New Trailer: Documentary On Tim Burton's SUPERMAN LIVES

New full-length trailer has just been released for "The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened?" documentary. Hit the jump to see snippets of interviews with all the players as well as a look at never-before-seen concept art from the never-made film.

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By nailbiter111 - 7/24/2014
Earlier today, the first full-length trailer for Jon Schnepp's documentary, "The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?" debuted at San Diego Comic-Con and now it has been released. The Kickstarter funded documentary will try to explain why Tim Burton's Superman film never made it out of pre-production.

If you're not familiar with this tale, let me give you the gist. In 1993, Warner Bros. purchased the film rights to Superman because of the renewed interest in the property following "The Death of Superman" comic book story arc. Jon Peters was the executive producer and he was focused on making a Superman film that was family-friendly as well as toy-friendly. Several writers were brough in, but in time their scripts were rejected. One of them was Kevin Smith, who tells a laugh-out-loud "Giant Spider" account of this moment in his life with Jon Peters. Smith was let go when Tim Burton was brought on to direct. Burton wanted to add his own unique elements to the script, so he hired Wesley Strick ("Cape Fear").

"The confirmed details of Wesley Strick's script indicate that, like the previous versions, it followed the "Death of Superman" story. A notable departure from that work is the fact that once Brainiac arrives on Earth, he and Lex Luthor eventually merge into a single entity dubbed "Luthiac". Thematically, Burton and Strick worked to underscore Superman's alienation by virtue of the fact that Superman (Kal-El) is -- literally -- an alien." - Superman Wiki

Burton's version would've had Nicolas Cage playing Superman. Kevin Spacey was approached for Lex Luthor, Chris Rock was set for Jimmy Olsen, Courtney Cox was up for Lois Lane, and Tim Allen claims he was negotiating with Warner Bros. for the Brainiac part. The film quickly went into pre-production with an expected release in the summer of 1998.
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TheAbaryMan369 - 7/24/2014, 5:12 PM
I'm looking forward to see this, it looks really interesting. Nic Cage as Supes would have been bad, along with the rest of the film, but it would have been interesting to see how they planned to do this, I mean, it can't be worse that Superman IV right?
Unreal2k9 - 7/24/2014, 5:12 PM
My boy Jon Schnepp
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 7/24/2014, 5:14 PM
Movie woulda been trippy as [frick]kk
manoftomorrow13 - 7/24/2014, 5:15 PM
I actually met and talked to john schnepp today! We were actually talking about the documentary and how cool it was to interview everyone. I got his autograph too!
HurricaneXavier - 7/24/2014, 5:15 PM
Thank god this never happened.
PsychoManiacJacky - 7/24/2014, 5:15 PM
Is there any possible way they can still make this movie? Even it they have to animate it it could still be awesome. Oh yeah and get the original cast who was gonna star to do the voices.
Cayo - 7/24/2014, 5:15 PM
This looks interesting.

Were the people who were looking forward to Nick Cage as Superman joking? This is terrible casting choice in my opinion.
mbembet - 7/24/2014, 5:17 PM
that's the fat dude from amc show
Alphaman06 - 7/24/2014, 5:17 PM
I would love for them to make an animated version of this film
DudeGuyMan - 7/24/2014, 5:18 PM
omnipotent18 - 7/24/2014, 5:19 PM
That was an awesome trailer. Im ready to learn more about it.
OptionFour - 7/24/2014, 5:19 PM
I think this'll be really interesting to watch. Not exactly watching a train wreck . . . more like watching the train wreck that could have been.
Sipprelle - 7/24/2014, 5:24 PM
Schnepp's one awesome dude.
ScorpioRisin - 7/24/2014, 5:26 PM
Love Schnepp.
Inb4 "Would have been better than MOS".
m0th3r - 7/24/2014, 5:27 PM
Go Schnepp...i will be buying this!
Desrow - 7/24/2014, 5:30 PM
Schnepp's my boy!
Arrowhead77 - 7/24/2014, 5:30 PM
Ok....Im interested. When is it happening?
mcminnjb1990 - 7/24/2014, 5:36 PM
Schnepp I will watch because of him
DCGuy - 7/24/2014, 5:39 PM
this would have been really interesting.
JillyMcBeam - 7/24/2014, 5:40 PM
Let's be real people. There's no way this could have been worse than Green Lantern.
BlackIceJoe - 7/24/2014, 5:41 PM
This should be interesting. I hope it gets lots of fan support. This way other DC Comic movies that would have been get a documentary too. I would like to see what was planned for the original Batman vs Superman movie. Plus it would be great to find out more on Justice League: Mortal. If they do those two next maybe the next ones could be Batman Beyond, Wonder Woman & Plastic Man. WB has started so many DC projects over the years and it would be nice to know more about them.
kakinurmawth - 7/24/2014, 5:42 PM
who cares....this would have been the biggest shit pile ever.
JillyMcBeam - 7/24/2014, 5:43 PM
First shot has been fired!
McGee - 7/24/2014, 5:44 PM
Nail....I LOVE YOU!!!
Lemons - 7/24/2014, 5:44 PM
The small clip of Nic Cage flying and landing as Superman looked pretty awesome.
CookieKid247 - 7/24/2014, 5:45 PM
John Schnepp finally made his movie. Love him on AMC Movie Talk and was waiting to see this documentary. Definitely going to watch this.
PietroMaximoff - 7/24/2014, 5:45 PM
I hate Tim Burton so much
npamusic - 7/24/2014, 5:46 PM
Dude was still asking for more money for this film after the Kickstart event. smh.

He didn't get enough I'm assuming?
I jus wanna see the Doc.. release it, damn it.
McGee - 7/24/2014, 5:46 PM


^^^ Read this book!

I want them to adapt it into a film like Argo!
CookieKid247 - 7/24/2014, 5:47 PM
Wow did you know Superman Lives would've had Ben Affleck as Superman? Funny he's Batman now.
CookieKid247 - 7/24/2014, 5:48 PM
Reading about Superman Lives in Wikipedia. This film would've been an eventual train wreck. Will Smith was gonna be Superman but he turned it down over 'ethnicity concerns'.
TheDarkKnightSlap - 7/24/2014, 5:49 PM
Ridiculous.
CookieKid247 - 7/24/2014, 5:54 PM
Martin Campbell, Brett Ratner and Michael Bay were all in contention to direct this film.
ALmazing - 7/24/2014, 5:57 PM
Cameo by Batman you say?

PrinceAwesome - 7/24/2014, 6:01 PM
Nick Cage is Superman. Buzz Lightyear is Braniac. Luthor and Brainac merge into one entity in order to form 'Luthiac'. Yeah, I'd bet this film would've made 'Superman III', 'Superman IV', 'Batman and Robin', 'Superman Returns', and 'Green Lantern' a plethora of cinematic gold.

It's hilarious how Schnepp regards the 'Amazing Spider-Man 2' as the 'Batman and Robin' of the Spider-man franchise, and yet vouches the astounding absurdity this film would've portrayed on the big screen. Hypocrisy at its finest.
Binker - 7/24/2014, 6:02 PM
I just saw the suits, and they look kinda neat. Need something much clear, full image though, but yeah neat
omnipotent18 - 7/24/2014, 6:04 PM
@LEMONS: That clip was pretty awesome. It got me pretty excited.
NicolausCopernicus - 7/24/2014, 6:07 PM
would be cool if dc release this movie in form of a comicbook adaptation
also, when the documentary is getting released?
RedNTheHood - 7/24/2014, 6:09 PM
SCHNEPPITY SCHNEPP SCHNEPP!!!!!!!!
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