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Rejoice, mortals! Nic Cage has just been cast as Superman.
Recently, Comic Book Resources broke the news that he’ll appear as the Man of Steel in Warner Bros’ upcoming Teen Titans Go! to the Movies. The story follows our titular heroes as they pursue a movie career, since all the other DC heroes have their own adaptations.
Arriving in theaters on July 27, Teen Titans Go! to the Movies also features series stalwarts Scott Menville as Robin, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Hynden Walch as Starfire, Greg Cipes as Beast Boy and Tara Strong as Raven. Kristen Bell and Will Arnett have also signed up, as Jade Wilson and Deathstroke, respectively.
But the big news here is that Cage will play Superman — which has been a long time coming.
Once upon a time, in the year 1998, Tim Burton was scheduled to direct a Superman movie starring Nicholas Cage as the Man of Steel. Superman Lives would have been based on the infamous Death of Superman story arc, and there was even a script by Kevin Smith which sounded like an awesome disaster in the making.
According to Hollywood lore, the film would have been zany and gothic, with Burton’s style stamped all over it. One of the producers was even adamant that the final act had to feature a giant spider or a polar bear, because spiders and polar bears would have been terrifying adversaries for the caped crusader. Why not, right?
Smith has been telling hilarious stories about the film for years, and the excellent documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened? goes into even more detail about the chaotic process. Even though the movie never happened, its cult remains strong, and morbid curiosity makes us wish that it happened.
The most heartbreaking part of the movie’s cancellation, however, was the fact that Cage didn’t get to don the cape. Cage was on fire in the 90’s and a bona fide blockbuster star, and a mullet-sporting Superman played by the world’s greatest actor would have at least been memorable. While this won’t set the world on fire, it’s probably going to be a fun time and Cage’s voice will bring a lot of personality to his animated character.
Maybe Superman Lives is dead, but Teen Titans Go! to the Movies is a go.