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20 Superhero Movies That Couldn't Fly All The Way To The Big Screen

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 25, 2013 2:18 PM
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Superhero movies that never came to pass
This weekend "The Wolverine," starring Hugh Jackman as the adamantium-clawed avenger (is he ever not playing Wolverine?), will be slashing its way onto screens nationwide. But as fans know, this wasn't the original vision that Jackman and Fox had in mind. No, that version was to be helmed by Darren Aronofsky as his follow-up to his Oscar-winning "Black Swan," and we can only imagine what his take would've been on the story (based in part on the great Frank Miller/Chris Claremont run from the '80s) that serves as the foundation for this reboot. The movie's prolonged Japanese shoot was cited as the reason for his departure, but one also wonders if he would've been able to have the full creative sway he's used to.

Watch: Batman Saves A Cat In New Clip From 'Batman: Year One'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 7:24 AM
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Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One" is one of the most esteemed entries in the superhero's canon, and while attempts to get it made into a live action feature never materialized, an animated version is on the way. The first clip landed a couple of weeks ago, and, unfortunately, it was fairly hokey, more reminiscent of a "Simpsons" parody than anything else. Well, a new glimpse has arrived, and while it's definitely an improvement on the last, there still seems to be something off about the whole endeavor. While the project does have a top shelf voice cast including Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie, Eliza Dushku, Katee Sackhoff and Alex Rocco, the direction by Lauren Montgomery (”Green Lantern: First Flight”) and Sam Liu (”The Batman”) seems slightly, tonally askew. The freshness of Miller's take on the Batman mythology was that it was unlike anything before (or since), bringing a gritty realism that has largely remained unmatched. This new clip, however, feels very standard and ordinary, and that's precisely the problem. Miller's graphic novel is considered one the best accomplishments in the genre, but the film doesn't seem willing to take any big risks to find an approach to match the source material.

Watch: First Clip From 'Batman: Year One' Sort Of Reminds Us Of McBain

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2011 6:25 AM
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There is perhaps no entry in the Batman comics canon more beloved or influential than Frank Miller‘s “Batman: Year One.” As the title suggests, the story takes place shortly after the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents and tracks the young crimefighter’s first steps into becoming the masked superhero. Darren Aronofsky famously tried to crack the nut of getting a feature film version off the ground to no avail, but the folks over at Warnes Bros. Animation -- who have ben doing a steady run of solid feature films based on DC Comics' properties -- are getting set to release their take on the tale.

Watch: Trailer For Animated Adaptation Of Frank Miller's 'Batman: Year One'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 7, 2011 3:28 AM
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While the whole Warner Bros. animated superhero franchise is a world unto itself, and something we haven't really covered at all, when it comes to an adaptation of Frank Miller‘s canonical and hugely influential “Batman: Year One” it can't be ignored. The story takes place shortly after the death of Bruce Wayne’s parents and tracks the young crime-fighter’s first steps into becoming the masked superhero, and as everyone knows by now, Darren Aronofsky briefly worked on bringing it to the big screen in the early aughts, but Warner Bros. shelved the idea at the time. Well, Miller’s tale is finally getting the animated movie treatment, and it looks promising.

First Look At Animated 'Batman: Year One'; Film Will Premiere At Comic-Con

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 20, 2011 7:07 AM
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There is perhaps no storyline as canonical within the Batman catalog as Frank Miller's "Batman: Year One." Hugely influential, as the title suggests, the story takes place shortly after the death of Bruce Wayne's parents and tracks the young crimefighter's first steps into becoming the masked superhero. As everyone knows by now, Darren Aronofsky briefly worked on bringing it to the big screen in the early aughts, but Warner Bros. shelved the idea at the time. Well, Miller's tale is finally getting the movie treatment, though not in the form you might expect.

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