With the documentary The Death Of Superman Lives: What Happened? finally telling the story of one of the biggest comic book messes to ever tear through Hollywood, we're taking a trip down memory lane. We're listing some of the comic book movies that never saw the light of day. Some of the superhero movies on this list had the potential to be genuinely cool, but most of them sound like the cinematic equivalent of dry heaves and we're glad they never happened. Join us, dear reader, as we travel back and look at the comic book movies that thankfully never were.
As wild as some of the films on this list are, a common denominator among the possible trainwrecks is that the filmmakers tended to take massive liberties with the source material. There are two theoretical Spider-Man films on this list, for example, and in them Peter Parker’s either a creepy pervert or mutated, shape-shifting spider-man with extra limbs. And if you haven’t already guessed from peeping Nicolas Cage’s mug in a plastic super suit, then you already know Superman Lives almost certainly would've been a '90s misfire of epic proportions.Forget what you know about your beloved heroes and step through the What If machine to read about these comic book movies that almost happened. Which comic book movies that never were do you think are better off unmade and which do you wish had ended up at a theater near you? Vote up the superhero movies the world is better off without and fire off a comment about the ones you wish had made it to a theater near you!
Jack Black as Green Lantern
In the '80s, the film rights to Marvel characters were traded around like pogs in a school yard, or a more updated reference. Eventually they found themselves in the hands of Cannon Films for the bargain price of $225,000. Run by cousins Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the duo responsible for films like American Ninja, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, and John Cassavetes's Love Streams."Golan and Globus didn't really know what Spider-Man was," Joseph Zito, the second director brought onto the project, told the LA Times in 2002, "They thought it was like the Wolfman." The script written by The Outer Limits creator Leslie Stevens saw Peter Parker turn into an eight-armed tarantula monster who did battle against mutants from a government laboratory. If anyone knows how to get a hold of this script, we would LOVE to give it a read.