In the late 1990s, Tim Burton started developing an ambitious blockbuster that would have been a futuristic look at Superman, starring Nicolas Cage as a unique iteration of the Man of Steel. The film, entitled “Superman Lives,” was never completed and hasn’t been revisited since.
In the upcoming documentary “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?” from director John Schnepp, the question as to why exactly the film never made it past pre-production is thoroughly explored. The journey into the film that never was includes behind-the-scenes videos of the film’s creation and interviews with many of the talent involved with the project, including costume designer Colleen Atwood and directorial assistant Derek Fey.
In a new clip from the documentary, Atwood and Fey discuss the unique design of Superman’s costume in Burton’s film and how it caused speculation. Schnepp also uncovers homemade footage of Cage stretching and testing out the muscle-defining outfit. Watch the clip courtesy of The Los Angeles Times here.