This is what Nicolas Cage looked like as Superman in Tim Burton’s aborted Superman Lives movie

In the late 90′s Warner Bros was planning to revive Superman. Of course, at that time Tim Burton was the king of Warner Bros-DC properties as he had mate Batman and Batman Returns and both did well at the box office and were good enough for comic book movies at the time.

So Warner Bros. hired Burton to direct a Superman reboot called Superman Lives. Then they hired Kevin Smith to write the script and then – wait for it – they hired Nicolas Cage as Superman. Oh. My. God. You can check out the YouTube video for Smith’s take on this Superman below, which includes a giant spider thing for no reason. Yay.

And really, this was perhaps the most odd comic book adaptation ever. And then it died. A pipe dream and potential cult classic in the making that never came to be. Jon Schnepp has a Kickstarter that is raising money for a documentary he wants to make about the death of the film, which certainly sounds like a worthy investment. His take on the film may also be the best and most awesome.

As news slowly bubbled out, news buzzed around about Rainbow Robot Outfits, Brainiac Skull ships, Superman not “flying”, Fighting a Giant Spider, Polar Bears guarding the Fortress of Solitude. It all sounded so crazy, so weird, so different, that I honestly was hoping that they would actually make it, just so we would have something different from what had come before. It never happened.

This is the Rainbow Robot Outfit. Apparently it was called The Eradicator and it had AI, like Iron Man’s Jarvis, and turned Superman into Iron Man until he was healthy enough to take on Doomsday with his regular old powers.

Yeah, this movie was batshit. And it’s one we’ll never, ever see. [via /Film]

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