Nicolas Cage Talks Superman, Henry Cavill and Possible Directors

With all the speculation this past week about whether Henry Cavill was leaving/sacked as Superman, whether we’d see another Superman movie any time soon, and which actors might be in line for the role if Cavill was finished, is it any wonder that someone has approached Nicolas Cage for his thoughts on it all.

Cage, who was once cast to place Superman in the never-made “Superman Lives” movie back in the 1990s, is not only a big Superman fan (having named his son Kal-El), but recently voiced the role of the Man of Steel in the animated film “Teen Titans Go! to the Movies”.

In an interview with, Nicolas Cage weighs in on whether he thinks there’s still a need for more Superman movies.

“There’s certainly a character there that has aspects that have not yet been seen before,” he said. “All the feelings of alienness. How am I going to fit into society? Maybe if I become a hero, everyone will love me, even though I’m a freak. All that stuff really wasn’t tapped into with the character. He’s quite vulnerable. I don’t know who should do it, but best of luck to them.”

As for his thoughts on Henry Cavill’s portrayal of Superman he said, “I thought Henry Cavill was a very good Superman and I liked the anger he brought to the role.”

He’s not so much worried about who should play Superman, as he is concerned with who should be the next director. “You have to have a filmmaker that can create worlds,” Cage said. “I can only think of maybe two right now.” He singled out “Mandy” director Cosmatos for his expressionistic style. “I would love to see Panos’ version of Krypton,” Cage said. “The other one would be the original guy I had, Tim Burton.”


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September 17, 2018 5:15 pm

This clown, and the other clown that was supposed to direct Superman Lives are a huge reason why Superman keeps getting the shaft in cinema. They started the whole, “Superman needs to be darker, more tortured… He’s not relatable.” Blah, blah, blah. It’s been going on for over 20 years. WB needs to find someone that doesn’t think the character is broken, and needs all this fixing.

September 17, 2018 11:50 pm
Reply to  cpm72586

But then the WB themselves more often than not can’t seem to wrap their brain around anything other than Batman (and IMO their grasp of that is debatable.)

September 17, 2018 5:38 pm

oh, for the love of… No, just no to everything he said.

September 19, 2018 12:52 am

Superman Lives is a Movie I’d love to see, even though it looks quite terrible, in account of what I’ve seen so far… Still interesting.

September 19, 2018 5:05 am
Reply to  ocwolf

If we can’t get it in live action then at least someone someday might come up with an animated version. It’s an interesting ‘what if’ scenario. Like many others worldwide, I was too caught up in skeptics that Nic Cage is playing Superman. Even if he did it well, he’ll always be Nic Cage as Superman and not someone else who looks like he jumped right outta the pages of the comics.

September 19, 2018 6:24 pm

Glad this bullet was dodged.

September 20, 2018 9:27 am

I feel like the alienation angle only works if you telling the story of a young Clark Kent, and this was already done pretty successfully with Smallville. I say “successfully” in that it lasted 10 seasons and drew quite a bit of money for all in involved … its critical success will always be debated. (Personally, I liked it.) But if we’re dealing with an adult Clark Kent, one that’s already accepted or, in the course of the story, is going to accept his role as Superman, I don’t think it works. A teenager who feels isolated from his peers… Read more »