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Before Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men or any other of these comic book films in the pipeline such as Captain America, The Avengers - there used to be only one cinematic superhero that mattered: Superman.

Brought to the big screen in 1978 by director Richard Donner and actor Christopher Reeve, Superman was great entertainment and good box office fare (the tagline was 'You'll believe a man could fly' and, even with those primitive special effects, you really could).

However, after an equally effective sequel, the franchise plummeted into oblivion with the semi-comedy Superman III (1983) and Cold War propaganda of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987), both poorly received critically and commercially. The sad news is that, between then and 2006's partially unsuccessful reboot Superman Returns, we could have had another film starring Reeve, one which sounds quite amazing but, sadly, didn't get off the starting block.

Read more about Superman V after the jump... Before Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men or any other of these comic book films in the pipeline such as Captain America, The Avengers - there used to be only one cinematic superhero that mattered: Superman.

Brought to the big screen in 1978 by director Richard Donner and actor Christopher Reeve, Superman was great entertainment and good box office fare (the tagline was 'You'll believe a man could fly' and, even with those primitive special effects, you really could).

However, after an equally effective sequel, the franchise plummeted into oblivion with the semi-comedy Superman III (1983) and Cold War propaganda of Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987), both poorly received critically and commercially. The sad news is that, between then and 2006's partially unsuccessful reboot Superman Returns, we could have had another film starring Reeve, one which sounds quite amazing but, sadly, didn't get off the starting block.

Comic book writer Cary Bates has been telling Newsarama about his idea for Superman V: Superman Reborn and how it almost came to get the green light and boost the ailing series: "The intent was to leapfrog over Superman III and especially IV, and return the series to the high mark achieved in 1 and 2. [It was] our desire to do a fully developed, balls-out science fiction story pitting Superman and Brainiac against each other mano a mano."

For anyone who knows Brainiac from the comics, that sounds incredible: he's a bad tempered alien (probably because he's bald) who shrinks cities and puts them in bottles, just because he can. Actually, that's exactly what he was going to do to Metropolis in Superman V, shrinking Superman in the process then going into the bottle to bash him up. Phew! Sounds better than part IV's Nuclear Man, right?