Nicolas Cage Almost Appeared In The Arroverse Crisis Crossover

In the wake of the premiere of the highly-anticipated Crisis on Infinite Earths crossover on The CW’s Arrowverse over the weekend, it’s not hard to imagine what could’ve been had certain stars of the industry been part of this massive storyline.

We’re, of course, talking about Nicolas Cage. Recently, franchise showrunner Marc Guggenheim revealed to IndieWire that he actually did “reach out” to the Face/Off and Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse star, as well as many others, about coming onto the crossover at some point.

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“…We did reach out to Nic Cage,” said Guggenheim, whose initial Tweet back in October regarding the Cage’s involvement in Crisis sparked a ton of speculation. “I’ll tell you one thing, we reached out to a lot of people, and there were people who didn’t want to do it… But I have to say that the sheer number of actors that we did end up getting exceeded my expectation.”

Nicolas Cage himself has flirted with the prospect of starring in a DC Comics movie, having at one point (very) nearly donned the cape of Superman back in the cancelled Superman Lives in 1996. He did play as Superman later on, but only in voice, in the Teen Titans Go! to the Movies animated film in 2018.

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Cage during the pre-production stage of Superman Lives in 1996.

Just imagine what could’ve been, even if you weren’t a fan of the idea.

But fret not, as Crisis on Infinite Earths is still shaping up to be one of, if not the best, cures to your Avengers: Endgame hangover. If you haven’t already watched it, the latest trailer revealed two very tantalising images that will certainly urge you to stop whatever you’re doing and watch it now:

Yup, the left image is straight up lifted from the iconic scene in The Death of Superman storyline in 1993, and the one on the right gives us a clearer glimpse of Kingdom Come Batman played by none other than Kevin Conroy.