Originally I was going to say that Comicbook.com was making a story out of nothing here, but they really aren’t. Kevin Feige refuses to move Captain America 3’s release date to not conflict with Batman vs. Superman on the same day… uh… right… why should he? Feige’s response is perfect too, but it’s also very PC, so let me translate it into the common tongue: “Why the fuck do I care what Warner Brothers does with their movie? I don’t work for them!”
Hollywood mentality is really dumb sometimes. “Oh my God, we can’t release two superhero movies the same day! Someone needs to move theirs.” This literally happens all the time. No other industry does this. Even in comics, Marvel doesn’t say “better not put out Captain America this week, there’s a Superman comic coming out.” The Pittsburgh Steelers don’t say “hey, we should move our game to Saturday because the Ravens are playing this Sunday.” When someone comes up with a hit reality show on CBS, do you know what NBC does? They make the same damn show and put it on at the same time. Or they just don’t care…
But for some reason, at least with Hollywood blockbusters, the studios tend to have this unwritten rule that “oh my god, we must play nice with each other.” It’d be like if I decided to make steak one night for dinner and suddenly I found out that the people down the street were having steak and I had to say “oh my god. Better make chicken and have steak next week.”
Ok, yes, I understand why. You’re trying to maximize your audience by making sure that you have the only geek movie premiering. But you know what else is premiering the same weekend? A bunch of stuff, probably. Usually about a dozen movies premiere any given weekend. You know what would be an even better way of maximizing your profit. Write a good movie and stop caring what the other guy does.
So good for you, Feige.