The Christopher Nolan-produced Superman reboot Man of Steel comes out later this year, coincidentally in time for Superman’s 75th birthday. But this time 15 years it might have been a very different kind of Superman movie that was released to commemorate the diamond anniversary of Last Son of Krypton’s first appearance in Action Comics #1, that is if it hadn’t, you know, imploded like a 5 cent balloon.
Well Tim Burton’s Superman Lives is now the subject of a proposed documentary from filmmaker John Schnepp (Metalocalypse and Venture Bros.). In the video intro for the project, Schnepp says that he’s long been a collector of any and all tidbits of information and production art about Superman Lives, and recently had the inspiration to make a film about the weirdest Superman film that never happened.
Schnepp seems very ambitious about his prospects for the project, and while I can see him securing interviews with guys like the storyboard artists, or even Kevin Smith because he’ll talk about anything, does he really have the juice to net Nicolas Cage, or even Burton himself? I’m not sure. As for his plan to produce actually scenes if he raises more than his set budgetary amount, I don’t know. If I remember correctly, being too expensive to make was the reason Superman Lives was killed in the first place.
Still, Schnepp’s enthusiasm is infectious, but I have to wonder, if Superman Lives was made and currently sat on his DVD shelf, would he be so eager to venerate it, or would he be joining a chorus of fanboys deriding it as the worst thing ever made? I guess we’ll never know.
You can check out the Kickstarter page here, and donate if you wish. As of this writing, there’s early $16,000 down, on its way to a goal of $98,000.
Source: Bleeding Cool