Video: Lost Nicolas Cage Superman film is getting a documentary

Some of you may know this, but many others might not: Nicolas Cage almost played Superman.

The movie, titled Superman Lives, was being developed by director Tim Burton with a projected 1998 release. Characters and costumes were designed. Locations were scouted out. But by 2000, the production was dead. There were rumors of script changes, budget concerns and corporate interference (especially in regards to merchandising).

But what really happened to kill this movie, keeping the Man of Steel off the big screen until 2006’s disappointing Superman Returns? Filmmaker Jon Schnepp set out to tell that story with his crowdfunded documentary, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? Here is the second trailer released for the project.

After a Kickstarter campaign, Schnepp realized his initial budget wouldn’t cover the production and is now seeking additional funding through Fanbacked. As of this writing, they’re raised 83 percent of the $85,000 goal and 20 days remain in the campaign.

Pictures of Cage’s costume tests for Superman have circulated around the internet, but if you want to see more, this documentary is probably the only way that will happen. Schnepp has interviews with designers, producers and Burton himself. Superman Lives probably would’ve been a disaster, yet it looked like an ambitious one in the making.

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