J.J. Abrams Talks His Scrapped SUPERMAN: FLYBY Script and How It Relates to MAN OF STEEL
Warner Bros. are planning to reboot Superman with Zack Snyder‘s Man Of Steel. The DC Comics character has been a hard character to deal with since the original series of films that started with Richard Donner’s 1978 classic Superman, and there were different iterations in development before the studio finally settled on Bryan Singer‘s underperforming 2006 movie Superman Returns. Before Singer’s take got approved, countless proposals and scripts for a new Superman movie were in development with a variety of directors like Tim Burton,Brett Ratner, and McG supervising the property.
The popular Superman film that never happened was Superman: Flyby which was written by J.J. Abrams in 2002. Both McG and Ratner were attached to helm Flyby at different times, but the project was dismissed in favor of Singer’s take on the character.
Abrams spoke a bit about how he envisioned Superman’s origin story in Flyby:
“The thing that I tried to emphasise in the story was that if the Kents found this boy, Kal-El, who had the power that he did, he would have most likely killed them both in short order. And the idea that these parents would see – if they were lucky to survive long enough – that they had to immediately begin teaching this kid to limit himself and to not be so fast, not be so strong, not be so powerful.
The result of that, psychologically, would be fear of oneself, self-doubt and being ashamed of what you were capable of. Extrapolating that to adulthood became a fascinating psychological profile of someone who was not pretending to be Clark Kent, but who was Clark Kent. Who had become that kind of a character who is not able or willing to accept who he was and what his destiny was.”