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Old July 3 2009, 10:35 PM   #1
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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.

http://www.timburton.jp/gallery/unproduce/sl/
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Old July 4 2009, 12:11 AM   #2
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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.
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Old July 4 2009, 12:42 AM   #3
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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).
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Old July 4 2009, 01:35 AM   #4
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I fucking hate Tim Burton.
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Old July 4 2009, 01:46 AM   #5
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Bizarre to comtemplate what he was thinking on the designs...one 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.
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Old July 4 2009, 02:00 AM   #6
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I wonder if Johnny Depp would've played Superman.
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Old July 4 2009, 02:38 AM   #7
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Burton cast Nic Cage as Supes, Chris Rock as Jimmy Olsen and Jack Nicholson as Lex if I recall.
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Old July 4 2009, 02:59 AM   #8
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I'm so glad this wasn't made.
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Old July 4 2009, 03:04 AM   #9
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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: .

Chris Rock as Jimmy? Oy!
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Old July 4 2009, 03:14 AM   #10
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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.
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Old July 4 2009, 03:17 AM   #11
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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...
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Old July 4 2009, 03:20 AM   #12
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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.
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Old July 4 2009, 03:25 AM   #13
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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.
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Old July 4 2009, 03:27 AM   #14
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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.
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I wonder if there is enough interest fora comic book based on this idea
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