The Tim Burton directed Superman movie that never was has seen a resurgence of interest as of late thanks to the upcoming documentary The Death of Superman Lives, and the new details emerging from the woodwork just get weirder and weirder. It's great.
New concept art has emerged of Christopher Walken as the hyper-intelligent alien, Brainiac... who also just so happens to be a giant mechanical spider in the Superman Lives universe (?!). Yeah.
Check out the bizarre concept art for yourself below:
It's not clear if Walken had actually been signed up to play Brainiac, but seeing as the actor worked alongside Tim Burton in Batman Returns and Sleepy Hollow, it isn't entirely out of the realm of possibility.
For those of you who aren't up to speed with the Superman Lives mythology, the Spider-Brainiac stems from executive-producer Jon Peters' obsession with "the fiercest killers in the animal kingdom" and his insistence that an enormous arachnid was written into the script.
If you're curious about exactly what this spider beast would have gotten himself into - the whole script for the abandoned project was leaked so we can get some delicious tasters of the madness that could have been, such as:
Then, the beast drops on Superman anew, its massive legs tearing
at him. Superman struggles free, bolting toward the shaft of light
to strengthen his powers, but the creature grabs hold of him,
pulling the Man of Steel back into the darkness.
Suddenly, the creature's underbelly opens, setting loose six
smaller, metallic versions of itself. Superman breaks free of the
beast and begins fighting the creatures off, smashing them
together, crushing them in his grip. We hear LOIS'S SHRIEK.
The micro-beasts crawl all over Lois. Superman uses his heat
vision to blast the CREATURES, which EXPLODE, hissing. Using his
powers leaves Superman a little dazed.
Wow. Just wow.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about The Death of Superman Lives is the documentary maker's suggestion that the failed project actually had potential to be a good movie. Apparently, everyone involved, including Burton himself, still seem positive it would have worked to this day... but I guess we'll never know, will we?
Rest in peace, SuperCage.