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Hollywood hunk Matt Bomer has been buckling box office knees with his superhuman physique in Magic Mike XXL, but did you know that instead of copious amounts of lotion, his tantalizing torso was at one point set to be covered by a red and yellow 'S'? This one, to be exact:

You've probably heard of the eventually cancelled Superman movie Flyby, now legendary amongst fans for being the most insane superhero movie never made (more on the specifics further down) - and Bomer was due to star in it!

Speaking to the Happy Sad Confused podcast, the actor said that director Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand, Horrible Bosses) had actually handpicked him for the role of Clark Kent, though, claims he's happy it didn't work out:

"Brett chose me for the project and then it all fell apart. It was a very lengthy process to get the role, I think it was over the course of three months because I went in in a cattle call. It sort of evolved from there.
It was a month of, 'Okay, looks like this is going to happen.' And then it slowly fell apart. I have zero regrets about that, I feel like I've gotten to do such a rich array of roles in so many different things. I haven't been too locked in… I mean that's a very iconic role to portray, to suddenly be that character in everyone's minds forever."
Peak level of cool: not bothered about being Superman
Peak level of cool: not bothered about being Superman

Considering how insane every other aspect of Superman Flyby seemed to be, I think this was an uncharacteristically savvy casting choice - he's voiced the Man of Steel in the animated Superman Unbound, and certainly has the right look for Clark Kent.

But lo, it wasn't to be. Look on the bright side, if he had donned the iconic suit, he may never have taken it off, thereby depriving the world of this:

As surprising as Bomer's near-casting is, it's far from the craziest thing we know about Superman Flyby. Here are some belief-defying details every fan needs to know:

Superman was going to be killed

Long before he began to resurrect Star Wars, J.J. Abrams wrote the script for Flyby, which saw the Man of Steel dramatically meet his end. Following a giant mech battle (yes: GIANT MECH BATTLE) between Superman and the evil Kryptonians, the red-caped warrior was stabbed with a shard of kryptonite, killing him.

In response, Jor-El (Superman's father) commits ritual suicide to join him in heaven, before sending his son back to earth, magic? Pretty nuts, huh? I didn't realize Abrams was so brutally bloodthirsty - I just hope he doesn't have it in for Han Solo, too!

Iron Man was set to play an alien-obsessed Lex Luthor

Yep, apparently the studio had reached out to Robert Downey Jr. for Lex, who was portrayed as a government agent obsessed with UFO phenomena. Can you imagine him going bald?

Other actors considered for the role of Superman include Josh Hartnett, Jude Law, Brendan Fraser and the late Paul Walker. Walker himself said:

"I could have made a gazillion dollars on that franchise. I could probably have bought my own fleet of jets or my own island. You know what? I don’t need it."

It featured Matrix-inspired Kryptonian Kung Fu

I'm not entirely sure what Kryptonian Kung Fu is, but it sounds pretty awesome. Early versions of the script had Lex Luthor as a Kryptonian who could fly and knew martial arts. It was the early 2000s, so naturally the film took some inspiration from The Matrix, proposing to use slow motion for Kung Fu-filled fight sequences between Superman and his enemies. That actually sounds kinda rad.

What do you think: did we dodge a bullet with Superman Flyby, or do you think it should've made it to screens?


Who would you have cast as Superman?

[Sources: Wikipedia, Happy Sad Confused]


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