Nicolas Cage chose his stage name after Luke Cage. He starred in two Ghost Rider films and in Kick Ass. Over the years he has been linked with comic book movie after comic book movie after comic book movie, including the role of Superman under Tim Burton. He liked comics, we all knew this.
But not too long ago, his copy of Action Comics #1 was stolen and he sold a large collection of classic comic books.
Does doing animated features connect with your love of comic books? Look, the truth is I’m not obsessed with comics. I don’t read comics as a 49-year-old man. Not that there’s anything wrong with that but I have other interests that are more in tune with where I’m at right now. But I’m loyal and I will never forget the impressions that comics gave me as a child. They are like primitive cartoons and those characters became like a modern mythology that’s touched the world. So animated movies are like cousins to comics.
He also talked about the decision not to make Superman with him and Tim Burton.
Pictures of you dressed as Superman for Tim Burton’s aborted movie surfaced online. How close did you come to making the film? Very close. Look, I’m not going to be one of these guys that’s going to be, like, lamenting things. But is Tim Burton one of my favourite directors? Yes. Did I see some of the drawings of where he wanted to go? Yes. And I will tell you, they were fantastic and it would have been a mind-blowing experience. Did I have a concept of how to play the character? Yes, and I can tell you it would have been gutsy. So maybe Warner Brothers got scared because they had two artists that weren’t afraid to take chances.