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Costume test footage from Tim Burton's aborted Superman Lives has appeared online

Dec. 16, 2010by: George Merchan

At this point, judging from all we know of Tim Burton's long aborted SUPERMAN LIVES, we can conclude that at the very least it would've looked like nothing else we've yet seen in a big screen adaptation of the Man of Steel.

But all we've had to go on so far have been still images. Today, thanks to /Film, we've got actual video of "The Eradicator" suit that's been released by special effects guy Steve Johnson. "'The Eradicator' suit?" you might be wondering. Here's some info about that according to a reader at /Film:

"Having read the Kevin Smith script, I assume this is 'the eradicator' suit. A kryptonian life support suit with onboard AI and weapons. Basically turning the mortally injured Superman into Iron Man until he recovered from his fight with Doomsday."

As weird and funky as the suit looks, I actually admire the gumption shown on the part of the filmmakers to think that outside the box and try something new. Sadly though, it was perhaps too outside the box. What do you guys think? Does seeing the thing in action (and with lasers!) change your mind at all, or do you still think it's crap?

Extra Tidbit: Can't wait to see what Zack Snyder has up his sleeve...
Source: /Film

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5:44PM on 12/17/2010

I wonder

I wonder what the ratio of time spent was of Burton dicking around with crazy costumes like this and time devoted to the story and the characters? Probably a bajillion-to-one. Kevin Smith's script may have been pretty good, but with Burton changing everything on a whim and Nic Cage as Superman it would have been a disaster.
I wonder what the ratio of time spent was of Burton dicking around with crazy costumes like this and time devoted to the story and the characters? Probably a bajillion-to-one. Kevin Smith's script may have been pretty good, but with Burton changing everything on a whim and Nic Cage as Superman it would have been a disaster.
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4:36PM on 12/17/2010
I think it looks ok. Surprisingly, the black costume was not Tim Burton's idea. It was from the producer Jon Peters who thought that Superman's red and blue costume was "too gay".
I think it looks ok. Surprisingly, the black costume was not Tim Burton's idea. It was from the producer Jon Peters who thought that Superman's red and blue costume was "too gay".
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9:18AM on 12/17/2010

It was a ???? idea??

I truly believe that if they had followed Kevin Smith's idea and script we would've had a decent effort,but with another actor not Nic cage,as much as I love him as an actor he wasn't Supes.but hopefully Snyder will not mess up the Superman franchise even more and ruin any chances of a Justice league movie.Warner follow Marvel's route,it has worked for them so far...
I truly believe that if they had followed Kevin Smith's idea and script we would've had a decent effort,but with another actor not Nic cage,as much as I love him as an actor he wasn't Supes.but hopefully Snyder will not mess up the Superman franchise even more and ruin any chances of a Justice league movie.Warner follow Marvel's route,it has worked for them so far...
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7:42AM on 12/17/2010

Better than "Returns"?

any one who believes that (look down) is a fucking idiot.
any one who believes that (look down) is a fucking idiot.
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11:34PM on 12/16/2010

Better than 'Returns'

Anything is better than the crap version that came out a few years ago at least this would be different. It would have been the weirdest movie ever and Nic Cage would have been an awful Superman but thats why I want to see it so bad, and hey if it was that bad we wouldn't have to see Burton ruin two great movies from my childhood. Someone has to stop him before he makes a dark fantasy version of The Mighty Ducks
Anything is better than the crap version that came out a few years ago at least this would be different. It would have been the weirdest movie ever and Nic Cage would have been an awful Superman but thats why I want to see it so bad, and hey if it was that bad we wouldn't have to see Burton ruin two great movies from my childhood. Someone has to stop him before he makes a dark fantasy version of The Mighty Ducks
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9:32PM on 12/16/2010
So do the mannequins of Nic Cage still exist and where can I get one?
So do the mannequins of Nic Cage still exist and where can I get one?
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7:57PM on 12/16/2010
I would wear that during Monster Massive.
I would wear that during Monster Massive.
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5:42PM on 12/16/2010
Terrible!!!
Terrible!!!
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4:46PM on 12/16/2010
i like it because he is A FUCKING ALIEN.
i like it because he is A FUCKING ALIEN.
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3:51PM on 12/16/2010
So, there's a scene where Superman gets it on with the aliens from The Abyss?
So, there's a scene where Superman gets it on with the aliens from The Abyss?
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1:43PM on 12/16/2010
Tim Burton made two terrible Batman movies, I wonder why anyone thought he could make a good Superman movie. Burton is so overrated, he still owes me 40 bucks for Batman Returns, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Corpse Bride.
Tim Burton made two terrible Batman movies, I wonder why anyone thought he could make a good Superman movie. Burton is so overrated, he still owes me 40 bucks for Batman Returns, Alice in Wonderland, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and The Corpse Bride.
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2:00PM on 12/16/2010
Either you're thinking of Joel Schumacher for the alleged "two terrible Batman movies", or you're an idiot.

You're welcome to your opinion, being that you think they weren't very good, but to call them terrible is downright ignorant. Clearly they weren't regarded as terrible by the majority of other film-goers (perhaps with the exception of Returns).
Either you're thinking of Joel Schumacher for the alleged "two terrible Batman movies", or you're an idiot.

You're welcome to your opinion, being that you think they weren't very good, but to call them terrible is downright ignorant. Clearly they weren't regarded as terrible by the majority of other film-goers (perhaps with the exception of Returns).
4:43PM on 12/16/2010
Jack, did you really call me an idiot for thinking that the two God awful Burton Batman movies were bad? Have you seen those movies lately? Go and re-watch them in the next few days, and then you can get back to me with your apology.
Jack, did you really call me an idiot for thinking that the two God awful Burton Batman movies were bad? Have you seen those movies lately? Go and re-watch them in the next few days, and then you can get back to me with your apology.
7:02PM on 12/16/2010
Burton's Batman films are fantastic movies. I Love them both. In fact after recently watching them I kind of forgot how special they really were.
Burton's Batman films are fantastic movies. I Love them both. In fact after recently watching them I kind of forgot how special they really were.
7:53PM on 12/16/2010
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I personally think that Burton is an overrated director that happened to make two bad Batman movies.
Everyone is entitled to their opinion, and I personally think that Burton is an overrated director that happened to make two bad Batman movies.
4:39PM on 12/17/2010
I love Burton's Batman fims, actually I found Batman Returns more enjoyable than The Dark Knight.
I love Burton's Batman fims, actually I found Batman Returns more enjoyable than The Dark Knight.
1:43PM on 12/16/2010
My suit...it's attracting the bees, to my eyes, my eyessss.
My suit...it's attracting the bees, to my eyes, my eyessss.
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1:09PM on 12/16/2010
Interesting idea. Kinda reminds me of Dynamo from The Running Man.
Interesting idea. Kinda reminds me of Dynamo from The Running Man.
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1:06PM on 12/16/2010
I don't know about the movie, but the 10-year old me would be all over this action figure.
I don't know about the movie, but the 10-year old me would be all over this action figure.
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10:18AM on 12/16/2010
This is the sorta of thing i would put up in my room and just stare at it for hours
This is the sorta of thing i would put up in my room and just stare at it for hours
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10:16AM on 12/16/2010
Um seriously??? This would have been the costume?? Uh...no.

THIS is Supes's costume...and smallville finally needs to put it on Wellings ass already!!

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Um seriously??? This would have been the costume?? Uh...no.

THIS is Supes's costume...and smallville finally needs to put it on Wellings ass already!!

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4:47PM on 12/17/2010
This isn't his NORMAL suit, it's his battle suit he has to wear while recovering from the smack down doomsday gave him.

This isn't his NORMAL suit, it's his battle suit he has to wear while recovering from the smack down doomsday gave him.

10:12AM on 12/16/2010
Would have been absolutely horrible. And people think Singer screwed up Superman with his vision. This would have been alot worse.
Would have been absolutely horrible. And people think Singer screwed up Superman with his vision. This would have been alot worse.
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5:02PM on 12/16/2010
Holy shit, it's a miracle, you actually don't like SOMETHING OMG OMG! Wow, we share the same opinion.

Holy shit, it's a miracle, you actually don't like SOMETHING OMG OMG! Wow, we share the same opinion.

10:11AM on 12/16/2010

Curiouser and Curiouser...

Weirder than the designs of this suit is a lot of your overly angry feelings about it. You're all purists to a close-minded fault.

First of all, chill the f*ck out, it was never made! So don't get all bent out of shape about this shit.

Also, consider that Superman was going through all kinds of ridiculous things in the comics, like being turned into a being of Pure Energy needing a containment suit. Weird shit like this happened in comics all the time. He still turned out all right in
Weirder than the designs of this suit is a lot of your overly angry feelings about it. You're all purists to a close-minded fault.

First of all, chill the f*ck out, it was never made! So don't get all bent out of shape about this shit.

Also, consider that Superman was going through all kinds of ridiculous things in the comics, like being turned into a being of Pure Energy needing a containment suit. Weird shit like this happened in comics all the time. He still turned out all right in the end, back to the normal red and blue.

All in all, I'm disappointed I never got to see this success or failure. It's not like it would've killed all hope for Superman's continuation in the film business (We're about to have the, like, 7th version of a Superman with Man of Steel).

Personally, I give props to the designers for designing something that has never been seen before, even now. I think it looks pretty cool and I'm sad their version was never realized.
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10:04AM on 12/16/2010
Like a human spirograph.
Like a human spirograph.
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11:45AM on 12/16/2010
Love your Avatar, btw...
Love your Avatar, btw...
8:11AM on 12/16/2010

Cooler than a Xmas Tree

I want it, I want to buy for Xmas, better than the usual Xmas tree. Can I swim with it ?
I want it, I want to buy for Xmas, better than the usual Xmas tree. Can I swim with it ?
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7:44AM on 12/16/2010
Ok, so lets give him scissors for hands and we've got ourselves a movie!!!
Ok, so lets give him scissors for hands and we've got ourselves a movie!!!
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7:35AM on 12/16/2010
I scoffed at the idea of Nic Cage as Superman, but this looks like it could have been a really interesting take on the whole thing. Shame the project got fucked around with so much.
I scoffed at the idea of Nic Cage as Superman, but this looks like it could have been a really interesting take on the whole thing. Shame the project got fucked around with so much.
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7:06AM on 12/16/2010

so...

is everyone at the screen test just afraid to tell Burton..."this is fucking retarded"?...or does he have them all convinced it is brilliant?
is everyone at the screen test just afraid to tell Burton..."this is fucking retarded"?...or does he have them all convinced it is brilliant?
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6:55AM on 12/16/2010
old footage, has been on Steve Johnsons site for a while.
old footage, has been on Steve Johnsons site for a while.
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6:51AM on 12/16/2010

umm...

fuck you tim burton
fuck you tim burton
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6:08AM on 12/16/2010
Less is more.
Less is more.
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5:46AM on 12/16/2010
I couldn't actually bring myself to watch all of that. I started feeling angry and nauseous.
I couldn't actually bring myself to watch all of that. I started feeling angry and nauseous.
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5:21AM on 12/16/2010

anakinsrise

Well if this was his healing suit it was likely only going to be used in one or two scenes.
I feel bad for the people who made all of this stuff,just to have it all tossed.
Well if this was his healing suit it was likely only going to be used in one or two scenes.
I feel bad for the people who made all of this stuff,just to have it all tossed.
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4:39AM on 12/16/2010

Extra Tidbit

Probably something generic and safe.
Probably something generic and safe.
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4:29AM on 12/16/2010

You did what with my $100,000,000?

It wouldn't surprise me if they actually filmed the whole movie with Nic Cage and everything and it was so ridiculous that they spent twice the budget to cover up that it was ever even made.
It wouldn't surprise me if they actually filmed the whole movie with Nic Cage and everything and it was so ridiculous that they spent twice the budget to cover up that it was ever even made.
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4:14AM on 12/16/2010
Oh man that is awful. For another comic book character the concept is interesting, but not for Superman. Thank goodness we didn't end up with this.
Oh man that is awful. For another comic book character the concept is interesting, but not for Superman. Thank goodness we didn't end up with this.
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4:12AM on 12/16/2010
I have a feeling that would have been the sickest Superman movie ever. Doomsday is the villain I wanted to see most.
I have a feeling that would have been the sickest Superman movie ever. Doomsday is the villain I wanted to see most.
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