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Admiral_Young July 3 2009 10:35 PM

Superman Lives! Artwork
Found this Japanese website that has a bunch of artwork from Tim Burton's Superman Lives, it is a Japanese site so there's Japanese text along with the pictures. Some have been seen before, like the Frankenstein like drawing of Superman in the regeneration suit. Mania has the original article with a picture of Brainiac with spider like robot legs and his head incased in a bottle. Not sure how many pictures there are, but so far my favorite is the schematic sketch of the proposed Superman Tomb, damn that thing would have been nice to see on the big screen.

ancient July 4 2009 12:11 AM

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There were some interesting ideas mixed in amongst the bizzaro crap. But giving the project to Burton was the definition of suits making choices without any knowledge of what they have.

Burton did Batman and people seemed to like it, therefore he should also do Superman. Superheroes are all basically the same thing right? And make it as much like other popular movies as possible. In this case, The Matrix.

Thank goodness Bandwagon Superman died in favor of SR. SR was bland mix of camp and teenage drama, but it wasn't aggressively bad.

Broccoli July 4 2009 12:42 AM

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I've seen those on wikipedia before. Very, very strange and I am personally glad it didn't come to the screen.

Although, as an interesting aside, it is kinda neat that the \S/ was later used as the Energy Superman \S/ (or maybe it was around the same time...can't remember).

Trekker4747 July 4 2009 01:35 AM

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I fucking hate Tim Burton.

Admiral_Young July 4 2009 01:46 AM

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Bizarre to comtemplate what he was thinking on the thing to make a character dark and brooding but an entirely different matter to actually ALTER a character beyond recognition. I think the one of Superman looking like frankenstein is supossed to be the Eradicator but it's hard to tell. The sketech that really freaks me out is the one that looks like a little girl Superman or a zombie Supergirl! I wonder what that pile of Krptonite was supposed to be for? I don't remember reading anything about that in Kevin Smith's script, I haven't read the Dan Gilroy version yet though. Also is that gangly monstrous alien thing that Superman looks like he's about to confront supossed to be a version of Brainiac's skull ship? Hideous.

Trekker4747 July 4 2009 02:00 AM

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I wonder if Johnny Depp would've played Superman.

Admiral James Kirk July 4 2009 02:38 AM

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Burton cast Nic Cage as Supes, Chris Rock as Jimmy Olsen and Jack Nicholson as Lex if I recall.

Praetor July 4 2009 02:59 AM

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I'm so glad this wasn't made.

Trekker4747 July 4 2009 03:04 AM

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Admiral James Kirk wrote: (Post 3151025)
Burton cast Nic Cage as Supes, Chris Rock as Jimmy Olsen and Jack Nicholson as Lex if I recall.

Jack Nicholson I could see. Nick Cage as Superman I never undestood or got for an instant. I remeber reading that in the mid/late 90s and thinking: :wtf:.

Chris Rock as Jimmy? Oy!

Out Of My Vulcan Mind July 4 2009 03:14 AM

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I'm a fan of Burton's work, but he was the wrong choice to helm a Superman film. Now, a Doom Patrol film he'd be perfect for.

Admiral_Young July 4 2009 03:17 AM

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Nic Cage as Superman/Clark Kent was highly controversial at the time...and still is. People compared the decision to Michael Keaton being chosen to play Batman but that turned out okay. I don't think this would have though even though it would've been a dream job for Cage (he's a huge Supes fan and named his son Kal-El) I don't remember Jack Nicolson as Lex Luthor though, I would have paid money just to see that! I remember that teaser poster...

Trekker4747 July 4 2009 03:20 AM

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I just couldn't see Cage working as Superman. Superman is a bulky, handsome, old-school weight-lifter type. Not an odd-faced, balding, average-sized guy.

Admiral_Young July 4 2009 03:25 AM

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I can't even see Cage as Clark Kent...he doesn't even have the right hair and probably would have had to wear a wig.

Out Of My Vulcan Mind July 4 2009 03:27 AM

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They were going to try to do something with Cage where he would have looked dramatically different as Superman and as Clark Kent. I have no idea how that would have turned out, though.

wamdue July 4 2009 03:40 AM

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I wonder if there is enough interest fora comic book based on this idea

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