Way before Warner Bros. and DC were launching the DCEU with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, and even before Bryan Singer directed Superman Returns, The Man of Steel was set to star in a movie written by J.J. Abrams entitled Superman: Flyby, which was set to be directed by McG or Brett Ratner.
At one point the production got as far as casting, and one man who went for the role was Jude Law.
“First of all, I’m an Englishman and I felt like, I don’t know, it just didn’t seem to fit, and I was always worried about the outfit and I just didn’t fancy it,” Law told Stephen Colbert. “This director was very keen to meet and impress it upon me and I was actually out in California and he said, ‘look, you just have to try the suit on. The suit’s amazing, and we’ve revamped the suit,’ and I was like, ‘Okay, send the suit over.'”
“So I take the suit into the bathroom and I’m putting it on and then I look round, I’m in the mirror and suddenly…I’m Superman, right,” he continues. “I stood there and then I had this picture of me in that costume on posters all over the world and I was like…’no way’ and I unzipped it. But I was Superman for two minutes, that’s enough.”
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