Nicolas Cage Responds To Tim Burton’s Flash Superman Cameo Criticisms: “I Know What He Means”


  • Nicolas Cage addresses Tim Burton’s criticism of his Superman cameo in The Flash, clarifying that the giant spider fight was not his doing.
  • Cage suggests that the scene was created using CGI to de-age him and expresses empathy with Burton’s concerns about appropriation and artificial intelligence.
  • The actor shares his personal aversion towards AI, describing it as inhumane and highlighting the potential dangers it poses.

Nicolas Cage, who had a major Superman cameo in The Flash, is chiming in on Tim Burton’s criticism about the DCEU movie. After nearly a decade of waiting for the Flash movie, Ezra Miller’s DCEU adventure was finally released earlier this year, with Warner Bros. Discovery hyping it up as one of their biggest films of all time. However, The Flash ended up being a box office disaster and was received poorly by critics, marking one of the final chapters for the DCEU as James Gunn’s DC Universe will replace the decade-long franchise.

One of the better-received cameos in the Flash movie was Cage, as he got to play his version of the Man of Steel from the scrapped Superman Lives movie that Burton was going to direct in the 1990s. It has been several months since The Flash‘s release, and while he was initially positive about his cameo, Cage is opening up about Burton’s critical comments regarding his Superman Lives cameo in an interview with Yahoo! Entertainment. Burton declared that he was “in quiet revolt” regarding what he thought was the use of AI in recreating his Superman. Now, Cage says:

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When I went to the picture, it was me fighting a giant spider. I did not do that. That was not what I did. I don’t think it was [created by] AI. I know Tim is upset about AI, as I am. It was CGI, OK, so that they could de-age me, and I’m fighting a spider. I didn’t do any of that, so I don’t know what happened there. … But I get where Tim’s coming from. I know what he means. I would be very unhappy if people were taking my art … and appropriating them. I get it. I mean, I’m with him in that regard. AI is a nightmare to me. It’s inhumane. You can’t get more inhumane than artificial intelligence.

Why The Flash Movie Cameos Are So Controversial

The multiverse concept has become more popular in superhero movies and TV shows, allowing franchises such as DC and Marvel to pay homage to past projects. In The Flash‘s case, a combination of factors led to the mixed response. One of the biggest complaints was the lack of Grant Gustin’s The Flash, which many have called a major missed opportunity, especially after his version of Barry Allen met with Miller’s iteration during the Arrowverse’s Crisis on Infinite Earths.

The Flash‘s VFX was also panned, particularly with the cameos, as many were either A.I. models or done with CGI. The cameo appearances by Christopher Reeve and Helen Slater’s Superman and Supergirl were a big example of how working in surprise players could feel emotionless. Even though it was a VFX editor who played Jay Garrick in the Chronobowl sequence, many thought it was a poor CGI version of Teddy Sears’s Hunter Zolomon (who posed as Jay during The Flash season 2).

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The Flash is one of several recent superhero movies to have struggled with both VFX quality and the usage of multiverse cameos. In this case, many of the DC movie’s cameos probably also went over the heads of many audience members, as younger generations are not necessarily going to know Reeve’s Superman, Slater’s Supergirl, Michael Keaton and Adam West’s Batmen, or even that Cage was supposed to be the Man of Steel almost three decades ago. As The Flash will go down as one of DC’s most critical movies, it will likely spark discussion for years to come.

Source: Yahoo! Entertainment

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