Nicolas Cage Wants To Play Lex Luthor In A Future Superman Movie Source: Complex

Twenty years ago, Nicolas Cage almost got his chance to play Superman when he was cast in Tim Burton’s ill-fated Superman Lives. While it’s safe to say that we’re probably not going to ever see Cage get another chance given how much time has passed (though the actor did recently get to voice the Man of Steel in Teen Titans Go To The Movies!), the actor has a pretty good consolation prize in mind.

In a new interview with The Guardian to promote his new horror film, Mandy, the Academy Award-winner discussed a number of different moments from his decades-long career, including Superman Lives.


“Oh, I think my Superman days are long gone,” he said whilst patting his stomach, according to The Guardian. Interviewer Hadley Freeman then suggested he could play the villain instead and noted that Cage’s eyes lit up at the idea. “Oh, that would be GREAT! I’d make a great Lex Luthor!”

Cage also touched on his unique acting style and why he enjoys picking roles in independent films.

“I like to break forms, try different things, and I don’t think studios are comfortable with that,” he said. “But in an independently spirited film, I can do that. Also, if I don’t have somewhere to go in the morning and a job to do, it can be very self-destructive. Then I’m just going to sit and order two bottles of red wine and dissolve, and I don’t want to be that person, so I have to work.”

Cage previously played Ghost Rider in two films, so it’s not like he’s a stranger to comic book fare. Does he have the chops to pull off a role like Lex Luthor though? Maybe he could be cast as the father of Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex in a future DCEU film? Let us know what you think in the comments below!

Source: The Guardian

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