The Flash | Nicolas Cage on what he filmed versus what we saw

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Nicolas Cage has been reflecting on The Flash movie, and a slight differential between his work and the finished result.

Inevitably, a bit of spoiler-y stuff for The Flash lies within.

Seems a long time ago now, the to and fro over the release of the DC superhero adaptation, The Flash. Turns out it was earlier this year though that the Andres Muschietti-directed movie came to cinemas.

And, of course, the film was laden with cameos and in-jokes, one of which saw Nicolas Cage appear briefly in a sequence that called back to the time when he was set to take on the role of Superman.

It’s a story from geek lore, that Cage did costume tests for the Man of Steel, at a point when Tim Burton was set to direct Superman Lives. That project ultimately fell apart, but the imagery of Cage in the suit has long leaked out.

In a fresh interview with Yahoo! though, Nicolas Cage has been chatting about his appearance in The Flash, and he’s been pretty candid that what he shot wasn’t really what appeared in the film.

“When I went to the picture, it was me fighting a giant spider”, Cage told the outlet. “I did not do that. That was not what I did.”

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Again, this goes back to Superman Lives, and a tale that writer/director Kevin Smith has told about his time working on the screenplay. If you’re not familiar with that tale, then a refresher is here

Cage, in the interview, muses that he doesn’t think AI created the sequence we ultimately got, noting that both he and Tim Burton are “upset” about the use of AI. Instead, he figured it was CG work, adding that “I just think that they did something with it, and again, it’s out of my control. 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.”

That may have been what he filmed, it’s not how it was presented in the film. But he noted he was on set for about three hours in total, with no dialogue, and he had nothing but nice words to say about Muschietti too.

The full interview can be found here.

The Flash is available on home formats now.

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