One of the most shocking cameos in The Flash was the appearance of Nicolas Cage as Superman from the canceled Superman Lives film. However, according to fans, his cameo featured an even harder-to-spot cameo from Doomsday and the Eradicator.
Nicolas Cage’s canceled Superman Lives film is a piece of trivia embedded deep within the minds of a certain subsect of comic fans, though is almost completely unknown outside of that bubble. This is why it came as a shock that Cage appeared as Superman in a literal bubble in The Flash. While general audiences sat in shock at the absurdity of Cage fighting a giant spider, some fans on Reddit noticed the scene appeared to depict the events of the canceled film, including a fight against Doomsday and a version of the Eradicator dubbed “K”. Take another look at the scene below:
Following Tim Burton’s success adapting Batman with Michael Keaton in 1989, Nicolas Cage wanted to pursue a Superman film with the director under the title Superman Lives. While the project made some progress, including Cage donning the Superman suit, it was ultimately shelved following the failure of Burton’s Mars Attacks!. While a cute piece of trivia and certainly some neat attention to detail, many fans may consider the references as time better spent elsewhere in The Flash‘s production.
The Flash’s DC Universe future
Warner Bros. Discovery already has a script for a potential sequel to The Flash, written by David Leslie Johnson-McGoldrick, the man behind the two Aquaman movies starring Jason Momoa. However, James Gunn and Peter Safran did not discuss the Flash sequel during their DC Universe presentation.
Directed by Andy Muschietti from a script written by Birds of Prey scribe Christina Hodson, The Flash is inspired by the Flashpoint comic book storyline, which followed Barry Allen as he navigated an altered DC Universe. Written by Geoff Johns and penciled by Andy Kuber, Flashpoint radically altered the status of the DC Comics universe and led to the launch of the New 52 titles.
In addition to Ezra Miller, The Flash also features Michael Keaton and Ben Affleck as two separate versions of Batman, Ron Livingston as Henry Allen, Maribel Verdú as Nora Allen, Kiersey Clemons as Iris West, Michael Shannon as General Zod, Antje Traue as Faora-Ul and Sasha Calle as Supergirl.
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