Check out what Nicolas Cage would have looked like as Superman

Incredible as it might sound today, Tim Burton was once charged with re-energising the flagging Superman franchise, with Nicolas Cage as the man in line to fill out the famous suit.

Now while Superman Lives never saw the light of day, it hasn’t sunk entirely without trace. Because happily, pictures of a spandex-clad Cage in all his glory have now emerged.

Special effects creator Steven Johnson had previously released images of the suit, but up until now, shots of Cage trying it on have been hard to come by (except for that one of him in the ultra-shiny suit with a voluminous black mullet). But as you can see above, a new set of images has now emerged via a Twitter fan page .

That’s some serious muscle detailing on the abdominal region! Either that, or old Nic was pretty trim back in the ‘90s. And we’d still like to know what variation on that incredible hair he would have gone with…

Sadly it wasn’t to be, and we never got to see Cage going full freak-out on Lex Luthor’s ass. Let’s hope Zack Snyder has something equally eye-catching lined up when Man Of Steel lands on 14 June 2013.

George Wales

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