SCOOP: Superman Vs. A Giant Spider (Brainiac) In SUPERMAN LIVES Concept Art

Conceptual illustrator and storyboard artist, Tim Burgard, had the pleasure of working on Superman Lives when Kevin Smith ("Chasing Amy") was still attached to the project. Hit the jump to see a few of the images he created of Superman fighting a giant spider.

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By nailbiter111 - 2/9/2013


By now everyone should know the story of Kevin Smith and Superman Lives. For a brief recap, Hollywood producer, Jon Peters, asked Kevin Smith in 1997 to write the script for a new Superman movie. At this time the "Death of Superman" comic storyline was still the talk of the town, and Peters wanted the story to be along those lines. The gist of Kevin Smith's script, is that Brainiac comes to Earth, works with Lex Luthor to block out the sun, and unleashes Doomsday. Without the sun, Superman becomes weaker, and is killed by Doomsday. After his death a Kryptonian robot-like creature, Eradicator, comes to life, and takes Superman's body. Kal-El is resuscitated, but no longer has any of his powers.

Now, the reason why everyone should know of the Kevin Smith/Superman saga, is that he was asked by Jon Peters to add a giant spider to the story as an homage to his childhood love of King Kong. That has always made Superman fans flinch, because it's a terrible, terrible idea. But, Smith wanted the gig and he incorporated the foolish idea into the script as best he could. Below you will find images and an excerpt of the script detailing Superman's battle against a giant spider (Brainiac).

If you're one of the few people that haven't heard Smith's humorous retelling of this event in his life, check out the video at the bottom of the page. Also of note, these images were created before Tim Burton ("Sleepy Hollow") was attached to direct the film.


"The first design I submitted (with Kevin Smith at the meeting) was commented on by Jon Peters (the producer) as "looking like something I ate at lunch". Eww! So I did a version with a more human looking head, which to me isn't as scary, but I wasn't paying for it." - Tim Burgard

Kevin Smith's SUPERMAN LIVES Script

INT. PIT

Lois squirms about in a mire of fiberglass-looking "webbing."

From the darkness above, an echoey growl is heard.

EXT. METROPOLIS PARK

The cape still hangs off the statue's extended hand., Then, a

black flash whips in and out of the frame, and the cape is no

longer there.

INT. MENAGERIE

Superman bursts through the ceiling again - now wearing his cape -

and through the many levels of the ships, still contained in the

single beam of light.

INT. PIT

He rockets through the ceiling of the pit, allowing the singular

shaft of light to follow. Suddenly, he's struck by a high-powered

stream of murky liquid from above, which knocks him out of the

light, and entraps him in the "webbing," beside the struggling

Lois.

LOIS

Baby!

SUPERMAN

Hey, kid. How about we get out of here?

Something huge and quick, drops from the shadows beyond the shaft

of sunlight, striking Superman.


The THANAGARIAN SNARE BEAST has grown. It resembles something of a

cross between a squid and a spider, but very bio-mechanical and

sleek. And now -- inhabited by Brainiac's consciousness -- it's

extra lethal as well. Brainiac's voice is heard, hissing from

somewhere within the creature.


Note: Image above has been on the net since 2006.


BRAINIAC

SSSSSSSSSSSSUUUUUPERRRRRMAAAAAANNN!


It batters the Man of Steel, then moves quickly back into the

darkness. Superman's a bit dazed.


LOIS

Are you alright?!


SUPERMAN

I'm... I'm okay...

(squints up)

I just wish I could see what I'm fighting.


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.

Superman reacts.


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.



But the TSB is on him again -- its mid-section spreading to reveal

a primeval head. The BEAST brings Superman to its jaws while

letting loose an ungodly SCREECH. The pair violently tussle, the

beast's head and legs rising and striking, Superman blocking and

attacking. A leg shoots from the darkness and catches Superman by

the throat, pinning him against the web. The beast's jaws come in

close to Superman's face, preparing to gorge.


We see the strain on Superman's face, the veins in his neck and

head throbbing.


Then we see why -- Superman uses all of his strength to stretch

his fist into the just-out-of-reach shaft of light. He makes it,

charging himself.


The jaws of the creature almost on his head, Superman comes across

with a right hook that knocks the creature into the air.


Superman crawls into the sunlight, takes in as much as he can, and

leaps up at the beast, grabbing hold of the wildly flailing

creature. He flies it up and...


INT. MENAGERIE

... out into the full beam of sunlight.


SUPERMAN

You wanna hide in a bug... I'll crush you

like one!



Superman begins mangling the beast.


Hooked into his helm, Brainiac convulses, feeling the pain of the

beating.


Superman grabs the head of the creature and pulls it off,

ferociously.


The MACHINE he's hooked up to EXPLODES from the feedback, and

Brainiac flees back into his own body, throwing the helm off. He

weakly tries to crawl away from the wreckage. Breathing heavily,

Superman grabs a hold of him, lifting Brainiac above his head.





Source: Tim Burgard
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Quasimodo - 2/9/2013, 2:41 PM
total crap
bocce - 2/9/2013, 2:43 PM
Wow the worst movie never made.
IronManny819 - 2/9/2013, 2:48 PM
Spiders are the fiercest killers in the insect kingdom.
Spyder - 2/9/2013, 2:48 PM
I like Smith and all but there's a reason this script wasn't used. I love the story more of the making of the movie that almost was. I hope that one guy who's trying to make a documentary about it gets his funding.
Jollem - 2/9/2013, 2:52 PM
oh my, how delicious. i wonder if kevin smith saw these?

kinda creepy, tho. kinda gieger-y
GuardianAngel - 2/9/2013, 2:52 PM
"webbing"

Suspicious quotation marks
jessepostal - 2/9/2013, 2:59 PM
Bad ass!!! I would have watched and loved this as a kid! And so would all of you hating on it, it was the nineties, this kind if stuff was still hip and acceptable
MarkV - 2/9/2013, 3:00 PM
LOIS

Are you alright?!


SUPERMAN

I'm... I'm okay...

(squints up)

I just wish I could see what I'm fighting.


Hahahahaha!!!!! He's got mother f ucking X-ray vision you IDIOTS.
LP4 - 2/9/2013, 3:02 PM
Ewwww are those pics of Nic Cage as Superman real???
Jollem - 2/9/2013, 3:03 PM
*giger-y
CmdrGrimlock - 2/9/2013, 3:03 PM
@Spyder
I wanna see that documentary if it gets made...a testament to all the bs treatment that comic book movies get and the games played with money to get the end result. the source material is almost bastardized to the point of only being able to recognize the character through a furrowed brow and an even more vivid imagination than the abhorrence that is seen on screen
Silentman - 2/9/2013, 3:10 PM
would've been a horrible movie, but it gave kevin smith one of the best stories he's ever told
Jollem - 2/9/2013, 3:22 PM
"At this time the "Death of Superman" comic storyline was still the talk of the town"

hell yeah, this event revitalized the entire comic book medium. i was there as a kid, one issue at a time. i remember the arm bands people wore. it was nuts. good times
Nemeres - 2/9/2013, 3:22 PM
I love me some aborted project concept art, and especially when it's Superman related.

JDUKE25 - 2/9/2013, 3:29 PM
I'm so glad I only had to lift a giant rock mixed with Kryptonite, instead of fighting spiders.

I hate spiders.
CavEl - 2/9/2013, 3:42 PM
Jon Peters' mother...
HavocPrime - 2/9/2013, 3:47 PM
Wouldnt mind seeing this in comic form tbh, Smith's script was actually really good for what he had to work with.
BackwardGalaxy - 2/9/2013, 3:50 PM
Would've been visually fascinating.
BackwardGalaxy - 2/9/2013, 3:50 PM
And a terrible movie.
thunderforce - 2/9/2013, 4:03 PM
Looks like that Superman needs to fight his receding hairline lol .
SaxoWolf - 2/9/2013, 4:07 PM
Asterisk - 2/9/2013, 4:12 PM
EVERYDAY WITH THE [frick]ING SPIDER
jessepostal - 2/9/2013, 4:19 PM
@imadick, if your gonna be a dick Atleast make sense, nothing was said about being critically acclaimed, just a fun off the wall movie, like the hundreds that came out and were accepted at that time, what else ya got tough guy?
DanteSparda - 2/9/2013, 4:22 PM
Looks kinda cool actually... makes me wish Brainiac was the villian of MOS.
SudsMerrick - 2/9/2013, 4:29 PM
Anyone ever read the book Superman V.S. Hollywood? It details the entire history of Superman on film and all the different behind the scenes battles. Superman Lives is one of MANY MANY MANY attempts that were not ideal and yet almost made it off the ground.

It's also about the really interesting social changes that Superman was used in. Like the FBI exposing a KKK gathering location and organization details through a radio episode.

People can complain all they want about Superman Returns, but if you had an understanding of all the terrible you were sparred, you'd probably warm up to it more.
VictorHugo - 2/9/2013, 4:31 PM
I remember that mechanical spider scene was used in a comic as a homage of sorts in "Superman: Birthright".
deanwilkins - 2/9/2013, 4:34 PM
"Baby?"

No. Just... No.
95 - 2/9/2013, 4:38 PM
Awesome! Best article I read today. Kevin Smith's story about Jon Peters is hilarious. I kinda wanna see a SyFy version of this be made.
ScabbyJ - 2/9/2013, 4:42 PM
As silly as it reads that concept art looks kind of intense.
Tony93 - 2/9/2013, 5:10 PM
it looks kinda cool...
MisterMagurlypse - 2/9/2013, 5:19 PM
Lol....Lois, Baby, Lois. What the hell is that! Lets get it on before the spider eats us.
dellamorte1872 - 2/9/2013, 5:19 PM
I don't understand why someone is always trying to justify SUPERMAN RETURNS and get others to like it as we'll. it's a shitty film no matter how you formulateyourargumentsupportingit
Tevii - 2/9/2013, 5:36 PM
I have no doubt Kevin Smith could give us a great CBM. His passion for comics would shine through.
This movie was scrapped because the producers screwed it up, by insisting on their stupid suggestions.
Typical WB hard at work at screwing up everything
Tevii - 2/9/2013, 5:38 PM
@dellamorte1872 - i agree, but the airplane sequence was pretty great... but one scene cant save a movie
edwardshiro - 2/9/2013, 5:39 PM
OMG Spiderniac!! :P
XavierLehnsherr - 2/9/2013, 5:41 PM
I figure if Brainiac has really explored the entire universe, he would adapt to a ilfeform that has survived the best out of all he has seen.

Maybe there's a planet in the universe where spiders rule.
WorldsGreatestdetective - 2/9/2013, 5:42 PM
Just letting you guys know, the producer who wanted the giant spider in "Superman Lives", Jon Peters (mentioned in Kevin Smith's video), Is an executive producer for Man of Steel...... Ironic and scary
JredTheRed - 2/9/2013, 5:54 PM
that sounds so F'n terrible! This Jon Petters guy is a dipshiit. What scares me is he is also Executive Producer for MAN OF STEEL
xXkryptoniteXx - 2/9/2013, 6:15 PM
They should just make this the next DC animated movie. Have Nicolas cage voice superman.
damntree - 2/9/2013, 6:58 PM
@jessepostal - You're totally right of course; this movie would have been a guilty pleasure for this ilk. For all their posturing about staying true to the story they really don't care. Most people on this board sing praises for shit like Arnold's Conan and it's not at all true to the source.
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