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Remember the 2002 Batman Vs Superman movie that almost happened?

April 28th, 2015 by Irwin Fletcher Comments

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Just yesterday I wrote a post detailing the insanity of what might have been (here) if Sony kept making Spider-Man movies by themselves. Well today, we’ve got something just as crazy from the DC side of the aisle.

It is one of Hollywood’s worst kept secrets that Warner Bros has been attempting to make a Batman Vs Superman film for some time. However, just recently, the outline of the 2002 interpretation of the film found its way into the hands of YouTube user Mr Sunday Movies.

This story features such memorable moments as Superman and Lois Lane being divorced, Batman marrying some woman and then her getting assassinated on their honeymoon and Lex Luthor making an clone army of Jokers (because the Joker is dead).

Let’s start by saying that I don’t think this is as bad as the Spider-Man news from yesterday. With that being said, this still sounds terrible. Even to this day, Warner Bros seems to have trouble understanding the concept of Superman, and in this pitch he comes across as completely mopey and miserable, which is in complete contrast with his character.

The choice to have Batman marry someone, only to have her killed strikes me as poor storytelling. Following this event, Batman is meant to hunt down the person who did this, in an attempt to kill them. This is what spurs his conflict with Superman. Why would they do this? It feels like the writers are trying to get Batman and Superman into a position where they will fight, but to do that they have to fundamentally alter who these characters are.

So in summary, this outline doesn’t sound very good, but do watch the video by Mr. Sunday Movies. It is very well-put together and makes fun of what could have been. Here’s hoping that Zack Snyder’s Batman V Superman will borrow absolutely nothing from this film.

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