Superman has manifested in many forms throughout his comic book, television, and big screen life. However, a long forgotten and cancelled movie directed by the legendary Tim Burton has teased the Man of Steel’s geekdom for many years. Now, with the help of a crowd-funding campaign, The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened? will once again see the light of day, albeit in a documentary. What is most amazing about Superman Lives is the introduction of Nicholas Cage as the Man of Steel himself.
The feature length documentary The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened? is not quite finished. However, the funds that have been received by the crowd-funding campaign are assisting in the process. With a little more influx of crowd-funding, the movie will be complete. In the documentary, director Tim Burton and screenwriter Kevin Smith speak of their involvement in The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?, what they envisioned, and who they wanted to include in the cast. Of course, there is also a completed movie trailer that makes this movie more desirable than any Henry Cavill incarnation of the legendary Superman.
According to The Music, there are three main points that every Superman fan should know about Superman Lives, which are:
1. Nicolas Cage — a self-confessed Superman obsessive — was going to be the star (for a cool $20 million);
2. Smith’s script — which saw long-time (as-yet cinematically unused) villain Brainiac send Doomsday (same) to kill Superman, block out the sun and team up with Lex Luthor to fight Superman — was written with original casting choices in mind including Ben Affleck, ‘Men in Black’s’ Linda Fiorentino, Jack Nicholson, Famke Janssen, John Mahoney, David Hyde Pierce, Jason Lee, and Jason Mewes;
3. Everything went to hell from there.
With an all star line-up, the movie was bound to reach cult status, even if it did not do well at the box office. The movie would surely have been a somewhat farcical and dark take on Superman and Jay and Silent Bob would most likely have been the comedic relief, much like their role in Dogma. The love for Superman that flows through the actors and directors of the film would have all but guaranteed a top notch product that would to do the Man of Steel justice.
Although the film was never released, there is still hope that the success of the crowd-funding campaign will coerce Tim Burton and Kevin Smith to take a second look at the script, contact Nicolas Cage, and reboot the film for all of us to enjoy.
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