Plenty of projects don't ever get off the ground for plenty of reasons -- creative differences, budgetary concerns, what-have-you. Case in point: 'Superman Lives', once set to star Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel and to be directed by Tim Burton (of the non-Schumacher, pre-Nolan 'Batman' films at the time) from a script written by comic book die-hard Kevin Smith.

Aligned stars, right? Not so much. Creative differences, budgetary concerns and what-have-you ensued and this take on Supes wound up shelved for good. (If you really want to dig into the whole mess, Edward Gross wrote up a terrificallythoroughthree-part chronicle of what went wrong back in 2000.)

Cut to present day, when special effects supervisor Steve Johnson ('War of the Worlds', 'Spider-Man 2', 'Species') has decided to share an entire Facebook gallery full of shots of what might've been. Gone was the classic cape (per producer's demands), replaced instead with this 'Tron'-worthy suit and re-designed shield. It's a striking take on the legendary superhero to say the least.

What do you guys think? Does that scream "truth, justice and the American way" to you? Has the bar officially been lowered for new director Zack Snyder or what?

[Hat tip to Cinema Blend]
categories Movies, Cinematical