How often do defunct franchises return?

Did I miss it, or did nobody mention Superman Returns?

So? When are we going to see Buckaroo Banzai vs. the World Crime League?!

Yeah, but MST3K was not defunct at the time. The movie came out during what I believe was the 7th season and the switch to the Sci-Fi network happened during the run of the series.

Maybe we can clarify, are we referring solely to a movie branch of a franchise? Superman could hardly be said to be defunct being in comic books, graphic novels and animation for so long.

It’s being done as a comic book. IIRC it came out a few months ago.

Doctor Who was on hiatus for over fifteen years before his triumphant return.