Stephanie Coats Staff Writer
Back in 1997, a Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage was nearly made but before Superman Lives could get off the ground, the film was scrapped. Now a trailer for the feature-length documentary, The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?, has emerged to provide fans with a peak into the strange film that could have become a cult classic.
Superman Lives would have been, by all accounts, the weirdest Man of Steel movie ever. Set to be directed by Tim Burton and with Kevin Smith as its writer, the film was rumored to feature a flightless Superman with a suit that glowed with electricity. He would still battle timeless villains like Lex Luthor and Brainiac. However, he would also take on polar bears and giant spiders. The script drew from the comic book story, Death of Superman, which also featured Doomsday as a main villain. Superman Lives, which was set for release in 1998, eventually died away, with Cage leaving the project in 2000.
In March 2013 Cage said in a MTV interview, a portion of which plays during the documentary trailer, that he believes Superman Lives would have been something special.
“At least it’s out there in the ether that that could have happened, but we don’t have to make the movie,” Cage said. “It’s still interesting to people.”
One of those people is Jon Schnepp.
Intrigued by this movie that never happened, he sought out to make a documentary about Superman Lives. Funded via Kickstarter with the help of more than 2,100 backers, The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened? chronicles everything about the abandoned movie. The documentary is set for a December release.