Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice will now have to compete against another hit superhero franchise when the film debuts this coming March. While fans eagerly await the premiere of Batman v Superman, it now appears as though the second season of Daredevil will be released on the same date. Will this move hurt the film’s production in the box office?
According to a report by Comic Book Movie, producers have decided to release the new season of Daredevil on March 25, the same date Batman v Superman is scheduled to premiere. Theaters will release the film the night before, so it should have a good head start going into the weekend. However, it will be interesting to see if the simultaneous release date will have a negative impact on movie goers, many of whom might decide to stay home and watch Daredevil over going out to the theater.
Although it cannot be known for certain, Netflix’s decision to debut the second season of Daredevil on March 25 appears to be a deliberate move to compete against Batman v Superman. The film was first scheduled to premiere in theaters in May, but the studio decided the move up the release date after Marvel revealed that Captain America: Civil War would also air in May.
That being said, competing against Daredevil is not on the same level as going head to head with Captain America: Civil War. With the two projects being released in completely different formats, a similar premiere date might have little impact on Batman v Superman’s box office numbers. This is especially true considering all of the hype surrounding DC’s upcoming film.
If anything, fans of both franchises will take the time to watch Batman v Superman and then spend the weekend binge watching Daredevil. If that turns out to be the case, then both Daredevil and Batman v Superman will come out as winners in a superhero-filled weekend. Either way, the similar release date is less likely to hurt Netflix, given the convenience factor of remaining home to watch a show over going out to a movie.
However, according to Collider, DC Comics might have something to worry about given the success of the first season of Daredevil. In fact, with the characters venturing into new territory and the show’s inclusion of additional superheroes, the new season is set to be another hit for the streaming service. The only question remaining is if Daredevil can create buzz to keep fans from going out and enjoying Ben Affleck’s debut as the new Batman.
Daredevil’s second season stars Charlie Cox (Daredevil), Elden Hensen (Foggy Nelson), Deborah Ann Woll (Karen Page), Rosario Dawson (Claire Temple), and Scott Glenn (Stick). The new season is also set to introduce a few new characters, including Elektra, played by Elodie Yung from G.I. Joe: Retaliation, and The Punisher, played by Jon Bernthal from the Walking Dead.
In speaking about the coming season, creator Doug Petrie promised fans that season two would include storylines relevant to modern day. This includes vigilante justice and the relationship between citizens and the police.
“Taking lethal justice into your own hands in America in 2015 is tricky s**t. We have not shied away from the rich complicated reality of Now. If you’ve got a gun and you’re not the police you’re going to incite strong feelings,” he stated. “We’re stirring the pot and we’re aware of the headlines where we live and we’re trying to get people to think.”
For now, we will have to just wait and see if Daredevil’s new release date impacts Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, both of which are scheduled to be released on March 25, 2016.
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