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Nic Cage Talks His Unmade Superman Film

What If?

It’s such an intriguing question (as well as a fun older Marvel comic series).  What if his remake of The Thing had been a hit and John Carpenter had gone on to make Firestarter?  What if David Cronenberg had made his version of Total Recall?  What if James Cameron had made his intended Spider-Man film in the late ’90s?

What if Tim Burton’s Superman Lives had been made with Nicolas Cage in the titular role?  We’ll never really know, but the recent documentary on the subject (The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?) certainly gives us a decent idea of what the filmmaker had in mind.  No matter what might have been, Nic Cage himself clearly believed in the project back then and still does to this day, per a recent interview…

“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.

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.”

For the full interview, which covers Cage’s latest work and many aspects of his life in the spotlight, head on over to Yahoo! Movies.

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