20 movie franchises that never were
Failed film series include 'Speed Racer,' 'The Shadow,' 'Jonah Hex' and more
Jonah Hex (2010)
Why it got the green light: Jonah Hex is a different type of hero; the DC Comics character is a horribly disfigured, Wild West-era vigilante who can commune with the dead. The character was a longtime cult favorite on the fringes of the larger DC universe, but a re-launch in the mid-2000s brought the comic series critical acclaim.
Why a franchise never materialized: Ouch -- a $10 million gross for a budget that was almost five times that. Besides lead actor Josh Brolin, the other performers (Megan Fox, John Malkovich) looked hopelessly lost in the muddled film that felt too long even at 81 minutes. - DL