I'm a huge sucker for the "alternate history" of television and cinema - i.e. projects which almost came to pass but never did, or ultimately came to pass in far different ways than initially conceived. Stuff like STAR TREK: PLANET OF TITANS, an early effort to bring the original TREK cast to the big screen before STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE came along. That Philip Kaufman directed film would've found Kirk and the Enterprise crew in a stand off with Klingons over a legendary world, and a time loop which saw our heroes introducing fire to early man.
Another favorite "What if...?" of mine is Tim Burton's defunct SUPERMAN LIVES - which got deep into a design process and costume development (pics HERE) before going belly-up. Nic Cage would've been Superman in this iteration.
While that film went kaputski over a decade ago, we're still enjoying leaks from its pre-production - tantalizing glimpses of what the movie might've looked like under Burton's guidance.
For example, THIS piece over at TimBurton.JP has a new passel of toy concept designs from the project, along with contextualization for what we're looking at. A few snippets have been provided below...
Superman wears this suit in the rejuvenation chamber in the Fortress of Solitude.
Suit is laden with Kryptonian technology, including triangular-shaped energy ports for “plugging” Superman into the Eradicator technology (for restoration of his powers).
Special suit made from Eradicator technology that restores Superman’s powers during the darkness on Earth.
Superman appears in this suit in the beginning of the movie, until his “death.”Reflects an updated” 90’s look” to Superman’s traditional suit.
All of this, and much more (including Brainiac's Skull Ship and Superman's tomb!)...can be found HERE at TimBurton.JP This art follows up a smaller design dump from the project, which happened before Christmas but can still be found HERE.
Thanks to ComicBookMovie for calling this to our attention.
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