Much has come to be known of the infamously disastrous production journey of the attempted ’90s revival of the Superman film franchise, Superman Lives. From behind the scenes drama and disagreements, odd casting choices, script changes all over the place, substantial loss in production costs, giant mechanical spiders, and Nicolas Cage in that Superman costume, its become a legend onto itself for amongst those in Hollywood and comic book fans alike.
When the term development hell is brought up, no doubt almost everyone thinks of this film next to many other troubles productions. More about the scrapped film was revealed last year in Jon Schnepp’s Kickstarter funded documentary, The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?
Though the man that was with the project from the very beginning thinks that there could be a way for the film to finally happen after all. Kevin Smith recently held a Q&A session on Facebook Live and mentioned that he’s open to seeing Superman Lives as an animated film and with the original actors he had in mind when working on the project back in 1996. Smith himself said, “That’s something I worked on 20 years ago at this point, so that would be really amazing to kind of see, like they turn it into a cartoon and get the people to do the voices. Nic Cage is still around and stuff. And I wanted Michael Rooker for my Lex Luthor so that would be amazing. Um, but, you know, I’m game.”
Smith also stated that said adaptation would be up to Warner Bros. should they ever want to attempt it. Though Kevin Smith isn’t struggling to work on comic book adaptations, he recently directed his second episode of The Flash and will direct an episode of Supergirl later in its current second season, aptly titled, “Supergirl Lives“.
Sound off in the comments below, would you want to see a Superman Lives as an animated film? What do you think of the troubled history behind the unproduced film? Let us know!