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There have been a lot of cinematic roads not taken for DC's two biggest superheroes.
Batman and Superman have headlined a total of 14 live-action feature films since 1978, when Superman: The Movie starring Christopher Reeve became the first expensive superhero epic to achieve blockbuster success at the box office. Since then, the two iconic DC Comics characters have hit peaks and valleys both in terms of quality and financial success, yet rarely has there been a time in the last 38 years when their parent studio -- Warner Bros. Pictures -- was not developing a movie starring at least one of them.
With the long-awaited pairing of the two in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice now in theaters, we thought it might be worth taking a look back at what could have been. Of the dozen abandoned Batman and/or Superman projects listed below, any one of them could have changed the course of comic-book movie history for better or worse. We'll never know ... but it's fascinating to look at how many different permutations these characters have gone through to get where they are today.