Test Footage from Tim Burton’s Aborted Superman Lives Movie


Electric boogaloo Superman? What else needs to be said? That’s what you would have gotten had Tim Burton got his Superman movie “Superman Lives” off the ground (with Nicolas Cage as Superman), based on a script by Kevin Smith. The film would have followed Superman after his disastrous fight and “death” at the hands of the spikey Doomsday, to his resurrection.

Previously we saw test costumes for the movie (one of them is above), and now we have actual test footage of the suit Superman would have worn after his Doomsday fight. A reader on SlashFilm fills us in on what this blinking abomination is all about:

Having read the Kevin Smith script, I assume this is “the eradicator” suit. A krytonian 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. In THAT context it is innovative and inspiring work the likes of which we have yet to see on film ten years down the line.

It sounds a lot better than it looks, trust me.

So, why all the sudden are we getting a bunch of unused “Superman Lives” concept stuff? Some are guessing this is Warner Bros. trying to let people know just how lucky they are to have Zack Snyder directing the upcoming Superman movie instead of Tim Burton. Sounds a tad too smart for a studio to me, so I’ll just chalk it up to coincidence. People have had this stuff laying around their house/studio for years now and just decided to put them out there.

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  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    how gay

  • http://twitter.com/Terminator2366 Bad Zack

    how gay

  • Theagent0fgod

    I believe that if any further Superman is to be a success, they should forget about Lex Luthor, he is all over the place as far as Sups is concerned.

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    So happy this film never got made. I mean seriously!

  • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

    So happy this film never got made. I mean seriously!

  • Juggernaut

    WOW! What a piece of dog crap that would have been!

  • ulik

    It would have been a disaster for Superman to wear that, HOWEVER that concept could be cool or work for another character or maybe even another Kryptonian but not Superman himself.

  • Marc Ohhhh

    Superman crossed with Tron.

  • OK Records

    Still, I can’t see it being any worse than Brian Singer’s Superman Returns. That was nothing more than a poor attempt to rehash the first film from a different perspective.

    • http://www.originalgeekspodcast.com/ Dedpool

      Oh no. This looks much much worse. But yeah i agree Returns was basically Superman remade for new millenium.

    • Anonymous

      supes return sucks!

  • Slickxmac

    this really is gay lol you can totally tell its tim Burton because its the same kind of crappy costume like in his batman movie. thats the first thing that popped into my mind. he should just stick to creepy clay animation and stay away from superhero movies :P