If you’ve ever wondered what could have been had Warner Bros. followed through on a Superman movie directed by Tim Burton and starring Nicolas Cage, then you’ll want to watch “The Death of ‘Superman Lives': What Happened?” when the documentary gets its limited release on May 1.
“Tim is really — I gotta be honest — one of the only people who could really do it justice, because he understands it. He’s lived it,” Gilroy says. “Man, he would have fucking knocked it out of the park.”
Kevin Smith, who wrote the first draft of the screenplay for the ’90s movie that never was, says he still wants to see what a Superman movie starring Cage “looks like.”
The documentary, which was funded by a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign launched in 2013, features an abundance of interviews with key figures involved in the project that fell apart in pre-production. Producer Jon Peters, screenwriter Wesley Strick and costume designer Colleen Atwood are among those who appear to have nothing but kind words for Burton’s vision.