|THE DEATH OF SUPERMAN LIVES: WHAT HAPPENED? (director/writer: Jon Schnepp; cinematographer: Carl King; editors: Marie Jamora, Jon Schnepp, Vice Cooler; music: Frederick William Scott; cast: Colleen Atwood, Bill Boes, Brom, Robert Meyer Burnett, Tim Burton, Sylvain Despretz, Lorenzo di Bonaventura, Derek Frey, Ian Fried, Kerry Gammill, Dan Gilroy, Rick Heinrichs, Michael Anthony Jackson, Steve Johnson, Grant Morrison, Jon Peters, Kevin Smith, Wesley Strick, Derek Thompson, Pete Von Sholly; Runtime: 104; MPAA Rating: NR; producers: Jon Schnepp, Holly Payne; Showtime; 2015)|
behind the scenes look at the Tim Burton
proposed adaptation of Superman Lives."
by Dennis Schwartz
The geeky Schnepp intensively interviews director Tim Burton, producer Jon Peters, and screenwriters Kevin Smith, Wesley Strick, and Dan Gilroy. The different scripts were drawn from The Death of Superman (1992-3), DC’s biggest selling Superman title of the 1990s. At the same time Schnepp gets some good insights and anecdotes from people like costume designer Colleen Atwood, former Warner Bros. top executive Lorenzo di Bonaventura, assistant director Derek Frey and about a dozen different comic book concept artists (like Rick Heinrichs & Michael Anthony Jackson) who worked on “Superman Lives” in one fashion or another. Nicolas Cage appears in archival footage posing in costume and comments that it's too bad the project never came to pass because he thinks it would have been a mind-bender. But the truth is we can only speculate on how it would have turned out. Though one thing is certain, such a freaky Superman would alter the way we look at the iconic super-hero.
The film leaves us with the mild revelation that Warner Bros. pulled the plug on it because of the big budget and the thought that such a strange film wouldn't be a good investment.
REVIEWED ON 10/30/2016 GRADE: C+
Dennis Schwartz: "Ozus' World Movie Reviews"
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