Batman vs. Superman vs. Captain America 3 in 2016

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With D.C. and their Hollywood mates Warner Bros. moving Zack Snyder’s “Batman vs. Superman” all the way to 2016 in order to escape, one presumes, the wrath of Joss Whedon’s “The Avengers: Age of Ultron” in 2015, it was curious to see how Marvel would react. Marvel, as they are wont to do, already have two films set for Summer 2016, including a previously unidentified flick set for May 6, 2016 — which also happens to be the new date for “Batman vs. Superman.”

Batman Superman Comic BookTHR now reports that they’ve uncovered the identity of that Marvel film — it will be none other than the third “Captain America” movie, with the brothers Russo returning to direct post-“Captain America: The Winter Soldier.” The studio was apparently so satisfied with “Winter Soldier” that they inked the brothers for the third installment and moved ahead with development back in January (along with a third “Thor” movie).

Of course, it’s entirely possible either Marvel or D.C. will blink and move their respective film to another date, where won’t have to battle tooth and nail for the #1 title on opening weekend. That’s the smart move, anyway, but being that Hollywood is run by egomaniacs, who the hell knows, they could very well want to see whose, er, comic book issues are bigger.

One thing’s for sure — “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” looks pretty good. Meanwhile, who the heck knows what’s going on with “Batman vs. Superman.” That movie is like a dinosaur, lumbering its way toward production. Actually, that pretty much typifies how Warner Bros. approaches their superhero titles, so maybe it’s appropriate.

Either way, 2016 just got real interesting.