Most of us know that back in the 90′s after his successful duo of Batman films, Tim Burton was going to take on the Man of Steel, with Kevin Smith writing the script. The film would have been called Superman Lives and playing Superman was none other than the most popular actor at the time, Nicolas Cage. Knowing Burton this film would have pushed the bounds of cosmic weirdness and may have been the best Superman film to date. But what happened? Why did this film fail? Through a Kickstarter campaign, by Jon Schnepp, the new documentary, called The Death of “Superman Lives” What Happened?, that chronicles this film has already raised over $100,00 with over 2000 backers! Here is a trailer for the documentary that will hopefully drop by the end of this year!
The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? is a Feature Length Documentary about the unmade movie “Superman Lives”. This film, out of all the various attempts to make a Superman movie between 1987 and 2006, would have stood the test of time and become a bonafide Cult Classic nowadays. I am not alone with my intense interest in knowing everything I can about this project, and so now I’m embarking on making a Documentary that will cover everything ever made for this film, from interviewing as many people as I can who were involved, to including actually recreating scenes from the script!!!
I’ve been interested in this film since it was first announced back in the late 90’s. Nicolas Cage was announced as Superman, Kevin Smith was announced as the Writer, Tim Burton was announced as the Director, and fans have had very heavy opinions, both positive and negative, on all of this. As news slowly bubbled out, news buzzed around about Rainbow Robot Outfits, Brainiac Skull ships, Superman not “flying”, Fighting a Giant Spider, Polar Bears guarding the Fortress of Solitude. It all sounded so crazy, so weird, so different, that I honestly was hoping that they would actually make it, just so we would have something different from what had come before. It never happened. Cut to almost 15 years later, and I really wish I could slap that “Superman Lives” disc into my player, and watch this guaranteed weird, strange, and original new take on the mythology of the Superman character. By this time, whether it was a success or failure at the box office, It would have for sure been a cult classic, due mainly to its inspired casting, and its tremendous bravery in it’s attempt to merge toy sales with the weirdness.
Head on over to Kickstarter and check out the project on the film that could have been!