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Get a glimpse at the costume test photos for Tim Burton's Superman Lives

Oct. 29, 2010by: Niki Stephens

Before I bow out for the evening, I wanted to bring you a special article for Halloween.

Is it spooky? Is it creepy? Is it scary? You could say so. Does it involve a mold of Nic Cage's face? Certainly.

Remember the failed SUPERMAN LIVES? It was going to be directed by Tim Burton with Nic Cage as the man of steel. It was an awkward project that eventually crashed and burned.

The story was an adaptation of Death of Superman. After going through several scripts, Kevin Smith was chosen. BATMAN producer Jon Peters apparently had crazy ideas for the film including giant mechanical spiders (later seen in WILD WILD WEST). Smith reluctantly continued until Burton was brought in. Burton wanted to got rid of Smith and decided to use his own team of writers. Eventually both Cage and Burton left the project, but traces of it are everywhere.

Today special FX guy Steve Johnson posted the costume tests from SUPERMAN LIVES. It's crazy that Superman almost went this route. Enjoy these photos and Happy Halloween!

There are several more photos over at Johnson's Facebook page:

Concept art for SUPERMAN LIVES!:

Extra Tidbit: I love Kevin Smith's Superman story.

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8:09PM on 10/29/2010
... and some of you thought it couldn't get worse than "Superman Returns".
... and some of you thought it couldn't get worse than "Superman Returns".
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8:16PM on 10/29/2010
this is what happens when you let Tim Burton do movies during the day. There's a reason he did a good job at Batman. The creepy picture of Cage in the suit is the worst
this is what happens when you let Tim Burton do movies during the day. There's a reason he did a good job at Batman. The creepy picture of Cage in the suit is the worst
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8:24PM on 10/29/2010

LOL

......oohhhhh dear, HAHAHAHAHA!

Can he even move in that suit?

Was he assimilated by the Borg im the concept art?

What the hell is going on there?
......oohhhhh dear, HAHAHAHAHA!

Can he even move in that suit?

Was he assimilated by the Borg im the concept art?

What the hell is going on there?
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8:26PM on 10/29/2010

So glad it never happend!

This could have been worse than Schumacher's Batman...I like Burton, but he's just the wrong director for a Superman movie. And how could someone cast Nicolas Cage as Superman? Horrible, just horrible...
This could have been worse than Schumacher's Batman...I like Burton, but he's just the wrong director for a Superman movie. And how could someone cast Nicolas Cage as Superman? Horrible, just horrible...
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8:43PM on 10/29/2010
Haha, Superman Electronic Boogaloo. They were probably trying to make this suit looks like the blue-ish laser suit he wore in mid 90s.
Haha, Superman Electronic Boogaloo. They were probably trying to make this suit looks like the blue-ish laser suit he wore in mid 90s.
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8:46PM on 10/29/2010
If this was based on the death of superman story then it must be the cyborg supes. If that was superman then Kevin smith was right he never has read a comic.
If this was based on the death of superman story then it must be the cyborg supes. If that was superman then Kevin smith was right he never has read a comic.
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9:06AM on 10/30/2010
It's not cyborg Supes, it's the returning from the dead and using the Fortress of Solitude's energy to heal himself suit.
It's not cyborg Supes, it's the returning from the dead and using the Fortress of Solitude's energy to heal himself suit.
9:13PM on 10/29/2010
That's bad, even for burton
That's bad, even for burton
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9:15PM on 10/29/2010

Tim Burton is whack

He manages to taint every project he can. At least Superman was able to perform a crucial epic maneuver. I mean... LOOK AT THAT F'N COSTUME!
He manages to taint every project he can. At least Superman was able to perform a crucial epic maneuver. I mean... LOOK AT THAT F'N COSTUME!
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9:42PM on 10/29/2010
Kal-El, the Disco King.

Now, aren't we all just a little happier for the existence of Superman Returns?
Kal-El, the Disco King.

Now, aren't we all just a little happier for the existence of Superman Returns?
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10:43PM on 10/29/2010
Ironic that this was going to be called Superman Lives when this would have actually killed Superman.
Ironic that this was going to be called Superman Lives when this would have actually killed Superman.
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11:03PM on 10/29/2010
Nic Cage as Superman? How would that ever have seemed like a good idea? Some films were never meant to be made, for the good of mankind.
Nic Cage as Superman? How would that ever have seemed like a good idea? Some films were never meant to be made, for the good of mankind.
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11:03PM on 10/29/2010
Wow, I didn't think i could like Superman less, but this did it.
Wow, I didn't think i could like Superman less, but this did it.
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12:14AM on 10/30/2010
Im going green on this one just because I love how the maniquen looks like its modeled after Cage.
Im going green on this one just because I love how the maniquen looks like its modeled after Cage.
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12:15AM on 10/30/2010
Also I am surprised no Superman and Batman movie hasnt been out you got Burton who came off hot with Batman then almost doing superman now you got Nolan who comes off hot doing Batman and is heavly involved in the next Superman movie.
Also I am surprised no Superman and Batman movie hasnt been out you got Burton who came off hot with Batman then almost doing superman now you got Nolan who comes off hot doing Batman and is heavly involved in the next Superman movie.
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12:40AM on 10/30/2010
Super gay.
Super gay.
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12:46AM on 10/30/2010
was this the one where the bullets were going to go through him? Because well that simply sounded like the best idea ever.
was this the one where the bullets were going to go through him? Because well that simply sounded like the best idea ever.
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4:20AM on 10/30/2010

Giant Spiders

I would have loved to see giant spiders. That Kevin Smith story cracks me up. Btw.. somethings are better left alone, thank fook this was
I would have loved to see giant spiders. That Kevin Smith story cracks me up. Btw.. somethings are better left alone, thank fook this was
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7:03AM on 10/30/2010

...

Not THAT crazy...I mean, this is how Green Lantern turned out, after all.
Not THAT crazy...I mean, this is how Green Lantern turned out, after all.
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8:31AM on 10/30/2010
Absolute shite.
Absolute shite.
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8:34AM on 10/30/2010

Think I'm going to puke!

I don't know what's worse: Tim Burton turning Superman into some dark super emo sleepy hallow Edward Scissorhands wanna-be, or Nic Cage landing the lead as superman.
I don't know what's worse: Tim Burton turning Superman into some dark super emo sleepy hallow Edward Scissorhands wanna-be, or Nic Cage landing the lead as superman.
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9:30AM on 10/30/2010
utterly retarded
utterly retarded
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10:03AM on 10/30/2010
Thank goodness this Superman movie never saw the daylight.
Thank goodness this Superman movie never saw the daylight.
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11:58AM on 10/30/2010
NOT GAY ENOUGH!!!
NOT GAY ENOUGH!!!
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12:26PM on 10/30/2010
They all suck, how can you not go with blue, red and yellow? It's Superman!
They all suck, how can you not go with blue, red and yellow? It's Superman!
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2:06PM on 10/30/2010
If you guys were familiar with the comic arc, you would release that there were three versions of Superman brought back after he died. One being a metallic version.
If you guys were familiar with the comic arc, you would release that there were three versions of Superman brought back after he died. One being a metallic version.
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2:41PM on 10/30/2010
gey!
gey!
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3:04PM on 10/30/2010
isnt it great that this didnt get made?
isnt it great that this didnt get made?
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3:23PM on 10/30/2010
I think they're pretty sweet
I think they're pretty sweet
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4:12PM on 10/30/2010

Looks like . . .

. . . Mr. Freeze from Batman & Robin. "LOUIS! GET TO THE CHOPPA! DO IT NAAOOO!!!"
. . . Mr. Freeze from Batman & Robin. "LOUIS! GET TO THE CHOPPA! DO IT NAAOOO!!!"
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4:46PM on 10/30/2010

I don't think this was supposed to be Superman's suit...

This suit was The Eradicator. In the script, its what brings Superman back to life. Superman wears it for a little bit at the end.
This suit was The Eradicator. In the script, its what brings Superman back to life. Superman wears it for a little bit at the end.
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7:31PM on 10/30/2010

This comment

will randomly get many likes.
will randomly get many likes.
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7:43PM on 10/30/2010

im so glad this didnt happen

nic cage is a weenie and tim burton is nuts i would have been pissed
nic cage is a weenie and tim burton is nuts i would have been pissed
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11:49PM on 10/30/2010

HAHAHAHAHAHAHA

This Story really made my day. A costume like that gives hope to all aspiring filmakers that even the most professional directors working today come up with some really stupid shit. Thanks Niki.
This Story really made my day. A costume like that gives hope to all aspiring filmakers that even the most professional directors working today come up with some really stupid shit. Thanks Niki.
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1:31AM on 10/31/2010
I have seen this a few times by now, don't forget they also wanted big ol puffy samurai hair for superman as well. I guess to really show his alien side or something. Also, I think the comics were trying to get an early start on this take on superman what with the whole "electronic" superman of the late 90's.
I have seen this a few times by now, don't forget they also wanted big ol puffy samurai hair for superman as well. I guess to really show his alien side or something. Also, I think the comics were trying to get an early start on this take on superman what with the whole "electronic" superman of the late 90's.
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3:48PM on 10/31/2010

=p

as bad as this looks, I wish I could have seen the finished movie so badly...... lol
as bad as this looks, I wish I could have seen the finished movie so badly...... lol
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3:56PM on 10/31/2010

=p

as bad as this looks, I wish I could have seen the finished movie so badly...... lol
as bad as this looks, I wish I could have seen the finished movie so badly...... lol
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3:09AM on 11/01/2010
This WAS a bad idea!
This WAS a bad idea!
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