It’s a Bird! It’s a Plane! It’s a Nightmarish Earth-2 Where Nicolas Cage Was Cast as SUPERMAN!

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I’ll have my commentary after the jump.  You want to see the full photo now.  It’s hilarious.

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This photo of Nicolas Cage in a costume test (c. 1997) for Tim Burton’s failed “Superman Lives” project just landed online courtesy of timburton.jp [via IGN] and all I can say is I owe whoever put the kibosh on this movie the world’s biggest hug.

It’s not the expression on Cage’s face that gets me.  It’s everything else.  I always wondered how they’d make someone as folliclely-impaired as Cage have Superman’s hairdo.  The answer: grab a goth wig from Party City.  And the costume?  Holy hell.  If Lex Luthor ever saw that, he’d be too busy laughing his ass off to actually stop Superman (maybe that was the plan all along!).  And yes, you can make a costume entirely out of latex and it works so much better than having Cage actually work out when you can literally sculpt abs.

I’m sure Burton or Cage or someone will issue a statement explaining that this was just one design or it was unfinished or some other excuse which doesn’t matter because this thing existed at one point and they thought it was a good idea to take a picture of it.  But whoever did take that picture, THANK YOU.




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  • ken

    GOD This was a nightmare!! not even explaining that Supes was exposed to a high dose of Red Krytonite would explain Cage’s ugly face playing the man of steel!!

  • ken

    GOD This was a nightmare!! not even explaining that Supes was exposed to a high dose of Red Krytonite would explain Cage’s ugly face playing the man of steel!!

  • ken

    what’s even sadder about this situation is I remember following this project very closely and as a comic fan was outraged that Burton and Cage were proceeding with this! The fact is, Warner Bros lost about $60 million in pre-production costs on this film as both Burton & Cage had “play or pay” deals in place! They both got $15 million for doing absolutely nothing! As I also recall, Burton had come up with a design of his own making as well where it was a “translucent” suit that showed the inner workings of his body!!! As the article mentions, someone at WB should get a hug for making sure this abomination never happened!

  • ken

    what’s even sadder about this situation is I remember following this project very closely and as a comic fan was outraged that Burton and Cage were proceeding with this! The fact is, Warner Bros lost about $60 million in pre-production costs on this film as both Burton & Cage had “play or pay” deals in place! They both got $15 million for doing absolutely nothing! As I also recall, Burton had come up with a design of his own making as well where it was a “translucent” suit that showed the inner workings of his body!!! As the article mentions, someone at WB should get a hug for making sure this abomination never happened!

  • Tarcisio

    Wow! What a hell they wore thinking? The worst Superman costume ever!

  • Tarcisio

    Wow! What a hell they wore thinking? The worst Superman costume ever!

  • Warren Peace

    FAKE! C’mon, it’s a damn action figure! I can’t believe so many sites are falling for it. It’s not even a good shop!

    • Bunch

      Yep, I’ve seen this everywhere and it is a terrible fake, have no idea why everyone’s posting it.

  • Warren Peace

    FAKE! C’mon, it’s a damn action figure! I can’t believe so many sites are falling for it. It’s not even a good shop!

    • Bunch

      Yep, I’ve seen this everywhere and it is a terrible fake, have no idea why everyone’s posting it.

  • ken

    I think everyone agrees that this is a fake but regardless, it shows what a horrible superman cage would make!

  • ken

    I think everyone agrees that this is a fake but regardless, it shows what a horrible superman cage would make!

  • Erik

    The guy who dresses up as Superman on Hollywood Blvd looks more like Kal-El than Nicholas Cage. His costume is even more convincing. The only thing is–he totally stuffs his “over-the-tights” red underwear.

    After seeing what Burton did to the Batman franchise, he needs to leave the Superhero fare alone. Thank God Christopher Nolan took over the Dark Knight story. He totally redeemed it from the Batman Returns debacle. Even though Batman & Robin was no better. But I digress.

    Where was I? Oh yea…ewww to Nicholas Cage being Superman in that gawd-awful suit.

  • Erik

    The guy who dresses up as Superman on Hollywood Blvd looks more like Kal-El than Nicholas Cage. His costume is even more convincing. The only thing is–he totally stuffs his “over-the-tights” red underwear.

    After seeing what Burton did to the Batman franchise, he needs to leave the Superhero fare alone. Thank God Christopher Nolan took over the Dark Knight story. He totally redeemed it from the Batman Returns debacle. Even though Batman & Robin was no better. But I digress.

    Where was I? Oh yea…ewww to Nicholas Cage being Superman in that gawd-awful suit.

  • Guest

    Erik, Schumacher fucked up Batman not Burton.

  • Fitz

    Erik, Schumacher fucked up Batman not Burton.

  • Superzero

    This is NOT, I repeat, NOT a fake! I have seen this picture YEARS ago and have READ about this picture…the article was something like…”Cage was fitted with a wig and rubber suit for pre-production purposes…” Also it went on to say how terrible he actually looked as superman. I’ve had the script by Kevin Smith since ’99 or so…it was ok…but I’m Super(pun intended)glad this never happened.

  • Superzero

    This is NOT, I repeat, NOT a fake! I have seen this picture YEARS ago and have READ about this picture…the article was something like…”Cage was fitted with a wig and rubber suit for pre-production purposes…” Also it went on to say how terrible he actually looked as superman. I’ve had the script by Kevin Smith since ’99 or so…it was ok…but I’m Super(pun intended)glad this never happened.

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  • wacko3205

    Looks like Supes ran into some green alright… only this green were’nt no rock from a busted up planet from a galaxy far far away.

    :-)

    Yeah I saidit!

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