‘Batman vs. Superman’ Forces Ben Affleck to Push ‘Live By Night’ to 2016

Once slated for release on Christmas Day 2015, Warner Bros. will release the crime film on Oct. 7, 2016

Warner Bros. has pushed back Ben Affleck‘s crime movie “Live By Night” from Christmas Day 2015 to October 2016.

Affleck was forced to delay production once he was cast as Batman in Zack Snyder‘s untitled “Man of Steel” follow-up, which will hit theaters in May 2015. He also has to keep his late 2014 schedule open to promote David Fincher‘s “Gone Girl.”

“Live by Night” is based on the crime novel by Dennis Lehane and will serve as Affleck’s follow-up to “Argo,” which won an Oscar for Best Picture. Affleck is producing and starring in the film.

Also read: Lindsay Lohan Will Not Be Cast in Ben Affleck’s ‘Live By Night’

In other release date news, Warner Bros. has slated Jeff Nichols’ sci-fi movie “Midnight Special” for release on Nov. 25, 2015. Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, Michael Shannon and Adam Driver star in the film, which serves as Nichols’ studio debut.

Warner Animation Group has two feature films in the pipeline, though titles were not immediately revealed. Those films will hit theaters on Feb. 10, 2017 and Feb. 9, 2018. Both movies are in 3D and have those release dates to themselves for now.

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2018 is shaping up to be jam-packed with animated movies, with 20th Century Fox slated to release five, and Disney planning to release three.

Finally, WB scheduled an untitled New Line comedy for release on Nov. 13, 2015.