One of the most well-known superhero films to never make it behind cameras was Superman Lives, which was to be directed by Tim Burton and star Nicolas Cage.
The troubled production went through varied scripts and endured many difficulties over the course of several years before eventually being canned by the studio.
“Metalocalypse” director Jon Schnepp was enthralled in the myths behind Superman Lives, so much so that he launched a hugely successful crowd-source campaign to do a documentary on the subject.
Now, on the heels of the release of the (absolutely incredible) doc, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, Schnepp shared the true Holy Grail of the never-filmed Superman revamp… a shot of Cage in the full, near-completed Superman costume!
I watched the film with a friend yesterday and was blown away by how much information was shared. All great documentaries have a surprise narrative – The Death of Superman Lives reveals an internal struggle between producer Jon Peters and pretty much everyone else. This doc is an astounding Hollywood insider story that will give fans a peak into the insanity of making a summer blockbuster.
Not only is it loaded with juicy information for the gossip fiend, but there’s a plethora of never-before-seen artwork and costume designs, like the one you see below. You see, the movie was weeks from production, yet they were still feverishly working on locking everything down. While the costume below is assumed to be close to completed, it could have gone through last minutes changes.
I think my favorite thing about the doc is that you find yourself questioning whether or not Burton was about to make a disastrous Superman film. In the end, I started to come together with his vision, especially when he tells a story about a scene in which Clark Kent was nervously proposing to Lois Lane. Watch the doc to see what happens next…
The documentary, which also boasts test footage of Superman flying(!), is a must-see and can be rented or purchased at the film’s official website.