So the other day I watched "The Death of Superman Lives - What Happened?" the documentary about the failed Superman project that almost got off the ground in the late 1990s. It's a fascinating film, especially when Jon Peters starts talking about his days as a street fighter (WTF?). We've heard so much about the movie over the years and I'm convinced some stuff would have look awful on the big screen, chiefly Nic Cage as Superman/Clark Kent, Brainiac having some sort of weird spider-legged body, the regeneration suit, etc. On the other hand, some of the concept art for the film really did look pretty cool. The Fortress, Brainiac's ship, Krypton and LexCorp really had a lot going for them. It got me thinking that perhaps in the hands of the right director--maybe someone like Peter Jackson--these designs might really look good. Tim Burton ultimately might have worked out fine in the director's chair (most of the concepts originated with him, of course) although I have a feeling that in his hands it might have ultimately ended up looking too gothic and weird. But in the hands of someone who knows how to balance out the light and the dark a little bit better, some of this stuff could really look cool. As for the story elements... well, we know now that Doomsday will be appearing. Whether he ultimately kills Superman in BvS or not I have no idea (I hope not) but if so, or if that's coming somewhere down the road, then perhaps we could see aspects of Superman Lives on the big screen. More interesting than Doomsday though is the way SL presented Brainiac. I like the idea of Giger-esque Brainy having this vast ship full of alien species that he's experimented on and turned into monsters. Something like that could be really, REALLY cool in the right hands. Not a fan of Brainy and Lex "merging" at the end though, or having Brainy massacre polar bears. What do you think? Do you think the next Superman film might take some elements from Superman Lives? Should it? Or should they avoid it like the plague?