One predictable thing about the film industry is its unpredictability. It is almost heartbreaking when a new movie remains in the production stage and never releases.
Here is a list of 9 superhero movies that never released for us to see:
Darren Aronofsky’s Batman: Year One
In 2000, Aronofsky was working on the script for Year One with Frank Miller. He then confessed that this movie was a reinvention of its source material. Warner Bros. then scrapped this project in favor of some other Batman movie.
George Miller’s Justice League Mortal
The project was almost finished and then stopped. Its production had taken place before a writers’ strike in 2007.
Joel Schumacher’s Batman vs. Superman
Andrew Kevin Walker had approached Warner Bros. in 2001 with a pitch for a Batman vs. Superman. This studio attached Joel Schumacher as the director and Akiva Goldsman. His rewrite got Batman in a slump. Christian Bale was set to play Batman and Josh Hartnett was all ready to portray Superman. Warner Bros. then scrapped this effort and they decided to focus on separate hero movies.
James Cameron’s Spider-Man
Cameron presented Carloco Films a “scriptment” of Spider-Man. It had 42 pages and included villains like Electro and Sandman. Its final scene had Peter Parker revealing his identity to Mary Jane. The movie company then went bankrupt due to a few financial and legal issues.
Guillermo del Toro’s Doctor Strange
The sorcerer supreme almost had a movie in the late 2000s. Guillermo del Toro teased an effort with Neil Gaiman. But this movie did not get off the ground. And finally, Dr. Strange got a home in MCU.
Terry Gilliam’s Watchmen
Terry Gilliam had co-written with Charles McKeown on a script and hoped to raise $100 million for this project. But Joel Silver mustered only $25 million.
Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man 4
Raimi was supposed to direct a 4th movie in the Spider-Man run after Spider-Man 3 had earned $890 million. Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst were all set to reprise their roles. But Raimi did not get this script to work.
Quentin Tarantino’s Iron Man
Tarantino had been approached by 20th Century Fox. With successes like Reservoir Dogs, no one could blame this company for trying. The Iron Man license had been sold to New Line Cinema.
Tim Burton’s Superman Lives
Kevin Smith wrote the script and the re-writes had been implemented by Dan Gilroy and Wesley Strick. Nicholas Cage was supposed to play Superman. But Warner Bros. stopped this project.