Nicolas Cage wanted to name his new baby son KYLE, but chose the name KAL-EL after his wife ALICE decided they should select something more exotic. The couple decided the name, which is derived from the Superman comics, was a perfect fit for their new baby. He explains, "My wife wanted a unique name and originally I thought of the name Kyle and then she said, 'No, something more unusual and but beautiful.' "Then I remembered the old Superman comics and Kal-El was his original name on Krypton. So I wanted a name that stood for something good, was unique and American and that's all three. "I just thought it was a beautiful name and it had kind of a magical ring to it."