Despite having a director, a script, and a huge chunk of its cast ready to go, Warner Bros’ upcoming re-re-boot of the Superman franchise is going to have to wait a while before it comes to theaters. Originally the film was scheduled to have a December 2012 release, but Warners has officially announced, while all eyes are on the San Diego Comic Con and comic properties in general, that they are pushing the film back six months to June 14, 2013.

No reasons for the move are explicitly given, but there are a few that can be inferred. This is a project that has been rushed and in a bit of turmoil ever since its inception, largely due to copyright issues that Warners is having with the families of Superman’s creators. In order to hold on to the rights for this film, the studio has to have it in production by the end of 2012. That will still happen under the new plan, the film just won’t be released until 2013.

Also, there have been rumors of script issues, specifically problems with the third act, and pushing back the schedule a bit would give Snyder and his writers a chance to better iron those out. But maybe, most prominently, Warner Bros. already has a huge tent pole movie coming out in December of 2012 in The Hobbit. It would seem stupid to split their promotion power between two potentially huge films in the same month. Conversely, summer of 2013 is looking pretty bare for the studio, so moving Man of Steel gives them a big feature to promote.

While a movie taking this big a step back can often be viewed as signs of trouble, maybe something isn’t working out with the director or a big star, maybe new people in charge aren’t happy with the direction of the project, etc… I’m going to choose to take this postponement as a good sign. A sign that Warners is taking its super hero franchises seriously and trying to put out the best product possible. Now that they’ve got their copyright problems taken care of, why not take a little more time to get this picture polished? Or is that too naïve?

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