Nicolas Cage Says Warner Bros. Were Just Too Scared To Make Tim Burton’s SUPERMAN
Nicolas Cage famously took his screen name from comic book hero Luke Cage, starred in two (horrible) Ghost Rider films, Kick-Ass, and had a big to-do when his copy of Action Comics #1 was stolen. The guy is a comic book fan. In a recent interview with Metro, the actor was asked about his love of comics and the failure of Tim Burton‘s Superman movie called Superman Lives or Superman Reborn depending on your preference. What he says may surprise some of your preconceived notions about Cage.
While promoting The Croods Blu-ray and DVD release, the actor was asked about his current feelings about the state of comics. Turns out all that comic book stuff is in his past:
Look, the truth is I’m not obsessed with comics. I don’t read comics as a 49-year-old man. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but I have other interests that are more in tune with where I’m at right now. But I’m loyal and I will never forget the impressions that comics gave me as a child. They are like primitive cartoons and those characters became like a modern mythology that’s touched the world. So animated movies are like cousins to comics.
The topic of Tim Burton‘s aborted Superman film also came up. The movie never got made, but it has reached a level of popularity most films that have been made never reach. It seems this is the one failed movie, let alone comic book movie, in Hollywood that folks are dying to know everything about. It seems like every several months something new pops up about it and people go nuts. Well Cage talked a little more about why he thinks Warner Bros. decided to not make it. According to him, the studio didn’t have the necessary intestinal fortitude. When asked how close it came to actually happening:
Very close. Look, I’m not going to be one of these guys that’s going to be, like, lamenting things. But is Tim Burton one of my favourite directors? Yes. Did I see some of the drawings of where he wanted to go? Yes. And I will tell you, they were fantastic and it would have been a mind-blowing experience. Did I have a concept of how to play the character? Yes, and I can tell you it would have been gutsy. So maybe Warner Brothers got scared because they had two artists that weren’t afraid to take chances.
In fairness, after you look at the pictures and concept art that has surfaced, you would probably be scared as well. It was definitely…interesting. A good thought exercise is trying to image what the world would be like if Nic Cage was Superman in the late 90s. The entire course of human history would have undoubtedly been changed and that is not a hyperbole. And because you never need a reason to hear Kevin Smith’s hilarious take on the process of polishing the film’s atrocious script, you can see him talking about Superman Lives below. What do you think about Cage‘s comments?
Source : Bleeding Cool