20 Superhero Movies That Almost Happened


For 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

Sam is a writer and journalist whose passion for pop culture burns with the fire of a thousand suns and at least three LED lamps.