Tuesday 17 October 2017

The superman films that never took off

Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicholas Cage) and Dr. Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) in a scene from NATIONAL TREASURE
Benjamin Franklin Gates (Nicholas Cage) and Dr. Abigail Chase (Diane Kruger) in a scene from NATIONAL TREASURE

Paul Whitington

After the failure of Superman IV, there were no less than four serious attempts to resurrect the franchise, beginning in the early 1990s with a project tentatively entitled 'Superman Reborn'.

Jonathan Lemkin pulled together a script based on the hit comic book, The Death of Superman, with a truly audacious storyline.

Before Superman dies in a battle with a mindless killing machine called Doomsday, he makes Lois Lane pregnant without actually touching her, and a child is born who grows up fast to take dad's place and save the world.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, that film never happened, but many of its ideas were incorporated into a 1996 Kevin Smith script for a project called 'Superman Lives', which would star Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel. A tantalising prospect, and the project, which at one point also involved Tim Burton, got as far pre-production before stalling in 1998.

In 2002, screenwriter Andrew Kevin Walker pitched Warner Brothers an idea about Batman and Superman falling out over a woman and going to war. 'Batman vs Superman' was due to start shooting in 2003 when Warners decided to focus on Christopher Nolan's Batman plans instead.

JJ Abrams then pitched in with 'Superman: Flyby', a prequel involving a civil war on Krypton. It never got off the ground.

Irish Independent

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