Filmmaker and all round fan of everything comic books, Kevin Smith discussed one of his former unrealized projects, Superman Lives on a Facebook Live Q&A. Smith was one of the first screenwriters to take a stab at a Superman script that would have starred Nicolas Cage in the title role, dealt with the death of Superman storyline and would have been directed by Tim Burton who had recently left the Batman film series.
“Oh like based on my script, based on the Superman Lives script? That would be tight dude. I’m not going to lie, that would be fun to see. That’s something I worked on 20 years ago at this point, so that would be really amazing to kind of see, like they turn it into a cartoon and get the people to do the voices. Nic Cage is still around and stuff. And I wanted Michael Rooker for my Lex Luthor so that would be amazing. Um, but, you know, I’m game. That ain’t up to me kids. That’s up to the good folks at Warner Bros. and stuff, but if they were ever to call and say hey we want to do a cartoon version of that Superman script we wrote, believe me I’d be like (melts), that’d be dope man. You know you close all loops in life, one way or another, and that would be a nice way to close that loop.”
Warner Bros. have recently brought back the cast of the 1966 Batman series for an animated feature so no one should bet against this idea coming to fruition. To learn more about Smith’s Superman Lives script, check out the documentary, The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?