Nic Cage on the Tim Burton Superman role he never got to play


Much has been said about the never-made Tim Burton Superman movie titled “Superman Lives.” We’ve even seen glimpses of behind-the-scenes footage of proposed Superman Nic Cage in the new super suit. But what did the actor think of the missed opportunity to become Clark Kent?

In an interview with Yahoo movies for political thriller “The Runner,” Cage addresses the Burton movie we never got to see.

“I had great belief in that movie and in what Tim Burton’s vision was going to be for that movie,” Cage told Yahoo. And he has no regrets. “I would’ve loved to have seen it, but I feel that in many ways, it was sort of a win/win because of the power of the imagination. I think people can actually see the movie in their minds now and imagine it and in many ways that might resonate more deeply than the finished project.”


The movie, which is now the subject of a documentary, “The Death of ‘Superman Lives’: What Happened?” by director Jon Schnepp, would have been very, very different from the Superman the world is familiar with.

But alas, it wasn’t meant to be. The movie (which had at one point a draft done by actor and director Kevin Smith) died before we could see a single production still. But Cage still has a lot of love for Burton’s vision.

“Tim is the total artist, a pure artist with a real vision, and I’ve often said that he can create worlds and that’s exactly what he does,” Cage said. “I saw some of the tests of different characters and costumes for Krypton and they were just so surreal and so magical and beautiful. He’s definitely one of my favorite filmmakers because of his originality, because of his vision.”

Read the full interview over at Yahoo movies.