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The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (2015)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 9 July 2015 (USA)
A documentary about the proposed 1998 Superman Lives feature film that would have starred Nicolas Cage.

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Sylvain Despretz: Highly creative people have a hard time getting their movies made. Full stop. That's all it is. Because they bring stuff that blows everyone away, and as much as the claim is they want something original, they're terrified of it. That's what happens. So, you don't see those movies because they scare everybody up the chain of command.
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The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened? (2015)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Remember SUPERMAN LIVES? You know, that new Superman movie that was going to be directed by Tim Burton and feature Nicolas Cage in the title role? It got into production but the film never managed to see the screen and this fun documentary explains why.

What's so great about this documentary is that many of the main people involved with the production are interviewed here. This includes Burton, producer Jon Peters, the three different screenwriters including Kevin Smith as well as people involved in costumes, set design and various others. What's even more entertaining is that those interviewed are willing too speak their mind on what went wrong.

As one person states, it would have been a great movie or something laughed off the screen and it seems Warner knew this and that's one reason the film was canceled. There's a lot of great stuff on display here including the interviews that are terrific. We also get to see video footage of Cage inside the Superman suit and having discussions with Burton and the crew. Speaking of Burton, you can tell that this film still bothers him.

If you're a fan of comic book movies or just disastrous Hollywood mistakes then you should get a kick out of this documentary.


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SO glad they never made this! Phastdawgs1
The director/interviewer drinking water while Peters is on the phone.... parisxarios
"The Death of Superman Lives, Schnepp Nods a Lot" davidcrabtree
Says its out, where is it?? SpaceMonkey907
Now make a doco of the failed George Miller's Justice League chalker1
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