Before Tim Burton was brought in to helm Superman Lives, hairdresser-turned-film producer, Jon Peters, was overseeing the Superman reboot. In 1997, Peters hired relative newcomer Kevin Smith (Clerks) to pen the script. Before Smith even put pen to paper Peters made some unusual demands, like having Superman fight a giant spider-like creature he dubbed "Thanagarian Snare Beast."
That odd demand, along with others, were hilariously recounted by Kevin Smith for his 2002 DVD "An Evening With Kevin Smith." The story is being dredged up once again for the upcoming documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? and it includes Peters defending his giant spider idea.
"This was all out of my mind," Peters recalled to Jon Schnepp. "Thanagarian Snare Beast, I stole it from Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea. This giant squid that tries to swallow up this submarine. So Superman would fight every tentacle—getting closer and closer to this beak—until he killed it. It would've made an amazing sequence! Amazing!"
(via Entertainment Weekly)
The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? will be available on Blu-Ray, DVD, and Video On-Demand starting July 9.