Superman Lives! comes from far away, so much so as to present a young Nicolas Cage who was going to become a very particular version of the Man of Steel. A movie that Warner Bros. planned with Tim Burton behind the scenes after his successful superheroic vision of Batman in movie theaters, but that eventually was left behind on the cutting room floor. Even so, before its cancellation, we were able to see several costume tests with Cage dressed in the Superman suit back in the mid-90s. Recently, The Flash recovered that version of the Man of Steel for its different multiversal cameos via CGI, something that Burton himself has bashed in a recent interview: I’m in quiet revolt against all this”.
Tim Burton doesn’t approve of Superman Lives! cameo
In an interview with the British Film Institute, the director of Batman and Edward Scissorhands - among many other films - assures he does not feel very comfortable with the use of his idea around Superman as a CGI cameo for a current movie: “It goes into another AI thing, and this is why I think I’m over it with the studio”, comments the filmmaker.
“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,” says Tim Burton about the current trend of said studios in bringing back works from the past at will.
On the possibility he had in the past of adapting Superman on the big screen, Burton said that “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. 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.”