Nicolas Cage based his Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse character on Humphrey Bogart
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Nicolas Cage may never have gotten to play Clark Kent in director Tim Burton’s ultimately doomed Superman Lives. But the Oscar-winner is voicing Peter Parker — or at least one version of him — in the upcoming animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse (out Dec. 14).
“There are multiple Spider-Men in different dimensions that are kind of colliding together,” says Cage of the movie. “My character’s Spider-Man Noir. He’s really Peter Parker from the ’30s. I tried to channel those noir films with [Humphrey] Bogart, and have those kinds of sounds that he might make with [James] Cagney, or Edward G. Robinson, that kind of way of talking. I tried to give the character that. It was a lot of fun. I think it should be quite funny. The movie definitely has a sense of humor, and that’s a good thing because it’s good for the whole family.”
Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse follows Brooklyn teen Miles Morales (voiced by Shameik Moore) as he gains superpowers after a spider bite. He initially tries to pursue a superhero solo career, but soon finds himself teaming up with Spider-People from other dimensions — like an older, only-sort-of-wiser Peter Parker (Jake Johnson). The film will also introduce Spider-Gwen (voiced by Hailee Steinfeld), Peni Parker (Kimiko Glenn), and the porcine Spider-Ham (John Mulaney).