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Nicolas Cage as Superman? Behold the Man of Steel That Never Was! (Photos)

Nicolas Cage poses as a ripped Superman in new photographs from the Tim Burton movie that never got made

Before Nicolas Cage was a demonic vigilante in two already-forgotten "Ghost Rider" movies, the actor wanted to be Superman. And almost was, until Warner Bros. pulled the plug on "Superman Lives!"

The "Con Air" star was cast as the Man of Steel in the 1998 Tim Burton movie that, obviously, never made it to the big screen after falling apart in pre-production.

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Much like the title of film, however, Cage's Superman still lives through old photographs that surfaced online this week.

The suit is noticeably more plastic and Cage's hairline is noticeably more receding than Henry Cavill's in Zack Snyder's upcoming "Man of Steel." But the question is, did we miss out on something great? Or was it a great idea for the studio to scrap the movie? 

Unfortunately (or fortunately), we'll never know. It's just another secret chapter in Cage's long and fascinating career.

Check out the photos: