Twenty years ago, Oscar-winner (and today internet favorite) Nicolas Cage was so close to becoming the next Man of Steel. Cage, a major Superman fan (to the point of naming his son Kal-El), was cast as the titular hero of Superman Lives, a reboot film that was to be directed by Tim Burton and written by Kevin Smith. Sadly, the project never came to life as it was cancelled three weeks before filming.
Fast-forward to 2018, and it looks like Cage has been gifted a second chance to play the iconic DC superhero. The catch is, however, that it will be for Teen Titans Go! to the Movies! This announcement alone might just give you an excuse to check out the film.
In a hilariously genius casting move, the news was revealed on USA Today that Nicolas Cage is voicing Superman as a cameo role in the upcoming superhero comedy. Also tagging along are two other members of the Justice League, which include Wonder Woman (voiced by electropop singer Halsey) and Green Lantern (voiced by rapper Lil Yachty).
Will Arnett (The Lego Batman Movie) and Kristen Bell (Frozen) are also confirmed to voice in the movie, along with the show’s main cast with Scott Menville as Robin, Greg Cipes as Beast Boy, Khary Payton as Cyborg, Tara Strong as Raven, and Hynden Walch as Starfire.
Regarding the casting, executive producer and Warner Bros. Animation president Sam Regester says, “Every superhero in the DC Universe has an impact on the fans, so we felt a great responsibility to find a voice for each character that would not only suit the role, but the playful tone of the Titans, and we’re thrilled with our cameo cast.”
In the past, Cage has provided voice work for several animated films including Christmas Carol: The Movie, The Ant Bully, and Astro Boy. His most recent was in 2013 with DreamWorks’ The Croods as Grug, in which he will reprise once again in the recently resurrected sequel releasing in September 2020.
Whether you’re anticipating or dreading it, Warner Bros. Pictures will release Teen Titans Go! to the Movies in North American cinemas on July 27, 2018. For those intrigued about Cage’s cancelled Superman film, be sure to check out the 2015 documentary The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?.
Are you excited to finally see Nicolas Cage as the Man of Steel? Did it make your interest peak for the Teen Titans Go! movie?
Deep down in New Zealand, Karl "Karlamon" Smith is a Kiwi who is passionate in animation, seeing it as an artistic medium that expresses vast creativity and brings unique characters and worlds to life. Whenever an animation-related fact pops up, it will more than likely be cemented in his brain for a long time. Some of his favourite animated movies include Zootopia, Balto, Bolt, Over the Hedge, The Fox and the Hound, the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy, The Iron Giant, and The Prince of Egypt.
Prior to contributing to Rotoscopers, Karl has served as a bureaucrat on Ice Age Wiki, and a moderator/site builder/news reporter on Animation Source. Karl is also a Computer Science and Digital Design graduate of AUT University. That, and with his additional fascination in aviation, he hopes someday to be both an animator and a pilot (if that is even possible).