Toyetic Concept Art for Tim Burton's Never-Filmed 'Superman Lives'

Wednesday, 14 December 2011 15:43 Written by  Jordan DeSaulnier
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Toyetic Concept Art for Tim Burton's Never-Filmed 'Superman Lives'

Though it never actually became a real movie, Superman Lives exists now as a notorious example of what could have been.  The story of the film long ago passed into infamy, thanks in part to the public stories of its one-time screenwriter Kevin Smith, online script drafts, images of costume tests, and the general batshit craziness of the fact that Tim Burton almost directed a Superman movie starring Nicolas Cage and based on the famous 90's "Death of Superman" comic arc.  The project ended up having the plug pulled shortly before production, becoming just one of the would-be Superman projects that never actually happened.  Now there's some new photographic evidence indicating how grateful we ought to be that it never actually happened, as some concept designs for Superman toys have made their way online for your perusal and judgment.

Joel Schumacher, who directed Batman Forever and Batman & Robin, has talked about learning the word "toyetic" while making those movies.  The term refers to the ability of a film to be turned into kid-friendly merchandise.  Naturally, these images come from the Hasbro Toy Group for potential toys based around what would've been an exceedingly toyetic Superman.  The pictures were posted to the Man of Steel Facebook page today.

I know there's not a lot of love for Superman Returns, but Bryan Singer's take on the character, while overly reverential, did not include any giant spiders, over designed life-support supersuits, attacking polar bears, or a plucky, wisecracking sidekick for Braniac.  So that's a win.

Of course, Warner Bros. in in the midst of rebooting the franchise with Man of Steel, the new origin story starring Henry Cavill as Clark Kent and Superman.  Zack Snyder directs, working from a screenplay by David S. Goyer, with a story by Goyer and The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan, who is also producing alongside his wife, Emma Thomas

Currently filming, the movie is still a ways out, as it's scheduled to hit theaters on June 14, 2013.

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