9. J.J. Abrams’ Superman Flyby
Like Batman, Warner Bros. tried and failed to bring Superman to the big screen a number of times over the years. J.J. Abrams wrote Superman: Flyby and Brett Ratner was attached to direct. Concept art of the suit – which you can see above – was well received by comic book fans, but some of the story decisions? Not so much…
This version would have seen Krypton not actually destroyed, with Lex Luthor a UFO obsessed government agent and Superman killed by some Kryptonians he’d brought to Earth. He would then meet his father in heaven, before being resurrected and eventually heading back to his home planet in a spaceship.
It sounds terrible on paper, but this take on Superman could have been something very unique and different despite being a very unfaithful comic book adaptation. Though it was scrapped, it got pretty far along with many actors lined up for key roles, including Robert Downey Jr. as Lex Luthor and Matt Bomer as Superman.