The very good, or very bad actor, depending on your tastes, has said that he would like to play Batmans nemesis. Will the studios take the bait?
If there were ever a Marmite actor, dividing opinion equally between those who believe he is a maverick genius and those who see him as a giant ham, it is Nicolas Cage. When the part is right, as it was for Cages Oscar-winning role as a suicidal alcoholic in Mike Figgiss Leaving Las Vegas, or as an unhinged cop in Werner Herzogs mesmeric Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans, he is one of the most watchable actors on the planet. When Cage goes too far out on a limb one need hardly mention his infamous The bees! scene in Neil LaButes horrendous 2006 remake of The Wicker Man it can feel as if he is not only appearing in a completely different movie from those around him, but perhaps inhabiting a parallel acting reality.
At least Cage tries things his decision to channel Adam West as vigilante Big Daddy in the comic book flick Kick-Ass was inspired, and helped mark that movie out from the crowd. The problem is thatthe things Cage tries are as likely to go wrong as right, and once they have done so there seems to be no off switch. That should perhaps lead us to view with caution the actors suggestion this week that he might make a decent Joker in an upcoming Batman movie.