader and Henry Cavill as the Man of Steel, will hit theaters March 25, 2016.

The new date allows the Zack Snyder-directed flick to avoid opening the same weekend as the as-yet untitled third Captain America film, which has a release date of May 6, 2016, going for it if not a script or anything else (besides Chris Evans as the titular hero, presumably) just yet.

With Captain America: Winter Soldier being one of the best-reviewed films in the modern Marvel canon to date and currently holding the box office record for best-ever April release, who would want to go up against that on opening weekend?

You'd literally have to be Superman to attempt it, and even then...

So far, no other major movie has been scheduled for May 6, 2016, and the next big releases are Alison in Wonderland: Through the Looking Glass and X Men: Apocalypse, both scheduled for May 27...for now.

As for Batman v Superman, it shares March 25, 2016, with the Beverly Hills Cop reboot.

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