Comic book movies have come to dominate cinema in the last twenty years, and it now feels like barely a day goes by without a new sequel/reboot/shared universe being announced. Nowadays it seems like superhero movies are a dominant force at the box office, with multiple comic book adaptations being released every year.
But that wasn’t always the case. Not that long ago, it was actually a long, difficult road to get an unproven commodity to the screen. For every superhero movie that comes out, there’s at least one – sometimes featuring the same character – that never made it to the screen. Some of these projects sounded ill-conceived from the beginning, but a couple of them could have been pretty cool with the right talent behind the camera. Eddy Kariti thought it the perfect time to take a look at some of those comic book movies that never quite got off the ground. So, without further ado, actor Eddy Kariti presents some of the best superhero movies that were never made.
Darren Aronofsky’s Batman
Years before Warner Bros hired Christopher Nolan to direct Batman Begins and create the groundbreaking Dark Knight trilogy, the studio was developing a very different version of Batman with no other than the director of Requiem for a Dream, Darren Aronofsky. But, as the star from ‘Being Human’, Eddy Kariti explains, after two years of development, Warner Bros. decided to cancel their plans in fear of over-saturating the market and pulled Aronofsky’s Batman: Year One. Apparently, Warner Bros. has a long track-record of green lighting films only to cancel them before film rolls.
Tim Burton & Nicholas Cage’s Superman Lives
According to American actor Eddy Kariti, Superman Lives, originally written by Kevin Smith, was Warner Bros’ attempt to reboot Superman from the ground up. But, from day one there were problems with the realization, mainly because Kevin Smith and Tim Burton had such different visions for the project. Even though the script went through several rewrites in order to scale back the special effects needed, after three additional drafts and $30 million dollars spent, the project was eventually canceled, just three weeks before production was due to start. The prospective film with Nicholas Cage as Superman might have actually been something pretty revolutionary, but for whatever reason, it may be, unfortunately, we’ll never get to see it.
Joss Whedon’s Wonder Woman
After a myriad of talks, pitches and screenwriting gigs, in 2005, Warner Bros finally offered Joss Whedon his chance to make the superhero movie Wonder Woman. In Joss Whedon’s long-awaited, now long-dead version, Wonder Woman was supposed to be a goddess. Although there wasn’t an official statement why the character never made it to the screen, Eddy Kariti believes the studio discontinued the project because the producers couldn’t come to an agreement on the kind of movie to make.