According to sure scientific theories there are limitless different universes on the market. In a single, the whole lot is precisely the identical as on this one, however your favorite rock star is David Bowie as an alternative of Mick Jagger. In one other, Liz Truss and Donald Trump are nonetheless the leaders of the free world. You’ve seen the bit in Every part, In every single place All at As soon as the place your entire human inhabitants of the planet has apparently been reworked into lumps of rock with googly eyes. And but it’s most likely truthful to say that there will not be too many different realities the place a well-known film-maker truly thought Nicolas Cage could be an important match as Superman.
Nonetheless, that’s the universe we stay in and in some ways it’s slightly a superb one. Even higher, 25 years after Cage suited up for the abortive Superman Lives (as detailed within the wonderful 2015 documentary The Demise of “Superman Lives”: What Occurred?) he’s lastly going to look as the person of metal in the upcoming Flash movie.
How is that this occurring, you might ask? Has director Andy Muschietti been ingesting an excessive amount of comedian e-book Kool-Assist? In no way, for The Flash is a multiverse film, Warner Bros-owned DC’s first, which implies it’s completely acceptable for every kind of alternate variations of superheroes to show up. Hell, they are even letting Batfleck back in, so why not additionally go to a actuality the place Tim Burton obtained his want and the final son of Krypton appears to be like like … Nicolas Cage?
“Nic was completely fantastic,” Muschietti advised Selection. “Though the function was a cameo, he dove into it … I dreamt all my life to work with him. I hope I can work with him once more quickly.”
Final yr, DC revealed via a comic book Easter egg that Burton’s Batman (1989) supposedly takes place in the identical universe as 1978’s Superman (with Christopher Reeve as Kal-El). And but it has at all times been the unmade Superman Lives that appeared the extra probably sister-piece to these early movies in regards to the caped crusader. With Burton’s darkish knight, Michael Keaton, set to return to the function in The Flash, the door has lastly opened for Cage to get his long-awaited debut as a (probably weirdly Gothic) massive blue boy scout.
We don’t but know if they may share display screen time, or even when Keaton’s Gotham might be reached from Cage’s Metropolis with out travelling by some form of inter-universal portal. However it’s comforting to know that we’re about to seek out out.
Cage has had his justifiable share of comedian e-book roles, for higher and for worse. The pre-Marvel Cinematic Universe Ghost Rider flicks noticed him phoning within the function of Johnny Blaze from someplace just a few light-years west of Alpha Centauri. However his flip as Large Daddy in 2010’s Hit Woman noticed him steal nearly each scene because the Adam West-channelling masked vigilante – some going given Cage was co-starring alongside a foul-mouthed 12-year-old who spends a lot of the movie slicing and dicing each dangerous man in sight.
And that’s the factor with a Nicolas Cage film. For each Leaving Las Vegas there’s a Wicker Man remake. For each Dangerous Lieutenant: Port of Name New Orleans there’s a Season of the Witch or Deadfall. But when the Oscar-winner hadn’t been the form of man who’s prepared to tackle these horrible, horrible motion pictures (alongside the incredible ones), then he additionally wouldn’t have been the kind of actor to threat ridicule by pulling on the well-known Kryptonian pants. And 1 / 4 of a century on, we wouldn’t be getting what guarantees to be a splendid cameo.
Fortunately, this doesn’t imply we ever have to sit down by one other minute of Trapped in Paradise or Bangkok Harmful ever once more. For even though we stay in a actuality through which Cage has had a curate’s egg of a profession, there may be nonetheless no alternate universe on the market the place these movies are acceptable viewing.