In a revelation that might leave some fans scratching their heads, Nicolas Cage has stepped forward to clarify his much-talked-about Superman cameo in The Flash. It turns out that the veteran actor’s time on set didn’t involve the spider showdown that audiences saw in the theatrical cut.
During a recent interview with Yahoo Entertainment, Nicolas Cage dispelled rumors that his cameo was a recycled artifact from the archives of Superman Lives, a project that never saw the light of day. “First and foremost, I was on set,” Cage stated, addressing the speculation directly.
Cage’s involvement with The Flash had fans eager to see the Oscar winner don the cape in what could have been an iconic turn as Superman. “They did put a lot of time into building the suit,” he acknowledged, giving a nod to the efforts behind the production. He also praised the film’s director, Andy Muschietti, for his previous work and approach, “I think [Andy] is a terrific director… and I loved his two It movies.”
“I had no dialogue [so had to] convey with my eyes the emotion. So that’s what I did. I was on set for maybe three hours,” the actor added.
Why did Nicolas Cage’s Superman fight a giant spider?
However, when Cage saw the final product, he was met with a startling revelation, as his Superman was depicted engaging in a fight against a gargantuan spider — a nod to infamous proposals from Superman Lives producer Jon Peters.
The actor expressed his bafflement and aligned his sentiments with those of Tim Burton, who has openly criticized the use of AI in filmmaking. Cage emphasized that while the use of CGI was employed to de-age him, the specifics of the scene were not his doing. “I don’t think it was [created by] AI… It was CGI… and I’m fighting a spider. I didn’t do any of that, so I don’t know what happened there.”
Yet, Cage clarified that, to his knowledge, AI was not the culprit behind the unexpected twist in his scene. “I don’t think it [was] AI [in The Flash]. I just think that they did something with it, and again, it’s out of my control,” the actor added. “I literally went to shoot a scene for maybe an hour in the suit, looking at the destruction of a universe and trying to convey the feelings of loss and sadness and terror in my eyes. That’s all I did.”
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