Take a trip with me before comic book movies were colossal beasts that dominate movie theatres year after year. Back when Tim Burton was one of the hottest Hollywood directors, and Nicholas Cage roles could be taken seriously This was a time when Batman was the biggest thing on the planet, and Warner Bros. hoped to bring Superman to the same level.
Back in the 90’s, after the gargantuan successes of Burton’s Batman films, Warner Bros. asked him to bring the man of steel back to the silver screen. A few scripts were brought in and thrown out until Kevin Smith (Clerks, Dogma, ComicBook Men) penned a script titled, “Superman Lives”. The studio had Nicolas Cage, one of the biggest actors of the 90’s at possibly the peak of his carrerr, on board to take on the iconic role of Superman. From an outside look, the movie seemed like it was going to be a resounding success and usher in a whole new age of comic book movies, almost a decade before Fox and Sony would bring the X-men and Spiderman to the big screen. But suddenly the project fell apart, almost like it hadn’t existed, buried away to be forgotten.
Then, in true comic book fashion since nothing ever REALLY dies, director Jon Schnepp takes up the mantle to not revive the project,but to shed light on what happened. The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened? focuses on Tim Burton’s unique vision for Superman, some insights from Kevin Smith, and a really cool look at what they were trying to do before comic book movies were the staples they are today. I don’t know what Superman Lives would have been like or if it would have been good, but the story behind the how it all fell apart is almost guaranteed to be more interesting than what would have been. Check out the trailer here, and let us know what you think. And if you’re inclined to help out,support them at http://www.fanbacked.com/c/death-superman-lives-what-happened-finishing-funds/