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Nicolas Cage Names Son Kal-El

Actor Nicholas Cage has named his son Kal-el, after Superman’s Kryptonian birth name.

Nicolas Cage gives Superman’s birth name to son (Reuters)

Oscar-winning actor Nicolas Cage’s wife of 14 months gave birth on Monday to the couple’s first child together, a son they named Kal-el — a moniker recognized by comic book fans as the birth name of Superman. The child’s delivery in New York City and his full name, Kal-el Coppola Cage, were confirmed by the actor’s publicist, Annett Wolf, who said of the family, “They are healthy and happy and it’s quite lovely.”

No further details were released, including how the actor and his wife, Alice Kim Cage, were inspired to borrow from the mythology of Superman in naming their child. Cage is known as an avid comic book devotee who once sold his personal collection, including a copy of Superman’s 1938 pulp debut, at auction for more than $1.6 million. The nephew of famed filmmaker Francis Ford Coppola, the actor adopted his own stage surname from the Marvel Comics superhero Luke Cage. Cage also was at one time slated to star in a Superman movie under the direction of Tim Burton, a project that ultimately was scrapped and replaced by a newer Warner Bros. remake expected for release next summer.

The 41-year-old actor and his wife, a former sushi waitress about 20 years his junior, met at a nightclub last year before marrying on July 30, 2004.

The man loves his comic books; of that there is no doubt. I just hope he gets that boy some fighting lessons from an early age. It’s bad enough being an action hero’s kid without having to back up Superman’s name.

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  1. ICallMasICM says:

    ‘The 41-year-old actor and his wife, a former sushi waitress about 20 years his junior, met at a nightclub last year before marrying on July 30, 2004.’

    Something tells me that having a stupid name will be about the least of this kid’s concerns.

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  2. Eddie Thomas says:

    If only Johnny Cash were still with us, he could write a song about it. It might be hard, though, to rhyme with “Kal-el”.

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  3. McGehee says:

    I just hope he gets that boy some fighting lessons from an early age. It’s bad enough being an action hero’s kid without having to back up Superman’s name.

    Nah. He’ll just tell everyone to call him “Clark.”

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  4. Kent says:

    If only Johnny Cash were still with us, he could write a song about it. It might be hard, though, to rhyme with “Kal-el”.

    “Hell” works.

    Which is what the kid is going to go through.

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  5. Barry says:

    Or ‘Jail’, ‘whale’, ‘wail’, ‘yell’ (with accent), ‘tell’. That should be enough for a song, although topping ‘A boy named Sue’ would be hard.

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  6. Anderson says:

    Good one, McGehee.

    One of the downsides of being a free country is the names people give their kids. I’ve always kind of admired how the Brits won’t let anyone name a girl “Princess,” etc. If there’s ever a Name Police in this country, sign me up.

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