The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? (NR)
Schnepp interviews major players on the production, including Burton, original screenwriter Kevin Smith and producer Jon Peters, who gets to rebut the stories Smith has been telling about him for years. (Unfortunately, while director Schnepp is a good active listener, his frequent full-tilt nodding during interviews can be distracting.)
The previously unseen preproduction work and test footage suggest a film that wouldn’t have lacked for imagination and might have been a great last gasp for practical, on-screen effects — and while the Internet scoffs at that photo of Nicolas Cage in one of the Superman suits, he looks darn good in the camera tests.
The Death of "Superman Lives" bears a resemblance to Jodorowsky’s "Dune", down to the use of a noodley synth score over production sketches, but Superman Lives came far closer to actually being made, and more’s the pity that it didn’t.