In late March GQ conducted an interview with actor Nicolas Cage in which he appeared on camera responding to fan questions from Reddit. During that interview he remarked on the possibility of finally playing a live-action Superman in the upcoming movie “The Flash”. “Would it matter how much time I appeared as the character? There might still be a chance,” he joked.
Now, in a new Rolling Stones magazine interview, Cage responds further to those ideas.
The DC movies are now embracing the multiverse. There’s fan speculation that they could finally bring in your Superman. Is that even remotely possible?
I have to be careful what I say about this stuff. What is it about comic books that [everything] just goes everywhere exponentially within split seconds? What I want to go on record with is: Tim Burton did not cast me. I cast Tim Burton. They wanted [Die Hard 2/Cliffhanger director] Renny Harlin, and he’s a nice guy and perfectly capable. But for me, the vision I had for Kal-El was more of a Tim Burton-style presentation universe.
I was a big fan of Mars Attacks! The studio was worried about Mars Attacks! But they hired Tim per my request, and then they shut the whole thing down. That’s always been both a positive and a negative to me. It’s a positive in that it left the character, and what Tim and I might have gotten up, to in the realm of imagination — which is always more powerful than that is concrete. And a negative in that I think it would have been special. Is there a chance? Who knows. I don’t know. [Laughs] To answer your question, I don’t know.
The fan fantasy is that you are the Superman in the universe of Michael Keaton’s Batman even though that movie was never actually made. Since he’s back as Batman, they could pull you in somehow.
It certainly would be interesting. It certainly would be interesting. I just would have loved to have seen those giant spiders that they were talking about, and I did see some of Tim’s drawings. He’s such a gifted artist in terms of painting. They were remarkably beautiful.
I guess we’ll find out for sure when “The Flash” speeds into theaters on June 23, 2023.