Fand had been waiting for this cameo for a long time
Finally speaking out about the unexpected cameo in DC that fans have been speculating about for months is Nicolas Cage.
Over two decades after the cancellation of his unproduced 1998 Superman Lives project, the Academy Award winner, 59, spoke with USA Today this week about his performance as Superman in The Flash.
Cage made a joke about the quick appearance, which appears at the conclusion of the hit movie, saying, “Well, I’m glad I didn’t blink.”
“It was the sensation of actualization for me. It was satisfying to see that character’s distinctive appearance on film for the first time. It’s rapid, though, like I mentioned,” he said.
Cage debuted in The Flash as Barry Allen, played by Ezra Miller, travelled to parallel universes where Christopher Reeve’s Superman, Helen Slater’s Supergirl, Adam West’s Batman, and George Reeve’s Superman appeared.
But because Superman Lives was completely shelved before pre-production in 1999 was complete, Cage’s cameo as the Man of Steel was his first-ever authentic cinematic performance as the hero.
As was previously mentioned, the film’s premise saw Superman going up against Lex Luthor, Brainiac, and Doomsday. It was written by Kevin Smith, produced by Jon Peters, and was going to be directed by Tim Burton. The first cinematic appearance of Clark Kent was in Superman Returns in 2006.
According to Cage, “If you really wanted to know what I was going to do with that character, look at my performance in City of Angels,” he told USA Today.
After that, “I was supposed [to play] Clark Kent, and I was already developing this alien otherness playing this angel,” he continued. “That is a perfect illustration of the tone you would have gotten for Kal-El and for Clark Kent: Clark would have been a little funnier but Kal-El [had] the sensitivity and the goodness and the vulnerability and all those feelings that were kind of angelic and also terrifying.”
Andy Muschietti, the director of The Flash, recently told Esquire Middle East that Cage was “absolutely wonderful” to work with because he even named one of his sons Kal-El after Superman’s birth name from his home planet Krypton. “He loves Superman a lot. a comic book enthusiast Even though it was only a cameo, he threw himself into it.
Cage earlier stated to Variety in March regarding Superman Lives that “it was more of a 1980s Superman with, like, the samurai black long hair. I had anticipated an extremely unique, almost emo, Superman, but that never materialised.
He said, “They wanted [director] Renny Harlin to do the movie. But I reasoned that if I do it, it will be extremely difficult to succeed. This has to be Tim Burton, I remarked. ‘Would you do this?’ I asked Tim when I called him. Tim wasn’t the one who cast me; I did, and Tim accepted. I was a huge admirer and I adored what he accomplished with Michael Keaton and Batman.
Because Burton’s 1996 film Mars Attacks wasn’t a big enough financial success, Cage’s Superman never materialised. “Mars Attacks made them nervous in the studio. The movie had caused Warner Bros. to lose a lot of money. Many individuals are offended by these films that are really bizarre, that push the envelope, and make new discoveries. I believe they changed their mind.