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Nicolas Cage as Superman in Tim Burton's 'Superman Lives' - pictures

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A photograph of Nicolas Cage dressed as the title character in Tim Burton's aborted Superman Lives has appeared online.

The image, which surfaced on the @dcumoviepage Twitter account, shows the actor garbed in the superhero's iconic costume.

Nicolas Cage as Superman in Tim Burton's aborted 'Superman Lives' movie.


Based on a screenplay by Kevin Smith, Superman Lives was to star Cage as a flightless incarnation of the Man of Steel in a radically different take on the character.

The script drew inspiration from the 'Death of Superman' comic book story arc, with Lex Luthor, Brainiac and Doomsday serving as its villains.

Superman Lives was intended for release in 1998 but ran into numerous setbacks, including the departure of Cage in 2000. Will Smith is said to have been approached as his replacement at one stage, but turned the role down due to "ethnicity" concerns.

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Metalocalypse director Jon Schnepp is in the process of making a documentary on Superman Lives and is appealing for funding on Kickstarter to get the project up and running.

Zack Snyder is in the process of rebooting the Superman movie series, with his Henry Cavill-starring Man of Steel due to arrive in theatres on June 14.

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