Nicolas Cage Discusses “Superman Lives” and his Confusion Over “The Flash” Cameo

Nicolas Cage as Superman

When “The Flash” movie was released in 2023, the multiverse sequence was definitely a talking point, especially amongst Superman fans, with the appearance of George Reeves’ Superman, Christopher Reeve’s Superman alongside Helen Slater’s Supergirl, and Nicolas Cage finally making it to the big screen as Superman.

As many fans will know, in the early 1990s Cage was hired to play Superman in the ill-fated “Superman Lives,” which was well into pre-production with Tim Burton as director when Warner Bros. pulled the plug.

“Superman Lives” achieved such cult status, with fans fascinated by the story behind the film, that a cameo appearance was inserted into “The Flash” movie in 2023.

In a new interview with, Nicolas Cage reveals that he has no ill-feelings about “Superman Lives,” but was confused about the sequence in “The Flash”.

“I wasn’t angry about the situation. I really wasn’t. I was just confused. I was mystified by what happened [in the first place], because [Tim Burton], one of the greatest directors in the world, had wanted to make the movie and already had kind of defined the way to make the best comic book based storyline with the Batman franchise with Michael Keaton. So I couldn’t understand why that studio, who had such success with that fantastic, brilliant director, would pull the plug.”

Nicolas Cage as Superman

He did go on to explain that he was however confused by the whole sequence that appeared in 2023’s “The Flash”.

“I was just perplexed. I was just like, “It wasn’t what I shot,” and I was worried about it. Like, “Did you just tell me that I was witnessing the destruction of the universe so you could take pictures of me and then animate me?” Whether it was through CGI or AI, that wasn’t the conversation we had. So I was confused.”

“But I was still happy to look at it. I still wanted to see Colleen Atwood’s suit, which I maintain is a beautiful suit, and 50% of that [character] was my design. I wanted Superman to have the long, kind of black Samurai hair and a vulnerable feeling — almost no blinking, a stillness in his eyes. And so it was 50/50. It was Tim and myself, we had designed something, and it never came to light, so when I saw it moving, I was very happy that Andy Muschietti wanted me to do it. I did get some satisfaction from seeing the character, but to me it didn’t look [right]. But then, Superman is an alien. Kal-El is from another planet. So in that way, the CGI kind of looked right, because it’s alien. It doesn’t look real. It doesn’t look like it has a heartbeat. So I can look at it that way and think that it worked.”

Back in June 2023 director Andy Muschietti was quoted as saying that the CGI in “The Flash” wasn’t supposed to look realistic.

“The idea, of course, is… we are in the perspective of The Flash. Everything is distorted in terms of lights and textures. We enter this ‘waterworld’ which is basically being in Barry’s POV. It was part of the design so if it looks a little weird to you that was intended.”

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