Nicolas Cage in The Runner

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Should the DCEU dump Jesse Eisenberg for Nicolas Cage as the next Lex Luthor? Or maybe add a Nicolas Cage Luthor to a future spinoff movie with Joaquin Phoenix's Joker?

Dare we dream?

Nicolas Cage is known to be a massive Superman fan. He named one of his sons Kal-El, in honor of Superman's birth name. He sold a copy of Superan's debut comic for a record $2.1 million. He was supposed to play Clark Kent in Tim Burton's "Superman Lives." He finally did get to voice Superman in "Teen Titans GO! to the Movies," which opened this past summer. But, at age 54, he has yet to play the superhero on screen.

Henry Cavill is possibly out at as the DCEU's Superman, but Nicolas Cage isn't interested in picking up his cape. Not anymore.

Cage just talked to The Guardian while promoting his new film "Mandy," and the reporter mentioned an online campaign to make him the next Superman:
"Oh, I think my Superman days are long gone,” he laughs with a little pat of his belly. He would be an amazing villain in it, I reply. His eyes light up. “Oh, that would be GREAT! I’d make a great Lex Luthor!”

Yes. He could go Full Cage as Lex Luthor.

When he was announced to voice "Teen Titans" we floated the idea of Nic as the DC world's next Lex Luthor. Crazy minds think alike. There's no saying DC *has* to go younger with the new Man of Steel (if there is one) so it's still possible Cage could be an older Superman. If not in the DC Extended Universe, maybe under the same separate banner that is turning Joaquin Phoenix into the "Joker."

Imagine Joaquin Phoenix and Nicolas Cage hamming it up in the same supervillain film. We don't even deserve it.

Lex Luthor has been played by several actors on TV andin films, and voiced in animation or games. At this point, Jesse Eisenberg is the DCEU's young Lex, appearing in "Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice" and (briefly) "Justice League." Gene Hackman played Luthor in several movies with Superman Christopher Reeve, and Kevin Spacey had the role in "Superman Returns" opposite Brandon Routh.

What do you hope DC does with the character next?

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