Early 2014 is going to be an incredibly busy time when it comes to Hollywood productions. Star Wars: Episode VII, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Man Of Steel 2 also known as Superman vs. Batman, which is yet to be named, are all set to start filming at almost the same time.
After the monumental announcement that Ben Affleck was going to play Batman in Zack Snyder’s production of the sequel to Man Of Steel, everything seems to be falling into place for next year.
The Avengers: Age Of Ultron from Marvel is set to start filming in March, Disney’s Star Wars: Episode VII from director J.J. Abrams will begin production sometime at the start of 2014, and now it has been announced that the sequel to Man Of Steel has been slated to start shooting in February 2014.
That is three of Hollywood’s biggest franchises in history being filmed almost simultaneously. A movie nerd’s dream come true.
Star Wars: Episode VII is the first in the saga being produced by Disney, The Avengers: Age Of Ultron the Joss Whedon sequel and Man Of Steel 2, which will see Henry Cavill returning as Superman to fight against Ben Affleck’s Batman for the first time ever, are massive productions with mega budgets and all star casts.
It is not clear when Star Wars is being released, there was a May 2015 date, in keeping with previous releases in the saga, but a recent report suggests that Disney is moving its release to December of 2015.
May can present a problem for Disney, since The Avengers sequel is slated to open May 1. Past Star Wars have opened on May 4, which is known as “Star Wars Day”.
But later months could also present problems, 2015 is shaping up to be even bigger than 2013 in terms of blockbusters. Terminator 5 will open in June 2015, while July 17 will see the new Man Of Steel sequel.
The possible December 2015, could be Disney’s best bet, since another blockbuster The Hunger Games: Catching Fire opens on November 22.
Star Wars could benefit from the holiday moviegoers. Let’s not forget that Avatar, the highest grossing movie in history, opened in December 2009.
As to Ben Affleck and his new role, it is being reported by Heat Vision via Collider that he will be one busy man. Affleck will film Gone Girl from September until February and go straight into Man Of Steel which lasts until August, so he will effectively be working non-stop for about a year.
After Man Of Steel wraps, Affleck is set to begin working on Argo’s sequel. Are you following?
It appears the only thing to decide now is when Star Wars will debut, the delay is not a bad thing for director J.J. Abrams, he will have more time to complete production. As far as The Avengers the big question is if Joss Whedon will kill a major character in 2015 and for Man Of Steel, we have Batman and a release date, now Zack Snyder has to deliver.