It’s a bird…It’s a plane…nope, it’s a insane Superman movie that was never made.
The movie was titled Superman Lives and it has gone down in pop-culture folklore for what it may have been. Set to be directed by Tim Burton, this crazy incarnation of a gothic, cyborg-style Superman was to star Nicolas Cage as Krypton’s last son Kal-El (or Superman if you will). Oh and Chris Rock as a robot sidekick. Did I forget to mention that?
Stories and fables of what this movie was all about have been flying around the internet for years. The most well known being during an evening with Kevin Smith, where he tells an incredible story of how he was hired to punch up the script for the movie. Trust me, even if you don’t like Superman (or Kevin Smith) this video is worth the 20 minute run time.
However, we may finally be able to hear what this movie could have been! There is a documentary titled The Death of “Superman Lives”; What Happened? that is set to come out this summer which dives deep into what this movie was to be.
Being a huge Superman fan growing up, I for one was very happy this movie was never made. I always thought the stories of what this movie may have been were WAY better than anything that this movie could have lived up to. With that said, I am very excited to see this documentary and can’t wait to hear how truly insane and/or great this movie was going to be. In the meantime, here are some pictures of Nick Cage in different variations of his batshitcrazy Superman costume. Enjoy!