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It might surprise you to learn that before “Watchmen” director Zack Snyder was hired on to develop and direct the upcoming “Man of Steel,” J.J. Abrams himself took a crack at bringing Superman back to the big screen.
Or... it might not be so surprising. After all, Abrams has had franchise after geeky franchise offered up to him on a silver platter by the major studios, including “Mission: Impossible,” “Star Trek,” and now “Star Wars.” Why would DC’s flagging flagship of a superhero franchise be any different?
Way back in 2002, a fresh-off-“Felicity” Abrams wrote a screenplay called “Superman: Flyby” for Warner Bros. The film was to be a hard reboot of the franchise (unlike director Bryan Singer's subsequent "Superman Returns" which was a loose sequel to the original Superman movies), reintroducing Clark Kent, Lois Lane, Lex Luthor, and the rest. The plot involved a civil war on Superman's destroyed home planet of Krypton spilling over onto Earth, and the superhero having to overcome his own fear to save the day.Read More »from J.J. Abrams says his Superman movie concept not so different from ‘Man of Steel’