Kevin Smith Shares Details Behind Scrapped Nicolas Cage Superman Project

Warner Bros. recently dominated entertainment headlines with their decision to can HBO Max film Batgirl along with numerous other projects that were in various stages of development. Among the cuts, there was a little something involving Nicolas Cage that Kevin Smith had in mind. Smith admits to having been caught up in those cancelations and revealed plans for a DC television series starring Nicolas Cage as Bizarro.

On the latest episode of Hollywood Babble-On, Smith shared that he was approached to write and direct an episode of a planned DC-centric anthology show, DC’s Strange Adventures, which would focus on some of the lesser-known characters in the DC universe. According to the 52-year-old filmmaker, his episode would feature photojournalist Jimmy Olsen, Perry White and Bizarro in an episode that would chart the latter’s origins. Smith also admitted that they were actively pursuing Cage to play Bizarro in the episode. The Clerks director said:


“We didn’t lock it in, he wasn’t signed to a contract, but the person we were pursuing to play our Bizarro was Nicolas Cage…

This was always a million to one shot, I couldn’t believe they even asked me to do it and it was heading toward production, it wasn’t like wish fulfilment, this was something they were going to do… This was killed definitely by the new regime.”

Fans Wait to See Just What Will Warner Bros. Release

DC comic fans are still reeling from the slashing Warner Bros. saw fit to execute as an act of cost-cutting measures. Not only would an anthology show like DC’s Strange Adventures afford the studio a chance to explore DC’s expansive galaxy of characters, but the possibility of bringing Nicolas Cage to play Bizarro would have been a thrill for Superman aficionados to see. Smith, who is well-known for his love for the world of comics, has been very vocal about his displeasure with these Warner Bros. cuts. He blasted the studios and called their cancelation of Batgirl “a really bad look.”

Despite the gigantic shake-ups in the wake of The Warner Bros. Discovery merger, the studio’s new CEO David Zaslav has assured fans that the DC franchise is a top priority moving forward and that they have a 10-year plan for their comic-book properties. Zaslav did not comment directly about Batgirl but did say:

“Our ambition is to bring Warners back and produce great, high-quality films. We can build a long-term sustainable growth business out of DC. We’re not releasing a film before it’s ready.”

The Strange Adventures would-be anthology-style series focusing on Adam Strange was supposed to premiere in 2021 or 2022.