If the Snyder Cut is any indication, it shows the enormous power and sway fans hold over Studios. Now only if they could pressure the Studios into doing the same for these movie projects as well….
The Incredible Hulk 2
Granted it was not as much a success as Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk was still something to look watch out for in 2008. Edward Norton’s nuanced portrayal of Bruce Banner was breathtaking. His take on the vulnerable Banner/unstoppable Hulk persona existing in the same body was noteworthy. The 2008 movie paved the way for many sequels. The end showed the rise of The Leader, a prominent Hulk villain. The Abomination is still not dead. Marvel Studios is focusing on She-Hulk right now. But when do we get to see the Jade Giant in all his glory on the big screens again?
Zack Snyder’s Justice League was a breath of fresh air for the DC extended Universe fans. Snyder finally got to give some closure to the fans of the genre. but the Snydercut is far from being enough. The massive success of the movie has led to fans clamoring for more. They have been asking for a Deathstroke movie next, starring Joe Manganiello as the eponymous character. The Deathstroke movie was reportedly in the pipeline but the project was shut down when Zack Snyder left the DCEU.
Hellboy 1 and 2 are cinema gold. based on the dark Horse character of the same name, the movies were the brainchild of Guillermo del Toro. His visionary work led to some stunning visuals and practical effects hard to top even 20 years later. The first two Hellboy movies stuck close to the source material. Ron Perlman was absolutely worshipped by fans as Hellboy. But del Toro asked for too much money from the studio for the third movie. Hence del Toro was ousted and a remake came instead. We all know how ‘well’ the Hellboy remake was. fans are still hopeful for a del Toro directed Hellboy 3.
Suicide Squad – The Ayer Cut
Rarely have we seen a major Hollywood studio bow down to fan demands. According to the studio executives, it sets a bad precedent. If a bad precedent meant movies like Zack Snyder’s Justice League, we would do it all over again in a heart beat. Fans have now started demanding for David Ayer’s version of The Suicide Squad, one of the most underwhelming movies of the DCEU. The Suicide Squad led to the DCEU’s premature demise until movies like Aquaman and Wonder Woman brought it back into the fold. Fans believe WB meddled with Ayer’s movie, creating an adulterated version of Suicide Squad for theatrical release. The Ayer Cut exists somewhere within WB Studio’s archives.
Ben Affleck’s Batman
Matt Reeves The Batman will have Robert Pattinson play the role of the Dark Knight. As much as fans are excited to see Pattinson in the role, they are sad to see Ben Affleck depart. Despite the backlash, Ben Affleck enjoys a huge fan base for his role as The Batman. There is still a sizeable amount of fans that is pressuring Warner Brothers for a Batfleck Batman movie. Though extremely unlikely, a Batfleck Batman movie could be succeeded by a more reasonable project. There are rumors of a Batman HBO Max series starring Ben Affleck.
We have said it before and we will say it again. 2012’s Dredd is one of the greatest comic book movies of all time. Period. Unlike the despicable movie starring Sylvester Stallone, Karl Urban’s Dredd had style and panache. It captured the core essence of Dredd. Moreover, the plot was stunning and had some of the greatest uses of special effects on such a small budget. Fans of Dredd have come forward to pester the Studio for a sequel. Even Karl urban, the actor who portrayed the titular character, has been vocal about his intentions to return if another Dredd movie swings by him.
Pirates of The Caribbean – With Johnny Depp As Jack Sparrow
With the Amber Heard – Johnny Depp fiasco throwing several movie projects into turmoil, one of the hardest hit franchises was Pirates Of The Caribbean. The franchise is in a bit of a conundrum right now. It has two projects running simultaneously. One is led by a new cats of characters with Margot Robbie replacing Depp. The other project still involves the old characters and has Depp in it. The latter one is on unexplored waters. We do not even know if the Studio would ever let it see the light of day. The ship will sink for sure on this one.
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Real Steel 2
Real Steel, starring Hugh Jackman and Dakota Goyo in the lead roles, was a raging success back when it was released. What was there not to like?!?! A stellar ensemble with amazing visuals along with a premise to get behind on. Robots fighting other robots in a ring!! If Pacific Rim and Mortal Kombat have taught us anything, simplistic premises like these have the highest chances of turning into a blockbuster. And despite the movie winning several accolades, it does not look like it will receive the sequel treatment. Real Steel 2 is currently in development hell.
Sam Raimi gave us two epic Spider-Man movies and an average Spider-Man 3. The third movie failed to live up to its mark because the Studio wanted Raimi to do too much in too little time. It was not fair of the Studio to halt the production for Spider-Man 4. The movie’s preliminary works had already begun even before Spider-Man 3 hit the theaters. There’s even a petition in Change.org asking Sony to let Raimi in for Spider-Man 4. Rumors are currently afloat that Raimi and Sony are renegotiating a Spider-Man 4 deal.
In 2012, the rights to Daredevil were supposed to return to Marvel. Kevin Feige had other plans. He decided to give Daredevil to Fox in exchange for the rights to Galactus and Silver Surfer. It was an amicable solution but Fox refused. So Feige passed on the rights to Netflix. Charlie Cox became the Man Without Fear and the rest is history. Daredevil is now Marvel property again. Cox is reportedly returning as daredevil in Spider-Man: No Way Home. But a full-fledged movie on Daredevil seems unlikely.