The late 1990s and the early 2000s saw a lot of confusion in Hollywood over bringing back the theatrical Superman franchise and how it should be done.
At one point Tim Burton was signed to direct — looks like the Warner studio execs were hoping that Burton’s casting-against-common-sense take on the classic hero would be as surprisingly successful as Burton’s 1989 Batman with Michael Keaton.
But once they got a look at Nicolas Cage, SuperStoner, in a weird-ass version of the super-suit, I think they realized that a disaster of Kryptonic proportions was looming, and the production was canceled.
Common sense won out. See for yourself.