Kevin Smith speaking at the 2019 San Diego Comic Con International, for “Jay and Silent Bob Reboot”, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, California. Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore
Once upon a time, Kevin Smith was set to script.
A Tim Burton-directed film by the name of Superman Lives.
And who would it be to don the tights and cape?
None other than Hollywood legend, Nicolas Cage.
On the most recent Fatman Beyond episode, Kevin Smith revealed the original Superman Lives pitch. He read off the letter Warner Bros. sent to him back in 1996. You can check out what he had to say below
“I’ve been cleaning my office and I found some sh*t and I just wanted to share this with you all. This is from Warner Bros. and it’s from, I don’t know if you can see the date there, the date is May 15th of 1996. What I hold in my hand is a 24-year-old Warner Bros. letter, may I read it to you?”
And here’s the pitch
“Alienated from the world he protects, convinced his relationship with Lois Lane is doomed, Superman is suddenly defeated and left for dead by the villain Brainiac, an intergalactic genius intent upon collecting the best DNA in the universe. Superman is secretly nursed back to health by his mentor Cadmus only to discover he has lost his superpowers. As Lois mourns the loss of her love and Brainiac frantically searches for Superman’s body, the Man of Steel returns disguised using as a high-tech bodysuit to fight while he attempts to regain his superpowers. While battling Brainiac’s henchmen Parasite and Banshee, Superman rediscovers his powers and his love for Lois Lane. In a final showdown, Superman destroys Brainiac and saves the world that he has come to call home.’
If you ask me, Smith dodged a bullet on this one. Although, does anyone else feel the product of this unusual trio would have been a delightfully agreeable sense of the macabre to any delirium? No? Just me then? fair enough. Having said all that I just did sayeth, I think one of the big two, DC and/or Marvel need to let Smith take a crack at a big-budget, big-name superhero.
DC should, nay, DC must make Nicolas Cage an alternate universe Superman in Flash movie. I mean, why wouldn’t they? They kind of have to do it, right?
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