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Unearthed Video Shows A Beefy Nic Cage As Superman In 1997

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We were so close to getting a chance to see director Tim Burton's take on Superman in the late 1990s, starring none other than Nicolas Cage. However, Superman Lives got shelved, and never saw the light of day. But now, Cage fans, there's an unearthed clip showing a beefy Cage with long, luscious locks donning a skin-tight, blue Superman outfit—and it's glorious.

The L.A. Times posted this rare clip, dubbed the "holy grail" of footage, showing Cage looking straight-up giddy doing stretches in the Superman suit as part of a camera test. It's a clip from a new documentary, The Death of 'Superman Lives', which takes a close look into how the Warner Bros. project got canned before it was even completed. Warner Bros. reportedly spent $30 million in development costs before the film was given the axe, according to Variety.

Up until this point, we only had a quick glimpse of Cage in one of the Superman suits in the documentary's trailer.

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The Death of 'Superman Lives' was funded through a Kickstarter, and includes interviews from Burton, and Kevin Smith, who co-wrote the first draft of the screenplay for Superman Lives with Wesley Strick before Dan Gilroy (Nightcrawler's writer and director) took over the screenwriting reins in a second draft. Gilroy told IndieWire in an interview last year about what happened with the movie:

And unfortunately, while we were working on the script, Warner Bros was hemorrhaging. Every big movie that was coming out was bombing and failing and when it came time to step up and bankroll our script, they didn't have the financial wherewithal or desire. Which is a shame because Tim would have knocked it out of the park. And Nic Cage, oh my god! I was so ready for that.

We share the same sentiments, especially about seeing Cage as Superman. *Single tear.* At least we have this documentary.

The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened? can be ordered on July 9 through the documentary's website here or be purchased at San Diego Comic-Con's booth #3915.