“City of Angels” was released while “Superman Lives” was still in the works at Warner Bros., but sadly the production skidded to a halt before Nicolas Cage’s Man of Steel could ever take flight. Cage thinks Tim Burton’s “Mars Attacks” might have killed “Superman Lives” because of the film’s tepid box office gross, but he’s not completely certain.
“They were scared at the studio because of ‘Mars Attacks.’ Warner Bros. had lost a lot of money on the movie,” Cage told Variety in March 2023. “These movies that are really weird, that challenge and break ground, they piss a lot of people off. I think they got cold feet. They’d spent a lot of money already building the sets and the costume and what have you.”
At least Cage was able to see his Superman materialize on the big screen in the Chronobowl sequence in “The Flash,” which included the character’s big throwdown against a giant spider that was supposed to be in “Superman Lives.”
“Well, I was glad I didn’t blink,” Cage told USA Today, alluding to his Superman’s approximate 30-second appearance in “The Flash.” “For me, it was the feeling of being actualized. Even that look for that particular character, finally seeing it on screen, was satisfying. But as I said, it’s quick.”
While it’s doubtful fans will see more of the actor’s version of Superman after “The Flash,” there’s at least one last nod of note. Cage’s Superman is getting his own DC Comics cover where he’s standing alongside the Man of Steel and Batman. The issue Cage is featured on the cover — “Batman/Superman: World’s Finest” #19 – will be released in September 2023.