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The Many Looks Of Superman
How the big blue boy scout’s suit has changed over the years

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The Many Looks Of Superman | Nicolas Cage (unmade)
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Superman Lives

This film never got made, but it’s worth mentioning in this context because the suit is, hands down, the most controversial and talked about of the lot. Keen fans of unmade films will remember that this was Tim Burton’s mooted Superman project, with Nicolas Cage slated to play the Man Of Steel. We’d recommend reading more about the disastrous pre-production anywhere you can, as there are some fascinating stories out there (many from one-time screenwriter Kevin Smith), but let’s stay focused on the costume here. Producer Jon Peters disliked that the traditional brightly coloured costume and wanted an all-black suit, so the script conceived of Superman using parts from mechanical foe The Eradicator to build a sort of armoured silver and black suit. The result was something that looked a hell of a lot more like Batman than Superman. The red cape was still present (and longer than ever), and the chest shield, but that’s about it. Superman fans still have nightmares about this one, we’re told.

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1 Brain bleach! Braaain bleach!
Dear God in Heaven, I've been struck speechless and nearly blind after seeing #6, Nicholas Cage. Thank you, Empire, for ruining every night's sleep I'll have from now on. Oh, the humanity! More

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Not sure about the texture, or the muted tones. I've loved this design ever since I saw it.. fanartexhibit.files.wordpress.com/2008/09/superman_rebo oted.jpg More

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