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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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Jon Schnepp

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Jon Schnepp
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Credited cast:
Nicolas Cage ... Himself (archive footage)
Kevin Smith ... Himself
Tim Burton ... Himself
Dan Gilroy ... Himself
Jon Peters ... Himself
Colleen Atwood ... Herself
Grant Morrison ... Himself
Robert Meyer Burnett Robert Meyer Burnett ... Himself
Lorenzo di Bonaventura ... Himself
Jon Schnepp ... Himself
Rick Heinrichs ... Himself
Wesley Strick ... Himself
Steve Johnson Steve Johnson ... Himself
Bill Boes ... Himself
Derek Frey ... Himself
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A documentary about the proposed 1998 Superman Lives feature film that would have starred Nicolas Cage.

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9 July 2015 (USA) See more »

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Смерть 'Супермен жив': Что случилось? See more »

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Kevin Smith directed some episodes of the second season of Supergirl (2015), the first titled "Supergirl Lives" as a reference to the film. Smith joked he expected Supergirl to fight a giant spider as in the infamous battle scene proposed for this film. See more »

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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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References Clean and Sober (1988) See more »

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Meandering and Over-Long, This Tug on Superman's Cape Needs More Focus
28 January 2016 | by drqshadow-reviewsSee all my reviews

The infamous bomb to end all bombs, a doomed effort to relaunch the Superman franchise in the immediate aftermath of the catastrophic Batman and Robin, never made it to principal photography. Ever since it was unceremoniously dumped back in 1998, the film's been a secretive slab of buried pop trivia and this documentary, through interviews with virtually every guilty party, attempts to uncover what might have been. Facepalm-worthy mistakes abound, from overzealous producers with absurd requests to tripped-out directors with no affinity for the character to one of the single worst casting decisions in recent memory. There's no two ways about it: this was going to be a launchpad disaster, even worse than the slim shreds of leaked information may have led us to believe. The story of its abortion is fascinating, too, in the same way a slow-motion replay of a fatal F-1 crash might be. The documentary belabors many points, though, needlessly bloating its runtime, and the director/moderator is incessantly forced into most shots, which I found grating. As a slideshow of concept art and talking heads recollecting (often, stunningly, with fondness) the mistakes they were never given the chance to make, it provides a short-lived interest. The full duration is something of a chore to push through, however, and it really could've done with some critical editing before release.


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