Concept Art From Tim Burton's SUPERMAN LIVES Featuring Brainiac, Eradicator & Doomsday

Concept Art From Tim Burton's SUPERMAN LIVES Featuring Brainiac,  Eradicator & Doomsday

Conceptual illustrator, Rolf Mohr, was tasked with creating character, costume and ship designs for Tim Burton's defunct Superman Lives. The infamous Superman film that would've starred Nicolas Cage as Kal-El. Hit the jump to check them out.

Ah yes, the Superman film that never was. Picture it in you heads, it's the summer of 1998, Nicolas Cage isn't a washed up actor taking on every role he can to payoff his IRS bill, but stilly whacky as ever. And he is your Superman, while his love interest, Lois Lane, is played by Courtney Cox. You know before she stuff her face with Botox, and now you need a crowbar to make her smile. And then imagine that sassy young comedian, Chris Rock as... Jimmy Olsen!? Okay. Oddly enough, Kevin Spacey, was the first choice for Lex Luthor, and we all know how memorable he was in that role for Superman Returns. But my favorite casting choice was Tim "Tool Time" Allen ("Home Improvement") as Brainiac.

Even though the film was never made we still have lots of concept art for us to look upon, and wonder, what if?

"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

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sephiroth211 - 5/2/2013, 7:27 PM
Some of those look sick, but thank the lord this movie never saw the light of day.
J619SD - 5/2/2013, 7:27 PM
Giant F'ing spider!! Lol. I love Kevin Smith.
codydriscollsrightarm - 5/2/2013, 7:27 PM
[frick]ing hell.
codydriscollsrightarm - 5/2/2013, 7:28 PM
Its not a giant spider.

Its a Thanagarian Snare Beast.
JoeMomma29 - 5/2/2013, 7:29 PM
Oh dear god!!!!! If this was made I would even side with the Marvelites!!!!!
PhantomPunch - 5/2/2013, 7:36 PM
sephiroth211 - 5/2/2013, 7:36 PM
TheOneAboveAll - 5/2/2013, 7:38 PM
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". Didn't they adapt that into the justice league cartoon?
RobotRooster - 5/2/2013, 7:38 PM
Giant f'ing spider.
BobGarlen - 5/2/2013, 7:39 PM
Whats the deal with the Robopredator?
RidiculousFanBoyDemands - 5/2/2013, 7:39 PM
Hey xNightwingx didn't you know it is the deadliest killer in the animal kingdom along with Polar Bears.
kevberg - 5/2/2013, 7:39 PM
so wheres doomsday?

Mike89 - 5/2/2013, 7:39 PM
Nicolas Cage as Superman? yeah, im glad this movie didn't happen.
MJPETTY7 - 5/2/2013, 7:40 PM
supes77 - 5/2/2013, 7:41 PM
I still kinda wish this movie happened

We would have got to see Supes punch some one 10 years ago now, and fight Doomsday and Braniac. It wouldnt have been great but it would just join the hundreds of slock 90s action movies
RonSwanson - 5/2/2013, 7:41 PM
That Doomsday photo is pretty badass, but I can't get over the crab claws.
bemond - 5/2/2013, 7:42 PM
Could have made Superman Returns look amazing.
PhantomPunch - 5/2/2013, 7:45 PM
masterhater - 5/2/2013, 7:49 PM
The script with the spider is f'n stupid as hell.
RichardHedski - 5/2/2013, 7:51 PM
This movie would have been bad. Thank goodness for Bryan Singer. Say what you want about Superman Returns but at least he didn't have a "Thanagarian Snarebeast" in it.
sciencefriction - 5/2/2013, 7:51 PM
Thank god this never happened, Hollywood and that stupid f'n spider. SMH.
OtakuPapi - 5/2/2013, 7:56 PM
It seems like a dope parody movie ... they should still do it as a Superman off shoot!
nowtheresaBATman - 5/2/2013, 8:06 PM
Nic Cage = Batnipples
nowtheresaBATman - 5/2/2013, 8:08 PM
Superman Returns was shit Purdue. Pure rubbish.
RichardHedski - 5/2/2013, 8:14 PM
It wasn't as bad as people make it out to be but I still loved it. Haters gonna hate.
xXkryptoniteXx - 5/2/2013, 8:21 PM
Wow that looks bad. I admit there are some cool ones such a the eradicator and the ships bUT the rest are bad. Brainiac looks like from a predator movie. Doomsday looks bAD!. Wow I'm glad this movie wasn't made cause we dodge a bullet on that one. This does not have any spirit of superman in it, more of a Tim burton signature. His batman was perfect but superman was not for him.
WruceBayne - 5/2/2013, 8:23 PM
Nick Cage has no business being behind the "S". He's better off leaving in 60 seconds.
WruceBayne - 5/2/2013, 8:25 PM
Wait wait wait, I have a better one. I would have been Gone in 60 seconds out of the movie theater.
** Drops mic and walks off stage**
rbfn04 - 5/2/2013, 8:25 PM
They stole Brainiac from ID4. The suit is not half bad. i dig the suit
nowtheresaBATman - 5/2/2013, 8:36 PM
If it comes to anything Bryan Singer then damn right I'm a hater.

Superman returns for REAL 6/14.
mrHJK - 5/2/2013, 8:39 PM
I don't care if the movie sucked; I wish it existed. Superman, Tim Burton, Nic Cage, Kevin Smith, Brainiac, Doomsday, the 90s man... This would be my guilty pleasure movie
sephiroth211 - 5/2/2013, 8:52 PM
"still looks better than

that dark suit and


MOS = GL of the year"

You most be joking.

Yea, a Nic Cage Supes would have been sooooo much better.
RottenTSaves - 5/2/2013, 9:15 PM
@Thanos321 just curious, why are you so stupid?
TheSuperguy - 5/2/2013, 9:50 PM
For what Kevin had to work with, I think he did the best he could.
BubblesShedAndBreakfast - 5/2/2013, 10:07 PM
That second image looks like Rom Space Knight...
OptimusPrimeTime - 5/2/2013, 10:35 PM
thosemortalmen - 5/2/2013, 10:36 PM
@PeterDarker: LOL!!! Poor Thanos, even as a troll you lack imaginations...
SoulAlone - 5/2/2013, 10:49 PM
The producer was so obsessed with putting a giant, mechanical spider in the movie. After the project was dropped, he went on to create another masterpiece, Wild West, which guessed it...a giant mechanical spider.
DioFoRio - 5/2/2013, 11:08 PM
First off that suit cage is in IS BADASS!!! ESPECIALLY for that time

Secondly...JESUS,SEPH!!! Those are AMAZING!!!
Excel - 5/3/2013, 12:38 AM
Good grief; why singer couldn't u have placed a real villain into ur f'ed up version Oooooooooh welll. Thanks for paving the way for Synder. I win all summer long.
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