Back in 2004, when Superman Returns was still a twinkle in Bryan Singer's eye, Charlie's Angels helmer, McG, was embarking on his own take on the Big Big Blue Boy Scout.
Scripted by J.J. Abrams and titled Superman: Flyby, current Supes Henry Cavill was cast as the Man of Steel, with Robert Downey Jr. tapped to play Lex Luthor.
Ironically, the reason the movie was shelved was due to McG's crippling fear of flying. The studio wanted to shoot Superman: Flyby in Australia, but McG wasn't prepared to leave North America. In the end the project fell by the wayside and we were left asking what might have been.
The guys over at filmsketchr have got their hands on some artwork from concept artist Jim Martin plus an unofficial synopsis for the movie.
STORY: Young PRINCE KAL-EL is rocketed to Earth in an effort for Jor-El to allow Kal-El to fufill the prophecy of being the chosen Kryptonian to end a century old Civil War.
On Earth Kal-El is found by the KENTS a kindly couple who's hopes were to be parents. After surviving the years Kal-El now Clark Kent's life is shown through a series of scenes showcasing his life before Superman which leads right up to the moment he meets Lois Lane at a Metropolis College. All the while the young TY-ZOR Cousin to Clark Kent goes from Planet to Planet in search of his Cousin in hopes of killing him and crushing the war. When he arrives to Earth he discovers his Cousin has become SUPERMAN Earth's greatest protector and the two engage in a battle for the Earth it self.
Despite some of the big changes to the Superman mythos, there are certainly some parallels between Superman: Flyby and last year's Man of Steel.
Here's the concept art to give you an idea of how the movie might have looked:
It's certainly an intriguing plot and I'd have loved to see what RDJ would've done with Lex Luthor. That being said, if Superman: Flyby had worked out, we probably wouldn't have gotten an RDJ Iron Man, which in turn would've changed the entire outlook of Marvel Studios. Plus McG was set to helm, which is never a good thing if you want a movie to have any artistic integrity, or, for that matter, be any good.
Think we dodged a bullet with this one.
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