In 1998, Tim Burton was going to direct a Superman film written by Kevin Smith loosely based on the Death of Superman storyline from the early 90s. Nicolas Cage was signed on for the title role, even donning the famous suit and taking screen tests. Michael Keaton’s Batman was rumored to appear in a cameo roll. So what happened? Director Jon Schnepp set his sights last year on finding out.
After raising $115,110 last year on crowd funding website Kickstarter, Schnepp started work on his documentary, The Death of “Superman Lives”: What happened? Now, over a year later, he’s released a trailer for his unfinished film that doesn’t look half as bad the movie it investigates. Only problem is: Schnepp ran out of money for post production. Now he has started a second crowd funding campaign, this time on FanBacked.com. Schnepp admits he didn’t expect the documentary to take so long but “the creativity and sparks just kept firing, and… I needed to keep going.” He’s now set a new goal for $85,000 and in under a day has already raised nearly $10,000. While no timeline for a release has been set, assuming Schnepp will reach his fundraising goal, expect The Death of “Superman Lives” to see the light in the next year.