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2013-02-01 09:50:11 PM
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MBK [TotalFark]
2013-02-01 09:53:01 PM
Hearing Kevin Smith tell the story of the Superman movie that almost was (Superman was a "caged killer", no flying, no costume, huge SPIDER out of nowhere) is pretty amusing.
 
2013-02-01 10:33:27 PM
Man, Wesley Strick knew where to get the good drugs! :P
 
2013-02-01 11:55:41 PM
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2013-02-02 12:55:41 AM
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2013-02-02 12:56:50 AM
I heard about this years ago and I still can't believe anyone was serious about Nicholas Cage being Superman. It sounds like something written in The Onion.
 
2013-02-02 02:02:26 AM
Disney was making a Superman movie?

/DNRTFA
 
2013-02-02 03:11:13 AM
And all the dialogue was going to be either whispered or screamed.
 
2013-02-02 03:15:22 AM
How many times is this story going to be posted as news?
 
2013-02-02 03:15:27 AM
I don't understand all the hate for Nick Cage--imagine how bad ConAir would have been without him.
 
2013-02-02 03:22:29 AM

DanZero: [img.photobucket.com image 354x372]


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Our storefront is a spaceship, etc.
 
2013-02-02 03:31:14 AM

Surool: How many times is this story going to be posted as news?


Like a number of other things on Fark, apparently once every six months for the rest of our lives.
 
2013-02-02 03:35:03 AM

Surool: How many times is this story going to be posted as news?


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2013-02-02 03:56:11 AM

MBK: Hearing Kevin Smith tell the story of the Superman movie that almost was (Superman was a "caged killer", no flying, no costume, huge SPIDER out of nowhere) is pretty amusing.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgYhLIThTvk
 
2013-02-02 04:04:14 AM
Would have happened too if it was for those farking bees

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2013-02-02 04:55:23 AM
There's currently a Kickstarter raising funds for a documentary about the almost-making of "Superman Lives".

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1270411036/the-death-of-superman- l ives-what-happened

Maybe with luck Kevin Smith will turn up for an interview and tell a six-hour version of his story.
 
2013-02-02 04:57:27 AM
Dammit, the URL got mangled, and the "Use HTML Buttons" link doesn't work for me now that I had to block the "PLEASE DON'T ADBLOCK THIS WHINY BANNER" banner in Adblock.
 
2013-02-02 06:09:14 AM
Welcome back to Earth, <b>Smitty</b>. I see you're catching up on the internet. Did you we now have  telephones that can surf the web? Crazy!
 
2013-02-02 06:15:37 AM

KarLorian: MBK: Hearing Kevin Smith tell the story of the Superman movie that almost was (Superman was a "caged killer", no flying, no costume, huge SPIDER out of nowhere) is pretty amusing.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgYhLIThTvk


Thank you, that was totally worth 20 minutes.

If you haven't heard that before, do yourself a favor and watch it.
 
2013-02-02 06:27:06 AM
Thagarian Snare Beast?
 
2013-02-02 06:30:35 AM

Surool: How many times is this story going to be posted as news?

 
2013-02-02 06:57:12 AM
He missed out on Paul Blart mall cop too...

i.imgur.com

And after all that research
 
2013-02-02 07:25:08 AM

Bob The Nob: Thagarian Snare Beast?


How did you know my wife's nickname?
 
2013-02-02 07:29:28 AM

browneye: I heard about this years ago and I still can't believe anyone was serious about Nicholas Cage being Superman. It sounds like something written in The Onion.


So did I. It seems weird now, but you have to remember,when that version of Superman was in the works, Nic Cage was fresh off an Academy Award win and had just starred in The Rock.

For a time in 96-97, he was one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood.
 
2013-02-02 08:11:47 AM

Surool: How many times is this story going to be posted as news?


Not subby, but in subby's defense, this story is more about uncovered excerpts from Wesley Strick's screenplay than it is about the whole "ZOMG Nic Cage as Superman" angle.

The "OLD NEWS IS SO EXCITING" brigade should save their done-to-death pics for another thread.
 
2013-02-02 08:51:31 AM
Is there any actor in Hollywood who is more disconnected in his self-image from what he's actually good at than Nic Cage? He so desperately wants to be an action hero, yet he's only slightly less goofy than Eugene Levy.

The closest I can think of is Kevin Costner. He loves to make big, sweeping thematic epics like Waterworld, but he's so much better at small, intimate, intense stories like No Way Out. But even he's a distant second to the madness that is Nic Cage.
 
2013-02-02 09:02:19 AM

czetie: Is there any actor in Hollywood who is more disconnected in his self-image from what he's actually good at than Nic Cage? He so desperately wants to be an action hero, yet he's only slightly less goofy than Eugene Levy.

The closest I can think of is Kevin Costner. He loves to make big, sweeping thematic epics like Waterworld, but he's so much better at small, intimate, intense stories like No Way Out. But even he's a distant second to the madness that is Nic Cage.


Good call. Costner *can* make good stuff, as it was with Open Range (in which he took more of a supporting role and let Robert Duvall carry most of the action).

Costner's made missteps, but he's still capable of solid work, as evidenced by Hatfields & McCoys.

Cage, on the other hand, is tantamount to a walking punchline these days.
 
2013-02-02 09:06:42 AM
Cage is Michael Caine 2.0He will literally do any movie for money.
 
2013-02-02 09:18:31 AM

Jim from Saint Paul: Cage is Michael Caine 2.0He will literally do any movie for money.


Instead of saying "hello" or "how are you," Nic Cage greets people with: "I'LL TAKE THE PART."

It's just a reflex these days.
 
2013-02-02 09:53:04 AM
I remember when Cage was first announced, the collective reaction of the American public was basically like someone dropping a racial slur on-stage at the BET Awards: all eyes on Burton and dead silence, with only angry or puzzled looks that seem to scream, "are you out of your farking mind?". You could practically hear the record scratch and everything. It was all anyone could talk about for a couple of weeks (I remember SNL even got some mileage out of it) because it was so bizarre. Hell, even the local news was quipping, "that makes about as much sense as Nicholas Cage playing Superman."  It makes me chuckle when I see people now remark that they can't believe this was considered a good idea. Trust me, it was never considered a good idea by anyone but Tim Burton, Jon Peters, Nicholas Cage and whoever was signing the $20 million pay-or-play checks at Warner Brothers back then.
 
2013-02-02 10:07:52 AM

Psychohazard: I don't understand all the hate for Nick Cage--imagine how bad ConAir would have been without him.


I don't know that people do hate him. He certainly has roles that he is a good fit for, but action hero isn't one of them. I liked him a lot in Leaving Las Vegas, Adaptation, Raising Arizona, and he was just insane enough for Wild at Heart.

He seems to be aware of roles that he is miscast for and tries to stretch the acting too much to make it plausible, but of course that just makes it worse.
 
2013-02-02 10:25:08 AM
Browneye: I heard about this years ago and I still can't believe anyone was serious about Nicholas Cage being Superman. It sounds like something written in The Onion.

So did I. It seems weird now, but you have to remember,when that version of Superman was in the works, Nic Cage was fresh off an Academy Award win and had just starred in The Rock.

For a time in 96-97, he was one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood.


Being in demand doesn't negate bad casting.   Nicholas Cage looks nothing like Superman - body type, face, hair - everything is so wrong.  And on top of everything else, he's not handsome.   Only Tim Burton with his twisted, weird-for-the-sake-of-being- wierd, aesthetic would have thought this could work.
 
2013-02-02 10:37:41 AM
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2013-02-02 11:07:34 AM

Captain Steroid: Man, Wesley Strick knew where to get the good drugs! :P


Try to find stuff about Aronofsky's attempt at Batman.  I'm not a big Nolan fanboy, but WOW did we dodge a bullet with that one.  In his version, Bruce Wayne wasn't even heir to the Wayne empire, and that Batmobile was a black Lincoln Continental with the windows blacked out.  Oh yeah, and his first attempt at fighting crime involved him wearing a hockey mask.
 
2013-02-02 11:31:24 AM
Some of you guys are JUST finding this out? Seriously, go track down Kevin Smith's (eh...rant is the wrong word) dealings with the studio on that before Burton came on and somehow made it more ridiculous than what Jon Peters wanted. It got even dumber after that. You get a new appreciation of Superman Returns. At least some aspects of that read like Superman.

/Smith's script was running around for a while. Parts of it really weren't bad. And it had Deadshot.
 
2013-02-02 11:41:14 AM

browneye: Only Tim Burton with his twisted, weird-for-the-sake-of-being- wierd, aesthetic would have thought this could work.


So we should count ourselves lucky we never had Tim Burton casting Johnny Depp as Superman?
 
2013-02-02 11:52:29 AM
And I almost got laid, so who gives a fark.
 
2013-02-02 12:13:09 PM
Hmmm we know he can't play superman but could he play darkseid?
 
2013-02-02 12:15:36 PM
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Yeah....no.... that wouldn't have worked.
 
2013-02-02 12:19:30 PM

Jim from Saint Paul: Cage is Michael Caine 2.0He will literally do any movie for money.


Liam Neeson would like a word with you.
 
2013-02-02 12:33:54 PM

mcgreggers99: [www.downtheroadshow.com image 471x480]

Yeah....no.... that wouldn't have worked.


THAT PICTURE IS FAKE!!!!!!

Idiots!
 
2013-02-02 01:06:19 PM

B.L.Z. Bub: THAT PICTURE IS FAKE!!!!!!


You are supposed to put up the picture of the Romulan ambassador you declare something is a fake. Everyone knows that.
 
2013-02-02 01:30:02 PM
I look forward to guttin' you, boy.
 
2013-02-02 01:34:27 PM
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seriously, this has been common knowledge on the internet since before there was an internet

Also, what's up with the paid links with no comments?
 
2013-02-02 02:01:54 PM

browneye: Browneye: I heard about this years ago and I still can't believe anyone was serious about Nicholas Cage being Superman. It sounds like something written in The Onion.

So did I. It seems weird now, but you have to remember,when that version of Superman was in the works, Nic Cage was fresh off an Academy Award win and had just starred in The Rock.

For a time in 96-97, he was one of the most in-demand actors in Hollywood.

Being in demand doesn't negate bad casting.   Nicholas Cage looks nothing like Superman - body type, face, hair - everything is so wrong.  And on top of everything else, he's not handsome.   Only Tim Burton with his twisted, weird-for-the-sake-of-being- wierd, aesthetic would have thought this could work.


Say what you want about whether he looks the part and whatnot, but there is no doubt the man just loves Supes. The guy is a massive fanboy - sometimes that's a a quality missing in superhero casting.
 
2013-02-02 02:20:10 PM
I read the headline as Nick Cave and though, huh... weird choice, but that would be kind of awesome.
 
2013-02-02 03:12:49 PM
Solon Isonomia: Say what you want about whether he looks the part and whatnot, but there is no doubt the man just loves Supes. The guy is a massive fanboy - sometimes that's a a quality missing in superhero casting.

He's also a massive Elvis fanboy, and even went so far as to marry Presley's Scientologist daughter, but that doesn't mean he'd make a good Elvis.

Tiny Elvis
 
2013-02-02 04:07:45 PM

Solon Isonomia: Say what you want about whether he looks the part and whatnot, but there is no doubt the man just loves Supes. The guy is a massive fanboy - sometimes that's a a quality missing in superhero casting.


So is Jerry Seinfeld, and he'd make a better Superman.
 
2013-02-02 04:18:25 PM

Tommy Moo: I read the headline as Nick Cave and though, huh... weird choice, but that would be kind of awesome.


Yes.  Yes, it would.
 
2013-02-02 11:47:09 PM
But instead we got a giant spider at the end of Wild Wild West.
 
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