In the wake of his cameo on DC’s The Flash as Superman, Nicolas Cage talked about his scrapped movie, Superman Lives. Back in the 1990s, with Tim Burton as the director, the movie Superman Lives was coming to life. If completed the movie would have been a darker and unique take on the superhero, which is classic for any Tim Burton movie. However, the movie was axed by Warner Bros. due to its high production cost. Yet, many fans feel it was canceled because the production company couldn’t see a bright future for a darker side of their happy and brave superhero.
Tim Burton Isn’t Happy With Nicolas Cage’s Cameo
While the scene was a mix of AI and VFX, it didn’t sit well with Tim Burton who talked about his feelings regarding the canceled movie. He revealed that he doesn’t have any regrets. However, given the fact that he worked on the project for a long time, it still affects his life decades later. He said, “Because you get passionate about things, and each thing is an unknown journey, and it wasn’t there yet. But it’s one of those experiences that never leaves you, a little bit.”
Regarding Cage’s cameo, he explained, “But also it goes into another AI thing, and this is why I think I’m over it with the studio. They can take what you did, ‘Batman’ or whatever, and culturally misappropriate it, or whatever you want to call it. Even though you’re a slave of Disney or Warner Brothers, they can do whatever they want. So in my latter years of life, I’m in quiet revolt against all this.”
After the popular Batman franchise became a big success for Warner Bros., Burton was to direct Superman Lives with Nicolas as the lead. However, it was scrapped after 2 years of being in the pre-production stage.
Nicolas Cage Reveals He Had A Different Vision For Kal-El
Although Tim Burton is clearly annoyed at his character being used for a cameo in The Flash, he is over it now. Yet, Nicolas Cage is happy with his character’s appearance in the latest DC movie. He stated that seeing his shelved character on screen was a satisfying moment for him. Not just that, he also revealed something interesting regarding Tim Burton being a part of the canceled movie.
He went on record to reveal that it wasn’t Tim Burton who cast him in the movie. Rather, it was him who cast Tim Burton as his director. The Academy Award winner explained, “They wanted Renny Harlin, and he’s a nice guy and perfectly capable. But for me, the vision I had for Kal-El was more of a Tim Burton-style presentation universe.”
For the unversed, Nicolas Cage’s cameo in the movie happens in the final few minutes. This is when the Flash makes use of time travel in an effort to correct his mistakes in the past. However, as the multi-verse starts to collide, viewers briefly get a glimpse of what could have been a world that failed to transpire, a Superman that never was!
So, what do you think of Nicolas Cage’s cameo in The Flash movie? And will you watch Tim Burton’s Superman Lives if it is revived for fans? Share your thoughts in the comments and follow Urban Matter for the latest news!