22 intriguing concept images from J.J. Abrams' aborted Superman movie

With all the striking imagery exploding from Zack Snyder's Man of Steel trailers and teasers, it's interesting to peer back in time to another valiant attempt to make Superman soar onto the silver screen.

Sometime in 2002, future sci-fi demigod J.J. Abrams was still in full Alias mode when he wrote the screenplay for an ambitious project titled Superman: Flyby, to be directed by Brett Ratner (X-Men: The Last Stand, Red Dragon.)  The production was eventually scrapped for 2006's dull Superman Returns.  We've already shown you a small peek at a few early design images created by Harald Belker. Now gaze upon this mother lode of 2003 artwork by conceptual artist Phil Saunders

Saunders' inspired art focused mainly on Kal-El's pod and the Rouser, a brutish battle mech piloted by Superman's uncle, Kata-Zor.  Some of these amazing action panels hint at the film's cosmic scope and scale, with Superman facing off against the alien war machine.  Sadly, all we have left are the remnants of what might have been an epic undertaking. 

Have a look back and enjoy the nostalgic eye candy.

(Via Concept Art World)



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