Back in the ’90s, after Tim Burton was done with the Batman movies, he came very close to making a Superman movie with Nicolas Cage as the long-haired Kryptonian. Sadly, the movie was never made, but Nicolas Cage still thinks its the best Superman movie because you can use your imagination to see it, thus making it “more powerful.”
During a sit down interview with Entertainment Weekly, Nicolas Cage shared his thoughts on the defunct project. Even twenty years later, Cage still thinks highly of the movie that was never made.
“I would offer that the movie that Tim and I would have made, in your imagination, is more powerful than any of the Superman movies,” revealed Cage. “I didn’t even have to make the movie and we all know what that movie would have been in your imagination. That is the Superman. That is the movie. Even though you never saw it — it is the Superman.”
There’s a lot to unpack there. Cage pretty much says that because his never-made Superman movie lives in our imagination, that makes it more powerful than any of the more recent Superman movies made. That’s a bit of a stretch because it’s impossible to compare a movie that was never made with two that were.
In theory, this imaginary version could be better, but that’s just too subjective to even consider.
To be fair to Cage, neither Brian Singer’s Superman Returns nor Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel was particularly great. The first was a convoluted mess while the latter was endlessly grim.
We have to give Cage credit for still standing behind a movie that was never made. It shows a conviction in Cage and his wild imagination.