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As first revealed by The Hollywood Reporter, the story of the theft of the Oscar winner’s Action Comics No. 1 — the first ever Superman comic — is being developed into a movie written by Reno 911! creators Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. The book was stolen in 2000, recovered in 2011 and sold for $2.16 million in November.
Cage was an avid comic collector, having splashed millions for vintage books early last decade, and even wrote his own series, the New Orleans set, six-issue Voodoo Child.
On the big screen, Cage has played — and nearly played — a whole host of super heroes. Already this year, he has taken his second turn as Johnny Blaze in Marvel’s Ghost Rider — his first came in the 2007 film, and in 2010 he starred as Big Daddy in the big screen adaptation of the comic book Kick-Ass. He’s worked with Disney on The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, which, while not a comic book adaptation, saw him play with magic and heroism all the same.
In the late 1990s, he was attached to play a radically re-invented Man of Steel in Tim Burton‘s Superman Lives; screen and costume tests, which leaked on to the internet in 2009, reveal a much different vision of the classic hero. The film fell apart thanks to script and budget issues, denying Cage his opportunity to play the icon.
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