Concept Art Shows How Bad Superman Lives Would've Been

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Concept Art Shows How Bad Superman Lives Would've Been

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Just how bad was Tim Burton's Superman movie going to be? Well, the Last Son of Krypton would've been wearing a light up disco suit. 'Nuff said.

Between Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and Superman Returns, there were a number of movie attempts to bring The Man of Steel back into the movie theaters. Of the many attempted films, none has become more infamous than Superman Lives, the movie that had Tim Burton and Nicholas Cage attached to its production at one point. Some new concept art and photos from the film have recently surfaced on the Web; looking at the images, it was probably for the best that the movie died in development.

While the movie never got out of pre-production, art and costume prototypes were developed under the guidance of Steve Johnson, who's gradually been releasing concept art and photos of what his teams developed in preparation for the movie. With the current release from Johnson, it's been revealed that Doomsday was intended to be the movie's main villain ... though I'm not exactly in love with the concept art for that character.

Readers will probably also be confused by the "disco suit" in some of the photos. According to the proposed storyline, The Eradicator would wind up helping Superman over the course of the film and eventually turn itself into a suit of armor that would help Kal-El regain the powers he'd lost.

The script for Superman Lives was originally written by Kevin Smith, though the plot was dictated by producer Jon Peters, who earned a lot of notoriety over the years for his demands surrounding the movie (such as getting rid of the iconic blue-and-red costume because it was "too faggy"). After he left the project, Burton described the experience as one of the worst of his life, largely thanks to Peters: "I basically wasted a year. A year is a long time to be working with somebody that you don't really want to be working with."

Based on all these pieces of art, I can't say I blame Burton for leaving the project. It looks like Superman Lives would've been on par with Catwoman in terms of quality and faithfulness to the franchise.

Source: Steve Johnson's Facebook via io9

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Because that is most certainly not a costume you could dub "too faggy".

Oh my God, that almost looks like it has to be a joke.

Almost.

While not Superman's style, the costume, to me, at least, looks kind of cool.

Even worse than the batsuit nipples

Oy, it died as it should have died....

Didn't we have this exact same news story a couple of months ago?

Anyway, that looks really silly. I mean, an armor of shimmering rainbow metal (don't know a better way to describe it)?

vansau:
It looks like Superman Lives would've been on par with Catwoman in terms of quality and faithfulness to the franchise.

Meow...There's no need for being that harsh.

some of the conecpt stuff does not look too bad, looks more suied to like some weird kind of spawn film than a superman film

Give me Batman nipples over this ANY DAY

It looks like Superman Lives would've been on par with Catwoman in terms of quality and faithfulness to the franchise.

Halle Berry makes everything better. everything

Isn't this old news?

My eyes, they burn!

Tim Burton, plz stop trying to "reimagine" beloved movies/stories they always end up creepy or just plain wrong, lic the pic in the OP.

I love your original stuff like Corpse Bride and Nightmare Before Christmas, but plz stop turning my favorite childhood memories into nightmares

Tim Burton probably only left because noone else wanted Johnny Depp as Superman.

Daemascus:
My eyes, they burn!

ZE GOGGLES! ZEY DO NOTHING!

In all seriousness, after reading the Wikipedia article on the issue I have to really ask, what drugs where they on when they came up with the ideas for the series?

Peters wanted Superman to wear an all-black suit, feeling the more traditional suit was "too faggy". He also did not want Superman to fly, arguing that Superman would "look like an overgrown Boy Scout." Smith wrote Superman flying as "a red-and-blue blur in flight, creating a sonic boom every time he flew." Peters also wanted Superman to fight a giant spider for the climactic showdown.

Oh and also this:

Peters and Warner Bros. also had Smith write a scene involving Brainiac fighting polar bears at the Fortress of Solitude, and Peters wanted Brainiac to give Lex Luthor a space dog, stating "Chewie's cuddly, man. You could make a toy out of him, so you've got to give me a dog." Peters' additional Star Wars similarities were due to the recent re-release of the original Star Wars trilogy, such as Peters' insistence that Brainiac's robot assistant L-Ron was to be voiced by Dwight Ewell, calling the character, "a gay R2-D2 with attitude".

Seriously. What kind of drugs where they on?

Is anyone else getting the feeling that Peters had a strong hate for gay people?

Wait a minute, I see Burton's name up there, but somehow it doesn't sound like he's the one F'ing everything up. I must not be able to read today

Jbird:
Isn't this old news?

Johnson's been releasing art and photos gradually for a while. This is a new batch that actually shows concept art for Doomsday, as well as what the final version of the disco suit would've looked like.

Maybe if Supes was a regular at Studio 54...

Otherwise, mmm-no.

Superman is dumb no matter how you dress him up. Can't stand him.

Outlaw Torn:
Tim Burton probably only left because noone else wanted Johnny Depp as Superman.

I laughed very hard when I read this.

The best is hearing Kevin Smith talk about the project. It's hilarious and shows the craziness of Jon Peters. If I remember correctly, Jon Peters didn't want Superman to fly.

CyberAkuma:

Seriously. What kind of drugs where they on?

Superman Lives may have been heading towards terrible, but at least we get 20 minutes of hilarity about it by Kevin Smith:

THE LIGHT! IT BURNZ!

Hey they actually killed a Tim Burton project instead of letting devour our faces in movie theaters. Hooray!

It would have been my favourite movie ever.

NICHOLAS CAGE

IS

DISCO SUPERMAN

vansau:

Jbird:
Isn't this old news?

Johnson's been releasing art and photos gradually for a while. This is a new batch that actually shows concept art for Doomsday, as well as what the final version of the disco suit would've looked like.

After looking at the art for Doomsday, now, I can definitely see that how faithful they were trying to be to the source material (I say in a sarcastic manner). Granted, it is only concept art.

Since Tim Burton was suppose to be directing, who want's to bet there would have been a spiral staircase in the Daily Planet for no good reason?

MisterShine:

CyberAkuma:

Seriously. What kind of drugs where they on?

Superman Lives may have been heading towards terrible, but at least we get 20 minutes of hilarity about it by Kevin Smith:

As soon as I saw this, I came right down to post this very video, but my integrity demanded that I check for others first.

Nevertheless, while the Smith interview is quite funny, the other stuff... dear god. What is this guy thinking?

The Random One:
It would have been my favourite movie ever.

NICHOLAS CAGE

IS

DISCO SUPERMAN

Or, the white version of the Hypno-Hustler!

Oh my god that's... god that's... wow, I'm lost for words at just how bad that pic is.

Oh dear God!

No, tell Burton he is only allowed to do the stop motion stuff every says is what he is best at.

It still probably would've been better than Superman Returns.

That...Is scary. I don't know how many children dreams and hopes he would destroy with that design...

Peters sounds like he's in the closet and severely compensating for it.

Well Superman is an alien, who knows what kinky stuff they wear back home...

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