Responding to a question on Twitter asking if he had reached out to Nicolas Cage to play the Man of Steel, Arrow co-creator Marc Guggenheim mysteriously teased "What makes you think we didn't reach out..."
What makes you think we didn't reach out... 😜— Marc Guggenheim (@mguggenheim) October 1, 2019
In 1996, Cage was signed on to portray Superman in Tim Burton's reboot of the character. Titled Superman Lives and planning to adapt The Death of Superman, the project was canceled three weeks before production began. However, the film lived on in The Death of "Superman Lives": What Happened?, a documentary chronicling the behind-the-scenes events surrounding the canceled film.
Were Cage to join "Crisis" as Superman, he would be the fourth version of the character confirmed for the crossover. Tom Welling and Erica Durance will reprise their Smallville roles, while Tyler Hoechlin and Elizabeth Tulloch will also appear as Superman and Lois Lane, reprising their roles from last year's Arrowverse crossover. Brandon Routh is also set to appear as Kingdom Come Superman.
"Crisis on Infinite Earths" begins Sunday, Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Supergirl, then continues in Batwoman on Monday, Dec. 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT and in The Flash on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. After the winter hiatus, the crossover will conclude on Tuesday, Jan. 14 in Arrow at 8 p.m. ET/PT and in DC's Legends of Tomorrow at 9 p.m. ET/PT.