Nic Cage accuses studio of being too 'scared' to release Superman Lives

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Dec 10, 2013, 12:04 PM EST

Tim Burton’s aborted mid-1990s flick Superman Lives has taken on a mythical status among fans, and now would-be star Nicolas Cage has opened up about why it didn’t happen.

Cage, who would’ve worn a weird, shiny suit as Burton’s version of Superman, recently chatted with Metro about the project and why it didn’t happen. Though he doesn’t like to dwell on the past, Cage said he would’ve loved to work with Burton on the project — and he still thinks it would’ve rocked.

Here’s an excerpt from the interview:

“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 favorite 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.”

Sure, there’s equal chance this movie would’ve been an absolute train wreck, but you have to wonder how this thing might’ve played out on the big screen. We admittedly have a draft of the wildly weird script to read, but that pales in comparison to Burton’s style and Cage's apparently “gutsy” take on Clark Kent.


What do you think? Did the studio not have the guts to make this brave flick, or did they pull the plug due to quality control?

(Via Bleeding Cool)