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Looking at the upcoming film schedule of the next 5 years, it almost seems that comic book movies are the only films Hollywood knows how to produce. We have a grand total of 29 coming out, including films from Disney, Warner Bros, Sony and Fox. Although this is great, there is some fat that needs to be trimmed, in regards to ill fitting characters, poor financial decisions or just general bad ideas. Here are 5 upcoming comic book movies, that, for whatever reason, need to be cancelled:

1. Cyborg

After Batman v Superman failed to cross 900m worldwide (on a budget rumoured to be upwards of 400m when marketing is included) a lot of doors closed up for the DC Cinematic Universe, and one of them was a solo franchise instalment for a lesser known character. When Batman v Superman isn’t even much of a success with two of the most popular characters in all of cinema, how are we supposed to expect a Cyborg movie to do even remotely well?

It’s not like he stole the show in BvS, in fact out of all the cameos in that movie, it seems that he had the one that made the least impact, at least people are talking about The Flash and Aquaman. Furthermore, a Cyborg film doesn’t really bring anything new to the table in the way say, a Suicide Squad movies does. Robot/Human hybrids have become, at best, a staple, or at worst, a cliche, of modern cinema.

Therefore it’s premise isn’t intriguing enough to draw audiences in, and the brand recognition is almost non existent, so this isn’t even likely to be a hit for DC. And let’s be honest, does anyone really want a Cyborg movie? With a DCU potentially in peril, Warner Bros should really focus on projects more likely to be successful.

2. Gambit

Now, with the huge success of Deadpool, it may seem like Fox should explore every single character possible, as someone as weird as that hero was able to make a huge 700m+ worldwide on a measly 58m budget.

However, for this 150m budgeted Channing Tatum vehicle, continuing production after losing two directors in a row may not be the best choice. If this movie hadn’t been plagued by production issues since its announcement it may have been a good idea, but at this point it just seems like a risk that doesn’t need to be taken.

The X-Men series should advance characters they know are successful, like Deadpool or Quicksilver, not spend 150m on a character that already made no impact in X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Everyone involved, including Channing Tatum, has either quit or threatened to quit, and the movie hasn’t even started shooting yet, despite being planned for 2016. Maybe include him in the next X-Men movie, but going to all this trouble when other projects could be developed just seems like a waste.

3. Shazam!

Dwayne Johnson in undoubtedly one of the most well known stars in Hollywood right now, but I don’t even think he can save this film. First of all, the movie presents a character that is very similar to Superman, in ways that (although comic fans may be able to) mainstream audiences likely won’t accept.

Secondly, the premise itself is silly, and judging by the way that the DCEU approached Batman v Superman, I don’t think they’re going to be able to handle a hero who has to yell “Shazam” in order to activate his powers.

Even being played by Khal Drogo himself, Aquaman still looked ridiculous in BvS, so imagine how Shazam is going to turn out. In the direction the DCEU is going, this hero just seems really out of place, and, judging by the way they have handled superheroes up to this point, not something audiences will take seriously.

4. Venom

Sony apparently doesn’t know when to stop when it comes to Spider-Man movies, as, just after they nearly drove the character into the ground with the abysmal Amazing Spider-Man 2, they immediately green lit another spin off film, this time with a character who was already misinterpreted on screen in Spider-Man 3.

Comic fans may consider Venom a hugely popular and well-liked character within the Spider-Man mythos, but to mainstream audiences he’s just the failed villain to the worst Spider-Man movie in recent years. Besides, the very idea of green lighting a Spider-Man film without the hero himself after the underperformance of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 is terrible. If the title character can’t even draw audiences in, how are supporting characters supposed to? The film doesn’t have either the franchise power or mainstream appeal to make any money, and seems like a surefire misstep for Sony’s new Spider-Man universe.

5. Green Lantern Corps

Finally we come back to DC, with yet another misguided and presumably high budget project on their cinematic horizon. As I said before, BvS closed a lot of doors for this company, and one of them was this already failed superhero franchise.

Green Lantern was one of the biggest bombs of 2011, making only 220m on a projected 300m budget (including marketing). More than that, the film was despised by critics and audiences alike, and is a black mark on Warner Bros superhero track record.

With a franchise in real danger, is it really a good idea to bring back something that has already failed? Not only is this hero not very well known, but the only exposure mainstream audiences have had to him is negative, so the movie already starts three steps backwards.

Do DC really need this deadweight on their schedule? Why not focus on things that have proved themselevs to work, instead of revitalising a completely dead and failed franchise.

Do you agree with my choices? Are there any upcoming comic book movies that you think need to be cancelled? Talk about it in the comments below, and, if you enjoyed this post, follow this page to see when I make a new one.

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