Back at Comic Con last summer, a new trailer for director Jon Schnepp's documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? debuted, but we haven't heard anything about this exploration of Tim Burton's scrapped Superman Lives movie since then. Today, Schnepp released the final trailer on his YouTube page, which also reveals that the documentary will be released in limited theaters on May 1, before being released internationally on streaming platforms, VOD, Blu-ray and DVD on June 9. The trailer features plenty of new footage, with Tim Burton himself discussing the "painful memories" about the project.
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? delves into one of Hollywood's most enthralling 'what could have been' stories. In 1996, Warner Brothers engaged Kevin Smith to write the screenplay (Superman Lives). Director Tim Burton assembled an elite group of artists to work on Superman Lives, including Nicolas Cage as Superman. Warner Brothers scrapped the project shortly before principal photography began.
This documentary, directed by Jon Schnepp, features interviews with director Tim Burton, producers Jon Peters and Lorenzo di Bonaventura, screenwriters Kevin Smith, Wesley Strick, Dan Gilroy, production designer Rick Heinrichs; special effects artist Steve Johnson, storyboard artist Tim Burgard, costume designer Colleen Atwood and many more. This film delivers an inside look into what would have been the most original, unexpected and cosmic Superman movie ever made. Take a look at the new trailer below before this new documentary hits theaters in just a few short weeks.