Abrams teases what could've been with his defunct Superman: Flyby

Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is hitting in a few months, but former Superman steward J.J. Abrams has opened up about what he was planning with his aborted flick Flyby back in the early 2000s.

Abrams’ idea? A “psychological” examination of what it would do to a person to actually be Superman. It sounds like an awesome jumping-off point for a dark, smart comic-book movie that could’ve been really cool. Plus, judging by the trailers we’ve seen from Man of Steel, it looks like Snyder and company (thankfully) took a few cues from that intriguing idea.

Here’s how Abrams described Flyby, which was banished to development hell in favor of the 2006 box-office dud Superman Returns:

“The thing that I tried to emphasize in the story was that if the Kents found this boy, Kal-El, who had the power that he did, he would have most likely killed them both in short order. And the idea that these parents would see – if they were lucky to survive long enough – that they had to immediately begin teaching this kid to limit himself and to not be so fast, not be so strong, not be so powerful. 

The result of that, psychologically, would be fear of oneself, self-doubt and being ashamed of what you were capable of. Extrapolating that to adulthood became a fascinating psychological profile of someone who was not pretending to be Clark Kent, but who was Clark Kent. Who had become that kind of a character who is not able or willing to accept who he was and what his destiny was.”

It’s interesting to think what could’ve been if Abrams had gotten a crack at Superman a few years ago. Who knows, his version of Superman could’ve taken the place of Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight franchise as the big DC hit of the past decade.

Do you think Abrams’ plan for Superman was a good idea?

(Comic Book Movie via Empire)