Visual FX Legend Steve Johnson Talks Tim Burton's SUPERMAN Suit

Visual FX Legend Steve Johnson Talks Tim Burton's SUPERMAN Suit

There has been a lot of criticism of Tim Burton for his version of Superman's suit that has been shown, according to Steve Johnson, who was heading up design of the suit, the photos and videos we have seen aren't even close to what the suit was going to be.


Steve Johnson sat down with Fearnet to talk about his wonderful 30 year career in the VFX industries. While talking with them he was asked about Tim Burton's Superman Lives project, and more specifically about the suit he was designing for the film. "Don't start with me on that! I've had it with these things on-line saying 'this suit is probably why the movie didn't get made' and blah blah blah. What people don't understand is pretty straight forward," said Johnson. He went on to explain that the suit that people have seen photos and video of was not the actual suit for the film but was a suit they designed to regenerate Superman with the help of an alien. Said Johnson, "It was never meant to be the actual Superman suit. Superman dies, in Tim Burton's version. He's wrapped around by this alien presence which I would assume someone in the comics came up with. It's a living life form on top of him that brings him back to life. So everybody looked at the suit and said "Jesus, Tim's lost his mind! Steve's doing too much blow!" That wasn't what happened! It was never meant to be the Superman suit. It was an alien wrapped around him. Let's put that on the record for once. Colleen Atwood designed all the Superman suits. We had the real one; we had the black one from the ending. But the one people have seen wasn't meant to be the Superman suit, it was an alien that was regenerating him and it was really that simple. I don't know why all the fans were getting so angry about that. If they were real fans, they would know!" Check out the video below to see for your self what all the fuss was about the suit.



Superman Lives was set to star Nicolas Cage as Clark Kent/Superman. The plot would have been centered around The Death of Superman story arc, with Superman dying and being brought back to live. It appears they had three suits designed for the film the red, blue, and yellow one, this regeneration one, and the black one that Supes wears when he comes back to life. Sound off you thoughts in the comment boxes below on how you think the Tim Burton's regeneration story would have translated to the big screen.
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