SUPERMAN LIVES: Chris Rock On Not Getting The Chance To Play Jimmy Olsen In Tim Burton's Scrapped Movie
Spiral star Chris Rock has opened up on how close he came to playing Jimmy Olsen in Tim Burton's ill-fated Superman Lives, pointing out that he feels like a superhero movie role has now passed him by...
There's a lot of uncertainty regarding Superman's big screen future, and it's sadly looking increasingly unlikely that we'll get to see more of Henry Cavill's Man of Steel moving forward. That's something fans are likely to talk about for years to come, though we're not sure that story will have the same sort of staying power as the chatter that still surrounds Tim Burton's Superman Lives.
Nicolas Cage was set to take on the role of Kal-El, while it had been rumoured that Christopher Walken would suit up as Brainiac for what would have surely been one of his most unique performances. Chris Rock, meanwhile, was being eyed to play Superman's best pal, Jimmy Olsen.
During a recent interview, the actor finally opened up on the scrapped project and admitted to being disappointed that he missed out on joining the DC Universe.
"I was cast in Superman 20 years ago, when Nic Cage was going to play Superman. I was cast; I had wardrobe fittings," Rock revealed in a THR roundtable (via Yahoo Entertainment). "I saw the miniature sets, and I was hanging out with [director] Tim [Burton], and the whole thing fell apart. There’s a part of me that’s like, where’s my superhero movie? I was this close."
While he admits that playing Jimmy "doesn't really attract me right now," it sounds like Rock might be a fan of the genre, and there's bound to be a role for him in either the Marvel or DC Universe!
Superman Lives did reach the pre-production stage, but as the budget started to spiral out of control, Warner Bros. decided not to move forward with what sounds like one extremely weird movie. In the years that have followed, we've heard various rumours about an animated adaptation or Cage showing up for a cameo role in something like The Flash, but there's been no solid signs that it's actually going to happen.