Throughout his own filmography, he has become the poster boy for cyberpunk in film. Even though it is not every movie, or even that often, his interest in the genre helps push the movement forward to the spotlight. It’s a neon spotlight, but a spot light nonetheless.
A battle line exists, but it’s more of a loose barrier gliding across a spectrum of gray matter than a trench in the sand. Because of this, the debate is more complicated. Throw in the “informed” opinions of famous faces and the debate is far from being settled.