A slow-burning thriller film released in 2006 and directed by Allen Coulter, ''Hollywoodland'' traces cheap detective Louis Simo (Creator/AdrienBrody) -- hired to investigate the unexpected violent death of real-life actor George Reeves, most famous for his iconic role as [[Series/TheAdventuresOfSuperman Superman]] during TheFifties. As Simo follows clues and leads, he finds he may be way out of his league.

''Hollywoodland'' was done with a relatively low budget and made a small profit in America, but it was well received by critics. The George Reeves part went to Creator/BenAffleck and critically it was perhaps the brightest spot in Affleck's career between ''Film/GoodWillHunting'' (1997) and ''Film/{{Argo}}'' (2012), as he got surprisingly good reviews for his portrayal. Also starring Creator/DianeLane and Creator/BobHoskins.

!!Trope examples:

* ArtisticLicenceHistory: The film depicts Reeves having a bigger part in ''Film/FromHereToEternity'' that gets cut down after audiences start laughing "there's Superman" - a common urban legend at the time. Numerous crew members from the film have {{Jossed}} this, and the original screenplay contains no additional scenes for Reeves's character. The director has also said that his part appears as filmed.
* DefectiveDetective: Louis Simo has issues.
* DrivenToSuicide: What Reeves' death is passed off as and it is implied that it was.
* HardboiledDetective: Louis Simo is a deconstruction loosely based on a real detective, Milo Speriglio.
* HistoricalBeautyUpdate: Not as overt as some examples but Ben Affleck is definitely quite a bit better looking than the real George Reeves.
* HollywoodHypeMachine: Reeves becomes tragically aware that he has become a victim of this.
* NotSoDifferent: Simo and Reeves, both want to make a better name for themselves and both are destroying themselves in the process. However where Simo manages to turn his life around, [[RealLifeWritesThePlot Reeves doesn't.]]
* OutlivingOnesOffspring: The movie begins because Simo is hired by Reeves' grieving mother to find out what really happened to George.
* PrivateDetective
* RashomonStyle: As detective Louis Simo investigates the death of actor George Reeves, he goes through the many possible (and ultimately conflicting) theories on what happened.
* SidelongGlanceBiopic: Simo is a fictional character, Reeves was not.
* TalkingYourWayOut: Reeves does this when confronted by a child with a loaded gun who wanted to shoot him to see if ShootingSuperman worked in real life. And he does it all without breaking character.
* TypeCasting: InUniverse (and in RealLife too) this is George Reeves' recurring problem for the rest of his life after playing Franchise/{{Superman}}.