Marvel has taken advantage of Warner Bros. pushing its Man of Steel follow-up from July 2015 to May 6, 2016. Marvel announced today that Ant-Man will now open two weeks earlier than planned, taking Batman vs. Superman’s old date of July 17, 2015 where it will square off against WB’s untitled Peter Pan film directed by Joe Wright. The Ant-Man news has been picking up in recent weeks, as Paul Rudd was first confirmed to be leading writer/director Edgar Wright’s film, then we learned that Michael Douglas will play the original Ant-Man Hank Pym. Most recently, Michael Pena (End of Watch) and Clifton Collins Jr. (Pacific Rim) have been eyed for roles in the Marvel pic. This is the second release date shift for Ant-Man, which was initially slated for November 2015 before moving to July 31st.
Though Marvel is certainly taking advantage of the DC property’s move, it comes with a caveat. Batman vs. Superman’s new release date of May 6, 2016 is currently set directly opposite an untitled Marvel film, and Warner Bros. likely won’t be budging. Expect that untitled second film of Marvel’s Phase Three (Doctor Strange, perhaps?) to move into another 2016 slot.