Nicolas Cage is finally getting his chance to play Superman after all of these years. The Oscar-winning actor, who has mostly been playing wacky characters in direct-to-video and indie projects in recent years, will voice the Man of Steel in the upcoming Teen Titans Go! to the Movies. This comes more than twenty years after he was originally supposed to play the iconic hero in Tim Burton's fabled Superman Lives, which was in development during the 90s but never actually got made. Now, Cage gets his chance in Teen Titans Go! to the Movies.
Warner Bros. is releasing Teen Titans GO! to the Movies theatrically this summer on July 27. So, even though it's not quite as big of a deal as playing Superman in live-action, Nicolas Cage is getting the chance to play him on the big screen. Casual fans may not appreciate it beyond the fact that it's a fun, weird choice for Superman, but for hardcore DC fans who have been curious about Superman Lives for years, this is pretty cool. Here's what executive producer Sam Register had to say about the movie.
"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."
Much has been made of Nicolas Cage's would-have-been turn as Superman. Kevin Smith was hired at one point to take a pass at the screenplay, having to squeeze in some rather bizarre requests from producer Jon Peters. Because Tim Burton directed Batman and Batman Returns, he was chosen to direct what is most commonly known as Superman Lives. After literally years of development, the movie was scrapped just ahead of production. The whole mess was chronicled in the 2015 documentary The Death of Superman Lives: What Happened?
In Teen Titans GO! to the Movies, Robin is determined to get the young team their own movie, since virtually every superhero has one these days. He wants to be seen as a star instead of a sidekick. In order to do so, they'll try and get the hottest Hollywood film director, voiced by Kristen Bell, to notice them. With a few madcap ideas and a song in their heart, the Teen Titans head to Hollywood to try and pull off their dream. But the group is radically misdirected by a super villain and his maniacal plan to take over the Earth.
In addition to Nicolas Cage, it's been announced that singer Halsey will voice Wonder Woman in the movie, with rapper Lil Yachty voicing Green Lantern. Will Arnett, who voiced Batman in The LEGO Batman Movie, is also on board the cast, alongside all of the core voice actors from the Teen Titans GO! TV series. You can check out an image of Superman, Green Lantern and Wonder Woman in Teen Titans GO! to the Movies for yourself below. This news comes to us courtesy of USA Today.