Nicolas Cage Channeled Humphrey Bogart for ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ Role

Nicolas Cage is set to play Spider-Man Noir for Sony‘s upcoming animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Cage recently sat down with EW and revealed some of his inspirations in finding a voice for the character:

“There are multiple Spider-Men in different dimensions that are kind of colliding together. 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.”

Bogart, who was huge in the forties thanks to Casablanca, The Maltese Falcon and The Big Sleep, is probably a wise choice to base a noir performance off of. It will be interesting to see just what sort of gravitas Cage brings to the role. Recently, he voiced Superman in Teen Titans Go! To the Movies which allowed him a second chance at playing the Man of Steel after he was set to star as the character in a film in the late 90s.

With the trailers for Into the Spider-Verse continuing to impress, and the voice cast growing more talented each and every day, could this end up being the best Spider-Man film Sony has ever released? What do you think?

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse hits theaters December 14, 2018.