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Batgirl isn't the first big film to be scrapped during production

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Batgirl isn't the first big film to be scrapped during production

Batgirl appears doomed to be one of those Hollywood myths, the latest in a long line of movies that never saw the light of day.

What's so strange about the sudden cancellation of Batgirl was how far along in production it was.

The movie had completed filming, there was enough of a film to start showing footage in test screenings and fans were excited to see Brendan Fraser in the role of villain Firefly.

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Hell, we were going to get Michael Keaton's Batman back on our screens for the first time in 30 years.

Now it seems condemned to go into that void of could have been movies that never were, and it shares some pretty famous company in that category.

One of the most famous scrapped films what a planned Superman revival starring Nicholas Cage as the Man of Steel himself.

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Cage was signed on to play the role for Superman Lives and could have been earning up to $20 million for his efforts, but the movie fell through.

Batgirl was in post-production with a budget of $90 million, but ended up scrapped anyway. Credit: DC Films
Batgirl was in post-production with a budget of $90 million, but ended up scrapped anyway. Credit: DC Films

While thinking of Cage as Superman feels weird now, it was only the even weirder demands of movie producers that caused the film to fall apart.

Tim Burton had been attached to direct the movie, but producer Jon Peters demanded that Superman shouldn't fly and should also fight a giant spider at the end of the movie.

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Another one of these lost movies is Quentin Tarantino's actual first film as a director, My Best Friend's Birthday, a black and white film made in 1987 which was never released.

Joining those movies is 10 Things I Hate About Life, a follow up to 10 Things I Hate About You starring Evan Rachel Wood which was put on hold when the lead star became pregnant and later left the movie.

Nicholas Cage nearly ended up as Superman, but his movie ended up on the scrapheap. Credit: Warner Bros.
Nicholas Cage nearly ended up as Superman, but his movie ended up on the scrapheap. Credit: Warner Bros.

One movie that did make it out of this development hell was the Deadpool film starring Ryan Reynolds, which sat on a shelf for years before some mystery individual (possibly Ryan Reynolds) leaked the test footage online.

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However, most movies which end up getting shelved aren't so lucky, and instead sit on a metaphorical shelf gathering dust until they get mentioned in articles like this.

As for some of Warner Bros other projects, fans of other productions have been worrying that the company's cost cutting measures would see some of their other favourite projects scrapped.

Peacemaker director James Gunn confirmed on social media that the second season of the show following John Cena's character from The Suicide Squad would still be going ahead as planned.

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Featured Image Credit: Leslie Grace / TDOSLWH/ Twitter

Topics: Film & TV, Film and TV, Superman, Warner Bros

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