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The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

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For years we’ve talked about the massive documentary project that was chronicling the production and combustion of the Superman movie that was to be directed by Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage. The end result of those efforts, The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, will be available on VOD this coming July. Along with Jodorowsky’s Dune, which chronicled Alejandro Jodorowsky’s attempt to make a version of Frank Herbert’s Dune in the 70s, there seems to be a trend of making documentaries about movies that never happened. But two films don’t make a trend, so how about three? Straight out of Australia comes word that a new doc is in development, this time the subject is George Miller‘s abandoned Justice League movie Mortal. (more…)

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Younger nerds may not know this, but there was once this thing called “Superman Lives.” It was based, however roughly, on the “Death of Superman” story arc from 1992/93 and was primed to be the smash hit of the summer of 1998, in theaters, in time, for Superman’s 60th birthday. It was also supposed to be the Man of Steel’s epic return to cinemas, 12 years after the epic failure of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace. Of course, Superman Lives was an epic failure in its own right, torn asunder by a rabid fan culture and a suddenly spending shy studio. And that’s where Jon Schnepp comes in. A veritable collector of Superman Lives lore, he decided to crowd fund a documentary to examine its making and eventual unmaking, and he needs a little bit more money to get the film in front of the eyes of fans… (more…)

Death-of-Superman-LivesEarlier this year cartoon mastermind and champion of industry, John Schnepp (Metalocalypse and Venture Bros.,) took to Kickstarter to kickstart a doc that would detail the Superman movie that never was. The fabled and failed Tim Burton Death Of Superman project that would have featured Nic Cage as the titular character, Chris Rock as Jimmy Olsen and Tim Allen as Brainiac. Well, the campaign was a resounding success (goal was $98,000 and it earned $115,110 worth of pledges,) and the documentary is set for a summer 2014 release. Check the trailer out below. (more…)

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