7 Superman Movies That Never Ended Up Happening

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Henry Cavill as Superman in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

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The final son of Krypton had the dignity (and curse?) of being the primary superhero to spawn a franchise of blockbusters again within the ‘70s with Christopher Reeves’ portrayal. Superman motion pictures have remained a staple in Hollywood over time, however not with out some rising pains. At the same time as a mustachioed Henry Cavill joined Zack Snyder to disclose the upcoming thrilling return of the Man of Metal for the filmmaker’s long-awaited model of Justice League coming to HBO Max, Warner Bros is technically at a stand nonetheless with Kal-El.

There have been a ton of Superman initiatives that have been within the works at one time however by no means made it far sufficient into manufacturing. What’s stunning is the quantity of esteemed filmmakers which were on the heart of those scrapped initiatives on the hero previously 30 years. Let’s undergo them:

Superman Reborn comic book cover

Jonathan Lemkin’s Superman Reborn

Again within the early ‘90s after The Loss of life of Superman comedian guide crossover occasion made waves, Warner Bros was looking for a comeback for the superhero. The studio bought the storyline from DC and employed Jonathan Lemkin (Satan’s Advocate, Deadly Weapon 4) to jot down a script. Lemkin got here up with a storyline that concerned Superman dropping a large struggle with Doomsday. Simply as he reaches his loss of life, his life pressure goes via Lois Lane and he or she finally ends up being impregnated together with his baby via virgin start. Sure. This was an precise Superman script.

Lois’ baby rapidly grows into an grownup within the matter of some weeks as a resurrected Superman who finishes the job for Sups. Warner Bros reportedly handed on the script as a result of it had too many similarities with Bruce’s arc in Batman Perpetually, in line with The Best Sci-fi Movies Never Made. Hey I don’t see it, however there you’ve it, that is the story of why Superman Reborn by no means obtained previous the script course of.

Nicolas Cage as Superman in Tim Burton's Superman Lives from 2015 The Death of Superman Lives docume

Kevin Smith And Tim Burton’s Superman Lives with Nicolas Cage

Script-writing duties have been then positioned into the palms of Kevin Smith, who had damaged out with Clerks and Mallrats on the time. His movie referred to as Superman Lives additionally included Doomsday, however beneath the orders of Brainiac and Lex Luthor. The villains outsmart Superman by blocking the Solar (the supply of his powers) from him. However he’s then resurrected by the Eradicator, a Kryptonian robotic, and turns into sheathed in a robotic swimsuit to take down Brainiac.

Following his work on the Batman motion pictures, Tim Burton was employed to direct the script and Nicolas Cage got here on board to play Superman. Smith had initially thought up Ben Affleck for the function and another frequent collaborators in key roles equivalent to Michael Rooker as Lex Luthor and Jason Mewes as Brainiac. Large names equivalent to Kevin Spacey, Sandra Bullock and Chris Rock have been finally approached, but it surely was later placed on maintain for being too costly. Burton moved on to Sleepy Hole and its since develop into one of the crucial well-known motion pictures that by no means occurred.

Batman vs Superman poster in I Am Legend

Wolfgang Peterson’s Batman vs. Superman

Wolfgang Peterson, the director of Das Boot and Outbreak was as soon as hooked up to creating a earlier Batman vs. Superman team-up movie in 2001 primarily based off an thought from Seven author Andrew Kevin Walker. The pitch adopted a newly divorced Superman and a newlywed Batman, who has misplaced Robin, Alfred and Gordan and hung up his cape. When the Joker murders his new spouse, Bruce blames his greatest man Sups for heartbreak and a rivalry kinds.

It was set to shoot in 2003 forward of its summer time 2004 launch date earlier than Warner Bros modified their minds and determined to give attention to impartial Batman and Superman initiatives. Wolfgang Petersen revealed that Christian Bale was within the working for Superman to MTV again in 2010. One author Akiva Goldsman determined so as to add a enjoyable Easter Egg in I Am Legend for the cancelled movie: a poster of the brand (peek the above picture).

Superman flying in DC Comic books

J.J. Abrams and Brett Ratner’s Superman: Flyby

Earlier than he did Star Trek or Star Wars and even earlier than LOST, J.J. Abrams virtually wrote a Superman film. Again in 2002, Abrams was employed to jot down a brand new origin film for Clark Kent following his early success with Armageddon, Felicity and Alias. At first his script was placed on maintain for the Batman vs. Superman script, however as soon as he turned in a rewrite then the previous was positioned on maintain. Rush Hour director Brett Ratner was employed to direct, Christopher Reeve was placed on as a marketing consultant and actors together with Paul Walker, Brendan Fraser and Jude Legislation have been thought-about.

The script saved Krypton standing after Kal-El’s journey to Earth. It centered on Jor-El’s evil brother Kata-Zor who sends Jor-El to jail and launches his son to Earth. As soon as Superman turns into widespread on the planet, Kata-Zor and three of his companions enterprise to Earth to defeat him. Clark dies and finds himself together with his dad Jor-El in Kryptonian heaven (who dedicated suicide in jail). Superman someway will get resurrected and goes again to Earth to complete the job. Through the years, some superior storyboards have been revealed concerning the mission that by no means was. Ratner left resulting from casting difficulties and Charlie’s Angels’ director McG got here on board earlier than Bryan Singer was changed to make 2006’s Superman Returns.

Brandon Routh in 2006's Superman Returns

Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns 2 with Brandon Routh

Superman Returns made some cash for Warner Bros, however not sufficient for the studio to pursue the deliberate 2009 sequel Superman Returns 2: The Man of Metal. Months earlier than the discharge of Superman Returns, the sequel was introduced with the core forged set to return and Bryan Singer again as director. The film was anticipated to lastly convey Brainiac to the large display and introduce Metallo.

Singer as an alternative went on to make Valkyrie as an alternative and plans for Christopher Nolan’s Man of Metal reboot started to take form. Brandon Routh by no means obtained to reprise his model of Kal-El in one other film, however the actor did not too long ago resume the function in Arrowverse’s Disaster on Infinite Earths crossover occasion in 2019 alongside Smallville’s Tom Welling.

D.J. Cotrona as Pedro in Shazam!

George Miller’s Justice League: Mortal with D.J. Cotrona

One other particularly high-profile Superman mission that by no means occurred is George Miller’s Justice League: Mortal. The film to be directed by the Mad Max: Fury Highway filmmaker was additionally in growth following Superman Returns and would have supplied a contemporary new tackle the superhero style. D.J. Cotrona was employed to play Superman, Armie Hammer was to be Batman, Megan Gale as Marvel Girl, Adam Brody as Flash, Frequent as Inexperienced Lantern, Hugh Keays-Byrne as Martian Manhunter, Jay Baruchel as Maxwell Lord and Teresa Palmer would play Talia Al Ghul.

Cotrona described it as “allegorical, like a narrative of Greek Gods” and Brody thinks it could have “been a basic.” This film fell via the cracks resulting from sick timing. Warner Bros needed extra work to be completed on the script simply because the 2007-2008 Writers Guild of America strike was in impact. Oddly sufficient, Cotrona and Brody each suited up within the third act of Shazam! As grownup superhero variations of Billy Batson’s adopted brothers.

Henry Cavill as Superman in 2013's Man of Steel

Man of Metal 2?

It took seven years between Superman Returns and Man of Metal, however many would agree it was definitely worth the wait. Henry Cavill was an unimaginable alternative for the function and Zack Snyder’s imaginative and prescient for the character was an thrilling one. In 2014, a sequel was introduced to be within the works (with the potential of George Miller helming even a chance). It was reported that Man of Metal was a part of a three-film arc till plans to convey Batman v Superman: Daybreak of Justice and Justice League took precedence over one other standalone flick.

Again in 2018, it was rumored that Henry Cavill was completed with the DC universe and different comedian guide initiatives have been being moved forward of one other Man of Metal film. In late 2019, Cavill assured followers that he has “not given up the function” and up to date the standing of the hero’s future as “you’ll see”. The actor does have a packed schedule between The Witcher and an upcoming Sherlock Holmes movie, however maybe the character will discover regained curiosity with 2021’s launch of Snyder Minimize?

It has been no simple journey for Superman motion pictures. What do you assume? In the event you might save on Man of Metal mission, which one would you wish to see? Vote in our ballot beneath.

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