<i>Superman Lives</i> Through Newly Released Costume Test Footage

Tim Burton was never able to finish his work on Superman Lives, the planned 1990s comic book adaptation that would have starred Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel. Many of us would agree that that's a good thing — Burton and Cage on Superman is a bizarre combination, to say the least — and recently released photos of the movie's alleged costume only helped to solidify that feeling.

But a previously unreleased video showing test footage of the Superman Lives costume might change some opinions, especially when considering the fact that this suit wasn't developed as the film's primary outfit. A reader at /Film informs us that the suit is "a [Kryptonian] life support suit with onboard AI and weapons. Basically turning the mortally injured Superman into Iron Man until he recovered from his fight with Doomsday." In other words, the traditional Superman suit would have most likely made an appearance in Superman Lives — this is just an ancillary suit that would have reenergized Kal-El in his time of need, not to mention its obvious usefulness for toy manufacturers.

Given that context, what do you think of the Superman Lives suit? Cool piece of technology, or did we dodge a bullet?

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