We guarantee at this very moment there are two or more comic based films playing at your local cinema. You would think with the sheer number of comic movies out there every character from Aunt May to Wonder Woman’s tampon would already have their own movie. Obviously that’s just not the case. What follows are six potentially classic comic book movies which may never get made.
1. THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS
Frank Miller’s miniseries, Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, is the most beloved book in existence for many comic fans. The original series was first published in 1986 and has since gone onto become a geek legend of epic proportions. The book boldly broke new ground when it cleverly re-imagined Batman as a brooding, 55 year old, nut-job living in a dystopian Gotham City. The very concept is so inherently awesome that even the combined dark, mystical powers of Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates and Justin Bieber couldn’t stop it.
The story was set ten years after Bruce Wayne retired from crime-fighting in the wake of Robin’s death. The memorable series featured Batman returning to the lawless streets of Gotham and battling mutant gangs, Two-Face, Joker and even DC’s big blue boy-scout, Superman. Realistically speaking of course if Superman verses Batman actually took place on the big screen then theaters owners would have some serious issues.
If the material were handled properly for a cinematic treatment, as Christopher Nolan has clearly shown can be done, then this movie would be every fans wet dream. But will we ever see this classic graphic novel translated to the big screen? Well anything can happen, especially considering Nolan’s Bat trilogy is drawing to a close. In the meantime we can look forward to an animated feature based on Miller’s legendary miniseries.