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Gary Collinson presents an extract from his book Holy Franchise, Batman! Bringing the Caped Crusader to the Screen detailing director Wolfgang Petersen's aborted DC superhero cross-over movie Batman vs. Superman....

Although Warner Bros was finding it difficult to relaunch the Dark Knight after Batman & Robin, the struggle was nothing compared to that of its other major DC property, Superman. Having ushered in the modern superhero film in 1978 with Richard Donner’s Superman: The Movie, the Man of Steel had been absent from the screen since his own franchise-killer, Superman IV: The Quest for Peace, which the studio co-produced with Cannon Films back in 1987. The failure of Superman IV brought an end to a proposed fifth instalment in the Christopher Reeve series, with Batman producer Jon Peters subsequently coming on board in the early 1990s and commissioning a number of scripts based upon DC Comics’ ‘The Death and Return of Superman »

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