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Superman Lives is the Warner Bros. film that never was, but the project might soon live again in Jon Schnepp’s planned documentary about the canceled Tim Burton project. With interest in the production at a high, DCU Movie has posted a new behind-the-scenes look at Nicolas Cage in full Superman regalia.
There’s no word on where DCU Movie found the image, but it definitely shows a different side of the costume design than we’ve seen in the past. At least this doesn’t look reflective like the weird holographic Superman suit shown before or light up like the Kryptonian life support suit, but it is a bit too fitted for our tastes. Somehow we don’t think Cage’s abs have ever been that ripped. There’s always the chance this version of the suit was electric, but now we’ll never know.
Schnepp’s documentary, titled The Death of ‘Superman Lives': What Happened?, plans to tell the whole story of what either would have been the best or absolute worst Superman movie ever. The planned cast included Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel, Chris Rock as Jimmy Olsen and Tim Allen as Brainiac, and was based on an initial script by Kevin Smith.
“We could have had the weirdest Superman movie ever made,” Schnepp said of the film. “Weird! Strange! Bizarre outfits! Rainbows! The weirdness level of this Superman movie beats any superhero film that’s ever been made. I mean, you had Ang Lee ‘Hulk dogs’? This is weirder.”