Daily Diversion: Kevin Smith Talks ‘Superman Lives’

Normally our Daily Diversions are a few minutes long and involve Indiana Jones mashed up with Snakes on a Plane or some sort of video tribute to the talents of Bea Arthur. But thanks to the lovely and talented Anne Thompson, we got reminded of this video featuring Kevin Smith from back a few years telling his side of how he was offered the Superman Reborn writing gig back in the mid 1990s. Turns out someone saw Mallrats, heard Brodie talking about Man of Steel Sperm, and realized that Kevin Smith knows his Superman.

Basically, it’s a long, hilarious exposition on how some Hollywood producers just don’t understand comic book adaptations. Trust me when I say that you definitely have 20 minutes to spend during your work day exploring what went horribly wrong. Superman with no suit? No flying? Scissors for hands?

Just make sure your boss can’t hear you laughing.

It’s been a long time since I saw this clip from An Evening with Kevin Smith (now with Spanish subtitles!), and it’s always nice to be reminded of the movies that never came to be. The things that might have happened but didn’t even make it to the starting line. For even more fun, you should check out Kevin Smith’s script for Superman Lives.

Of course, Smith raises a brilliant point: Why would Superman need bodyguards?

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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