History WhatCouldHaveBeen / ComicBooks

28th Jul '17 6:23:35 PM comicwriter
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** Claremont's return to the franchise in 2000 was supposed to feature a new mutant named Sketch joining the X-Men. Sketch actually did show up in a story, but Claremont ended up being forced off the books before he could make her an official member of the team.
28th Jul '17 6:15:26 PM comicwriter
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** John Byrne intended for Pyro to be gay, with the flamboyant civilian attire and effeminate mannerisms he displayed in his first appearance being a major hint. For whatever reason, Claremont decided against this and [[CampStraight made him Australian instead]].
28th Jul '17 3:41:32 PM jormis29
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* ''Spider-Man: Chapter One'' was going to be followed by a ''Spider-Man: Chapter Two'' miniseries. The rebooted ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' was already using elements from ''Chapter One'' like Captain Power, and newer stories would have continued treating ''Chapter One'' as the official version.

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* ''Spider-Man: Chapter One'' ''ComicBook/SpiderManChapterOne'' was going to be followed by a ''Spider-Man: Chapter Two'' miniseries. The rebooted ''The Amazing Spider-Man'' was already using elements from ''Chapter One'' like Captain Power, and newer stories would have continued treating ''Chapter One'' as the official version.
21st Jul '17 10:10:38 AM MagiMecha
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* When SEGA finally pulled the plug on the franchise, a few stories were left untold as they were solicited prior to the lengthy hiatus that lead to the cancellation. In ''Sonic the Hedgehog'', the Freedom Fighters would have went their separate ways for a vacation, with Sonic dropping in on Honey the Cat and later, Mighty and Ray for a flashback issue retelling ''VideoGame/SegaSonicTheHedgehog''. ''Sonic Universe'' would have focused on the individual Freedom Fighters in solo stories.
17th Jul '17 6:46:57 PM jormis29
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* ''ComicBook/HolyTerror'' was originally meant to be a Batman story set in "Millerverse" Batman called "Holy Terror, Batman!", a nod to Robin's phrase from the 60's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series. (Miller was probably not aware of an Elseworld's tale called "Batman, Holy Terror") Supposedly, Creator/FrankMiller decided to take the book to Legendary because he realized it was "not a Batman story" and the hero was "much closer to Dirty Harry than Batman".[[note]]The other rumor is that the reason for the change was because he was friends with the editor, who was letting him make this story with the Batman characters, but when the editor was canned (and conveniently jumped ship to Legendary), no one was okay with a story of Batman torturing terrorists and Al Qeda essentially having Illuminati-like reserves and secrets and fired him.[[/note]]

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* ''ComicBook/HolyTerror'' was originally meant to be a Batman story set in "Millerverse" Batman called "Holy Terror, Batman!", a nod to Robin's phrase from the 60's ''Series/{{Batman}}'' series. (Miller was probably not aware of an Elseworld's tale called "Batman, Holy Terror") ''ComicBook/BatmanHolyTerror'') Supposedly, Creator/FrankMiller decided to take the book to Legendary because he realized it was "not a Batman story" and the hero was "much closer to Dirty Harry than Batman".[[note]]The other rumor is that the reason for the change was because he was friends with the editor, who was letting him make this story with the Batman characters, but when the editor was canned (and conveniently jumped ship to Legendary), no one was okay with a story of Batman torturing terrorists and Al Qeda essentially having Illuminati-like reserves and secrets and fired him.[[/note]]
10th Jul '17 8:16:05 AM comicwriter
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* Stan Lee originally wanted the Vulture to be a fat, physically imposing villain, using actor Creator/SydneyGreenstreet [[ComicBookFantasyCasting for inspiration]]. Ditko didn't like the idea, arguing that a character like the Vulture should rely on speed and maneuverability to be a threat. Lee's original idea for the Vulture would later be recycled for Comicbook/TheKingpin.

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* Stan Lee originally wanted the Vulture to be a fat, physically imposing villain, using actor Creator/SydneyGreenstreet Sydney Greenstreet [[ComicBookFantasyCasting for inspiration]]. Ditko didn't like the idea, arguing that a character like the Vulture should rely on speed and maneuverability to be a threat. Lee's original idea for the Vulture would later be recycled for Comicbook/TheKingpin.
10th Jul '17 8:15:19 AM comicwriter
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* Stan Lee originally wanted the Vulture to be a fat, physically imposing villain, using actor Creator/SydneyGreenstreet [[ComicBookFantasyCasting for inspiration]]. Ditko didn't like the idea, arguing that a character like the Vulture should rely on speed and maneuverability to be a threat. Lee's original idea for the Vulture would later be recycled for Comicbook/TheKingpin.
3rd Jul '17 7:01:05 AM comicwriter
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* ''Comicbook/StrangersInParadise'' was originally meant to have a tragic conclusion, but after 9/11, Creator/TerryMoore choose to go with a more uplifting ending where [[spoiler: Francine and Katchoo end up together]].
28th Jun '17 6:07:37 PM comicwriter
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* Speaking of which, Busiek was supposed to write a mini-series called ''Iron Man: Look Back in Armor'', which would have explained what happened to the teenage Tony Stark from ''Comicbook/TheCrossing''. For whatever reason, the series never happened, and Busiek wound up clarifying the final fate of Teen Tony in the 2001 ''Avengers Annual''.
* In 2009, Creator/JamesGunn pitched a Marvel MAX revival of the ''Comicbook/PowerPack''. The series would've dealt with the now-adult members of the team, who would have been screwed up due to their insane childhoods.
28th Jun '17 1:02:08 PM MBG159
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* Creator/MarkMillar, Creator/MarkWaid, and Creator/GrantMorrison's infamous 2000 Superman pitch, which among other things would have erased the Superman marriage via Lois being mindwiped after Lois is infected with a brain disease that threatens to kill her (on top of Lois being put on a bus out of the country by the three writers, to soften fans up for the purging of the marriage and restoration of the love triangle), Lex Luthor and Brainiac returning to their Silver Age roots (with the addition that Lex being revealed to be a world-class sculptor who finances his crimes via his art, which also double as a hiding place for his weapons of mass destruction), and the resurrection of the original Fortress of Solitude. The whole thing was so reviled by DC editorial that it was outright rejected. Millar and Waid were officially blacklisted from ever writing the main Superman books after they went public with their rejection (though they were later allowed to do non-canon Superman stuff in the form of ''[[Comicbook/SupermanRedSon Red Son]]'' and ''[[ComicBook/SupermanBirthright Birthright]]''). Grant Morrison didn't burn his bridges so badly however, and was later allowed to write ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', which was a semi-sequel to his CrisisCrossover DC One Million...
** The post-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' DCU reboot used some concepts from this proposal (namely Superman having no red trunks, both Johnathan and Martha Kent being dead, and Lois and Clark's marriage being nonexistent). The new direction proved unpopular with fans, and the post-Crisis Lois and Clark were subsequently brought back.

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* Creator/MarkMillar, Creator/MarkWaid, and Creator/GrantMorrison's [[https://davidmann95.tumblr.com/post/151355280746/the-sad-saga-of-superman-now infamous 2000 Superman pitch, 2000 pitch]], which among other things would have erased the Superman marriage via Lois being mindwiped after Lois is infected with a brain disease that threatens to kill her (on top of Lois being put on a bus out of the country by the three writers, to soften fans up for the purging of the marriage and restoration of the love triangle), triangle - this element proved controversial enough that it was eventually booted from a later version), Lex Luthor and Brainiac returning to their Silver Age roots (with the addition that Lex being revealed to be a world-class sculptor who finances his crimes via his art, which also double as a hiding place for his weapons of mass destruction), and the resurrection of the original Fortress of Solitude. The whole thing was so reviled by However, the pitch caused a communication breakdown among DC editorial that editorial, when one editor decided to accept the pitch without bothering to tell the Superman offices, and in the crossfire, it was outright rejected. rejected, with Millar and Waid were officially blacklisted from ever writing the main Superman books after they went public with their rejection (though they were later allowed to do non-canon Superman stuff in the form of ''[[Comicbook/SupermanRedSon Red Son]]'' and ''[[ComicBook/SupermanBirthright Birthright]]''). Birthright]]'', both of which used elements of the original pitch). Grant Morrison didn't burn his bridges so badly however, and was later allowed to write ''ComicBook/AllStarSuperman'', which was a semi-sequel to his CrisisCrossover DC One Million...
Million and probably the closest thing to what 2000 would have been. The original pitch eventually made it online, and can be read [[http://t.umblr.com/redirect?z=http%3A%2F%2Ftheages.superman.nu%2FHistory%2F2000%2FSUPERMAN2000.php&t=NDU2ODk2Y2JjNTM5MzA0MjhjYTFiYjI4NDUxMTlmMjk3YjMxNGJmZiw5clFMUlpUOA%3D%3D&b=t%3AQlhcQBgVyLvj4cB7OBKZgA&p=https%3A%2F%2Fdavidmann95.tumblr.com%2Fpost%2F151355280746%2Fthe-sad-saga-of-superman-now&m=1 here.]]
** The post-''ComicBook/{{Flashpoint}}'' DCU reboot used some concepts from this proposal (namely Superman having no red trunks, both Johnathan Jonathan and Martha Kent being dead, and Lois and Clark's marriage being nonexistent). The new direction proved unpopular with fans, and the post-Crisis Lois and Clark were subsequently brought back.
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