A quick Google search of “Nicholas Cage’s acting career” will get you article after article delineating the timeline of his massive rise and fall as an actor. But, as one of the three people on this planet that actually enjoys Teen Titans Go! it’s no surprise that I’d actually like Nicholas Cage as well.
One of the things I enjoy about TTG! is its subversion of children’s cartoons and more broadly its subversion of reboots. It’s extremely campy and fully self-aware of how highly regarded its previous incarnation was. These are also two qualities of Nicholas Cage he often practices but never gets credit for.
Nicholas Cage is primarily known for his uncomfortable performances in movies such as The Wicker Man, Ghost Rider, and plenty more. Most, if not all, of the films that leave Cage with a bad rap come after his Academy Award-winning performance in Leaving Las Vegas. Now, this came out the year I was born and so I don’t really remember ever living in a time where Nicholas Cage was regarded highly as an actor. But I’m assuming Leaving Las Vegas had an M. Night Shyamalan-type effect on audiences, where there’ll always be that one movie so good, all the bad ones will be magnified as a result.
But what people seem to forget is that Nicholas Cage was making some pretty weird effing movies before he won his Oscar. For anyone who doubts this, I urge you to watch Moonstruck or Vampire’s Kiss to get the true Nicholas Cage experience.
I think people imagine Nicholas Cage picks scripts and roles completely unaware of how ridiculous they are, and in turn its fun to laugh at him. But in an interview with The Guardian, he lets us know he’s in on the joke.
So Back to My Point…
All of this is what makes Nicholas Cage the PERFECT Superman in the upcoming TTG! movie to be released this July. His deep understanding of what is and isn’t absurd in the film world (I mean he’s a Coppola!) and well as his reckless abandon when it comes to exploring that means he’ll perfectly understand the humor of TTG! in a way that most outsiders seem not to.
He also played Big Daddy, a Batman-esque character in the 2010 film Kick-Ass, which holds many similar themes to TTG! television series. His uncomfortably larger than life acting is exactly what the film will need, and I’m excited, to say the least.