In a recent Q&A session held via Facebook Live, writer and director Kevin Smith said he would be open to his script for the unproduced film “Superman Lives” being adapted as an animated feature. As reported by Comic Book Movie, Smith said he’d love to see an animated adaptation of the project, especially if the actors originally slated for the film participated, stating, “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 went on to say that an adaptation would ultimately be “up to the good folks at Warner Bros. and stuff, but if they were ever to call and say hey we want to do a cartoon version of that Superman script we wrote, believe me I’d be like, that’d be dope man.” Smith’s been quite active with comic book-based projects this past year, directing episodes of “The Flash” and “Supergirl,” so an animated film could be a natural next step.
In recent years, “Superman Lives” — a scrapped ’90s revival of the Superman franchise, which was to be directed by Tim Burton — became a point of fascination for comic book fans. Stories of behind the scenes drama, scripts being leaked, and of course, images of Superman’s strange luminescent bio-suit sparked the imagination of fans, who wondered what this film would’ve looked like if it was fully realized. This interest from fans culminated in a crowdfunded documentary, “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?,” released last year, where director Jon Schnepp interviewed a number of key figures in the production of “Superman Lives,” including Kevin Smith himself. It’s fair to say that there’s still an audience curious about what “Superman Lives” would look like if it was realized in some capacity.
Recently, DC has been taking more risks with their animated features, releasing R-rated films like “The Killing Joke” and the upcoming “Justice League Dark” alongside the family-friend “Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders,” which is a sequel to the ’60s live action “Batman” series starring Adam West. With this in mind, there may be hope that “Superman Lives” could be resurrected.
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