Though they may have different opinions about the superhero movies that rule over the box office, movie buffs and comic book fans can agree on one thing: they are fascinated by what Nicolas Cage's Superman could have been. In the late '90s, fans were left wondering what happened to Superman Lives, a production that came so close to filming with Tim Burton behind the camera and Nicolas Cage signed on to play the Man of Steel. The movie became one of the most discussed and interesting superhero what-ifs of all time, with stories of the film’s writing and pre-production going down in Hollywood infamy.
How does a movie featuring one of the biggest actors of the '90s and the director of Batman not get made? According to those who worked on the film, there were too many cooks in the kitchen, including an executive producer who not only misunderstood who Superman was, but who didn’t seem all that interested in making a Superman movie in the first place.
The Cast Was Absolutely Stacked
A Lot Of Screenwriters Took A Pass At The Script
Jon Peters Didn't Want Superman To Fly
The Costume Was Actually Pretty Cool
Jon Peters Wanted Polar Bear Fights
Nic Cage Was Going To Turn The Idea Of Superman Upside Down