Director Tim Burton says he’s “in quiet revolt” against the usage of AI by Hollywood studios, which might be unleashed to “culturally misappropriate” previous franchises and icons.

In a latest interview with the British Film Institute (BFI), Burton talked at size about his expansive profession and key shifts in the leisure trade.

He prompt he wasn’t thrilled by his former collaborators Nicholas Cage and Michael Keaton’s cameos as Superman and Batman respectively in Andy Muschietti’s The Flash (2023).

In the 90s, Burton got here shut to directing Superman Lives, a deconstructionist tackle the favored American superhero that includes Cage in the title function. The movie, nonetheless, was scrapped by Warner Bros. a couple of weeks earlier than it went on flooring. It has since been dissected as one of many nice unmade movies in cinema historical past.

In The Flash, Cage makes a shock look as his character from Superman Lives. The DCEU movie additionally options Michael Keaton as Batman, whom Burton had directed in two cult superhero films, 1990’s Batman and 1992’s Batman Returns. Both movies have been produced by Warner Bros.

In his BFI interview, Burton stated he doesn’t remorse the cancellation of his legendary Superman movie.

“No, I don’t have regrets,” Burton was quoted as saying. “I’ll say this: once you work that lengthy on a challenge and it doesn’t occur, it impacts you for the remainder of your life. Because you get obsessed with issues, and every factor is an unknown journey, and it wasn’t there but. But it’s a type of experiences that by no means leaves you, a little bit bit.”

He expanded this into a mirrored image on the usage of AI in Hollywood, in an obvious reference to multiverse-style movies like The Flash.

“But additionally it goes into one other AI factor, and this is why I believe I’m over it with the studio. They can take what you probably did, Batman or no matter, and culturally misappropriate it, or no matter you need to name it. Even although you’re a slave of Disney or Warner Brothers, they’ll do no matter they need. So in my latter years of life, I’m in quiet revolt against all this,” Burton instructed BFI.

However, filmmaker Kevin Smith, who had written the unfilmed screenplay of Superman Lives, just lately praised Cage’s cameo in The Flash.

“I lastly bought to see Nic Cage be Superman. It has been an absolute delight for me,” Smith was quoted as telling Rolling Stone. “It’s mind-melting. One of the primary issues I believed once I noticed it on the premiere is, ‘Goddammit, (the enormous spider) would have labored.’ As a lot as I used to make enjoyable of (Superman Lives producer) Jon Peters, that seemed badass.”

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