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A documentary about the proposed 1998 "Superman Lives" feature film that would have been the most original and strangest Superman ever. Read more

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A documentary about the proposed 1998 "Superman Lives" feature film that would have been the most original and strangest Superman ever.

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    1. Creator Jamie McCarthy 4 days ago

      Jon - will digital downloads be sent out on release day? Not here to bitch, just itching to see this thing, and I don't want a thing spoiled before I get my eyes on it.

    2. Creator Steve Kellener on January 20

      May 1, 2015!! Sweet!

      Bring it Schnepp!!

    3. Creator Calvin Won on January 18

      Its been so long I keep forgetting I put in money for for this. Hopefully it will drop before I do.

    4. Creator Jon Schnepp on January 14

      We will have a release date announcement in the next week. Very excited to share it with you.

    5. Creator Bryan on January 7

      The last estimation I saw on completion of the movie was January/February. Is that still the plan?

    6. Creator Daniel Stapf on November 29

      With all these interviews, this movie is going to be 5 hours long!

    7. Creator Luke Edward Hays on October 24

      Hi guys, here is an interview with Dan Gilroy talking about Burton's Superman Lives!

      http://www.movies.com/movie-news/superman-lives-details-dan-gilroy/17057…

    8. Creator Jon Schnepp on October 20

      Hello Kickstarters!! We are heavy in Post-Production now, and the film is looking great!!! I can't wait to be able to share it with you, and it looks like we will be in final post in Decmeber/January, so the premiere will be a few months after that! Thanks for your patence, we will be shipping out all the rewards with the film soon.

    9. Creator Bryan on October 4

      Jeremy- it's not just you. I don't think any rewards have gone out yet since the film is not yet complete.

    10. Creator Jeremy Bridges on September 30

      I never received my reward for my donation. Did anyone else get anything?

    11. Creator Jamie McCarthy on September 29

      What do I have to do to see the trailer? It's marked private when I click on it.

    12. Creator Phillip Bortner on July 24, 2014

      Awesome trailer! Cool footage of what's to come and what went on behind the scenes. Hoping you can get the Cage himself in an interview about his final thoughts. Can't wait to see the finished product when it's ready.

    13. Creator Jon Schnepp on July 24, 2014

      Here is the Full Trailer for "The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened?", please share this!
      http://youtu.be/Nt9fxWq5qg0
      For more information go to www.supportsupermanlives.com

    14. Creator Jon Schnepp on July 21, 2014

      Alright Kickstarters! San Diego Comic Con is a few days away, and so is the release of the FULL TRAILER for the film!Thursday July 24th, you'll get the trailer at the same time as I premiere it at my 11:30AM Panel, a few hours before the rest of the world gets to see it! Thanks again for getting this started with me!
      I'm in Post right now, still booking interviews, just secured TWO more people to talk with in August! I'm raising Finishing Funds right now at www.supportsupermanlives.com, with lots of new rewards and incentives, so please check it out, tell your friends who missed this the first time around, and help me get this film finished the right way! Let me know what you think of the full trailer here in the comments!

    15. Creator Luke Edward Hays on July 13, 2014

      Two 1/2 weeks until the release of the film!

    16. Creator Jon Schnepp on June 22, 2014

      Check out my Update #34, and see how you can help me with my Finishing Fundraiser!!!

    17. Creator Jon Schnepp on June 13, 2014

      It's taken a bit longer, and thanks for waiting!!! The Full Trailer drops at SDCC 2014, but all you Kickstarters will be getting it a few days early!!! Schneppzone will have its very own booth #3915, at this years San Diego Comic Con!!! We will be showing clips from the "The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?"feature film, along with lots of other media surprises!! You can still help with Finishing Funds by donating $25 or more, and get your name in the credits, please tell your friends and repost this on your own facebook wall and RT on twitter: http://www.schneppzone.com/supermanlives/

    18. Creator Terence Klein Jr. on June 4, 2014

      Congrats on all the recent interviews. Do we still get a trailer this month? Also are the rewards - the Blu-Ray/DVD, poster, patch, prints, CD, etc. expected to ship in August as well?

    19. Creator Jason Davis on May 24, 2014

      This is coming along nicely - I hope you are saving Cage for last - he has to be game to do this!

    20. Creator Petr Hrubý on May 20, 2014

      Yes... that Josh Hartnett's screentest for Brett Ratner's Superman FlyBy would be freaking epic! At least for me... LOL :)

      From Jake Rossen's Superman vs. Hollywood book: "Warner was irritated by Ratner's inability to secure Hartnett, who had submitted a screen test that wowed executives."

    21. Creator Petr Hrubý on May 20, 2014

      And like I said before: Jon, it would be absolutely brilliant if you'd make this project the ultimate 'abandoned DC movies doc' and would show us costumes from Justice League: Mortal, Ratner's FlyBy, McG's FlyBy... It's depressing we didn't see them yet. :(

    22. Creator Petr Hrubý on May 20, 2014

      Can't wait to see the trailer! I'm sure it'll be amazing! Definitely in my 'The most anticipated movies of 2014'! ;-)

    23. Creator JasonZ on May 6, 2014

      Jon,

      Thanks for also giving updates on AMC Movie Talk. It's always a cool bonus when John Campea asks how this project is going. Your definitely the comedian of the group which I really appreciate when listening to the show.

    24. Creator Luke Edward Hays on April 13, 2014

      Happy Spring everyone! I'm looking forward to some more news!! I bet there will be HUGE update coming up this month!!!

    25. Creator Phillip Bortner on March 21, 2014

      That's amazing that Mr. Burton wants to be a part of the doc. Great work Jon! Looking forward even more to the finished product.

    26. Creator Robert Schlecht on March 21, 2014

      Tim Burton interview... that is so awesome! This is going to be an incredible documentary and one definitely worth waiting for. Keep up the good work Jon!

    27. Creator Will on March 21, 2014

      Hey Jon,

      I'm really looking forward to your documentary. I moved at least two times since this Kickstarter began and was wondering if you will send out a survey before the this ships, so that I will have the opportunity to change my shipping address. Thank you!

      https://www.kickstarter.com/blog/new-feature-managing-backer-address-changes

    28. Creator Jon Schnepp on March 21, 2014

      Kickstarters,

      I've been getting this set up for the last eight months, and needed to be extra secretive and not announce it or speak about it to anyone, since the interview was not "in the can" yet.

      Well, I just travelled to London, England, and shot an incredible interview with Tim Burton in his home, all about his never completed film "Superman Lives", with his unique insight on this project.


      Jon Schnepp & Tim Burton!!!
      This documentary just got the key person I've intended on speaking with since I started this journey last March. Now we are going to get the last few important interviews in April and May, and get the finishing funds raised to make this documentary as special as it should be. Please contribute an additional donation for finishing funds here:

      http://www.schneppzone.com/supermanlives/

      I'd like to thank Tim and Derek for making my trip to England something special, and which will be archived forever in the film "The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?"

      Thanks for the patience!!!

      Jon Schnepp

    29. Creator Øivind Rosvold on March 14, 2014

      I love how passionate you are about this documentary, i really hope you get the extra funds you want. Donated to the site as well :D Thanks for all the updates, take your time, this is going to be awesome!

    30. Creator Jon Schnepp on March 14, 2014

      This Saturday, March 15, in the NerdMelt Showroom, in the back of Meltdown Comics, I will be selling my entire comic book collection, comics from the 70s, 80s, 90s, right up to current series. Fantastic Four, Batman, Spiderman, Avengers, Superman, Daredevil, X-Men, tons of independents, and lots of eclectic weirdo books! My personal comic book stash, that I've handpicked over the last 30 plus years, most of them for a buck a pop. I'll also have a bunch of toys (action figures like Justice League and StarWars) and lots of my own original art to be bought. I'll also be doing art commisions, which I rarely do, so if you want a character drawn up in my own artistic flavor, now would be the time.

      Why am I doing this??? Because I really am going to be making the extra scenes, animations, storyboard recreations, and more for my Feature Film Documentary that you all helped fund, "The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?" You can make a donation right now at my website to help me make these additional scenes, storyboard recreations, graphics and more right now: http://www.schneppzone.com/supermanlives/

      Come on down if you are in the Los Angeles Area, and donate to the cause, buy some awesome comics for a great price, and say hi.

      Meltdown Comics, 7522 Sunset Blvd, Hollywood, CA.

    31. Creator Jon Schnepp on March 12, 2014

      Repost this on your Twitter and Facebook and share it with all your friends. Please let them know they can become a "Finishing Funder" in the credits of the feature film, and they can donate now:
      http://www.schneppzone.com/supermanlives/

    32. Creator Jon Schnepp on March 11, 2014

      I'm in the final three months of Production, starting on Post in April, and I'm asking my supporters of this project for some additional help with Finishing Funds, to go above and beyond for the Documentary with Animations, Recreation Scenes. I didn't raise all the money I was needing for the stretch goals, but I'm making them anyway, so help if you can. I'll have a really big announcement, the biggest of this entire film, at the end of this month, along with some INCREDIBLE new footage. I'm asking the Kickstarters who've helped already to put in a little more if they can. Please donate as a "Finishing Funder", and receive addtl credits as a Finishing Funder in the feature film. Thanks for the support and donate now at the link below:
      http://www.schneppzone.com/supermanlives/

    33. Creator Jon Schnepp on March 9, 2014

      Thanks for everyone's patience, things are moving very quickly now with the documentary, I can't announce WHAT yet, but soon, you will be getting some incredible flavor. Premiering August 1st.

    34. Creator Luke Edward Hays on February 27, 2014

      Waiting with much anticipation! I planned a premiere at my home on August 10 to watch the documentary with friends of mine. Good times a coming!

    35. Creator Jon Schnepp on January 31, 2014

      Well, the trailer is being pushed back for a good two months, my apologies. I know everyone of you is excited to see more of what I've been making, but I just got two upcoming interviews that I simply MUST WAIT till I can release a proper trailer. I do not want to announce them just yet, but will in the coming weeks. I will be putting out another much shorter teaser this weekend, announcing the official release date of the feature film for August 1st, 2014. Thank you, especially all you backers who have helped me in making this.

    36. Creator Luke Edward Hays on January 24, 2014

      http://filmsketchr.blogspot.com/2014/01/insightful-superman-flyby-concept-art.html

      Check out this art work from the almost made J.J. Abram's Superman film.

    37. Creator Luke Edward Hays on January 24, 2014

      If go to google images and type in Superman Lives poster, you will find some really cool fan posters of what could have been the used as a movie poster.

    38. Creator Luke Edward Hays on January 17, 2014

      I read an article today that said Courtney Cox was up for Lois Lane.

    39. Creator Robert Schlecht on January 12, 2014

      Hey Jon,
      Thanks for the update… I think all of us backers understand your situation. Take the time you need to fulfill your personal obligations, and don’t worry if the new trailer is delayed a bit. We look forward to seeing it, when it’s ready. Here's hoping that everything going on in your life works out for the better!

    40. Creator Jon Schnepp on January 12, 2014

      New Update: Due to some unfortunate circumstances with my girlfriend being in the hospital with severe complications, as well as job duties, I will have to delay the premiere of the trailer for a few weeks. I've set the new trailer release for Jan. 31st, which is two weeks past Jan 15th. I just have not had enough time between work and hospital visits to get this right, and I don't want to release it till It's right. Thanks for the patience, I'm sure you all understand.

      Thanks,

      Jon Schnepp

    41. Creator Luke Edward Hays on January 9, 2014

      I was just listening to this podcast on Superman Lives, and this documentary was mentioned. The people doing the podcast made an interesting suggestion. For the recreation scenes, if they are done with miniature and animation, you could have Nicolas Cage do voice acting for Kal El. How awesome would that be. Then Nicolas Cage would get to play Superman. What do you guys think?

    42. Creator Luke Edward Hays on January 2, 2014

      Will the soundtrack for this documentary be available on iTunes when released?

    43. Creator Luke Edward Hays on December 30, 2013

      I just came up with a cool idea. How about "Superman Lives" the three screenplays written by Kevin Smith, Wesley Strick and Dan Gilroy, get turned into graphic novels. That would be cool.

    44. Creator Cameron Foster on December 24, 2013

      If you don't mind telling us, can we get a list of interviewed people and scheduled interviews to come? Just curious how deep we get to go with this doc. Can't wait!

    45. Creator Jon Schnepp on December 24, 2013

      I'm pleased to announce that the official Full length Trailer for "The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?" will be premiering online on Jan.15th, 2014!

    46. Creator Jon Schnepp on December 24, 2013

      Hello everyone!!! As we close out 2013, I just want to thank you all and give you some updates on the progress of "The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?" Documentary. I'm very excited to be in Full Production, and heading into Post-Production in February and March.

      I've just completed two more interviews with Artists Tim Burgard and Rolf Mohr, who both worked on designs for the now legendary "Giant Spider" sequence from the project. They were great and insightful interviews, and I'm looking forward to putting them into the film. I'm still shooting many more interviews, with several more scheduled for January and February.

      I know many of you have been asking me about the film, and when is it going to be finished so you can see it. I'm aiming on having it out and available in the summer of 2014.

      I'm pleased to announce that the official Full length Trailer for "The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?"

    47. Creator Luke Edward Hays on December 20, 2013

      So..any new updates before Christmas?

    48. Creator Patrick Majercak on December 20, 2013

      So...when is this thing coming out...kinda want my stuff.

    49. Creator David Koch on December 12, 2013

      Any updates on the completion of the film?

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