Some seal on the Fortress of Solitude must’ve broke, because Steve Johnson’s revealing so much material from Burton's aborted Superman Lives in a matter of weeks that fans have wanted to see for years. Where before we only got to see photos of the laser-and-plastic Supes costume, we now have test footage of the electric-arcing action that would’ve been happening all over the thing.
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As Screened’s "comics guy," this is pretty eye-opening for what was going on at the comics at the time, as this movie’s development coincided with the introduction of Supes' controversial Tron-style “electro” costume. What seemed like an out-of-left-field attempt at revamping a character at the time now appears to be some unrealized multi-media synergy.
Interestingly enough, what’s been further revealed about this makes it a little less drastic in the scope of things. Apparently, this suit wasn’t meant to be worn for the whole movie. The idea was that Supes would be resurrected by the Krytopian artificial life form, the Eradicator, who’d then cover him in this rehabilitating and re-energizing armor to take Doomsday on again. Considering that, in the comics, it was just a black jumpsuit with a silver “S,” I’d say this is a little more appropriate and a lot more interesting.