Tim Burton has spoken out on Michael Keaton and Nicolas Cage’s cameos in The Flash as Batman and Superman, both of whom came from Burton-helmed projects and one of which never even saw the light of day.
DC fans will all know by now of Keaton and Cage’s involvement in the 2023 DC movie, Keaton’s being more prominent with Cage’s being a controversially quick VFX version.
Keaton first appeared as Batman on screen in the Burton-directed Batman movie back in 1989, then again in Burton’s sequel Batman Returns in 1992. Cage’s Superman on the other hand never got to see the light of day as Burton’s Superman Lives movie was axed, however, images of Cage testing out a Superman suit surfaced later.
While talking to the British Film Institute, Burton shared his reaction to Keaton’s Bruce Wayne aka Batman and Cage’s Superman having a presence in the Ezra Miller-led The Flash movie that was released in theatres earlier this year.
Tim Burton In “Quiet Revolt Against All This”
While reacting to Keaton and Cage’s DC cameos in The Flash during the recent BFI interview, Burton compared them to the Hollywood trend of reimagining old movies and characters using artificial intelligence aka AI platforms.
He said: “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”.
He added: “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.”
Source: British Film Institute