For a while now we've been hearing about a documentary that was going to blow the doors wide open on the famous Nicolas Cage/Tim Burton Superman movie that was supposed to come out way back in the '90s, but thankfully never happened.
For people my age, who were there and probably close to being teenagers when all of this was going on, it was a dodged bullet for sure. For the younger generation, however, it has become something of an urban legend. The lost Superman movie, if you will. Well, out of obscurity, we are going to get the full story, and quite soon at that.
Filmmaker Jon Schnepp's eye-opening opus, which was funded through a Kickstarter campaign, is set for a limited theatrical release on May 1st (seriously? The same day as Avengers: Age of Ultron?) and a nationwide DVD/Blu-Ray/Digital Download release on July 9th.
Obviously, this movie had issues from the beginning. Kevin Smith, famed creator of the Jay and Silent Bob film series, wrote a couple drafts of the script, and he tells quite the story about his time working on Superman.
Jon Peters, who produced Tim Burton's Batman and stayed with the Superman project all the way through its eventual fruition as Superman Returns, had some incredibly odd mandates for the film. Superman was never to wear his suit (which you can tell from the pictures of Cage IN the suit, was vetoed), he was never to fly and he was to fight a giant spider in the final act. Yeah, I know, Jon Peters is psychotic. When Tim Burton came on to the project, Smith was ousted in favor of Burton's own writers, and the film immediately started to look very much like a Tim Burton film. I hear Johnny Depp was going to play Jimmy Olsen and Michael Keaton was set to play Perry White (I actually made that up, but it could have happened).
Apparently, Brainiac was going to be the villain (which... I actually would like to see in a film) and Nicolas Cage was going to sport a version of the famous Superman mullet from the mid-90s. At the very least, this was going to be an extremely interesting movie.
I've actually been looking forward to this documentary for quite a while now, so I'm incredibly excited to see it finally getting released. In fact, when I saw the first trailer, a single tear ran down my cheek (so take THAT Star Wars fans).
While the movie itself would have been a disaster, I think the documentary about the film that never happened will be quite interesting and insightful, and it will give us a glimpse of the Superman movie that never was.
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened is sure to be a must-see for any fan of the Man of Steel.