Why DC Pushing ‘Batman vs. Superman’ Release to 2016 May Not Matter

While it may not seem like it right now, fans and investors have reason to be optimistic about Time Warner's (NYSE: TWX  ) decision to move Batman vs. Superman to 2016, Fool contributor Tim Beyers says in the following video.

Why? Arrow. The CW hit tends to draw anywhere between 2.5 million and 3.2 million viewers per episode thanks to a loyal fan base that star Stephen Amell engages with regularly via Facebook. There's no reason to rush a new film when co-creators Andrew Kreisberg, Greg Berlanti, and Marc Guggenheim and the Arrow writing team are already performing so much of the spade work to develop the DC Cinematic Universe, Tim argues.

The risk in waiting, of course, is that Walt Disney will have at least four Marvel films plus (presumably) multiple seasons of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. before Warners and DC get Batman vs. Superman in front of audiences. Or how about 21st Century Fox and Sony, which are aggressively developing Marvel's Fantastic Four, X-Men, and Amazing Spider-Man properties?

Tim isn't concerned, if only because Arrow has a history of introducing new characters while drawing in audiences. Take the recent episode "Blast Radius," in which actor Sean Maher appears as the DC villain Shrapnel. There's also Grant Gustin's Barry Allen, who accelerated ratings for episodes 8 and 9 while teasing a forthcoming pilot for The Flash. Warners isn't dependent on Batman vs. Superman to reach audiences.

Now it's your turn to weigh in. Do you agree with DC's decision to move Batman vs. Superman to 2016? If not, what would you have done differently? Please watch the video to get Tim's full take and then leave a comment to let us know where you stand.

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Tim Beyers

Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at or send email to For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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