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Nicolas Cage would have loved to have seen Tim Burton's Superman Lives

07.30.2015
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Tim Burton's Superman film that almost was, SUPERMAN LIVES, was the subject of the recently released documentary by Jon Schnepp by the name of THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN LIVES: WHAT HAPPENED?. Sadly one of the few people who Schnepp was unable to talk to was the man who would have played the Man of Steel himself, Nicolas Cage.

During an interview with Yahoo Movies, Nicolas Cage was asked about his involvement in SUPERMAN LIVES:

The only thing I’ll say about that — because that is such a lighting rod hot topic and if I say anything at all it just seems to snowball  — but I will say that I had great belief in that movie and in what Tim Burton’s vision was going to be for that movie. I would’ve loved to have seen it, but I feel that in many ways, it was sort of a win/win because of the power of the imagination. I think people can actually see the movie in their minds now and imagine it and in many ways that might resonate more deeply than the finished project.

I've got to say that I agree with Cage on this point, our imaginations are typically more powerful than anything we see on screen; but whether our imaginations paint SUPERMAN LIVES as something laughably bad or unbelievably amazing is up to us. Nicolas Cage added that SUPERMAN LIVES would have given us something magical and beautiful:

Tim is the total artist, a pure artist with a real vision, and I’ve often said that he can create worlds and that’s exactly what he does. I saw some of the tests of different characters and costumes for Krypton and they were just so surreal and so magical and beautiful. He’s definitely one of my favorite filmmakers because of his originality, because of his vision.

You can check out our own Chris Bumbray's review of THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN LIVES: WHAT HAPPENED? right here!

Extra Tidbit: Which is your favourite "film that almost was"?
Source: Yahoo

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8:30PM on 07/30/2015
As much as I would had want to have see this, it would have been a disaster. Burton, and Cage are definitely talented with right material to work with, but I really can't see Burton's vision really fitting into Superman's world, and Cage is no Clark Kent/Superman.

And I was thinking the other day how Nic Cage might be a good candidate for Norman Osborne for the new Spider Man films.
As much as I would had want to have see this, it would have been a disaster. Burton, and Cage are definitely talented with right material to work with, but I really can't see Burton's vision really fitting into Superman's world, and Cage is no Clark Kent/Superman.

And I was thinking the other day how Nic Cage might be a good candidate for Norman Osborne for the new Spider Man films.
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11:09AM on 07/31/2015
I know, right? The movie would've been a disaster. Tim Burton did a horrible job with Batman. -Sarcasm.
I know, right? The movie would've been a disaster. Tim Burton did a horrible job with Batman. -Sarcasm.
8:22PM on 07/30/2015

Those Doomsday designs would have pissed me off...

You think Apocalypse looks bad in that new X-Men movie, have you seen the Doomsday concept art for Superman Lives. One of the designs was a creature with a bunch of faces on it that would change as Superman fought him so Superman would punch and then Lois Lane would appear or Ma Kent. Was not liking that so much. Also, that producer that fell in love with a giant spider and a skull shaped ship really was forcing his stamp on the film and I can guarantee him and Tim Burton would have clashed
You think Apocalypse looks bad in that new X-Men movie, have you seen the Doomsday concept art for Superman Lives. One of the designs was a creature with a bunch of faces on it that would change as Superman fought him so Superman would punch and then Lois Lane would appear or Ma Kent. Was not liking that so much. Also, that producer that fell in love with a giant spider and a skull shaped ship really was forcing his stamp on the film and I can guarantee him and Tim Burton would have clashed heads as it moved forward. Good movie and I would have loved to have seen in except for that rendition of Doomsday.
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11:58PM on 07/30/2015
It's actually a cool idea. Not right for Doomsday but a cool concept none the less. I think that's what gets to so many people about this movie, the massive creativity. Everything we see in the concept art is crazy looking and the story was'nt bad either.

As for John Peters, it's easy to bad mouth him, but remember that he did work on Batman alongside Burton and that turned out fine.
It's actually a cool idea. Not right for Doomsday but a cool concept none the less. I think that's what gets to so many people about this movie, the massive creativity. Everything we see in the concept art is crazy looking and the story was'nt bad either.

As for John Peters, it's easy to bad mouth him, but remember that he did work on Batman alongside Burton and that turned out fine.
8:15PM on 07/30/2015
I'd like to see a DC animated film based on Superman Lives. Get Cage to do the voice, and Burton to have some creative input. No idea how it would turn out, but it would be cool to watch.
I'd like to see a DC animated film based on Superman Lives. Get Cage to do the voice, and Burton to have some creative input. No idea how it would turn out, but it would be cool to watch.
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11:59PM on 07/30/2015
I wan't to see that SO bad. It's the best we can hope for at this point.
I wan't to see that SO bad. It's the best we can hope for at this point.
7:49PM on 07/30/2015
This is really one of those What If questions. I don't think Tim Burton's Superman movie would perform so well at the box office but it'd be very entertaining.
This is really one of those What If questions. I don't think Tim Burton's Superman movie would perform so well at the box office but it'd be very entertaining.
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9:30AM on 07/31/2015
I don't know. Whether or not it was actually good, I think in the pre-Internet '90s people might've turned out for it. Even if it was a critical dud. These days we're a little more jaded.
I don't know. Whether or not it was actually good, I think in the pre-Internet '90s people might've turned out for it. Even if it was a critical dud. These days we're a little more jaded.
7:22PM on 07/30/2015
I bet he does... Now look at his career. lol
I bet he does... Now look at his career. lol
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