Once upon a time, Tim Burton was slated to give us a film titled ‘Superman Lives’ penned by geek icon Kevin Smith which would have featured Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel. The movie never made it fully into production but it was really close and even with a documentary titled ‘The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?‘ giving us test footage of Cage suiting up, we’ve never really seen what his outfit would have looked like.
Now, thanks to an episode of DC Daily there is a clear shot of what Cage’s costume would have looked like.
Let’s take a look in these two shots!
So it was a big deal today when we brought out from the Warner Archives one of Nicolas Cage’s Superman suits from the never-made “Superman Lives”. Check out the full reveal on the DC YouTube page in today’s episode of #DCDaily. Or just enjoy me having a Jimmy Olsen-like moment here. #DCComics #SupermanLives
This is the suit Nicolas Cage was going to wear in the infamous – and never made – Superman Lives film. This bad boy has NEVER been on public display before; #DCDaily debuted the costume on its final show in 2018, and i happened to be in the studio the day they made the big reveal. Pretty unique piece of movie history. #superman #dccomics @thedcuniverse @dccomics
I’m not going to lie, while I’m not a huge fan of the boots I feel that this looks a lot better than what Henry Cavill ended up wearing in the 2013 release of ‘Man of Steel.’ Now, I’m still having problems imagining Cage as Superman in any way, shape, or form he at least would have had a great outfit for the role.
Cage seems to disagree with that thought as he previously said about the film:
“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. 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.”
You can check out the clip below for the full reveal:
While Cage was never able to suit up as Superman on the big screen, he was at least able to voice him in ‘Teen Titans Go! To the Movies so that hopefully was able to help.
What did you think of Nicolas Cage’s uniform from ‘Superman Lives’? How does it stack up to other Superman outfits which we’ve seen over the years? Share your thoughts in the comments below!