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Is anyone who has been breathlessly awaiting the next exciting on-screen adventure of Batman and/or Superman at all surprised that Wolfgang Petersen announced today that he was "temporarily" shelving the Batman v. Superman film project in favor of directing another film? Since the abortion of a film, Batman and Robin, destroyed the AOL Time Warner DC Super-hero film franchise back in 1997, there have been premature announcements by Time Warner for films featuring not only the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel, but also Catwoman and Batman Beyond. Nicolas Cage as Superman in a film directed by Tim Burton. Ashley Judd as Catwoman. Darren Aaronofsky takes on Batman: Year One. And, most recently, Wolfgang Petersen directing Batman v. Superman. How much will AOL Time Warner invest in producing aborted super-hero projects before they realize there is something seriously amiss in both their pre-production process and marketing department that makes it impossible for them to get any new super-hero franchise beyond the rumor and innuendo phase?
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