Batman vs Superman

Looking at unmade Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror films and television…

Superman-Batman - I am Legend

An in-joke in “I am Legend”

Between Superman IV: The Quest for Peace (1987) and Superman Returns (2006) and between Batman & Robin (1997) and Batman Begins (2005) Warner looked at a number of solo films for both characters… but they also looked at a team up film for the duo.

Andrew Kevin Walker

Andrew Kevin Walker

BACKGROUND

  • A new Superman film had been in shambles since the collapse of Tim Burton’s Superman Lives.
  • After a number of attempts at a new Batman film, Darren Aronofsky was looking at doing a Batman: Year One film.
  • In 2002, Andrew Kevin Walker came up with a script for a meeting between Batman and Superman.

 

Akiva Goldsman

Akiva Goldsman

DEVELOPMENT

  • Akiva Goldsman (who wrote the previous Batman & Robin film) was asked to rewrite Walker’s script.
  • There were discussions of Christian Bale in the Batman role and Josh Hartnett as Superman.

 

Superman vs Batman in the comics.

Superman vs Batman in the comics.

PLOT

[See Akiva Goldsman’s script online]

  • Batman’s retired and Robin, Alfred and Gordon are dead.   A recently divorced Clark Kent is best man at Bruce Wayne’s wedding when the Joker kills the Bride on the honeymoon.    Luthor frames Kent for the murder leading to a showdown between the heroes…

 

Cavill

Superman: Flyby screen test.

CANCELLATION

  • In the same month that they received Goldsman’s Batman vs Superman script they also received JJ Abram’s Superman: Flyby script.  Believing that two solo films offered more returns than a team-up they opted for Abram’s script.

Batman v Superman - Dawn of Justice

The 2016 film.

LEGACY

  • Akiva Goldman went on to work on the film I am Legend.   In that film, as an in-joke at his expense in a background of a shot an ad for the film appears.
  • Warner looked at further solo films, eventually leading to Batman Begins and Superman Returns.
  • After the success of the Superman solo film Man of Steel, a follow-up film Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice was announced and will be released in 2016.

~ DUG.

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  1. Pingback: TIMELINE – Superman IV to Superman Returns | Unmade Speculative Fiction

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