'Ant-Man' Release Date Pushed Forward, Replaces 'Batman vs Superman;' Edgar Wright Talks Stand-Alone Film [VIDEO]

Superman vs. Batman is out and Ant-Man is in.

The Man of Steel sequel has been pushed back to May 2016 and Marvel's Ant-Man has swooped in to take the DC film's July 17, 2015 release date.

The pintsized superhero will be entering theaters a mere two weeks earlier than it's original July 31 date but the lesser-known title will now escape being double-teamed by Supes and the Caped Crusader.

Directed by Edgar Wright (Shaun of the Dead), Ant-Man is the first film of Marvel's Phase Three and the second endeavor that does not feature a member of the Avengers. The long-gestating project should get an extra publicity boost from the Avengers: Age of Ultron, which will release three months prior, and the project has been made more attractive by the notion that viewers don't have to be familiar with Ant-Man when they walk into the theater.

"That's the appeal of it to us and the way that we wrote the script was for it to be a stand-alone genre film," Wright told MTV. "This should be the same with any kind of adaptation; you shouldn't have to have any prior knowledge of it."

Paul Rudd has signed on to portray the titled character while Michael Douglas is also attached to the project.

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