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Surprising news emerged yesterday as Warner Brothers announced that “Jupiter Ascending”, due out in less than two months in July, would be delayed until February 6, 2015. It’s rare for movies to be delayed within six months of release. But less than two months? Should fans be worried? Let’s find out.

The reason: Officially, WB said it’s because they need more time to finish special effects. Frankly, I find that hard to believe. You’d think the studio would know a lot sooner the film wouldn’t finish in time. The bigger issue may come in the form of a new release hitting theaters this weekend.

“Edge of Tomorrow”, starring Tom Cruise, is being released in the U.S. on Friday. It’s getting great reviews (currently at 91 percent at Rotten Tomatoes), but it’s underperforming greatly overseas and there’s a sense that the movie will be a misfire domestically. Coupled with a lack of overall buzz for “Jupiter Ascending”, and the more likely scenario is WB is getting cold feet and doesn’t want to have two big budget sci-fi bombs in the same summer.

Why you should be worried: It’s almost never a good sign to see movies be delayed, especially to a time of year when most studios dump films that aren’t very good at. And a delay like this harkens back to films like “47 Ronin” where, despite all the damage control that studio tried to do, the film just suffered from issues on set and wasn’t very good.

Why you should be optimistic: There are a number of reasons to have faith. First, it’s opening the same weekend “The Lego Movie” came out, which is still this year’s highest grossing film (though not for long). “World War Z”, starring Brad Pitt, had its share of production problems, yet was successful both commercially and critically. And “Jupiter Ascending” stars two bright, young stars in Channing Tatum and Mila Kunis.

I thought the trailers have all looked very good so far. In short, there’s a lot of potential here and perhaps WB is just setting up “Jupiter Ascending” as the first blockbuster of 2015.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Guillermo del Toro’s “Pacific Rim” underperformed at the domestic box office. But a big opening day in China, where it earned $9 million, or more than any other film Warner Brothers has made in a single day there, has talks of a sequel becoming much more realistic. Del Toro event teased a possible mash up with Godzilla…Fingers crossed.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

“Dumb & Dumber To” back on

Warner Brothers decided to drop the “Dumb & Dumber” sequel, appropriately titled “Dumb & Dumber To” a couple weeks ago. Peter and Bobby Farrelly were ready to go apparently with Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels returning. The good news is fans still might see it. Universal has picked up the rights to the film and plans to move ahead.

On one hand, I’m skeptical and question why we need a sequel. On the other hand Carrey is famous for not doing sequels, so maybe he’s seen the script and it’ll be really good. Though the Farrelly brothers’ recent history would suggest otherwise.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

This seems a bit quick, but “Fast and Furious 6” directed by Justin Lin is seeing its sequel, “Fast and Furious 7” from James Wan being released next year. Reports are that Warner Brothers wants a “Man of Steel” sequel, which has earned $125.1 million already, to come out in 2014 with a “Justice League” film to follow in 2015. It makes a little bit of sense because WB has slated a 2015 release for a JLA film for a while now. But that’s not much time for Zack Snyder and writer David Goyer to prep a script and get everything done in time.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas2gmail.com.

Warner Brothers is probably celebrating today. Director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan teamed up for a new Superman film “Man of Steel”. And audiences turned out in droves, earning $113.1 million and $125.1 million if you include the Thursday night shows. Both numbers top the previous June record of $110 million set by “Toy Story 3”. The film now has earned more than double of “Superman Returns” total domestic take of $200.1 million already.

“This is the End”, the comedy starring Seth Rogen, James Franco and a host of others earned $32.8 million since opening on Wednesday.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

No huge surprise here. Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” has a lot of buzz behind it and should explode at the box office. Now comes news that Warner Brothers has green lit a sequel with Snyder returning as well as writer David S. Goyer. But the real news is that Goyer apparently has a three-picture deal, two Superman films and a “Justice League” film. Does this mean it’s close to coming out? We’ll find out. “Man of Steel” stars Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Laurence Fishburne, Michael Shannon, Kevin Costner, Russell Crowe, Diane Lane and more.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

It was supposed to be one of the most competitive weekends this summer, but Memorial Day weekend saw “Fast and Furious 6” dominate. The film earned an estimated $96 million over the three day weekend and $120 million over four days. “The Hangover Part III” opened to less than half of that with a $41 million three day start and now has a five day start of $63 million. “Epic” is off to a $42 million four day start.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

With Zack Snyder’s “Man of Steel” about to be released, Superman/Clark Kent himself, Henry Cavill talked about the possibility of a Batman/Superman movie. Here’s what he told SFX.

“I think it would be really interesting with the age-old Batman/Superman conflict because they are two different sides of the same coin and their methods are entirely different. And I think it would actually make for an interesting story as to why, first of all, they were going head to head and how. I think that would make a great story,” Cavill said. 

When asked if this is actually a possibility, Cavill replied:

“Who knows, I’m sure there’s all sorts of ideas being thrown around at Warner Bros right now.”

Of course Christian Bale was the most recent Batman, but he said he’s done.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

A year before Peter Jackson took people to Middle Earth in “The Lord of the Rings”, “Dungeons & Dragons” hit theaters. Starring Jeremy Irons and Marlon Wayans the film was a critical and financial disaster. But WB has the rights and is bringing it back to the big screen. And it’ll happen fast since the studio is using a completed script called “Chainmail” and converting it to work in the DD universe. Bad news is the screenwriter, David Johnson, wrote “Wrath of the Titans” and “Red Riding Hood”.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.

Empire Magazine is reporting that “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder will be offered the director’s job for WB’s “Justice League” film, which is still planned for a 2015 release. The only catch? That the offer is contingent upon how well “Man of Steel” does this summer. It makes sense. Christopher Nolan said no to the JL film so Snyder would be the obvious next choice. If the latest trailer is any indication, Snyder shouldn’t have too much to worry about, although “Superman Returns” failed to find a big audience.

Lukas Eggen can be reached at eggen.lukas@gmail.com.