After breaking out onto the scene within the mid-Nineteen Nineties with Clerks and Mallrats, Kevin Smith discovered himself with a dream alternative for any comedian e book and superhero fan as Warner Bros. reached out to him about serving to to relaunch the Superman film franchise.
The undertaking – initially titled Superman Reborn and retitled Superman Lives by Smith – in the end by no means made it to the display, and now on an episode of his Fatman on Batman podcast, Smith has unearthed the preliminary letter he obtained from Warner Bros. which outlined its plans to convey the Man of Metal again to the massive display:
“What I maintain in my hand is a 24-year-old Warner Bros. letter. Could I learn it to you? ‘It’s time for the rebirth of a hero. As , we’re making a brand new Superman movie, taking the world’s most well-known superhero into the twenty first century. The enclosed assortment of comedian books varieties the premise of the take define. We’d love to debate this with Kevin Smith.’
“This was the storyline that I used to be handed. ‘Alienated from the world he protects, satisfied his relationship with Lois Lane is doomed, Superman is out of the blue defeated and left for lifeless by the villain Brainiac, an intergalactic genius intent upon gathering the perfect DNA within the universe. Superman is secretly nursed again to well being by his mentor Cadmus solely to find he has misplaced his superpowers.’
“‘As Lois mourns the lack of her love and Brainiac frantically searches for Superman’s physique, the Man of Metal returns, disguised, utilizing a high-tech bodysuit to struggle whereas he makes an attempt to regain his superpowers. Whereas battling Brainiac’s henchmen Parasite and Banshee, Superman rediscovers his powers and his love for Lois Lane. In a remaining showdown, Superman destroys Brainiac and saves the world that he has come to name house.’”
Smith would exit Superman Lives after director Tim Burton joined the undertaking, casting Nicolas Cage because the Man of Metal and bringing in his Batman Returns author Wesley Strick to take the undertaking in a special path. Burton too would depart the movie in 1998, and Warner’s Superman relaunch would undergo a number of iterations earlier than director Bryan Singer teamed with actor Brandon Routh for 2006’s Superman Returns.
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