Long before Peter Ramsey took center seat to direct Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, he was the storyboard artist on J.J. Abrams' abortive feature film, Superman: Flyby. Ramsey broke out some of his old work for the project and took to Twitter to share four pages of the film's original storyboards.
Superman: Flyby had been pitched as a project during the post Superman IV: The Quest for Peace era, when no less than five different features were pitched and several entered pre-production before being shelved. It wouldn't be until 2006 until audiences would see the Last Son of Krypton return to the big screen with Brandon Routh in the lead in Superman Returns.
Until now, there have been few - if any - examples of storyboards that have surfaced. Now, Ramsey revealed a pair of tweets, each sporting a pair of original storyboard pages. Two of the pages appear to show the mid-Metropolis showdown between Superman and a General Zod-like character called Ty-Zor, in a battle not unlike the one finally seen a decade later in the Christopher Nolan-penned and Zack Snyder-directed Man of Steel. Abrams has spoken before about how both Superman: Flyby and Man of Steel would take a similar path in tackling Superman's origins and childhood.
Given Ramsey's comments, it seems that the storyboards came from the earlier stages of production, when Brett Ratner was attached as director before departing the project and being succeeded by McG before the whole project was eventually shelved. In the comments of the original tweet, X-Men: First Class scribe Zach Stentz asked which director it was under, to which Ramsey replied, "Ratner, but there was a long stretch where there was NO director and we all just went rogue..."
Ironically, it was during casting that two newcomers were considered, including both Routh and Henry Cavill. Routh would wind up donning the cape for Superman Returns, while Cavill would pick it up for the three live-action feature films in the DCEU. Amy Adams was yet another actor who auditioned for Superman: Flyby who would be later cast as the same character, but in a different film. She was ultimately cast as Lois Lane.
Superman: Flyby remains part of the enduring mythology around the franchise, from echos of its storyline being repurposed to several of its prospective castmembers going on to appear in the same roles in later films. Now, we finally get some more glimpses at how some of the scenes might have come together, which appear to be going toward the approach that Man of Steel would later take in heavily re-crafting much of the Superman origin story. Now that so much of the DCEU has fallen into place, it would be unlikely that the studio would ever go back and revisit it, but at least now we can see more of what might have been taking shape in the mind of J.J. Abrams.
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