Last week it was reported – and still unconfirmed – that Henry Cavill’s time as the Last Son of Krypton has come to an end, with the actor reportedly exiting the role of Superman after failing to reach a deal with Warner Bros. and DC Films for an appearance in Shazam!.
Speaking to IndieWire to promote his new movie Mandy, Nicolas Cage – who has himself played Superman this year in Teen Titans Go! to the Movies, and is a huge fan of the character – has praised Cavill’s Man of Steel, stating that: “I thought Henry Cavill was a very good Superman and I liked the anger he brought to the role.”
Cage was famously attached to play Superman in Tim Burton’s Superman Lives in the mid-to-late 90s, and he went on to reveal that he’s still open to taking on the iconic role: “I’d love to [play Superman], but they have to invite me,” he said. “I’ve kind of gone in this other direction and I’m happy with this little world that I have. I think it’s been a mutually successful relationship.”
Cage went on to add that he believes there is still plenty of potential for Superman on the big screen: “There’s certainly a character there that has aspects that have not yet been seen before. All the feelings of alienness. How am I going to fit into society? Maybe if I become a hero, everyone will love me, even though I’m a freak. All that stuff really wasn’t tapped into with the character. He’s quite vulnerable. I don’t know who should do it, but best of luck to them.”
“You have to have a filmmaker that can create worlds,” he continued when asked which director he’d like to see working on a new Superman movie. “I can only think of maybe two right now. I would love to see [Mandy director Panos Cosmatos’] version of Krypton. The other one would be the original guy I had, Tim Burton.”
So, if Cavill is out, how about Tim Burton teaming up with Nicolas Cage for Superman Lives 2.0? We can but hope…