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The following is an excerpt from Take a look at the Nic Cage 'Superman' movie that Tim Burton and Kevin Smith almost made
In the late ’90s, Kevin Smith, Tim Burton, and Nicolas Cage teamed up to make what easily would have become either the most amazing or the most terrible Superman film ever made. Unfortunately, neither happened. After a long production period, the movie ultimately was put on hold and never made, much to the disappointment and/or relief of fans.
That hasn't stopped fans from being inexhaustibly curious about the project though: Kevin Smith's script would have had Superman in a black outfit that could regenerate, fighting an evil spider-creature, and generally feeling more alien than earthly. Concept art shows that Burton's traditionally creepy sets would have been on show with him as director, and photographs reveal just how glorious that Superman outfit would have looked with Cage in it.
The film would have been called Superman Lives, and now a crowdfunded documentary is digging through its death.
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The following is an excerpt from The Death of Superman Lives May See New Life Through Crowdfunded Documentary, Nicholas Cage’s Superman Revealed
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.
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