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Is Nicolas Cage in The Flash?

DC movie fans have wanted to see Nicolas Cage as Superman for a very long time indeed. Nicolas Cage in The Flash could have answered those pleas at last.

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Is Nicolas Cage in The Flash? Whatever has happened at the box office since The Flash made its way into cinemas, there was plenty in the movie for DC movie lovers to feast their eyes upon. So many cameos!

The DC Universe certainly looks very different after The Flash release date, with Barry Allen’s time travel in The Flash already having an enormous effect on the timeline of DC movies in order. Early suggestions that this might be one of the best superhero movies ever proved a little over-excited, as we wrote in our The Flash review, but there was a lot of fun to be had.

The new adventure was certainly a dream come true for fans of mouth-watering superhero cameos. But is Nicolas Cage in The Flash, and did the movie finally give him the chance to join the ranks of the best Superman actors?

Is Nicolas Cage in The Flash?

Incredibly, Nicolas Cage does appear as Superman in The Flash. He’s fighting a giant spider, of course.

Director Andy Muschietti revealed Nicolas Cage’s cameo in an interview ahead of one of the biggest new movies of the summer. Muschietti said: “Nic was absolutely wonderful. Although the role was a cameo, he dove into it. I dreamt all my life to work with him. I hope I can work with him again soon. He is a massive Superman fan. A comic book fanatic.”

Ezra Miller as Barry Allen in The Flash

Of course, Nicolas Cage as Superman refers back to one of the most famous near-misses in cinema history. Cage came within a whisker of starring in Superman movies for Tim Burton in the ’90s, and got as far as a costume test for Superman Lives before the project was shelved due to the old excuse of creative differences.

In fact, this particular story is so notorious that an entire documentary movie, entitled The Death of “Superman Lives”: What Happened?, was released in 2015. More than 20 years after his first attempt, Cage was finally handed a chance to play the big blue Boy Scout.

The giant spider is a sly reference to Kevin Smith’s script for the Burton movie. Smith has long told an anecdote about being told by the producer who owned the Superman rights, Jon Peters, that he should have Superman fight a giant spider in the film. The arachnid menace finally got its time in the sun in The Flash.

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For more of the best movies in the superhero world, check out our lists of the best DC characters and the best DC villains, as well as the Superman movies in order. Oh, and we’ve also answered, ‘How fast is The Flash?’ Spoilers, he’s pretty speedy.

If you’re after more Flash content, then check out our complete list of The Flash cast and our guide explaining how to watch The Flash. We’ve also drilled into why The Flash director defended that bad CGI in the movie.

As for the future of the DCU, James Gunn unveiled his Chapter 1 Gods and Monsters plan last year. So we’re now looking ahead to the Superman Legacy release date, The Brave and the Bold release date, and the Peacemaker season 2 release date. We’ve even tried to help Gunn out, with five things we want to see from the new DCU.