We’ve seen many good and bad comic book movies over the years, but with superheroes now dominating both the big and small screens, we seem to be entering a golden age for this genre with only the odd dud!
It used to be we would only get the odd 5* comic book adaptation among a sea of Fantastic Fours and Elektras, but things have turned around over the past few years and there are more of these movies on the way between now and 2020 than we can count (not including those which haven’t been announced).
Of course, looking back, there are many which never got made which could have been truly great and helped comic book fans and regular moviegoers alike endure awful releases such as Daredevil and Ghost Rider.
Here, we take a look at just 10 of the best sounding comic book movies which were scrapped or stuck in development hell. Which do you wish had reached the big screen?
10. Batman Beyond
Batman Beyond was an animated and comic book series focusing on Terry McGinnis, Gotham’s new Batman who a much older Bruce Wayne mentored years after retiring as the Caped Crusader.
Its popularity led to Warner Bros. giving a live-action adaptation the green light, and the cartoon’s creators, Paul Dini and Alan Burnett, were attached to write with Now You See Me helmer Boaz Yakin (hot off the success of Remember The Titans) lined up to direct. The movie had Terry McGinnis voice actor Will Friedle lined up to play him on the big screen and Michael Keaton was being eyed to return as a much older Dark Knight (though Paul Newman was also considered).
Sadly, what appeared to be an R-Rated script and various creative differences would lead to the studio deciding it wasn’t worth the hassle and this comic book character is still in limbo.