The Playlist says the reasoning behind Warner Brothers delaying the release of the film is mainly due to so many other potentially huge films being released that month that would lessen Man of Steel‘s chances of performing well at the box office. The main contenders are Disney’s The Lone Ranger, Fox’s Life of Pi, Quentin Tarantino‘s Django Unchained, and, of course, Peter Jackson‘s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey – another Warner Brothers film that would obviously compete with (and more than likely destroy) Man of Steel.
The Playlist points out the obvious in that that Warner Brothers is very smart in pushing the film back to 2013, as its only real competition that summer would be Iron Man 3, which will be released over a month before on May 3rd. Not only that, but Snyder‘s Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole and Sucker Punch were pretty much box office duds, and Bryan Singer‘s Superman Returns underperformed back in 2006 when it was released (hence the Man of Steel reboot). A lot is riding on this film to be a success, so hopefully this will give Snyder plenty of time to make the film work for audiences as well as the studio.