Director Tim Burton returned to talk about what happened with the film Superman Lives, which was supposed to star Nicolas Cage, and how he is against artificial intelligence.
Tim Burton he returned to talk about the film Superman that it should have had as its protagonist Nicolas Cage and the appearance of that version of the superhero in The Flash.
The director, interviewed by BFI, admitted that he had no regrets about what happened, as well as explaining what his reaction was when he discovered what had been done with the character in the project directed by Andy Muschietti.
An experience that marked the director
Recalling the cancellation of Superman Lives, Tim Burton said: “No, I have no regrets. I will say this: when you work on a project for so long and it doesn’t happen, it affects the rest of your life. Because you get passionate about things and each one is an unknown path, and he wasn’t ready yet. But it’s one of those experiences that, in a certain sense, never leaves you“.
At the time, the filmmaker and Warner Bros faced creative differences, as well as the studio hoping to keep expenses low. The producers’ requests therefore led to the script being rewritten several times before the feature film was abandoned.
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Burton then spoke about Nicolas Cage’s cameo in The Flash, for which the actor was digitally rejuvenated, underlining: “It brings me to another aspect of Artificial Intelligence and that’s why I think I’m done with the study. They can take what you did, Batman or whatever, and culturally misappropriate that work, or whatever definition you want to give to that practice. Even if you are a slave to Disney or Warner Brothers, they can do whatever they want. So in the last phase of my life, I’m in a peaceful revolt against all of this“.