SPOILER ALERT: This article contains a spoiler for “The Flash”.
Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck aren't isn’t the only blast from DC’s past in Warner Bros.’ upcoming DC movie “The Flash”.
During an interview with Esquire Middle East, “The Flash” director Andy Muschietti revealed that Nicolas Cage is making a cameo in the movie as Superman, who was cast in Tim Burton’s failed “Superman Lives” 25 years ago.
“Nic was absolutely wonderful. Although the role was a cameo, he dove into it… I dreamt all my life to work with him. I hope I can work with him again soon. He is a massive Superman fan. A comic book fanatic” Muschietti said.
Nicolas Cage fans know that his love for Superman runs deep. Not only did he plan to play the superhero in Burton’s project, but he even named his son Kal-El, a reference to Superman’s name on his home planet of Krypton.
Just how Cage’s Superman factors into the plot remain to be seen. The movie is set across the DC multiverse, which explains Keaton’s return as Batman/Bruce Wayne for the first time since starring in Tim Burton’s “Batman” (1989) and “Batman Returns” (1992). Affleck is also reprising his role of Batman/Bruce Wayne from Zack Snyder’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice” and “Justice League”.
After launching the Batman movie franchise for Warner Bros, Tim Burton turned his attention towards Superman in 1998 with the development of “Superman Lives”. The film was scripted by Kevin Smith and centered on Superman’s fight against Doomsday.
“It was more of a 1980s Superman with like, the samurai black long hair. I thought it was gonna be a really different, sort of emo Superman, but we never got there,” Cage recently told Variety about his failed attempt at Superman.
He added, “I don’t need to be in the MCU, I’m Nic Cage.” He may not need the Marvel Cinematic Universe, but Cage has finally closed the loop on his 25-year wait to join the DC Universe.
“The Flash” opens in theaters June 16 from Warner Bros.