The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? is a 2015 American documentary film written and directed by Jon Schnepp. The film premiered on May 1, 2015 and was released through VOD on July 9, 2015. It chronicles the events surrounding the cancelled Tim Burton film Superman Lives.
Funding for The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? was partially raised through a successful Kickstarter campaign.
The Death of 'Superman Lives': What Happened? feature film documents the process of development of the ill fated "Superman Lives" movie, that was to be directed by Tim Burton and star Nicolas Cage as the man of steel himself, Superman. The project went through years of development before the plug was pulled, and this documentary interviews the major players: Kevin Smith, Tim Burton, Jon Peters, Dan Gilroy, Colleen Atwood, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and many many more.
The documentary looks at the story behind Superman Lives, a film that was cancelled only two weeks before filming was set to begin. In the film Schnepp interviews several people involved with the development of the project and shows artwork and designs that would have been featured in Superman Lives if it had been made.
Tim Burton, director
Kevin Smith, writer
Dan Gilroy, writer
Jon Peters, producer
Colleen Atwood, costume designer
Lorenzo di Bonaventura, producer
Nicolas Cage, actor (archive footage)
Jon Schnepp, who wrote and directed the documentary, also conducts the interviews.
Critical reception for The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened? has been predominantly positive. Forbes and The Hollywood Reporter both wrote positive reviews, and The Hollywood Reporter commented that "Fanboys will relish this overstuffed doc about the Superman movie that never hit the screen".