This is playing on Netflix. It’s a great tribute to Dave Prowse, the man who played Darth Vader. The documentary goes into why Lucasfilm has had issues with Dave. There is a nice scene that Dave films, that isn’t shown, as sort of a moment of closure. Watch the film, and enjoy it for yourself.
So one day, a few years ago, we all woke up to the internet and saw THIS photo of Nick Cage in a Superman suit. I don’t know about you but I was like “What the F**k is this shit!?”, and “Dodged that, faster than a speeding bullet”. You see, I had gotten so used to type casting that there was no room in my tiny, angry, nerd opinion for somebody who didn’t fit my vision on what this that character was supposed to look like. I look back at that reaction, which I really try to recognise any and all knee-jerk reaction that pop up in my life in order to crush them before they gain momentum, and I am a bit embarrassed. Michael Keaton, not the ideal classic Bruce Wayne/Batman type, but he owned the role. You would think I would have kept that in mind.
First world nerd problems.
Enter Jon Schnepp’s ‘The Death of “Superman Lives”; What Happened?’ Why would I possibly watch, let alone purchase something that was related to the image above? Well Jon released a teaser. That shit was like Kool-Aid and he was handing out free samples. Now I am drinking gallons of what he’s selling. It was absolutely entertaining and informative. There are great interviews with multiple people who were involved with the production and a shit-ton of pictures, production drawings and video. I like documentaries, even though they tend to be dry. THIS doc is NOT dry in any way, shape or form. It features the always entertaining (now skinny) Kevin Smith and the enigmatic Tim Burton. Two of my favorites in the industry.
Jon’s passion for the subject is infectious and leaves you wanting more. I purchased the digital edition and it was more than worth the price I paid. I cannot recommend this documentary enough.
Sure you can find somewhere to download this title. Don’t. Support Jon’s work, and >Purchase< this shit Right now. You will not be disappointed. I can’t wait to see what Jon may have in store for us next.
Leonard Nimoy introduces a documentary in 1983, about Revenge/Return of the Jedi. Something just seems so right when Mr. Nimoy says the word “Jedi”. It brings two of my worlds together epically.