Storyboards From Abrams’ “Superman: Flyby

Storyboards From Abrams Superman Flyby

Before Bryan Singer’s “Superman Returns” in 2006 but after Tim Burton’s failed to launch Nicolas Cage-led “Superman Lives” in the late 1990s, another film about the Last Son of Krypton was in development and nearly got off the ground – “Superman: Flyby”.

In the very early 2000s, “Felicity” and “Alias” creator J.J. Abrams penned a script for a Superman film which had McG attached to direct. The film was an origin story in which Krypton doesn’t explode and a civil war ravaging the planet spills over to Earth where Kal-El is sent after Jor-El is imprisoned.

The script took major liberties with Superman lore and was subjected to a thorough evisceration in an online review with the project scrapped shortly after.

Now, nearly two decades later, “Rise of the Guardians” helmer and “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse” co-director Peter Ramsey has shared some storyboards from one of the project’s fight scenes. Ramsey worked as a storyboard artist on ‘Flyby’ and the posted photos come from the film’s opening sequence – a fight between Superman and Ty-Zor.

Future Superman stars Brandon Routh and Henry Cavill screen tested for the title role in the abandoned movie, as did Brendan Fraser. Others rumored to be in talks for the project back in the day included Robert Downey Jr. as Lex Luthor, Joel Edgerton as Ty-Zor, Christopher Walken, Shia LaBeouf as Jimmy Olsen and Scarlett Johansson and Selma Blair were both up for Lois Lane.

Source: Slashfilm