General ZodFrom Wikipedia, the free encyclopediaJump to: navigation, searchThis article needs additional citations for verification.Please help improve this article by adding reliable references. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. (May 2008)"Zod" redirects here. For the town in Armenia, see Sotk.General ZodGeneral ZodArt by Adam KubertPublication informationPublisher DC ComicsFirst appearance Adventure Comics #283 (April 1961)Created by Robert BernsteinGeorge PappIn-story informationFull name Dru-ZodPlace of origin KryptonTeam affiliations Non, Ursa, Faora, Quex-UlAbilities Superhuman strength, speed, stamina, senses, intelligence, regeneration, and longevity; super breath, heat vision, invulnerability, and flightGeneral Zod is a fictional character who appears in comic books published by DC Comics, a supervillain who is one of Superman's more prominent enemies. The character first appeared in Adventure Comics #283 (April 1961), and was created by Robert Bernstein and George Papp.In 2009, General Zod was ranked as IGN's 30th Greatest Comic Book Villain of All Time.Contents [hide]1 Fictional character biography1.1 Silver Age1.2 Modern Age1.2.1 Pocket Universe Zod1.2.2 "Return to Krypton" Zod1.3 Russian Zod1.4 Phantom Zod1.5 "Last Son" Zod1.6 World of New Kyrpton2 Other versions3 In other media3.1 Film3.2 Novels3.3 Television3.3.1 Super Friends3.3.2 Superman 1988 TV series3.3.3 Legion of Super Heroes3.3.4 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman3.3.5 DC Animated Universe22.214.171.124 Superman: The Animated Series126.96.36.199 Justice League3.3.6 Smallville3.4 Video games3.5 Web series4 In popular culture5 Notes6 See also7 References8 External links Fictional character biography Silver AgeDru-Zod is a megalomaniacal Kryptonian, in charge of the military forces on Krypton. He had known Jor-El, Superman's father, when he was an aspiring scientist. When the space program was abolished after the destruction of the inhabited moon Wegthor, which had been caused by renegade scientist Jax-Ur, he attempted to take over Krypton. Zod created an army of robotic duplicates of himself, all bearing a resemblance to Bizarro. He was sentenced to exile in the Phantom Zone for his crimes. Zod was eventually released by Superboy when his term of imprisonment was up. However, he attempted to conquer Earth with the super powers gained under the yellow sun. Zod was sent back into the Phantom Zone, from which he occasionally escapes to target Superman. Modern Age Pocket Universe ZodThis Zod came from a Krypton in a pocket universe created by the Time Trapper. He, along with companions Quex-Ul and Faora, devastated the Earth of that universe following the death of its Superboy, despite the best efforts of a Supergirl created by this world's heroic Lex Luthor. Eventually, the survivors of this world managed to contact the Superman of the main universe to help them, and he was able to take away the powers of the three super-criminals with gold kryptonite (As he was not from that universe, the Kryptonite of that reality would have no effect on him). However, as the three vowed to some day regain their powers and return to Superman's world to kill him, Superman was forced to execute them with Kryptonite, and it was this action that caused him to question his powers and how to deal with evil doers. This version of Zod is based closely on the Pre-Crisis version, the significant difference is he has killed everyone on the pocket Earth rather than conquering them with ease since there's no Superboy/Superman to stop him. "Return to Krypton" ZodThis incarnation of General Zod was introduced in the 2001 storyline "Return to Krypton." He was the head of the Kryptonian military in an alternate reality created by Brainiac 13. Like the Pre-Crisis version, Zod held the Kryptonian equivalent of fascist beliefs. He sent aliens to the bottle city of Kandor and planned a military coup. Zod was defeated by Superman and the Jor-El of that Krypton. Russian ZodThe Russian General Zod.This General Zod is a Russian who was affected prior to his birth by Kryptonite radiation because he was the son of two cosmonauts whose ship was too close to Kal-El's rocketship. This Zod is unnaturally weak under a yellow sun, but superpowered under a red sun (the opposite of Superman). After his parents died of the radiation, he grew up from birth in a KGB laboratory under the name "Zed."Apparently spoken to by the spirit of the Pocket Universe Zod, Zod created a suit of red armor that filtered the sunlight and declared himself ruler of the fictional former Soviet state of Pokolistan. After several inconclusive encounters with Superman, he revealed his long-range plan to turn the sun red and take Superman's place. This was temporarily successful until Lex Luthor rescued Superman, gave him a blast of yellow solar radiation to regain his powers, and worked to restore the sun. Superman returned to battle Zod, but refused to kill him. When the sun turned yellow again, the now vulnerable Zod still struck Superman with all his power, but was killed. Phantom ZodIntroduced in the twelve-issue For Tomorrow (Superman #204-#215) storyline, written by Brian Azzarello and penciled by Jim Lee, this Zod resides in an alternate Phantom Zone alone and resents Superman for tampering with it. According to him, he comes from the same Krypton as Superman, and was exiled to the Phantom Zone by Superman's father Jor-El. This Zod wears spiked black armor, and when unmasked, slightly resembles an older version of the film Zod (Terence Stamp). This interpretation also uses a variation of 'Kneel before Zod'. It is possible that this Zod is not a real Kryptonian, however. He appeared in Metropia, a version of the Phantom Zone created by Superman to resemble a living world, including seemingly living beings. Since Superman created the world of Metropia to bear similarities with Krypton, it has been revealed that this, yet again, is not the real Zod. "Last Son" ZodGeneral Zod appeared as a primary antagonist in the Superman: Last Son storyline written by Geoff Johns and Richard Donner, director of Superman: The Movie and part of Superman II. In a story partially similar to that of Superman II, Zod, Ursa, and Non escape from the Phantom Zone and come to Earth to take control and try to turn it into a "New Krypton."The back-story for the three Kryptonians was revealed in Action Comics Annual #10; Non had once been a brilliant scientist on par with Jor-El. Both were researching the event that would ultimately destroy Krypton. Zod entered their lab with troops (at this point Zod was still working for Krypton's Council). Both Jor-El and Non were arrested by Zod and given a warning by the High Council to halt their research, then released. Jor-El set to work creating the rocket that would send his son Kal-El to Earth, while Non began to spread the word of the planet's impending doom. Non's message swayed both Zod and Ursa that Krypton was soon to be destroyed. Non then disappeared from public life, only to return with a mutilated brain. The council had transformed him into a mindless brute and this act inspired Zod and Ursa to rebel against the Kryptonian government. Without any sense of right and wrong, Non now fought alongside Zod and Ursa. Zod attempted to recruit Jor-El to their cause; however Jor-El saw the plans were fueled by greed, a lust for power and violence.This rebellion was short-lived and the rebels were again arrested and set to be executed. Not wishing to resort to execution, Jor-El appealed on their behalf, to exile them instead. The council accepted this on the condition that Jor-El would be the jailer. Thus Zod, Ursa, and Non were imprisoned, and embittered against Jor-El for years to come.The story also features the debut of Christopher Kent, a young Kryptonian boy discovered and briefly raised by Superman and Lois Lane. It is revealed that Christopher (whose birth name is Lor-Zod) is the son of Zod and Ursa, birthed in the Phantom Zone and used as a conduit to their escape. After jumping Superman, Zod managed to trap him in the Zone. At the same time, about twenty-five other Kryptonian criminals also escape the Zone and defeat a number of Earth's heroes and begin their quest of conquering the planet; starting with Metropolis. Superman escapes the Zone with the aid of Mon-El and ultimately defeats Zod with the unlikely aid of Lex Luthor, Metallo, Parasite, and Bizarro. Out of the nearly thirty Kryptonians; Metallo, Parasite and Lex Luthor manage to kill five or six of them using kryptonite and red solar radiation. Zod and his compatriots are sent back into the Phantom Zone, but unfortunately, so is Chris Kent.In the conclusion of the recent "New Krypton" arc, it is revealed that Alura has brought Zod, Ursa, and Non back from the Phantom Zone, making Zod the army's new leader. World of New KyrptonWhen Superman decides to see what life is like on New Krypton he is drafted into the Military Guild under General Zod. Zod and Superman maintain an mistrustful professional relationship, which despite their past, neither seems preparing to behave openly aggressive towards one another. When Zod orders that Superman and his people kill a Kryptonian criminal, Superman circumvents the order, feeling that killing the criminal would be not only unnecessary but wrong. Although the criminal is arrested without further fatalities, Zod accusses Superman of treason, which he is found guilty of. However, before being executed Superman gives a heartfelt speech about morality. Much to the surprise of everyone, Zod is seemingly moved by the speech, and requests the the Religious Guild give Superman absolution, and thus overturn the guilty charge. As a result, Superman is cleared of all charges. When asked why he did not go through with the execution of the son of someone who he hated, Zod explain that despite everything that had happened before, Zod realized that his military would be stronger and better for having Superman in it. As a result it appears that there is at last peace if not an level of mutual respect between Zod and Superman. However during a Krytonian ceremony, Zod is shot by an unknown assailant. Other versionsGeneral Zod appears in Superman Adventures # 21, portrayed as an Argosian. This General Zod also appears in Justice League Unlimited #34.The General Zod of Earth-15 became Superman instead of Kal-El. This version is later killed by Superman Prime.The Zod of JSA: The Liberty Files was not a general of any kind. He was recast as a sociopathic eleven year-old who created a deadly synthetic virus on Krypton for no actual reason other than fun. Zod was banished to the Phantom Zone because of his actions, the very first child ever sent to the Zone, until American scientists breached the Zone and discovered him. Taken in by the government and named "Clark Kent", Zod would fool most of his adult superiors by playing the role of a scared child until he grew up and became the adult "Super-Man". In other media FilmGeneral Zod (Terence Stamp, center), Ursa (Sarah Douglas), and Non (Jack O'Halloran) in Superman II.General Zod appears in Superman and Superman II, portrayed by actor Terence Stamp as a pathologically arrogant and pompous aristocrat, almost bored with his incredible powers and disappointed with the ease of overtaking Earth. Zod's line "Come to me, son of Jor-El! Kneel before Zod!" has become part of pop culture. Terence Stamp's portrayal has led to Zod becoming one of Superman's best-known villains, and fans have come to view his portrayal as the definitive version of the character. The movie version of General Zod is rated #58 on Wizard magazine's "100 Greatest Villains of All Time" list. NovelsIn the novel The Last Days of Krypton (by Kevin J. Anderson) General Zod (also known as Commissioner Dru-Zod) is the son of Cor-Zod, formerly the head of the Kryptonian Council and legendary politician leader. ISBN 006134074X Television Super FriendsA Phantom Zone villain named Zy-Kree, resembling the movie-version of Zod, appears in the Super Friends episode, "The Evil From Krypton" in 1981. Superman 1988 TV seriesRene Auberjonois voices General Zod in the Joseph Ruby-Kenneth Spears animated Superman series episode titled "The Hunter". Legion of Super HeroesThe Silver Age version of Zod is one of the many Phantom Zone prisoners attacking the Legion of Superheroes. Also, the villain Drax is speculated to be Zod's son, "created" in the Phantom Zone. Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanAlthough Zod himself does not appear in Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, a similar character named Lord Nor does battle with Superman in a story arc spread over the end of the third season and the beginning of the fourth, to determine the fate of a group of surviving Kryptonians on 'New Krypton'. DC Animated Universe Superman: The Animated SeriesZod also doesn't appear in the DC Animated Universe, but a character that appears on Superman: The Animated Series, called Jax-Ur, resembles the Zod character. Along with his companion Mala, who resemlbles and acts similar to Faora, try to take over the world, like Zod. Justice LeagueThough neither Zod nor Jax-Ur appear in Justice League or Justice League Unlimited, on the episode of Justice League Unlimited entitled "For The Man Who Has Everything", within Superman's dream world, Superman's kryptonian wife mentions another kryptonian named Little Zod. SmallvilleGeneral Zod appears as a recurring villain in Smallville, although generally off-screen. References to Zod began with season five's premiere episode "Arrival" which featured two Kryptonian disciples of Zod (who arrived on Earth in the meteor shower of the season four finale) searching for Clark.In the episode "Solitude", Milton Fine, the human identity of the Kryptonian artificial intelligence known as Brainiac, persuades Clark to take him to the Fortress of Solitude. After arriving at the Fortress, Fine tricks Clark into freeing Zod from the Phantom Zone, temporarily opening a vortex in which the image of a figure similar to Terence Stamp's Zod can be glimpsed. It is also insinuated that Zod was a fascist leader on Krypton and ruled with an iron fist, and apparently considered Jor-El as his primary nemesis. Zod's title of general is barely mentioned, referred to most (even by Faora and Milton Fine/BrainIAC) as Zod.At the end of the episode "Oracle", Chloe deciphers a Kryptonian message which Clark reads as, "Zod is coming." In the following episode, "Vessel", Jor-El reveals that Zod was imprisoned in the Phantom Zone for crimes that resulted in Krypton's destruction. Zod's physical body was destroyed to prevent him from escaping from captivity, and therefore, he now required a vessel to inhabit on Earth. Brainiac had earlier injected Lex Luthor with a vaccine that granted him Kryptonian superpowers, and therefore, Lex was to be the vessel for Zod's consciousness. Through the actions of Clark and Brainiac, Zod is freed. After inhabiting Lex's body, Zod imprisons Clark inside the Phantom Zone, leaving no one to stop him, and begins his plans to conquer Earth as the trapped Clark is sent flying into space.In the sixth season premiere, "Zod", after a brief sojourn in the Phantom Zone, Clark escapes with the help of a Kryptonian woman who claims to have been Jor-El's aide. She gives Clark a crystal bearing the sign of the House of El (Superman's characteristic stylized "S"). Back on Earth, Clark confronts Zod/Lex, but Zod, a trained soldier, easily pummels Clark into submission. In homage to the climactic scene in Superman II, Zod issues his infamous command, "kneel before Zod" although in a much more serious tone, and then wordlessly commands Clark to take his hand. But instead of crushing Zod's hand as in the movie, Clark takes the opportunity to press the crystal into it, evicting Zod from Lex's body and sending him back into the Phantom Zone (in another allusion to the movie, the face and scream of Zod's spirit as it is forced out of Lex strongly resembles that of Terence Stamp as Zod). Lex returns to normal with no memory of these events. However, he later discovers a shard of a Kryptonian device that Zod left on his laptop; Brainiac's hard drive.In season eight's "Bloodline", Zod's wife Faora escapes the Phantom Zone and inhabits the body of Lois Lane. She reveals that she and Zod genetically engineered a son, Doomsday, after they discovered they could not have children, and sent him to Earth to destroy the planet and Jor-El's son, Clark Kent. Faora remarks that Doomsday's human form, Davis (played by Samuel Witwer), strongly resembles Zod. In the season eight finale "Doomsday," Zod's symbol was burned into the grass by Tess Mercer's Orb with a man who appears to be General Zod in the flesh standing on it, following Doomsday's defeat.In season 9 General Zod will be regularly occurring character played by British actor Callum Blue. Brian Peterson states in an interview: General Zod will be introduced as Major Zod—this is before he became General Zod." Kelly Sounders added that "over the course of the season, the venomous side of Zod rises because he experiences a few key betrayals with our beloved characters." Video gamesGeneral Zod is set to appear in the upcoming video game DC Universe Online. In popular cultureZod is perhaps most popularly quoted as a Superman villain with the phrase, "Come to me, son of Jor-El! Kneel before Zod!" For example, Jay does so in the Kevin Smith film Mallrats after knocking out the head of mall security. Also Kansas City based rapper Tech n9ne mentions the phrase in his song Sinister Tech from his album Anghellic. In the Supernatural episode "Wishful Thinking", a little boy gains superhuman strength and terrorizes bullies, telling them to "Kneel before Todd!"Zod appeared in the Robot Chicken episode "The Munnery," voiced by Seth Green. He is seen in closeup commanding all to "kneel before Zod." After the camera zooms out to reveal he is in fact doing a workout video, Bod by Zod, he begins to command the viewer to do various aerobic exercises "before Zod."There is a fictional election campaign featuring Zod as a potential independent candidate for President.During the 2004 U.S. Presidential election, Jon Stewart of The Daily Show referenced this line in reaction to the keynote address given by Senator Zell Miller at the Republican National Convention with, "Kneel before Zell."In the news satire television series, Newstopia, an fake advertisement for "Zod Kitchens" appears. Zod, Ursa and Non from Superman II, show off the quality of their kitchen design, and boast they can create your dream kitchen. A mother pulling dinner out of the oven, and her two children are commanded to "Kneel before Zod!" MTV comedy show Human Giant features a parody of Zod and his henchmen in their sketch "Space Lords".Stephen Fry, host of the BBC panel show QI, once instructed series regular Alan Davies to "Kneel before Zod!" during an episode.During the Ahn'Qiraj War Effort in the MMORPG World of Warcraft there was an orc ambassador in the city of Ironforge by the name of General Zog. If you targeted him and used the /kneel command, he would acknowledge your obedience.翻译嘛，这个……O(∩_∩)O
Nicolas Cage (born January 7, 1964) is an Academy Award-winning American actor and an exemplar of method acting. He has also worked as a director and producer, through his production company Saturn Films. As of 2007, Cage has been nominated twice for an Academy Award as Best Actor in a Leading Role, winning the award for his performance in Leaving Las Vegas.Cage was born Nicolas Kim Coppola in Long Beach, California. His father, August Coppola, is a professor of literature, while Cage's mother, Joy Vogelsang, is a dancer and choreographer; the two divorced in 1976. His mother suffered from chronic depression. Cage's mother is of German descent and his father is Italian American, with his paternal grandparents being Carmine Coppola and Italia Pennino, an actress. Through his father, Cage is the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola and actress Talia Shire, as well as the cousin of director Sofia Coppola and actors Robert Carmine and Jason Schwartzman. Cage's two brothers are Christopher Coppola, a director, and Marc "The Cope" Coppola, a New York radio personality. Cage was born into a Roman Catholic household and remains one to this day.Cage, who attended and dropped out of Beverly Hills High School (the same high school as fellow entertainers Albert Brooks, Angelina Jolie, Lenny Kravitz, Slash, Rob Reiner, Bonnie Franklin and David Schwimmer), aspired to act from an early age. His first (non-cinematic) acting experience was in a school production of Golden Boy. He is also good friends with fellow actor Johnny Depp, whom he advised to get into acting.Though haunted by cries of nepotism early in his career, engaging, sleepy-eyed American star Nicolas Cage, nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola, led anything but a charmed existence growing up amidst the placid suburban comfort of Long Beach, California. His mother's hospitalizations for severe depression kept her away from the family for long intervals, and his parents' subsequent divorce, coupled with his adolescent feelings of "dorkiness" made it easy for him to identify with James Dean's outsider status in 1955's "East of Eden.” Credited as Nicolas Cage for the first time, he channeled his frustrations through his initial leading character in "Valley Girl" (1983), his name change inspired by Luke Cage, the black comic-book hero who suffers from depression and insecurity. He has always looked at the world as a very strange place, and his correspondingly dark vision has colored his work from the beginning.Cage graduated from teenage angst after providing a strong presence in a small part in his uncle's underrated "Rumble Fish" (1983), making his first serious dramatic waves as the sensitive, strong and fiercely loyal friend of Matthew Modine in "Birdy" (1984), Alan Parker's duet for emotionally scarred Vietnam veterans. Although roundly criticized at the time for his over-the-top choices in Coppola's nostalgic "Peggy Sue Got Married" (1986), they attracted the attention of Cher who, likening his strangely compelling performance to watching a two-hour car crash, proposed him for the role of Ronny in "Moonstruck" (1987)—then walked out of the production for a day until the producers gave in. "Moonstruck" was his first really big box-office hit, and though some critics objected to his portrayal of the inarticulate but philosophical baker he patterned after Cocteau's alienated monster from 1946's "Beauty and the Beast,” it was unmistakably vintage Cage.Cage showcased his goofier qualities in such movies as the Coen brothers' screwball comedy "Raising Arizona" (1987) and David Lynch's odyssey, "Wild at Heart" (1990), in which no amount of overacting as Elvis-acolyte Sailor could ever be too much for Lynch's anything-goes universe. He probably single-handedly guaranteed a perpetual cult status for "Vampire's Kiss" (1989) when he ate a live cockroach in yet another method-acting stunt (he had knocked out a tooth for the filming of "Birdy"), and though the critics united with the public in ignoring "Amos and Andrew" (1993), it was his wacky charm that was central to the success of Andrew Bergman's comedy "Honeymoon in Vegas" (1992). Unfortunately Bergman couldn't repeat the formula for "It Could Happen to You" (1994), despite the presence of Cage in that cast. Returning to the Nevada city in Mike Figgis' "Leaving Las Vegas" (1995), Cage delivered an uncharacteristically subtle, multi-layered performance as an alcoholic writer out to commit suicide. Bringing warmth and humor to what could have been an unsympathetic role, Cage earned rave notices, earning nearly every possible award, including a Best Actor Academy Award.In order to avoid cries of nepotism as the nephew of Francis Ford Coppola, he changed his name from Nicholas Coppola to Nicolas Cage early in his career. The assumed surname is inspired by Marvel Comics character Luke Cage, a streetwise superhero. Since his feature film debut in Fast Times at Ridgemont High, in which he had a minute role opposite Sean Penn, Cage has appeared in a wide range of films, both mainstream and offbeat. He even wished for the role of Dallas Winston in his uncle's film The Outsiders, based on S.E. Hinton's novel, but lost to Matt Dillon.He has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, and won once, for his performance as a suicidal alcoholic in Leaving Las Vegas. His other nomination was for playing real-life screenwriter Charlie Kaufman and Kaufman's fictional twin Donald in Adaptation.. Despite these successes, most of his lower-profile films have performed poorly at the box office compared with his more mainstream, action-filled efforts. In 2005, for example, audiences ignored two offbeat, non-mainstream films he headlined, Lord of War and The Weather Man. Despite good reviews for his acting and nationwide releases for both films, neither found a significant audience. Poor reviews for the film The Wicker Man did not, inversely, create a hit; to further buck the trend, the critically-panned Ghost Rider (2007) was a significant hit, earning more than $45 million during its opening weekend (landing in the top spot) and over $208 million worldwide through the weekend ending on 25 March 2007. More recently he also starred in the 2007 movie Next, which shares the concept of a glimpse into an alternate time track with The Family Man (2000).Following his Oscar win, Cage reinvented himself as an action hero, starring in a trio of blockbuster muscle movies that elevated him to the ranks of aging icons Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone and Harrison Ford. "The Rock" (1996) teamed his at-first geeky FBI biochemist with Sean Connery (as the only man ever to have escaped from Alcatraz) to free hostages on the famous island while "Con Air" (1997) matched his bad-luck good guy with offbeat Federal Marshall John Cusack to foil the machinations of some of the hardest criminals ever assembled. After playing a psychotic terrorist who gets to swap identities with FBI guy John Travolta in John Woo's "Face/Off" (1997), Cage enjoyed a respite from actioners in "City of Angels" (1998), a love story inspired by Wim Wenders' "Wings of Desire" (1988), before taking his turn in Brian De Palma's crime thriller "Snake Eyes" (1998). In 1999, Cage starred in two edgy thrillers, the vile "8mm" directed by Joel Schumacher and the intriguing but ultimately unfulfilling "Bringing Out the Dead" directed by Martin Scorsese.Cage followed up his "Adaptation" triumph with a much-admired turn in director Ridley Scott's "Matchstick Men" (2003) as a small time con man with an abundance of pathological quirks who nevertheless comes alive when he discovers the 14-year-old daughter he never knew existed. Then he returned to action fare—this time in a more lighthearted and appealing mode—with the panned-but-popular Jerry Bruckheimer-produced "National Treasure" (2004), this time playing Benjamin Franklin Gates, the descendent of a treasure-hunting clan who seeks a war chest hidden by the Founding Fathers after the Revolutionary War. Next was his turn in "Lord of War" (2005) as Yuri Orlov, a globetrotting arms dealer struggling to stay one step ahead of his enemies—a relentless Interpol agent, his business rivals, and his notorious dictator customers—while also grappling his own conscience.The movie polarized critics—some hated it and others praised it, but all agreed Cage turned in a finely etched performance. Even better was his portrayal of the successful Chicago weather forecaster Dave Spritz who nevertheless inspires total strangers to throw fast foot at him in director Gore Verbinksi's seriocomic, existential "The Weather Man" (2005). Playing a newly introspective man wresting with his own mediocrity and plagued with an inability to meaningfully connect with his family members--his accomplished writer father (Michael Caine), his estranged wife (Hope Davis) and his children—in ways both hilarious and heartbreaking, Cage delivered one of his most measured, effective and surprisingly low-key performances, and sparked much awards season buzz.After voicing Zoc, the ant wizard in “The Ant Bully” (2006), Cage starred as Port Authority officer John McLoughlin in Oliver Stone’s sober and heart-wrenching look at the September 11th terrorist attacks, “World Trade Center” (2006). Along with Officer Will Jimeno (Michael Pena), McLoughlin survived for twenty-four hours underneath the rubble after both towers had collapsed. “World Trade Center” opened up to generally positive reviews, though a few expressed concern that it was too soon for a film about the horrific events. Meanwhile, Cage was set to be seen in “The Wicker Man” (2006), Neil LaBute’s remake of the 1973 British movie about a Scottish police officer who goes to a remote island to find a missing girl where he discovers the inhabitants engaged in strange and secretive rituals.Returning to the big budget fame and glory that defined his career, Cage, a lifelong comic book fan who flirted with virtually every comic book adaptation from Superman to Constantine appeared in "Ghost Rider" (2007), playing the flaming-skulled motorcycle-riding demon bounty hunter forced by contract to do the Devil’s bidding. Instead of the hard-drinking, heavy metal-loving character from the comics, Cage transformed him into a jelly bean-eating teetotaler who loves to listen to the Carpenters—a testament to the actor’s famed weirdness. Despite an online uproar from comic geeks over early leaked footage of the character’s distinctive flaming skull, “Ghost Rider” rolled to an easy box office take of $52 million over the course of a 4-day holiday weekend—surprising given the typical antipathy of audiences for past mid-February releases.In addition to his high-profile acting career, Cage frequently made headlines for his high-profile romances. After a frequently unorthodox marriage to actress Patricia Arquette, Cage had an on-again, off-again relationship with Lisa Marie Presley. When their brief marriage ended for good in 2004, the actor surprised many with his marriage to Alice Kim, a former sushi waitress 20 years younger than Cage, a mere two months after his divorce from Presley was finalized. Most of his financial successes have come from his forays into the action-adventure genre. In his second highest grossing film to date, National Treasure, he played an eccentric historian who goes on a dangerous adventure to find treasure hidden by the Founding Fathers of the United States. Other action hits in which Cage has starred include The Rock, in which he played a young FBI chemical weapons expert who infiltrates Alcatraz Island in hopes of neutralizing a terrorist threat, Face/Off, a John Woo film where he played both a hero and a villain, and World Trade Center, director Oliver Stone's film regarding the September 11, 2001 attacks. He also had a small but notable role as the Chinese criminal mastermind Dr. Fu Manchu in Rob Zombie's fake trailer Werewolf Women of the S.S. from the critically-acclaimed B-movie double feature Grindhouse.In recent years, Cage has experimented in other film-related fields besides acting. He made his directorial debut with Sonny, a low-budget drama starring James Franco as a male prostitute whose mother (Brenda Blethyn) serves as his pimp. Cage had a small role in the grim film, which received poor reviews and a short run in a limited number of theatres.Cage's producing career has also seen success. Shadow of the Vampire, the first film produced by Saturn Films, the company he founded with partner Jeff Levine, was nominated for an Academy Award. He also produced The Life of David Gale, a death penalty-themed thriller with Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet.In early December 2006, Cage announced at the Bahamas International Film Festival that he planned to curtail his future acting endeavors in order to pursue other interests. Cage said, "I feel I've made a lot of movies already and I want to start exploring other opportunities that I can apply myself to, whether it's writing or other interests that I may develop". Cage is listed as the executive producer of the The Dresden Files on the Sci-Fi Channel.In November 2007, Cage was spotted backstage at a Ring of Honor wrestling show in New York City researching his role for the upcoming movie "The Wrestler".Nicholas Cage will star in a Sci-Fi Thriller film titled "Knowing" by acclaimed Donnie Darko director Richard Kelly, which begins production on March 17 2008, in Melbourne, Australia. Cage will play a teacher who examines the contents of a time capsule unearthed at his son's elementary school. Startling predictions in the time capsule that have already come true lead him to believe the world is going to end at the close of the week and that he and his son are somehow involved in the destruction.In his early 20s, he dated actress Elizabeth Daily for two years, and was later involved with Uma Thurman. In 1988, Cage began dating Christina Fulton, mother of their son, Weston Coppola Cage (b. 26 December 1990); Weston appeared in Cage's film Lord of War as Vladimir, a young Ukrainian mechanic who quickly disarms a Mil Mi-24 helicopter.Cage has been married three times, Patricia Arquette (married on April 8, 1995 – divorce finalized May 18, 2001) Cage proposed to her on the day he met her in the early 80s. Arquette thought he was strange, but played along with his antics by creating a list of things Cage would have to do to "win her hand", including obtaining the autograph of reclusive author J.D. Salinger. However, when he seriously started working through the list of demands, Arquette became scared and avoided him. They met again many years later and went on to marry. Lisa Marie Presley (married on August 10, 2002 and separated after four months in December 2002; their divorce was finalized on May 16, 2004) — the daughter of Elvis Presley, of whom Cage is a fan and based his performance in Wild at Heart on. He later said they shouldn't have been married in the first place. Alice Kim, a former waitress who previously worked at the Los Angeles restaurant Kabuki, met Cage at Los Angeles based Korean Nightclub, Le Privé. She is mother to his son, Kal-El (born October 3, 2005). She had a minor role in the 2007 movie Next which he produced. They were married in an island off the coast of New Zealand.Cage had a Malibu home where he and Alice lived, but in 2004 he bought a property on Paradise Island, Bahamas. In 2005, he sold his Malibu home for $10 million. In May 2006, he bought a 40-acre island in the Exuma archipelago which had been on the market for $3 million, some 85 miles southeast of Nassau and close to a similar island owned by Faith Hill and Tim McGraw.On July 19, 2006, Cage bought the old medieval castle of Schloss Neidstein (see de:Schloss Neidstein) in the Oberpfalz region in Germany. His grandmother was German, living in Cochem an der Mosel.In August 2007, Cage purchased a home in Middletown, Rhode Island. The 24,000-square foot, brick-and-stone country manor, on 26 secluded acres, has 12 bedrooms, 10 full bathrooms and sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean from its perch bordering the Norman Bird Sanctuary. Cage sale ranks in the state’s most expensive residential purchases, eclipsed by the $17.15 million sale last December of the Miramar mansion on Bellevue Avenue in Newport. Also in 2007 he purchased Midford Castle in Somerset, England.The name of his son, Kal El, comes from the Superman comic books. Kal El is Superman's birthname on the planet Krypton. He was once attached to play Superman in a film to be directed by Tim Burton. Nicolas was director Sam Raimi's first choice to play Norman Osborn/Green Goblin in the movie Spider-Man. He has even created a comic book, with his son Weston, called Voodoo Child, which is published by Virgin Comics.