Nicolas Cage will finally get to grace the screen as Superman! Albeit as an animated character. Over 20 years after first signing on to play the Man of Steel for director Tim Burton in the abandoned Superman Lives, USA Today reports that the actor has signed on to voice the role of Superman in Teen Titans GO! to the Movies. The feature film adaptation of the popular Cartoon Network series hails from Warner Bros. so the rights issues weren’t a problem, and Cage will now get to play Superman in a movie. Additionally, singer/songwriter Halsey will voice Wonder Woman while rapper Lil Yachty plays Green Lantern.
Cage was famously set to play Superman in Burton’s Superman Lives, which was planned as the Batman director’s next big project in 1998 after Mars Attacks!, but after multiple delays owing to script and budget issues, Burton left the film to go make Sleepy Hollow. A new Superman movie languished in development hell for years, until finally Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns came to the screen in 2006—only to be rebooted once more with 2013’s Man of Steel.
The entire Superman Lives saga is chronicled in Jon Schnepp’s terrific documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?, if you want to know more, but both Burton and Cage were passionate about bringing their take on Superman to the big screen.
While Teen Titans GO! to the Movies is a far cry from that feature, it’s a fair consolation prize and will surely be a valid reason for superfans to check out the animated feature. The film is slated to open in theaters on July 27th and finds Robin, Starfire, Raven, Cyborg, and Beast Boy seeking out a popular Hollywood director for their big pop-culture break. Check out the trailer below.