moves to July 17, 2015; Superman/Batman
shifts to 2016 - 23rd January 2014
Complex - Los Angeles Times)
Rudd will star in Edgar Wrights Ant-Man.
(Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images)
has a new release date.
Marvel film, starring Michael Douglas as Hank Pym
and Paul Rudd as Scott Lang, now will open July 17,
2015. Thats two weeks earlier than its planned
July 31 release date; it moves into the date that
had been reserved as the opening of Zack Snyders
untitled Man of Steel sequel featuring
Henry Cavill as Superman and Ben Affleck as Batman.
announced the change on
its website Thursday.
week, in a surprise move, Warners pushed back its
Superman/Batman project, which also will
feature an appearance from Wonder Woman as played
by Israeli actress Gal Gadot, shifting the blockbuster
to May 6, 2016. A release issued by the studio said
the move was designed to allow the filmmakers
time to realize fully their vision, given the complex
visual nature of the story.
Man of Steel sequel goes into production
later this year, and is set to film in Michigan. The
was originally announced last year at San Diegos
is poised to become a new franchise for Marvel, with
Douglas set to play the original Avengers member,
a scientist who, in the comics, invents a shrinking
serum that allows him to sneak around in miniature
form and surprise foes. Rudds character, meanwhile,
is a reformed thief and the second superhero to take
the name Ant-Man.
unclear whether either incarnation of the diminutive
hero will appear in writer-director Joss Whedons
upcoming Avengers sequel, Avengers:
Age of Ultron, which also is set for release
in 2015. In the comics, Pym is the creator of Ultron,
an automaton that becomes a supervillain.
embarks on Ant-Man after the success of
last summers The Worlds End,
his third film collaboration with actors Simon Pegg
and Nick Frost. The trios Cornetto Trilogy
Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz
and Worlds End established
Wright as an especially beloved figure among the fan
community, his films fusing humor and heart within
been attached to the project for some time
he debuted Ant-Man test footage that showcased
the helmeted hero growing and shrinking in size at
Comic-Con in 2012.
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