History WhatCouldHaveBeen / Film

22nd Aug '16 10:09:55 PM Pinokio
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** ''Star Wars III: Fall of the Republic'', by John L. Flynn, was a proposed script from 1983.
22nd Aug '16 4:38:34 PM Joe32
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19th Aug '16 12:49:16 PM Mario1995
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** Originally, a young Foot ninja named Shinsho was intended to be killed by getting brutally beaten by Tatsu due to the Foot Clan's failure, but executives at New Line Cinema felt the scene was too violent for a PG-rated film. The dialogue was re-dubbed with the kid comforting him saying "you'll be alright," to show Tatsu only injured him. Shinsho's death was retained in the novelization.

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** Originally, a young Foot ninja named Shinsho was intended to be killed by getting brutally beaten by Tatsu due to the Foot Clan's failure, but executives at New Line Cinema felt the scene was too violent for a PG-rated film. The dialogue was re-dubbed with the kid comforting him saying "you'll be alright," to show Tatsu only injured him. Shinsho's death was retained in the tie-in novelization.



*** It would have dealt with the turtles and Splinter finding out that their mutations haven't completed and they develop new powers. Mikey would have developed a human-like appearance that would allow him to go to the surface, Donnie's eyesight would have faded and he would make special goggles that would allow him to see better, Leo would change his skin to a chrome-like surface, Raph would turn more monstrous, and Splinter would bulk up. This movie was quickly scrapped once ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III'' flopped, and the idea of accelerated mutations was placed in later seasons of the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Fred Wolf cartoon]].

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*** It would have dealt with the turtles and Splinter finding out that their mutations haven't completed and they develop new powers. Mikey would have developed a human-like appearance that would allow him to go to the surface, Donnie's eyesight would have faded and he would make special goggles that would allow him to see better, Leo would change his skin to a chrome-like surface, Raph would turn more monstrous, and Splinter would bulk up. This movie was quickly scrapped once ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III'' flopped, and the idea of accelerated mutations was placed introduced in later seasons of the [[WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1987 Fred Wolf cartoon]].



** ''Untitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot (2011)'': After the AllCGICartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'' failed to meet expectations, Warner Bros. decided to reboot the live-action film series, with input from ''TMNT'' franchise owner Mirage Comics. This film was to be a direct sequel to the [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990 original movie]] that would outline the turtles' origins, which would have [[CanonDiscontinuity rendered the sequels non-canon]]. Like the failed ''The Foot Walks Again,'' this was to have a DarkerAndEdgier plot, but this time written by [[Film/YoungGuns John]] [[WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron Fusco]] and based off the original black and white comics from ''Turtles'' creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Thanks to script disagreements from Creator/ParamountPictures (who was to co-produce the movie with Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/LegendaryPictures, in their second collaboration following ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''), the film didn't get very far when Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} acquired the rights to the ''TMNT'' property, directly resulting in Warner Bros. losing the film rights to the series, Fusco getting booted out, and causing this project to be scrapped entirely. Nickelodeon, with Paramount's input, decided to do things their own way, and what we instead got was a complete ContinuityReboot [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014 released in 2014]].
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'' had its share of What Could Have Been:

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** ''Untitled Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot (2011)'': After the AllCGICartoon ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'' ''WesternAnimation/{{TMNT}}'', which continued the story after ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III'', failed to meet expectations, Warner Bros. decided to reboot the live-action film series, with input from ''TMNT'' franchise owner Mirage Comics. This film was to be a direct sequel to the [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles1990 original movie]] that would outline the turtles' origins, which would have [[CanonDiscontinuity rendered the sequels sequels, as well as the animated movie, non-canon]]. Like the failed ''The Foot Walks Again,'' this was to have a DarkerAndEdgier plot, but this time written by [[Film/YoungGuns John]] [[WesternAnimation/SpiritStallionOfTheCimarron Fusco]] and based off the original black and white comics from ''Turtles'' creators Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Thanks to script disagreements from Creator/ParamountPictures (who was to co-produce the movie with Creator/WarnerBros and Creator/LegendaryPictures, in their second collaboration following ''Film/{{Watchmen}}''), the film didn't get very far when Creator/{{Nickelodeon}} acquired the rights to the ''TMNT'' property, directly resulting in Warner Bros. losing the film rights to the series, Fusco getting booted out, and causing this project to be scrapped entirely. Nickelodeon, with Paramount's input, decided to do things their own way, and what we instead got was a complete ContinuityReboot [[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014 released in 2014]].
* ''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014'' had its share Speaking of What Could Have Been:[[Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2014 that reboot]]:


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*''Film/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtlesOutOfTheShadows'':
** Its working title was ''Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Half-Shell'', before the trailer officially revealed its real subtitle.
** Wrestling/CMPunk auditioned for the role of Rocksteady, but lost it to fellow Wrestling/{{WWE}} wrestler Sheamus.
16th Aug '16 8:46:18 PM comicwriter
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** Related to this, Clay Quartermain originally had the role that Jasper Sitwell holds in the finished movie.

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** Related to this, Clay Quartermain originally had the role that Jasper Sitwell holds in the finished movie.was going to appear as well. Some of his scenes were ultimately given to Sitwell.
16th Aug '16 8:27:12 PM comicwriter
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** Related to this, Clay Quartermain originally had the role that Jasper Sitwell holds in the finished movie.
11th Aug '16 8:06:13 PM Toadofsteel
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** William Shatner could have appeared as Kirk. During the Starfleet award ceremony, Spock would present a pendant containing a moving holographic recording of the older Kirk. The crew of the new timeline would look in awe witnessing the recording of Kirk's future self.

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** William Shatner could have appeared as Kirk. During the Starfleet award ceremony, Spock would present a pendant containing a moving holographic recording of the older Kirk. The crew of the new timeline would look in awe witnessing the recording of Kirk's future self. This eventually made it into ''StarTrekBeyond'', as Spock finds a photo when going through the deceased Spock Prime's belongings showing the original cast (this was actually a promotional still from ''The Final Frontier''.)
1st Aug '16 7:49:35 PM MagnusForce
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** A remake of ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'' was planned for the Heisei Godzilla series (to coincide with Toho's 60th anniversary) but didn't happen because Turner Entertainment wouldn't let Toho use Kong. Reportedly, Anguirus had also been considered to be in it as well.

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** A remake of ''Film/KingKongVsGodzilla'' was planned for the Heisei Godzilla series (to coincide with Toho's 60th anniversary) but didn't happen because Turner Entertainment wouldn't let Toho use Kong. Reportedly, Anguirus had also been considered to be in it as well. Whatever the case, the film eventually evolved into ''Film/GodzillaVsKingGhidorah''



** The first draft was focused heavily on King Ghidorah and had the evil dragon team up with Gigan and a Red Dragon known as "''Mogu''". They were going to fight the team of Godzilla, Film/{{Rodan}}, and Film/{{Varan|TheUnbelievable}}. In this draft, Gigan had [[Main/EpicFlail a ball-and-chain]] for one hand.

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** The first draft was focused heavily on King Ghidorah and had the evil dragon team up with Gigan and a Red Dragon known as "''Mogu''". They were going to fight the team of Godzilla, Film/{{Rodan}}, and Film/{{Varan|TheUnbelievable}}. In this draft, Gigan had [[Main/EpicFlail [[EpicFlail a ball-and-chain]] for one hand.



* Remember Kamoebas' corpse appearing in ''Film/GodzillaTokyoSOS''? Well, that was originally going to be Anguirus! However, the producers did not like the idea of Godzilla's closest ally appearing dead from a battle with Godziila, so the next idea was a giant mosasaur, which also got cut because Toho felt it would be useless to introduce a new monster and have it only appear as a corpse. Kamoebas was used instead to placate Anguirus fans and deliver a stealth TakeThat towards Gamera.
* ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters''. Beyond the intention of being the last Godzilla movie, many other monsters were intended to appear but never made the final cut like Gaira the Green Gargantua, Maguma the giant walrus from ''Gorath'', and Ebirah. Baragon and Varan were also intended to have larger roles, but the former suit had been damaged badly from usage in ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' and the latter suit hadn't been used in years, so it was replaced with a motionless prop for a few shots.
* A number of fans are still baffled by Anguirus burrowing about in ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla'' despite never displaying it before. Well, that's because they originally wanted to have Baragon appear instead. It was changed as Baragon's suit (once again) was not readily usable.

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* Remember Kamoebas' corpse appearing in ''Film/GodzillaTokyoSOS''? Well, that was originally going to be Anguirus! However, the producers did not like the idea of Godzilla's closest ally appearing dead from a battle with Godziila, so the next idea was a giant mosasaur, which also got cut because Toho felt it would be useless to introduce a new monster and have it only appear as a corpse. Kamoebas was used instead to placate Anguirus fans and deliver a stealth TakeThat towards Gamera.
Franchise/{{Gamera}}.
* ''Film/DestroyAllMonsters''. Beyond the intention of being the last Godzilla movie, many other monsters were intended to appear but never made the final cut like [[Film/WarOfTheGargantuas Gaira the Green Gargantua, Gargantua]], Maguma the giant walrus from ''Gorath'', and Ebirah. Baragon and Varan were also intended to have larger roles, but the former suit had been damaged badly from usage in ''Series/{{Ultraman}}'' and the latter suit hadn't been used in years, so it was replaced with a motionless prop for a few shots.
shots. Amusingly, the dub refers Gorosaurus as Baragon because the scene of Paris' destruction by a tunneling Gorosaurus originally called for Baragon.
* A number of fans are still baffled by Anguirus burrowing about in ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzilla'' despite never displaying it before. Well, that's because they originally wanted to have Baragon appear instead. It was changed as Baragon's suit (once again) was not readily usable. Compare to the Gorosaurus example from ''Destroy All Monsters'' above.



* Moguera's role in ''Film/GodzillaVsSpacegodzilla'' was originally intended for Mechagodzilla (rebuilt after the event of ''Film/GodzillaVsMechagodzillaII''. However, the producers came to the realization that the film had ''too many Godzillas'' (Godzilla, Little Godzilla, Spacegodzilla...), so Mechagodzilla was switched out in favour of a more obscure Toho giant robot.



** The trailer with Oppenheimer speaking featured a few scenes of destruction cut and showed a huge, multi-armed roller kaiju, apparently dead. It's not seen in the movie. Fans commonly refer to this monster as "Vishnu", due to Robert Oppenheimer's famous ''Destroyer of Worlds'' speech playing in the background.

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** The trailer with Oppenheimer speaking featured a few scenes of destruction cut and showed a huge, multi-armed roller woodlouse kaiju, apparently dead. It's not seen in the movie. Fans commonly refer to this monster as "Vishnu", due to Robert Oppenheimer's famous ''Destroyer of Worlds'' speech playing in the background.


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* [[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer Actual film idea]]: ''Franchise/{{Batman}} [[CoolVsAwesome Vs. Godzilla]]''. Supposedly, some of the concepts from the film were recycled in ''Son of Godzilla''. It's probably interesting to note the idea came around not too long after the famous 60s Batman show debuted.
31st Jul '16 11:26:49 AM comicwriter
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* The third and fourth Avengers movies were originally going to be called ''Film/AvengersInfinityWar Part I'' and ''Avengers: Infinity War'' Part II. The "Part I and II" numbering was later dropped and the fourth movie was renamed entirely, as the Russos felt the titles were misleading viewers into thinking the two movies were just one long film split into two parts.
26th Jul '16 6:36:23 PM Pinokio
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** Ben, Yoda, and "Annikin" would emerge from the Netherworld, alive in physical form, taunting the Emperor, or giving different speeches to Luke. Obi-Wan would fear losing his identity by being pulled into the Force, would reveal Owen was his brother, and would blame himself for everything that happened.

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** Ben, Yoda, In the final battle, Ben and Yoda would appear alive and physical, and would taunt the Emperor, with Ben being struck by the Emperor's lightning instead of Vader. Yoda would prevent Vader from becoming one with the Force, allowing "Annikin" would emerge from to appear and describe his fall to the Netherworld, alive in physical form, taunting the Emperor, or giving different speeches to Luke. dark side. Obi-Wan would fear losing his identity by explain how they escaped being pulled into the Force, would reveal Owen was his brother, and would blame Force in order to not lose their identity, how he blamed himself for everything that happened.happened, and that Owen was his brother.
26th Jul '16 6:23:46 PM Pinokio
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** A proposed ending would have had Luke putting on Vader's helmet, vowing to destroy the Rebel fleet and rule the galaxy.

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** Grand Moff Jerjerrod would have been Vader's main rival. Instead of Coruscant, the Imperial capital would have been the overly polluted Had Abbadon, orbited by two death stars, and a green moon being turned into a paradise. The Emperor would consult with Vader and Jerjerrod in the throne room in Had Abbadon, surrounded by a lava pit that the Emperor and Vader would fall into during the final battle.
** In another draft, the green moon became Jus-Endor, Had Abbadon and the other Death Star were removed, and Admiral Ackbar was described as being pale blue.
** A proposed ending would have had Luke putting on Vader's helmet, vowing to destroy the Rebel fleet and rule the galaxy.galaxy, then aiming the Death Star at Had Abbadon and destroying it.
** Ben, Yoda, and "Annikin" would emerge from the Netherworld, alive in physical form, taunting the Emperor, or giving different speeches to Luke. Obi-Wan would fear losing his identity by being pulled into the Force, would reveal Owen was his brother, and would blame himself for everything that happened.
** One ending would have Leia preparing to be a queen, as Luke walks off alone, into the sunset.
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