Nicolas Cage made his cameo appearance as Superman in The Flash which was considered a full circle moment since he was supposed to play the Man of Steel in the canceled Superman Lives project back in the '90s.
While it was a quick moment, some DC fans were happy that they were able to have a small glimpse of what the award-winning actor's take on Superman would have looked like if the movie happened.
We know that Cage himself was happy that he was able to finally play the role on the big screen even for just a quick moment, but how about the director of the canceled project, Tim Burton?
After all, The Flash also featured another character from a Burton-helmed DC movie with Michael Keaton's Batman, whose return was also celebrated by fans and considered one of the film's highlights.
Tim Burton Addresses Nicolas Cage's Cameo as Superman in The Flash
In an interview with BFI, Burton was asked whether he has any regrets about the canceled Superman Lives project and his thoughts regarding Cage's cameo as the Man of Steel recently in The Flash.
The director revealed that, while he has no regret over it, the experience also affected him for the rest of his life.
"No, I don’t have regrets. I will say this: when you work that long on a project and it doesn’t happen, it affects you for the rest of your life," 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."
Burton also expressed his dismay over the usage of the characters from his projects with the AI technology and he admitted that he is "in quiet revolt" about it.
He added, "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."
Based on his comments, it sounds like Burton wasn't really happy with how Cage's Superman and Keaton's Batman were treated in The Flash and he was almost blunt on his disappointment over the studio's usage of them as it seems that the studio did not ask for his blessing.
Some fans have also shared similar sentiments as they think that the usage of those legacy characters was done for nostalgia purposes. In the end, it did not drive the general audience to check out the film in theaters since the box office ended up becoming a disappointment.
The Flash is available to stream on Max.