In the world of superhero entertainment, there are always projects that never see the light of day and which is perhaps the most legendary of them Superman life, a late 1990s film directed by Tim Burton that starred Nicolas Cage as Superman, while Christopher Walken was rumored to play Brainiac and Courteney Cox and Sandra Bullock were considered for Lois Lane. Chris Rock was also cast in the film as Superman’s pal Jimmy Olsen, though the film fell apart before it could leave the development stage, and now, more than two decades later, Rock reflects how close he was to being part of a big movie Superhero movie.
During a recent round table interview with John Boyega, Rege-Jean Page, Josh O’Connor and Jonathan Majors (via Yahoo!) spoke to Rock about his experience and revealed that he even went through the cloakroom setup before it all fell apart.
“I was cast in Superman 20 years ago when Nic Cage wanted to play Superman,” said Rock. âI was cast; I had cloakroom equipment. I saw the miniature sets and hung out with Tim and the whole thing fell apart. Part of me is like where is my superhero movie? I was so close. ”
Rock isn’t the only actor who has close, but not quite, experience with a DC superhero movie. Another DC project that has become legend is is Justice League mortal. This film would be directed by Chris Miller and star Armie Hammer as Batman, Megan Gale as Wonder Woman, DJ Cotrona as Superman, Adam Brody as The Flash, Santiago Cabrera as Aquaman and Common as Green Lantern. This film was reportedly made just days after it was shot when it was discontinued in 2008.
While rock may have missed its chance with Superman life, that doesn’t mean that he may not have a chance of having that superhero movie glory in the future. The Marvel Cinematic Universe is showing no signs of slowing down, and new Superman projects are also in the works. In February it was announced that Ta-Nehisi Coats was writing a new superhero movie starring JJ Abrams that is expected to center the film around a black Superman, and in July it was reported that Michael B. Jordan may be developing a Superman miniseries – albeit one focused on Earth-2’s Superman, Val-Zod – for HBO Max.
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