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Crowdfund This: ‘The Death Of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?’

Thursday 24th January 2013 by Derek Kraneveldt

If you were a comic fan, and more than a few years old in the mid-to-late 1990’s, you probably remember hearing about a little film called Superman Lives. The feature was set to be directed by (then arguably at his most popular) Tim Burton, written by Kevin Smith, and starring Nicolas Cage.

Production got to the point where filming was about to begin… and then it was gone. There have been plenty of different stories as to why, but in all honesty, nobody really knows.

Sure, it would have been weird (have you seen the leaked costume test), but that’s not to say it wouldn’t have been good. So what happened?

Nic Cage in an early screen test for 'Superman Lives'
Nic Cage in an early screen test for ‘Superman Lives’

That’s what Jon Schnepp wants to know.

If you’re a regular ‘scapist, you probably recognize that name. Jon is of course a director and producer of Adult Swim’s Metalocalypse, former editor of Space Ghost Coast to Coast, and director of the ‘W’ segment of the upcoming The ABC’s of Death. Jon is also a good friend of Geekscape, and we featured him on the podcast back in May 2012.

Today, he launched a Kickstarter for his latest project, The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?. It’s a documentary that will explore… well, what happened to Superman Lives.

It sounds like an amazing idea, and there are of course some amazing rewards up for grabs if you help fund the film. The Death of ‘Superman Lives’ What Happened? needs to raise $98,000 in order to be produced, and if the stretch goal is reached (requiring another $50,000), select scenes from the Superman Lives script will become a reality. Wouldn’t that be cool to see?

You can check out the video for the Kickstarter below, and head here for more info and to contribute! We’ll keep you posted on any milestones this project hits!

Let’s make it happen!