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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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Jon Schnepp

2,121 backers pledged $115,110 to help bring this project to life.

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    1. Creator Jason Davis about 21 hours ago

      Please provide a date for when we will be receiving our copies....

    2. Creator Michael Vera on May 11

      Hey really looking forward to this movie! When will backers finally get their digital copy to see the final product????

    3. Creator Kevin Kelly on May 8

      I am very excited about this project. However it's been years and now IGN editors get to see the movie months before the people who pledged? That kind of takes away the fun of pledging, could have just waited years to buy it on blu-ray like everyone else.

    4. Creator Dan Pollitt on May 8

      Hi Jon

      When will the digital copy be avalible ? Saw the release date was 1/5 but haven't heard anything.


    5. Creator Jonathon Miller on May 6

      Hi John,

      Did you manage to upload the wallpaper to dropbox yet?


    6. Creator Jason C Roskam on April 18

      Hey Jon! Thank you for all of the hard work. I'm so excited for this.

      I do have a question. I've moved since originally backing the project. How will shipping be handled once everything is done? Will we have an opportunity to give our most up-to-date shipping information? Thanks again!

    7. Creator Mike White on April 17

      Can't wait to see it. Would love to talk to you about the film for The Projection Booth when you're available -

    8. Creator Jon Schnepp on April 15

      Joey, Just send it when I send out the form for sending the dvds out, which will be in July.

    9. Creator Joey Betson on April 14

      I am so excited to see this film! But I am a little nervous now because I am moving, where should I submit my new address for the DVD? I don't want it being sent to my old address and getting lost in the mail.

    10. Creator Jon Schnepp on April 13

      Hey, Kickstarters. We are in the home stretch now. I just shot Recreation scenes last week, have other in progress, We landed Jon Peters for an incredible interview, and have been busting everyday to get the film done. Check out the most recent Campaign Update to learn more!

    11. Creator Gio on April 2

      It's been a while since the last update. Are we still on track for May 1st?

    12. Creator Terence Klein Jr. on April 1

      Yeah where is our desktop image?

    13. Creator George Pitcher III on March 16

      Hi Jon, Have the backer rewards been sent? Because I contributed, but have not been contacted for my address, or received anything I ordered. Was starting to wonder what was happening. Can we get an update as to how long we should expect to wait. Thanks!

    14. Creator Will Brackett on March 9

      Hello, I was curious since the film is finally almost finished and a release date has been set, if the backer rewards will still be sent out as advertised. I participated in a Kickstarter recently that did not make good on their promised rewards and I'm hoping that this does not happen with this project since I contributed quite a lot.

    15. Creator Josh Mason on March 5

      Hi Jon, thanks for all of your hard work on this project. I truly can't wait to see the finished product and share with all of my Superman loving friends. I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of your due diligence in completing this project and again CAN'T WAIT!!!

    16. Creator Bayz on March 4

      Hi Jon,
      I've recently moved and would like to know how do I update my mailing address so when you start sending out the backers' rewards I'll get it sent to the right place? Thanks for doing this project.

    17. Creator Jamie McCarthy on February 27

      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.

    18. Creator Steve Kellener on January 20

      May 1, 2015!! Sweet!

      Bring it Schnepp!!

    19. 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.

    20. Creator Jon Schnepp on January 14

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

    21. Creator Bryan on January 7

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

    22. Creator Daniel Stapf on November 29

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

    23. Creator Luke Edward Hays on October 24, 2014

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

    24. Creator Jon Schnepp on October 20, 2014

      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.

    25. Creator Bryan on October 4, 2014

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

    26. Creator Jeremy Bridges on September 30, 2014

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

    27. Creator Jamie McCarthy on September 29, 2014

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

    28. 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.

    29. Creator Jon Schnepp on July 24, 2014

      Here is the Full Trailer for "The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened?", please share this!
      For more information go to

    30. 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, 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!

    31. Creator Luke Edward Hays on July 13, 2014

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

    32. Creator Jon Schnepp on June 22, 2014

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

    33. 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:

    34. 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?

    35. 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!

    36. 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."

    37. 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. :(

    38. 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'! ;-)

    39. Creator JasonZ on May 6, 2014


      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.

    40. 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!!!

    41. 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.

    42. 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!

    43. 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!

    44. Creator Jon Schnepp on March 21, 2014


      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:

      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

    45. 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!

    46. 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:

      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.

    47. 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:

    48. 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:

    49. 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.

    50. 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!

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