nicolas cage justice league

Remember when Nicolas Cage was supposed to play Superman in Tim Burton’s ill-fated Superman Lives project in the ’90s? As the superhero boom has taken over Hollywood, a documentary has been made on the subject and Cage has been grilled about it endlessly — and he is probably done talking about it, thank you very much.

But people still want to know what the former coulda-been Superman thinks of the latest incarnation of the Man of Steel on the big screen. Which leads to a patently hilarious five-second review of Justice League from film critic extraordinaire, Nicolas Cage.

“What did you think of [Justice League]?” the enterprising Variety reporter asked Cage during an interview with the actor. “I thought it was fun,” Cage said, silence following his response as the reporter waited for him to elaborate. “That’s all I’m going to say,” he insisted.

It was a perfectly awkward situation that got exacerbated even further when this reporter asked Cage if ever regretted missing the opportunity to play Superman.

“No. Not at all.”

Cue even more silence and awkward laughter as the co-hosts attempt to salvage the conversation next to a stone-faced Cage. Watch the entire interaction below (which I’m a little shocked that Variety posted on Facebook in the first place).

Cage used to be more forthcoming about questions regarding the lost Superman Lives project, last year talking to Entertainment Weekly at the Toronto International Film Festival about the cult fascination that has grown around the unmade movie:

“I would offer that the movie that Tim and I would have made, in your imagination, is more powerful than any of the Superman movies. I didn’t even have to make the movie and we all know what that movie would have been in your imagination. That is the Superman. That is the movie. Even though you never saw it — it is the Superman.”

Cage is right that the fans’ imaginations have probably built up the film to be a greater phenomenon than a finished film ever would have been. I mean, there’s a whole documentary about the allure surrounding the film called The Death of Superman Lives, which dove into the annals of Warner Bros. for lost footage and concept art, in addition to interviewing celebrity fans of the comic book character. Cage himself is a huge comic book fanboy — he named his son Kal-El, for god’s sake — so he probably appreciates the love for the lost film. But it seems that even he is tired of being asked about what could have been.

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