Sometimes in Hollywood a project might not make it to the silver screen. Many projects have come and failed before hitting the illusive green light – from Arnold Schwarzenegger’s epic Crusade that failed to the Darren Aronofsky’s Batman Movie starring Clint Eastwood. Sometimes a movie dies in development hell and unfortunately that was the case with Superman Lives – the weirdest Superman movie that never was.

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Superman Lives (previously titled Superman Reborn) is the title for a cancelled Superman movie intended for production during the 1990s. The film was to be directed by Tim Burton and produced by Jon Peters.

The movie would have featured Nicholas Cage as Superman. Let that sink in for a bit. Nicholas Cage as SHollywood can be a cruel place where dreams go to die, and sometimes even superheroes can’t escape their fate. Take Superman Lives for example, the movie that never was. Starring none other than Nicholas Cage as the man of steel himself, this epic production was set to be directed by Tim Burton and produced by Jon Peters, of all people!

Nicholas Cage as Superman

But the road to the silver screen is paved with obstacles, and this project was no exception. From giant spiders to polar bears guarding Superman’s Fortress of Solitude, the demands of Jon Peters were enough to make even the bravest hero quiver. And let’s not forget the bizarre metallic rainbow costume that Superman would wear after coming back from the dead!

Despite all the hype and excitement surrounding Superman Lives, the movie was unfortunately stuck in development hell and never made it to production. But fear not, because a documentary titled “The Death of Superman Lives: What happened?” is in the works. With interviews from Tim Burton and Nicholas Cage, we’ll finally get a glimpse into the weird and wonderful world of this failed superhero flick.