The Cancelled Superman Lives

Superman Lives is a cancelled superhero film directed by Tim Burton and is based on the 1992 comic book The Death of Superman[1], which was planned for a release in the Summer of 1998. The film was an attempt to reboot the Superman franchise following the failure of Superman IV: The Quest for Peace.


Braniac sends the Kryptonian monster Doomsday to kill Superman, as well as blocking out the sun to make Superman powerless, as Superman is fueled by sunlight. Braniac and Lex Luthor team up, but Superman is resurrected by a Kryptonian robot called "The Eradicator".


  • Nicolas Cage as Superman/Kal-El.
  • Sandra Bullock as Lois Lane (refused to star)
  • Kevin Spacey as Lex Luthor
  • Christopher Walken as Brainiac


Production for Superman Lives began around 1996 or 1997 with the undergoing script title Superman V: Reborn and Warner Brothers hired Tim Burton (who previously directed Batman and Batman Returns) to direct the film.

Why It Was CancelledEdit

  1. Warner Bros. couldn't afford the monetary risk of producing it, especially after following the financial losses and unfavorable reviews of Batman & Robin, One Eight Seven, The Postman, Sphere, Fire Down Below and Steel.
  2. Most people had mixed reactions on casting Nicolas Cage as Clark Kent/Superman.
  3. The film underwent massive rewrites before filming began, but was then eventually cancelled.


  • The money that was going to be used in making Superman Lives went into making the 1999 film Wild Wild West where the protagonists fight off a giant spider in the third act.
  • Tim Burton went on to direct the 1999 film Sleepy Hollow.
  • Warner Bros. cancelled the project and rebooted the Superman series in 2006 with the release of Superman Returns starring Brandon Routh as Clark Kent/Superman. Kevin Spacey was the only cast member from the cancelled Superman film to star in the film as Lex Luthor. Bryan Singer, who would later direct the X-Men films directed the film.
  • In 2015, a documentary film titled The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happend? was released on DVD and Blu-Ray. The film was hosted by the late Jon Schnepp and featured interviews with various writers and producers who took part in making the film. The film also explained about different scripts, ideas for costumes and fan reaction to hearing that Nicolas Cage was hired to play Clark Kent/Superman. The documentary even featured various behind the scenes footage including footage of Nicolas Cage rehearsing as the Man of Steel and storyboards.
  • The ninth episode of the second season of Supergirl was titled Supergirl Lives as an homage to Superman Lives.
  • In November 2016, Kevin Smith stated that the original film may become an animated film with Nicolas Cage as the voice of Clark Kent/Superman and Michael Rooker as the voice of Lex Luthor. The rest of the cast for the planned adaptation are unknown as of right now and further information on the planned film is unknown.
  • Nicolas Cage played Superman in Teen Titans GO! To The Movies.


Legends of Fandom Superman Lives

Legends of Fandom Superman Lives

Blockbuster Buster discusses Superman Lives

The Death of "Superman Lives" What Happened? - Movie Review

The Death of "Superman Lives" What Happened? - Movie Review

Chris Stuckmann reviews the documentary The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?


  1. Screenrant 22 November 2017 - 15 Canceled DC Movies We'll Never Get To See

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