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

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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.

Ryan Reynolds Says He's Not Very Interested In Returning To 'Green Lantern'; Says 'Deadpool' Wasn't Happy With 'Wolverine' Appearance

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 22, 2013 5:13 PM
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Green Lantern
Ryan Reynolds is doing press for the animated film "The Croods," which means someone had to ask him about his two strikes at the bat with superhero comic book movies. That someone was Empire, who quizzed the actor about both films. Surprisingly, even though both films, "Green Lantern" and "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" (wherein he played Deadpool) were fairly lame, he seems keen on returning to one of the franchises, but the other one not so much. Let's start with "Green Lantern" since he was actually the face of the film and it was the much larger flop of the two (in fact, one of the biggest flops of 2011; read more about some of the Greatest Box-Office Flops Of All Time here).

Quentin Tarantino Reveals He Was Offered 'Green Lantern,' Says Spielberg Gave Him Career Advice After 'Grindhouse'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2012 11:53 AM
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While some filmmakers can difficult, evasive or coy during interviews, Quentin Tarantino has always been more than happy to generously share his thoughts with journalists and fans. And no surprise that his recent interview for Playboy has already yieleded some interesting nuggets about his own career aspirations and the casting process for the lead in "Django Unchained." Over at Deadline, Mike Fleming -- who conducted the interview for the lad mag -- has posted some outtakes from his conversation with Tarantino, and of course, there are more interseting nuggets from the filmmaker.

Well, Of Course There Aren't Going To Be Any New DC Comics Movies Before 2015

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • July 12, 2012 12:03 PM
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While there's a constant back-and-forth in the comics world, Marvel seem to pretty firmly be beating out arch-rivals DC Comics in the movie world. For much of the history of the superhero movie, it was DC (who've long been part of Warner Bros) who dominated, thanks to the success of "Superman" and "Batman," while Marvel were either not adapted at all, or done so poorly. But since 1998's "Blade," Marvel have been on the resurgence, eventually producing their own films, culminating in this year's "The Avengers," the most successful superhero film in history, while DC have had success with the Batman movies, but not much else; "Superman Returns" disappointed, while things like "Green Lantern" and "Jonah Hex" tanked outright.

Warner Bros. Still Trying To Figure Out Their DC Comics Plan; Considering Rebooting 'Green Lantern' Without Ryan Reynolds

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 7, 2012 10:22 PM
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As we were just mentioning this afternoon, "Green Lantern" is a huge blemish and disappointment for Warner Bros. Launched just as WB were putting the finishing touches on their super lucrative "Harry Potter" series ($7.7 billion worldwide), the studio was hoping "Green Lantern" would be the beginning of a chapter in leveraging DC Comics super hero properties in the manner their competition (Marvel Studios) had already been successfullly doing and beyond the likes of flagship characters like Batman and Superman. In fact, "Green Lantern" was very much akin to "Iron Man." A B-level character far from a household name, Marvel did the unthinkable, remade the character into their A-list star property. Utilizing a similar, humor-filled approach not so dark and brooding as Christopher Nolan's "The Dark Knight Rises," "Green Lantern" seemed to take some of its basic cues from "Iron Man," only missing all marks by miles.

2011 By The Numbers: The Year In Box-Office Flops

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  • December 29, 2011 5:33 PM
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No one likes to celebrate flops. No, really. OK, maybe when an arrogant, mouthy producer or star delivers a turd that had it coming, or some awful franchise finally stumbles, but especially in the latter case, when does that ever happen?

The Alternate 2011: Who Nearly Directed Or Starred In The Most Notable Movies Of The Year?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 12, 2011 2:05 PM
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2011 hasn't been too shabby for the movies. But even in a year such as this, there's that niggling feeling of what could have been. With the process of picking a director and casting a film seemingly more public than ever, thanks to rumors leaking and trades running short-list stories, it's possible to imagine any number of alternate outcomes for many of the biggest, and best, films of the year.

Who Were The Winners And Losers Of The Summer Of 2011?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 30, 2011 4:08 AM
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As the summer winds die down with a flat and uninspired whimper, the realization sets in: the summer of 2011 was for the birds. "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" was the last major tent-pole to open, followed by sleeper hits like "The Help" and the not-so-successful R-rated action comedy, "30 Minutes or Less." Many had forecast that the overstuffed summer would prove disastrous, with Jon Favreau predicting that, "There’s not a weekend where there won’t be teeth on the floor," but ironically it's Favreau's film that proved to be one of the biggest box-office disappointments. Financially, films did very well with three billion-dollar blockbusters – “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” and “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides”-- helping the industry set a summer box-office record and nearly rebound from a horrible start to 2011 (Currently, 2011 revenue is running only 4 percent behind 2010, but in March, things were looking grim – 19% lower than the year previous).

'Green Lantern' Sequel May Ditch Early Story Outlines And Start From Scratch

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 2, 2011 6:01 AM
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Just Like Audiences Worldwide, WB Reportedly Not Happy With Martin Campbell's DirectionThere is nothing about a prospective "Green Lantern 2" that doesn't reek of flop sweat. DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. are scuffling in their race against Marvel/themselves to develop a new chain of franchises based on comic book characters, and the performance of "GL" this summer has certainly hurt momentum. With "The Dark Knight Rises" pegged for next summer and "The Man Of Steel" after that, they're going to want to diversify, lest the studio be forced to greenlight a bunch of actual real movies with interesting original characters not made to sell Happy Meals. Ye gods.

As 'The Dark Tower' Crumbles, Here Are 10 Dead Projects In Search Of Resurrection

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 21, 2011 3:56 AM
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One of the more ambitious projects in recent memory, "The Dark Tower," was canceled earlier this week by Universal Pictures. It's not a surprise, as the studio also recently put the kibosh on a $150 million-budgeted R-rated take on "At the Mountains of Madness" by Guillermo del Toro and Ron Howard, and Akiva Goldsman's multi-platform, multi-film Stephen King adaptation was arguably more risky and definitely much more expensive. We here at The Playlist root for movies to be good, but we mostly root for movies to be made, for a director to complete their vision and for it to have a chance to reach an audience and possibly become a part of the popular culture.

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