A collection of concept art for Superman: Flyby reveals a unique look at the shelved JJ Abrams film.
Roughly two decades ago, writer, director and producer extraordinaire JJ Abrams wrote a script titled Superman: Flyby. Along with writing, he attempted to get the chance to direct the film, but the project was ultimately passed on by Warner Bros. in favor of Bryan Singer’s 2006 film, which featured actor Brandon Routh as the Man of Steel.
Concept art from JJ Abrams‘ unmade Superman: Flyby movie has made the rounds on the internet, showcasing an exciting new look at what the filmmaker’s vision for the character could’ve been like. Here, we see the titular American icon in a leaner get-up than we’ve seen in recent portrayals such as with Henry Cavill. We also get a look at proposed designs of Krypton and Metropolis.
You can check out the photos from JJ Abrams’ shelved Superman: Flyby down below:
At this time, the cinematic future of Superman remains a mystery, particularly in regards to Henry Cavill, given he was last seen on the big screen in 2017’s Justice League. Given the recent merger forming Warner Bros. Discovery, a potential overhaul of DC is being explored, and there is an interest in revitalizing the Man of Steel, after being left to languish over the last few years. In particular, JJ Abrams is currently attached to produce a film that looks to feature a Black Clark Kent, with writer Ta-Nehisi Coates penning the script.
Although Superman: Flyby never took flight, it’s clear that JJ Abrams has a passion for the character, given that he remains attached to the potential reboot. Either way, it’s always interesting to take a look at proposed projects from any DC Comics film that never ended up getting made.
Superman was last seen in Zack Snyder’s Justice League. Here is the synopsis:
“In ZACK SNYDER’S JUSTICE LEAGUE, determined to ensure Superman’s (Henry Cavill) ultimate sacrifice was not in vain, Bruce Wayne (Ben Affleck) aligns forces with Diana Prince (Gal Gadot) with plans to recruit a team of metahumans to protect the world from an approaching threat of catastrophic proportions. The task proves more difficult than Bruce imagined, as each of the recruits must face the demons of their own pasts to transcend that which has held them back, allowing them to come together, finally forming an unprecedented league of heroes. Now united, Batman (Affleck), Wonder Woman (Gadot), Aquaman (Jason Momoa), Cyborg (Ray Fisher) and The Flash (Ezra Miller) may be too late to save the planet from Steppenwolf, DeSaad and Darkseid and their dreadful intentions.”
Zack Snyder’s Justice League stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams, Gal Gadot, Ezra Miller, Jason Momoa, Ray Fisher, Jeremy Irons, Diane Lane, Connie Nielsen, J.K. Simmons, and Ciarán Hinds.
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