Tim Burton didn’t really appreciate the use in “The Flash” of the Nicolas Cage version of Superman that he had imagined after his “Batman” films with Michael Keaton.
The Flashnot even saved by Batman
In 1989 the public discovered for the first time Michael Keaton in the shoes of Bruce Wayne thanks to Batman of Tim Burton. One of the director’s first films and one of the most anchored in popular culture. Moreover, three years later, the filmmaker offered a (perhaps) even better sequel with Batman: The Challenge (1992)always worn by Michael Keaton.
The actor has precisely put on his costume againmore than thirty years later, for the purposes of the film The Flash. Indeed, in it, the hero Barry Allen tries to modify the past to save his mother. But his action creates a multiverse and he then finds himself stuck in a world where Batman is not played by Ben Affleck, but by Michael Keaton.
With The Flash, Warner Bros. obviously wanted to capitalize on the nostalgic fiber to attract the public. But the result was really not up to par and the spectators logically shunned a visually hideous film (see our review). When it was released in theaters, the feature film only garnered a little more than $268 million in worldwide box office revenue.
Tim Burton angry after his Superman cameo
Besides the use of Michael Keaton, there is also in The Flash a cameo from Nicolas Cage as Superman which again comes from an idea that Tim Burton was never able to realize. The director was questioned by BFI on this famous Superman cameo. And the least we can say is that Tim Burton has it a little in the throat.
When you work on a project for so long and it doesn’t come to fruition, it affects you for the rest of your life. Because we are passionate about certain things, and each thing is an unknown journey, and we have not yet reached the end. But it’s one of those experiences that never leaves you.
The filmmaker then goes on to point out the use of part of his work. Tim Burton then said to himself “disgusted with studios“ who can carry out misappropriation of this kind.
They can take anything you’ve done, Batman or whatever, and twist it culturally, or whatever you call it. Even being a slave to Disney or Warner Bros., they can do whatever they want. It is for this reason that during the last years of my life, I silently revolted against all of this.