20 Superhero Movies That Almost Happened

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Superhero genre cover imageFor all the great superhero cinema the last 35 years have offered, there is an equally great pantheon of what-could-have-beens, projects lost to development hell or directorial visions tossed aside for creative or production reasons. As one of those geeks who is almost as obsessed with how a film is made as the film itself, there’s a plethora of cautionary tales and missed opportunities to learn from. And there have been some epic pile-ups down Superhero Movie highway, from the decades-long fight to make a Superman movie, to aborted Batman features left and right, to cancelled spinoffs, passion projects and unorthodox adaptations. They’re all here.

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Sam Flynn

Sam Flynn

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  • Antonio

    First off, a Kathryn Bigelow directed X-Men film with Angela Bassett as Storm and Bob Haskins as Wolverine would’ve been EPIC and a Tarantino directed Luke Cage film would’ve been groundbreaking. I always wanted to see Superman Lives with Nic Cage, I personally think he would’ve done great as a broken and withered Superman. Most of these films would’ve been casting and production disasters tbfh

    • Boogie

      That Superman Lives sounds like crap.

      • Antonio

        Superman would’ve been older and battle worn and broken physically and mentally so Nic Cage would’ve pulled it off fine

  • Maxi Iroh

    Green Arrow: Supermax
    X-Men Origins: Magneto
    Superman Lives
    Justice League Mortal
    Luke Cage

    • Rob

      I am surprised that Green Arrow: Supermax never happened. Supposedly, the script was awesome. I figured they would have made it even if they repurposed it as a non-superhero movie.

  • Boogie

    22 clicks, but at least they didn’t take a long time to load as new pages. Thanks.

  • Nightwing

    I’m just bummed we never got to see Batman Beyond, maybe there’s still hope for it down the line of the current DCEU. On a side note, DC should really hire Matthew Vaughn for one of their future projects, he’s worked on adapting graphic novels into movies before, and they were all magnificent.

    • Rob

      Back when they announced that Batman Beyond movie, I had dreams of a Clint Eastwood Bruce Wayne. He may be too old now for the role.

      • Nightwing

        Yeah, a fantasy of mine as well. He looks like the older Bruce Wayne from the animated series, there was even a fan made trailer of BB featuring him as BW and Logan Lerman as Batman. Given Ben is older and has multiple movies as Batman, maybe once his run is over, we’ll finally get it.

  • Chris W

    I wish we got that Magneto movie. That was the best part of First Class for me.