This is a collection of interviews with those involved in the failed Superman Lives project, as well as lost footage of Cage trying on costumes. In a nutshell, this is an excellent display of the Hollywood machine: its vapid, arrogant, and stupid approaches to movie making. The only source of normality and common sense--and the only one likely NOT lying--is Kevin Smith. In my opinion, Smith's recollections save the movie. Frankly, the people involved are irritating and weird. They almost ruined a franchise and now want credit for creativity and forward-thinking ideas. LOL.
This documentary gives you an inside look into Hollywood's out-of-touch underbelly of people who are overpaid for doing almost nothing, and the true geniuses below them working their butts off for the love of craft.
Very interesting, perhaps a little too long though. It kind of drug on at the end a bit. Seeing all the concept art and watching the costume progressions were the best parts of the film for me. If you are interested in it from the art standpoint you will be pleased as it is a considerable portion of the film. Hearing the various artist explain the concepts behind their work and where, and who, the ideas originated from was very interesting and was also a focal point of the film Tim Burton plays a key roll in this and is a fascinating man in his own right. I loved the film and am disappointed that it never came to fruition. You may be surprised to know that I am not a comic book or super hero fan at all either. In fact, I own no comic books or super hero films at all and could not tell you the last super hero film I watched. Probably the first Spider Man movie starring Tobey Maguire, which goes to show that it is entirely possible for just about anyone to enjoy this film regardless of their interests. Four stars only because it did drag on at the end and could probably have ended twenty minutes sooner and been just as good, if not better. In a perfect world this film would be made someday. Fingers crossed, because I for one would really like to see it happen!
This is a solid look at the failing of the infamous Superman film Warner Bros. was developing in the nineties. The plot and pace meander around at times, and the filmmaker seems a little too invested in putting himself into the interview segments...but honestly that enthusiasm is also part of the charm. If you're not interested in this particular tale, you might not find much to like here, as most of the visuals are elaborate pieces of concept art that will only be fully appreciated by the most die hard of film or Superman fans. I had fun with it personally, and I never get tired of hearing Kevin Smith talking about his work on the movie.
Such and insightful dive into what could of been. We have all seen movies that should of never been made. This is one that would of still been interesting and perhaps have changed the fabric of comic book movies as we know it. It's strange to consider the consequences of this film if it were actually made. Amazing work by Jon schnepp. Well crafted documentary.
Great movie that describes what happened when Tim Burton tried making a Superman in the same vein as Batman. Really describes that people involved and the process every movie including this one goes through before you even see it. Makes you appreciate the business even more (or less) for the things that live to make it to be underappreciated a few months after it is released.
Fascinating film for comic book film fans and cinema fans. It provides a lot of insight into the proposed film "Superman Lives", dispelling a lot of misconceptions about the film and providing a good case that the film could have been something good.