Production Hell - Superman Lives

Today we take a look behind the scenes of the most expensive movie that never was; the ill-fated Tim Burton and Nic Cage superhero collaboration, Superman Lives.


  1. The Critical Drinker

    The Critical Drinker

    27 giorni fa

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    • Joshua Isaac

      Joshua Isaac

      12 giorni fa

      @Jim R Nick Cage "normal"...? I dunno... maybe "Valley Girl"?

    • Jim R

      Jim R

      12 giorni fa

      @Joshua Isaac I didn't think of that, perhaps we should try to make him normal for a change instead. Nah that would be whole other production hell in of it's self.

    • Joshua Isaac

      Joshua Isaac

      12 giorni fa

      @Jim R So basically you'd remake every Cage movie in the history of ever? Lol

    • Jim R

      Jim R

      12 giorni fa

      Id so make that movie with that script and have cage in it today, and id have cage really go off the rocker. It couldn't be any worse than what we've had recently.

    • Joshua Isaac

      Joshua Isaac

      14 giorni fa

      Speaking of Nick Cage... and $13 million worth of alcohol....

  2. Formakiwi


    4 ore fa

    It´s unfair to say that there was no strong creative vision behind this non-movie; it´s more a case of that vision belonging to a coked-out former hairdresser to the stars, drunk on his status in Hollywood and obsessed with giant spider battles.

  3. chokkan7


    13 ore fa

    I was a comic book geek as a child, but have been out of the loop for ages. I noticed several images in your presentation which looked as though they were derived from 'Tumithak of the Corridors' (the human heads upon a wasp-like body), and I wondered what was the connection to Superman lore?

  4. Brent D

    Brent D

    Giorno fa

    Drinker, please do a “Production Hell” of “Heaven’s Gate.” The coke-filled behind-the-scenes drama of that production was immense!

  5. Everthus4


    Giorno fa

    Man, it would be great anime. Or anime series, with voice of nic cage, fighting aliens in robot suit. Or they could finish movie. Matrix was also revoultionary, cool, and weird.

  6. George Saint

    George Saint

    2 giorni fa

    I loved it after Richard Pryor hacked away all that paycheck money... "The one who did it will remains silent. Only an idiot will spend all that money immediately" (or something like that) In comes Richard Pryor,... riding his expensive sports car. One of the best comic scenes in movies ever.

  7. Donkey Grima

    Donkey Grima

    2 giorni fa

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  8. Kevin Bell

    Kevin Bell

    3 giorni fa

    At 9.18, we have Howard from The Big Bang Theory. No Bernadette... that's a damn shame.

  9. Rich Tygart

    Rich Tygart

    4 giorni fa

    That would have been wild. I cannot imagine the Valley Girl, Nicolas Cage playing Superman with that half stoned voice he's got.

  10. sean walters

    sean walters

    4 giorni fa

    Tim Burton is severely overrated creepy perverted a******

  11. Shoezz


    5 giorni fa

    DC should try hiring directors who actually like comics rather than people like Tim Burton and Zach Snyder.

  12. Siege Perilous

    Siege Perilous

    5 giorni fa

    The original Dune production matches the fugazi I would say.

  13. Whitebolls92


    5 giorni fa

    So you watched Smiths video talking to the college about superman or the recent documentary about it and just made your own version?

  14. Julio Víctor Manuel Schaeffer Manrique

    Julio Víctor Manuel Schaeffer Manrique

    5 giorni fa

    Supermam (Didn't) Live.

  15. StrobeFireStudios


    5 giorni fa

    Wait wait, you're Will Jordan? No fucking way dude

  16. Travesty TV

    Travesty TV

    6 giorni fa


  17. papaya man

    papaya man

    6 giorni fa

    Cage is an absolute legend.

  18. Cereal Killer

    Cereal Killer

    7 giorni fa

    Hi Drinker. Would you think about doing a video (either Production Hell or The Drinker Recommends) on Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Cheers!

  19. Corxeth 117

    Corxeth 117

    7 giorni fa

    Th....this movie ABSOLUTELY Needs to be made..... the portion in the video where you point out how burton’s vision for superman had him questioning his place/role in the world, among humans.... somehow, for some reason.... doesn’t give me the same vibes as what would later become the brooding Snyder version.... it sounds like something along the lines of dr. Manhattan.... (lost my train of thought.... and i’m not even drunk) P.s. totes diggin’ the burton style superman concept art.... it peaks my interest.... Though ultimately, i’m having trouble envisioning the interpreted, potentially unintended, zaniness interspersed throughout a burton style superman narrative.... 🤔🤔🤔.....🥴🥴🥴....🤕🤕🤕

  20. Skede Pikken

    Skede Pikken

    7 giorni fa

    im getting sea sick by the heavy irish accent. sry man.

    • Ford Prefect

      Ford Prefect

      6 giorni fa

      Don't you mean Scottish? Are you an American by any chance?

  21. michael huyge

    michael huyge

    8 giorni fa

    6:25 Reeves was too old at this point... and a tragic accident had left him paralyzed from the neck down... Now THAT is how you bury the lead!

  22. Sonia Teresa González Nieda

    Sonia Teresa González Nieda

    9 giorni fa

    I felt pity on Nic Cage when i learned that he had lost his money. And then i knew he bought two castles in europe and an island in Bahamas ... a freakin island over seven million bucks... the pity flew. Bruh...

  23. jim


    9 giorni fa

    Nic Cage would be a good Riddler.

  24. Devin Wiggles

    Devin Wiggles

    9 giorni fa

    Sidenote. The guy who wanted that robotic spider sooo damn much that he got his chance to use it in Wild Wild West.......hmmmm did that work out

  25. Jakob Matthies

    Jakob Matthies

    9 giorni fa

    I feel like that particular batman film would have sold a lot better if they were more egalitarian with the distribution of bat nipples. Three caped crusaders and only four plastic nipples? What a joke.

  26. Christopher Knott

    Christopher Knott

    10 giorni fa

    Now hear me out. Superman Meth- The Downfall of a White God. I think Cage could really pull it off. And with Samuel L Jackson as Lex Luthor it would fit right in with today's Hollywood. lol xD

  27. klipser66


    10 giorni fa

    The only thing Superman in Nicholas Cage is his hairline!

  28. GDSprodify


    10 giorni fa

    RIP Jon Schnepp

  29. Heikki J Hautanen

    Heikki J Hautanen

    10 giorni fa

    Poor Smith, but glad that turkey was not made.

  30. George LU

    George LU

    10 giorni fa

    Nic cage could play superman with midage crises and xanax problem. But seriously I do like nic cage. Not in this particular film though

  31. George LU

    George LU

    10 giorni fa

    The 'Gay2D2

  32. George LU

    George LU

    10 giorni fa

    Id rather watch nic cage wearing a latex suit than bruce wayne driving a JEEP RENEGADE in a end of world scenario. That scene killed all the respect(which is a considerable amount of respect because of the story writing of DC) I got for the movie. Bruce wayne be driving in a batmobile. Or a flying tank. Not watered down jeep.

  33. Archie Bunker

    Archie Bunker

    10 giorni fa


  34. Lazy Fingers

    Lazy Fingers

    10 giorni fa

    so you not gone credit Jon Schnepp

  35. shakespeare4bears


    11 giorni fa

    Could Nick Cage play an alien struggling to fit into human society? What do you mean 'play'?

  36. THAC0twenty


    12 giorni fa

    90s? Look for XXXXXTREME. Multiple X's

  37. Turd Ferguson

    Turd Ferguson

    12 giorni fa

    Then, in stepped Zack Snyder. And he delivered us the single best Superman film of all time.

  38. Frank Rost

    Frank Rost

    12 giorni fa

    Somewhere Zack Snyder was saying, "Dark Batman and Sad Superman in one movie?!!" Hold my rattle!

  39. George B. Pryor

    George B. Pryor

    13 giorni fa

    What the fuck is it with John Peters and giant spiders???

  40. a girl named brett

    a girl named brett

    13 giorni fa

    the Jon Schnepp documentary is soo good and interesting I miss him and comicbook news. I would love an art book for this almost movie. John Peters is a nut and was obsessed with that ginormous spider. At least he got it in Wild Wild West....

  41. Bill Keck

    Bill Keck

    13 giorni fa

    Tim Burton as the Director, Nicholas Cage as Superman, the studio throwing money and interference at the project! What could go wrong?

  42. DoctorCheryl, Historian

    DoctorCheryl, Historian

    13 giorni fa

    "iT'LL BE FINE" obviously doesn't work in this video! Greetings from a King's College, Aberdeen graduate living in the USA.

  43. ahoneyman


    14 giorni fa

    What is Kevin Smith wearing? When did Superman play for the Edmonton Oilers?

  44. rjdalchow


    14 giorni fa

    The thought of Nick Cage as Superman made me throw up in my mouth a little.

  45. Joshua Isaac

    Joshua Isaac

    14 giorni fa

    Speaking of Nick Cage... and $13 million worth of alcohol....

  46. MrExcelsior


    14 giorni fa

    Please please make it stop happening

  47. Absolute Longplay

    Absolute Longplay

    14 giorni fa

    I think it is very sad what happened to Nicolas Cage. He has become a loser now and he used to be a huge star. He is like a cautionary tale for all actors.

  48. Ryan Price

    Ryan Price

    14 giorni fa

    Hang on a sec, is Jon Schnepp even credited in this video? You've pretty much taken every clip from his documentary "the death of superman lives" and not credited the people who made it?

  49. jestin robinson

    jestin robinson

    14 giorni fa

    Kevin Smith is nothing more than a dried up inflated turd who makes tweets about how we should all be doing our part to double mask and socially distance from the people we live for.

  50. Young Earth Organics Kombucha

    Young Earth Organics Kombucha

    14 giorni fa

    What a nightmare. No it looks terrible

  51. Young Earth Organics Kombucha

    Young Earth Organics Kombucha

    14 giorni fa

    I can’t get over the whole spider thing...

  52. Paul L

    Paul L

    15 giorni fa

    Too many cooks in the kitchen, spending other peoples money, like the folks in Washington DC lol.

  53. Robert Griffith's

    Robert Griffith's

    15 giorni fa

    Kevin Smith talented? Knows his 💩 about comics? I've never heard such 💩

  54. Swole Kot

    Swole Kot

    15 giorni fa

    I wish they at least filmed whatever scene inevitably happens when Cage and Gay R2D2 meet and have a Sass-off

  55. RackBar Dingum

    RackBar Dingum

    15 giorni fa

    Wild Wild West came out after all this.

  56. Vinay Seth

    Vinay Seth

    15 giorni fa

    4:52 always trust a Marxist to ruin a Superhero movie :D

  57. GB


    15 giorni fa

    I feel the need to say this because you didn’t even mention his name nor reference the documentary at all. A lot of the footage used in this video if from “The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?” Directed by the late Jon Schnepp. The tall guy you see interviewing all the people involved, he spent years gathering all the footage and details about the movie that no one was willing to give up. Dude was a geek god and his comic book knowledge was unrivaled. I find your lack of acknowledgment to him disturbing. But what can you expect from a drunken asshole.

    • GB


      15 giorni fa

      RIP Jon Schnepp King of the Sweats

  58. darkowl9


    16 giorni fa

    Jodorowsky's Dune?

  59. NotMeGaming


    16 giorni fa

    A movie based on the Injustice story would be a nice way to reset everything

  60. Gene Constantinou

    Gene Constantinou

    16 giorni fa

    @Critical Drinker: try to do a video on Kevin Smith's original script then? :) Interested to know how you would make that as a movie.

  61. BoogaBooga


    16 giorni fa

    Some of those suits remind me of the ridiculous Captain Freedom suit from Running Man. Difference being the Captain Freedom suit was meant to be ridiculous.

  62. J McClain

    J McClain

    16 giorni fa

    Nic Cage and Tim Burton doing Superman would have been absolutely fantastic. NO ONE wanted Michael Keaton to play Batman and then KA BOOM.. MAGIC.

  63. James Arte

    James Arte

    17 giorni fa

    Nicolas Cage actually looked damned good as Superman.

  64. portland 182

    portland 182

    17 giorni fa

    Peters would not let the giant spider idea drop - that's why there's a giant mechanical spider shoe horned into the (s)hit movie 'Wild Wild West'. The Doomsday stuff from 'The Death of Superman' was shoehorned into Batman V Superman, so that development money definitely wasn't all wasted :)

  65. Lowkey Arki

    Lowkey Arki

    17 giorni fa

    Speaking of Nicolas Cage, will you review his new movie coming out tomorrow? Willy's Wonderland, it looks like it's going to be one of those movies where yoi know it doesn't take itself seriously at all so you'll go in there with low expectations but since Cage is Cage he'll make it very amusing.

  66. VeteranRedBeard


    17 giorni fa

    Bahahaha I just realized Peters also worked on wild wild west with will smith...which had a HUGE mechanical spider. Lmao.

  67. Justin _

    Justin _

    17 giorni fa

    there's that fuckin spider.

  68. Julian


    17 giorni fa

    What is the fucking obsession with super heroes these days? for crying out loud

  69. Ticonderous1


    18 giorni fa

    11:00 ..... My feelings exactly ...

  70. Tobiemoss


    18 giorni fa

    Why the hell did Smith think Burton would get on board for a matinee Superman romp.

  71. Heather J

    Heather J

    18 giorni fa

    First time I've heard of this movie. Too bad they didn't finish it, looks like it could've been hilarious.

  72. Juan Manuel Granado

    Juan Manuel Granado

    18 giorni fa

    I read somewhere that Smith's script was "loved" by the studio, and Burton was hired to direct it. He supposedly showed his enthusiasm for the script, but after he was hired he started complaining, brought his own screenwriter, and Smith's work was tossed off the window. According to Smith, he used to sign copies of his unused script at conventions with "f@#k Tim Burton".

  73. Corey Hutton

    Corey Hutton

    18 giorni fa

    Yes, certain movies are legendary for being hell to make. So legendary, the stories have been told and hundreds of videos have already been made about them. Why are these needed?

  74. Curtis Steele

    Curtis Steele

    18 giorni fa

    Nick Cage probably couldn't even play Nick Cage

  75. Lynn D

    Lynn D

    18 giorni fa

    The costuming they had for Nicholas Cage made him look like a professional Wrestler, not Superman.

  76. marcus


    19 giorni fa

    i think your review didn't do the non made movie justice. i think your review shouldve been on the documentary about that topic. I think people could get more information to help form their own opinion from the actual documentary than from your video.

  77. marcus


    19 giorni fa

    you took all the information from the documentary, and missed the point of it to present your opinion of the movie. you said kevin smith's screenplay got it right. thats just a loaded statement. nicholas cage was an interesting pick for superman, even though it was mostly tim burton's narcissism that made him attracted to the movie. maybe the producer did ruin the whole production, but you missed the point of the documentary which was it wouldve been interesting. and even though by your standards today, it just wouldve been an edgy movie, the emo's were about to come out and probably wouldve loved it. still i don't think a adaptation of the death and return of superman wouldve been a bad movie even if edgy, nor do i think the comic was a cop out provoked by superman 4 movie. they may have a slight effect on each other, but directly relating them is a misinterpretation of time.

  78. chris goodayle

    chris goodayle

    19 giorni fa

    There was a screen test viewing of Cage dressed in the new Superman costume-the audience laughed at the sight-that was most likely the reason he walked away from the project.

  79. Brian Clem

    Brian Clem

    19 giorni fa

    I love island of Dr marouo (whatever). What, look at all the crap iron man and comic book complete garbage

  80. Clint WG

    Clint WG

    19 giorni fa

    Jon Peters was the head of Warner bros?

  81. Super Duty 455

    Super Duty 455

    19 giorni fa

    Kevin Smith, eternally dressed up as a goalie.

  82. victor bruun

    victor bruun

    19 giorni fa

    erasing adam west?? Adam west was the only even remotely credible batman. A actual guy, no magical powers unless counting the wall climbing scenes... and a in the end middle age buy with a middle age belly and not neccesarily in very good shape.

  83. victor bruun

    victor bruun

    19 giorni fa

    the only superman stories worth telling would be the very first in one version or another. Crashing down and discovering he not a regular human kid after all and figuring he wants to do good after all. Whether as a kentucky welfare kiddo with drugdealing single mom and her 12 abusive boyfriends. Or in nazi/bestkorea/soviet union and doing the biddng of the supreme leader but discovering maybe all he was told wasnt all true. Frankly cannot see any other story being worth telling and i do hope that silly outfit with underpants on top is never seen again.

    • victor bruun

      victor bruun

      19 giorni fa

      like boyfriend beats "mom". He hits the guy and the guys head flies into the wall... cops show up. Shooting starts but bullets just bounce off. Some of them hit mom tho and he gets angry, tears a policeman apart and throws some sand at others (think meteor swarm). Then runs off to cry. Mom lives, wasnt a fatal hit. He agrees to go to jail but gets bored and walks thru wall. etc issues. Runs across the country in a few minutes. New identity, does something heroic, add in worshippers, and fulfilling their wishes -> moral corruption. Eventually probly would need to hide far away from humanity and stop fulfilling humans wishes. Human society cannot cope with a god.

  84. Just me

    Just me

    19 giorni fa

    Only thing missing, throwing in M Shyamalan name into this bag of ....

  85. cnlbenmc


    19 giorni fa

    So this is the movie the Kevin Smith talked about the guy wanting a "Giant Fucking Spider" that eventually showed up in Wild Wild West.

  86. Sebastian Bratu

    Sebastian Bratu

    19 giorni fa

    Don't talk shit about Cage

  87. James Barker

    James Barker

    19 giorni fa

    I want reviews of Troll 2, Waterworld and Heaven's Gate

    • David Harrison

      David Harrison

      17 giorni fa

      ID like to see a "Production Hell" version of "Waterworld"!

  88. Jason Broadhurst

    Jason Broadhurst

    19 giorni fa

    You lost a fan having a go at Kevin Smith

  89. RJG 71

    RJG 71

    19 giorni fa

    I just can't help but laugh at the images of Nic Cage in that Superman suit and his hair. Just doesn't look right.

  90. Sammy Sosa

    Sammy Sosa

    19 giorni fa

    DC needs to focus on other super heroes.

  91. Sasaroly


    19 giorni fa

    I love your script! Just a couple suggestions: 1. Replace Lois Lane with a bear with a chainsaw 2. Nobody should say the word "bye" 3. Superman turns into a ball and rolls very fast

  92. E x o

    E x o

    20 giorni fa

    You forgot the one thing that actually came to fruition. John Peters finally got his damn spider when he produced Wild Wild West!

  93. John Dole

    John Dole

    20 giorni fa

    Enough with the Superman sequels. Invent a new super hero. AND NOT AN SJW DISNEY PIECE OF CRAPPOLA!!!

  94. From North Jersey

    From North Jersey

    20 giorni fa

    When you said "clashing egos of dickhead actors" you best have been talking about Marla Branda the queen bitch of unprepared hacks. If that slander was directed at Val Kilmer were going to have to settle this one outside with improvised bludgeons at a pace and a half.

  95. Joe Somebody

    Joe Somebody

    20 giorni fa

    Pretty sure they could get Nick Cage at a discount these days, they should totally do the movie; it would be amazing to see how crazy it would be.

  96. Charles Gibbs

    Charles Gibbs

    20 giorni fa

    It’s bizarro

  97. Gordon Gall

    Gordon Gall

    20 giorni fa

    And to think, in an alternate universe, this film was made.

  98. H


    20 giorni fa

    I like the idea of Nicholas Cage playing Superman, but I'm not a Superman fan.

  99. atomicamelancolica


    20 giorni fa

    melissa macarthy as wonder woman? if you seen those fat WW comic variant covers, and the way the world is now, it won't be long... cheers! :)

  100. Scott Smith

    Scott Smith

    20 giorni fa

    Tim Burton should join up with Johnny Depp to make a Superman movie. Depp could use his fake British accent, and he and Burton could ruin it like they ruined DARK SHADOWS.

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