Before Zack Snyder’s Batman vs Superman movie they almost did a version starring Johnny Depp and Josh Hartnett.
At the beginning of the 21st century, in Warner Bros. they had plans to leave behind the movies of Joel Schumacher and reboot your most important characters from DC Comics in a movie of Batman vs Superman. The most curious thing is that the actors were already chosen to star in the two heroes. Is about Johnny Depp and Josh Hartnett.
It all started in 2002, when J.J. Abrams presented a script titled Superman: Fly and McG was going to be the director. But at the last minute he changed his mind and directed Charlie’s Angels: On the Edge (2003). The project changed hands to Wolfgang Petersen who at that time triumphed with The Perfect Storm (2000) and then made Troya (2004). Then Warner reactivated a script of Andrew Kevin Walker Batman vs. Superman and the JJ Abrams project fell apart.
Warner Bros. first concern was that this story was very dark and they hired Akiva Goldsman (A wonderful mind) to improve the script. But they clearly intended that Johnny Depp out Batman. The actor had already shown his versatility with films such as Blow (2001), Sleepy Hollow (1999) and Donnie Brasco (1997). He was also about to impact the world with Pirates of the Caribbean.
The actor Johnny Depp He got ahead of Colin Farrell, James Franco, Jude Law, and the late Paul Walker for the Dark Knight. Surprisingly, Christian Bale it was one of the options for Superman, but it seems that in the end they opted for Josh Harnett.
The story was fascinatingly crazy.
The plot was going to be quite interesting, since we could see a Batman quite haunted by the death of Dick Grayson, Commissioner Jim Gordon, and his faithful butler and father figure Alfred Pennyworth. In fact, he was using a hologram of Alfred as an assistant. The Dark Knight tries to retreat because he is becoming more and more violent and fears that he will end up killing one of them. So Johnny Depp it would be perfect for the character.
While Superman He was also in a difficult situation, as Lois Lane is about to divorce him. Furthermore, he thinks that he has wasted his life saving a humanity that does not want to be saved. So the sad air of Josh Harnett it would also have been a success.
The conflict between them will come when Batman wants to kill the Joker and Superman wants to avoid it in every way. It seems that everything is a plan Lex Luthor precisely to face them. So the fight starts until it stops when they realize they have been manipulated.
In the end the film did not go ahead and they trusted Christopher Nolan to reboot the Dark Knight in Batman Begins (2005) and Brandon Routh played the Man of Steel in Superman Returns (2006). A few years later, we were able to see the battle of Batman vs Superman in the cinema thanks to Zack Snyder. Also during all these years it has always been rumored that Johnny Depp would be the Joker, although it seems that that will not happen.
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