Warner Brothers announced Thursday that the release date for the new Zack Snyder-helmed Superman flick, The Man of Steel, has been pushed from a 2012 release to a June 14, 2013 release.
Hopefully this is just an indication that Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan want to do things right or not do them at all, but who knows at this point. The film’s cast, which so far includes Henry Cavill as Superman and Amy Adams as Lois Lane, is still on bard…we think. As far as what this means for the franchise, Mike Garrett over at Deadline had an interesting point to make:
The distribution calendar is just forming for films that far in advance, but what’s also interesting about that date is it strays close to the expiration of certain rights that revert back to the estates of creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Warner Bros has spent a fortune defending its position to keep the Superman rights–some say as much as $25 million in legal fees–but right now it looks like there will be a splitting of rights between the creator estates and DC Comics. As long as the film has been shot, Warner Bros won’t have problems releasing the films, but you don’t reboot Superman to make one movie, so there will likely have to be some stunning court decision or a major payday for those heirs if Man of Steel is to soar in a trilogy of movies.
So now even if it tanks, the flick is automatically more expensive and logistically difficult? At least The Dark Knight Rises is on schedule.