1st full trailer for Burton-based doc The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?

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Jul 25, 2014, 10:56 AM EDT (Updated)

It’s one of the most famous flicks that never actually existed, and now we have our first look at a full-fledged documentary digging into Tim Burton’s other superhero movie: Superman Lives.

The doc, dubbed Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, talks to everyone from writer Kevin Smith to comic god Grant Morrison and director Tim Burton himself. The early-to-mid-1990s superhero film would’ve starred Nicolas Cage as Superman, working from a script partially written by Smith that was meant to be directed by Burton.

About a half-dozen different scripts were put together for this one, many of them wildly different than the last. Burton had an ambitious, very 90s-style approach that would’ve definitely been unique — and its that utter weirdness that makes it such an interesting anomaly to this day.

The studio reportedly spent more than $30 million in preproduction on this project, though Burton wanted to make so many changes from the original pitch that it was finally put on hold for retooling, until Burton left to make Sleepy Hollow. The studio tried to salvage the film, but by that point it was too far gone.

The trailer above debuted at San Diego Comic-Con. No release date has been announced yet, but we’re dying to get a look at this thing.

(Via Comic Book Movie)

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