Secrets about the Superman that never was are coming to the UK this summer, with the anticipated release of the Kickstarter funded documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, created and directed by Jon Schnepp.
Schnepp’s fascinating film tells the unseen and unheard story of the abandoned Warner Bros. project Superman Lives, which was set to go before the cameras in the late 1990s. Written by Kevin Smith (Clerks) and subsequently set to be directed by Tim Burton (Batman) with Nicholas Cage (Face/Off) as the Man of Steel, the project was scrapped just before filming began, but has had a “second life” as some of the artwork and behind-the-scenes footage of some of the pre-production – including some very strange Superman suits – surfaced online in recent years.
The film was set to debut at the BFI next month, but is now set to screen at MCM Expo at London’s ExCel Centre.
The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened? delves into one of Hollywood’s most enthralling ‘what could have been’ stories. In 1996, Warner Brothers engaged Kevin Smith to write the screenplay (‘Superman Lives’). Director Tim Burton assembled an elite group of artists to work on Superman Lives, including Nicolas Cage as Superman. Warner Brothers scrapped the project shortly before principal photography began. This documentary directed by Jon Schnepp features interviews with director Tim Burton; legendary producers Jon Peters and Lorenzo di Bonaventura; screenwriters Kevin Smith, Wesley Strick, and Dan Gilroy; production designer Rick Heinrichs; special effects artist Steve Johnson; storyboard artist Tim Burgard; costume designer Colleen Atwood, and many more. This film delivers an inside look into what would have been the most original, unexpected and cosmic Superman movie ever made.
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? screens at MCM Comic Con at ExCel London on the evening of 22nd & 23rd May and is available on VOD from 9th July.
You can buy tickets for the screenings at the link here.