Whether you're pouring bees onto his head or simply annoying him at the drugstore, Nicolas Cage is a master of the cinematic psycho freakout. He nearly played Superman back in the '90s and ended up as Johnny Blaze in Ghostrider, but why has he never been considered for the role of the Joker? Haven't his insane and gonzo performances in movies like Vampire's Kiss, Face/Off, and The Wicker Man proved that he's more than up to the task of portraying Gotham's Clown Prince of Crime?
Even Cage is game, having said so in a recent interview with JoBlo.com, when asked what characters he'd be interested in playing.
"I always thought I'd make a great Joker and I always thought that I would've been a good villain in one of the Marvel [movies] like Doctor Doom. But, Doctor Doom you have to wear that mask, but I thought the story leading up to Doctor Doom could've been interesting," said the 54-year-old actor. "At this point if I was to go back into the format it would probably have to be as a villain ... It would be the perfect one for me to go even more off the rails than I've ever done before and, y'know, it'd be fun."
With Todd Phillips's Joker origin movie and with Joaquin Phoenix being all non-commital, Cage should be strongly considered for the part. The only caveat is that the studio and Phillips probably want a younger actor since this is an origin story about the Joker's rise to super villainy. Be that as it may, if you slap enough make-up on anybody, you can disguise their true age and Cage's words are basically him offering himself up for the role. It's perfect. Hell, we wouldn't even be opposed to Tommy Wiseau taking a crack at being Batman's arch-nemesis.
At any rate, Cage will return to the DC universe and fulfill his Superman destiny this summer by voicing the Man of Steel in Teen Titans GO! To the Movies, out July 27.