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Concept art from J.J. Abrams and Bryan Singer's cancelled Superman films revealed

12.07.2010

ComicBookMovie.com has come across a few pieces of Superman concept art. Nothing, of course, as weird as what we would've likely seen with Tim Burton's aborted SUPERMAN LIVES, but cool nonetheless.

The images of Supes himself on this page are all concepts that came from the thankfully failed J.J. Abrams-scripted 2002 project known as SUPERMAN FLYBY. The image directly below, however, is that of villain Doomsday, and is an early concept of the Man of Steel's foe taken from director Bryan Singer's unrealized sequel to his own SUPERMAN RETURNS. Would've loved to see that.

Check out the full individual pieces of concept art RIGHT HERE.





Extra Tidbit: Much as I'm looking forward to seeing Zack Snyder's take on Supes, I still think that going with General Zod as the villain AGAIN is a real missed opportunity.

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9:42PM on 12/08/2010

Superman!!!

check this suit someone designed check it out [link] and check out my wall photos
check this suit someone designed check it out [link] and check out my wall photos
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5:14AM on 12/08/2010

Watch the Movie

Superman Returns hinted at Doomsday. In Perry's office you see 2 headlines, "Superman Lives" and "Superman is Dead". Both appear in the series where Superman dies. In order to make a Superman franchise you need action, so start with a second tier villan, say, 1)Brainiac 2)Doomsday and Supes and he DIE at the end 3)Ressurection and the arrival of Darkseid to fight, only to have to join forces to defeat the second comming of Doomsday. You know, like in the comics.
Superman Returns hinted at Doomsday. In Perry's office you see 2 headlines, "Superman Lives" and "Superman is Dead". Both appear in the series where Superman dies. In order to make a Superman franchise you need action, so start with a second tier villan, say, 1)Brainiac 2)Doomsday and Supes and he DIE at the end 3)Ressurection and the arrival of Darkseid to fight, only to have to join forces to defeat the second comming of Doomsday. You know, like in the comics.
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5:03AM on 12/08/2010

Not that Zack Snyder Rules

Why does everyone hate on the fact that he is directing this film. If you're going to make a movie about a guy that moves "faster than a speeding bullet" wouldn't you want the guy that does slow-mo action the best?
Why does everyone hate on the fact that he is directing this film. If you're going to make a movie about a guy that moves "faster than a speeding bullet" wouldn't you want the guy that does slow-mo action the best?
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6:20PM on 12/07/2010
the first one looks like tim burtons version of superman before than project went dead... the one nick cage was supposed to do
the first one looks like tim burtons version of superman before than project went dead... the one nick cage was supposed to do
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4:59PM on 12/07/2010

Sweet Gherkins

I love the whole uterus/ovaries thing going on in the bottom one.
I love the whole uterus/ovaries thing going on in the bottom one.
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2:31PM on 12/07/2010
I highly suggest people actually read JJ Abrams draft before trashing it. I felt the same way until I read it and was kind of blown away. Yes, it deviates from the mythology but a lot of it was spot on and waaaaay better than Superman returns. I think its available on this site. Check it out!
Oh and Superman can wear his underwear over his pants and look cool. I mean he's Superman...who's gonna tell him otherwise?
I highly suggest people actually read JJ Abrams draft before trashing it. I felt the same way until I read it and was kind of blown away. Yes, it deviates from the mythology but a lot of it was spot on and waaaaay better than Superman returns. I think its available on this site. Check it out!
Oh and Superman can wear his underwear over his pants and look cool. I mean he's Superman...who's gonna tell him otherwise?
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1:49PM on 12/07/2010
I'm not a big Superman fan, but I always thought his iconic costume was an homage to what Kryptonians wore. That being said, I never thought his costume was lame, but these pics are.
I'm not a big Superman fan, but I always thought his iconic costume was an homage to what Kryptonians wore. That being said, I never thought his costume was lame, but these pics are.
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1:25PM on 12/07/2010
I have a follow up for Superman Returns. A friend and I worked for a year and a half on this script. It's polished and kicks ass fixing a lot of things we hated. Email me at jason77520@lycos.com if you would like to read it.
I have a follow up for Superman Returns. A friend and I worked for a year and a half on this script. It's polished and kicks ass fixing a lot of things we hated. Email me at jason77520@lycos.com if you would like to read it.
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12:58PM on 12/07/2010
Why do people keep trying to reinvent things? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
Why do people keep trying to reinvent things? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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12:52PM on 12/07/2010
These suit designs look almost exactly like the designs from the 'almost made' Tim Burton film. Hmm. Me thinks there was someone else in this production who kept pushing for these lame Superman suits.

Though I do like the Doomsday design. Damn, I would have loved to have seen Singer's sequel. Seems like such a waste.
These suit designs look almost exactly like the designs from the 'almost made' Tim Burton film. Hmm. Me thinks there was someone else in this production who kept pushing for these lame Superman suits.

Though I do like the Doomsday design. Damn, I would have loved to have seen Singer's sequel. Seems like such a waste.
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12:20PM on 12/07/2010
I love J.J. Abrams but this would have been bad. It should not be this hard to do a simple, yet powerful Superman movie with the classic suit and music. I don't like how directors think they need to change Superman entirely, apperance wise and story wise. Superman is the most powerful of all superheroes and is the all american of all superheroes.
I love J.J. Abrams but this would have been bad. It should not be this hard to do a simple, yet powerful Superman movie with the classic suit and music. I don't like how directors think they need to change Superman entirely, apperance wise and story wise. Superman is the most powerful of all superheroes and is the all american of all superheroes.
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11:42AM on 12/07/2010
Why is David Schwimmer in a Superman costume? Classic Ross.
Why is David Schwimmer in a Superman costume? Classic Ross.
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11:35AM on 12/07/2010
that first superman looks as if it were for Justin Long
that first superman looks as if it were for Justin Long
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10:56AM on 12/07/2010
I'm glad they canceled it since the suit comes from Kingdom Come which is an Elseworlds storyline.
I'm glad they canceled it since the suit comes from Kingdom Come which is an Elseworlds storyline.
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10:49AM on 12/07/2010
The costumes suck. Stick to the classic one.
The costumes suck. Stick to the classic one.
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10:23AM on 12/07/2010
I feel sad for die hard Superman fans, cause Hollywood wants to fuck this franchise up any way they can lol ...they'll never put out a really good Supes movie (except for the original).
I feel sad for die hard Superman fans, cause Hollywood wants to fuck this franchise up any way they can lol ...they'll never put out a really good Supes movie (except for the original).
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9:50AM on 12/07/2010
Does the 'S' on his chest flow directly into the cape and then into the back of his shorts and boots?

Dumb and unnecessary redesign of an iconic costume.
Does the 'S' on his chest flow directly into the cape and then into the back of his shorts and boots?

Dumb and unnecessary redesign of an iconic costume.
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9:32AM on 12/07/2010
The J.J. Abrams one was also the McG/ Brett Ratner one. The script was terrible and this concept art looks bad too.
The J.J. Abrams one was also the McG/ Brett Ratner one. The script was terrible and this concept art looks bad too.
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9:01AM on 12/07/2010

LMAO

I love JJ but thank god somebody had the smarts to axe this bitch. I know everyone says the spandex is lame. But even in Singer's "OK" superman he kept the look and it worked. There's something iconic about the way it looks and feels and honestly the suit if changed too much will fail. These "JJ" suits look... retarded. And Doomsday looks like the meanest vagina I've ever seen. Was it called "Superman: When Vaginas Attack" or something? This is why I have complete faith in Zack to make Supes
I love JJ but thank god somebody had the smarts to axe this bitch. I know everyone says the spandex is lame. But even in Singer's "OK" superman he kept the look and it worked. There's something iconic about the way it looks and feels and honestly the suit if changed too much will fail. These "JJ" suits look... retarded. And Doomsday looks like the meanest vagina I've ever seen. Was it called "Superman: When Vaginas Attack" or something? This is why I have complete faith in Zack to make Supes the rockstar he deserves to be. He is very faithful to what I believe is the heart of the material he works with. He has the inegrity and wisdom to make this epic. So all you Snyder detractors sit back and skip breakfeast because you'll be eating you words.
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8:44AM on 12/07/2010
I read an interview online somehwere a few weeks ago and Snyder said that Zod is not the villain, I hope that's true so we can see someone new.
I read an interview online somehwere a few weeks ago and Snyder said that Zod is not the villain, I hope that's true so we can see someone new.
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6:22AM on 12/07/2010
That last picture looks pretty cool. I like how the designs do without the red spandex aka briefs on the outside. I mean c'mon, that was the source of Superman's dorkiness. There's no way you can explain how that looks cool to anyone. Nice designs. Hopefully Snyder does without the spandex as well.
That last picture looks pretty cool. I like how the designs do without the red spandex aka briefs on the outside. I mean c'mon, that was the source of Superman's dorkiness. There's no way you can explain how that looks cool to anyone. Nice designs. Hopefully Snyder does without the spandex as well.
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6:20AM on 12/07/2010
Out of curiosity, why do you say "the thankfully failed" J.J. Abrams script? Abrams is a pretty good writer so was the script really that bad? I know that I'd personally prefer Abrams writing something over Goyer any day of the week.

I still have hope for the reboot but Goyer's script is the most worrying thing for me.

BTW, I'm not really liking any of those pics.
Out of curiosity, why do you say "the thankfully failed" J.J. Abrams script? Abrams is a pretty good writer so was the script really that bad? I know that I'd personally prefer Abrams writing something over Goyer any day of the week.

I still have hope for the reboot but Goyer's script is the most worrying thing for me.

BTW, I'm not really liking any of those pics.
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7:56AM on 12/07/2010
The Abrams script was a mess. I don't think he knew who Superman was.

And Goyer is good when he works with other people (ie. Blade 1 & 2 and Batman Begins & Dark Knight). It's when he's on his own where things fall apart (Blade 3, The Invisible).
The Abrams script was a mess. I don't think he knew who Superman was.

And Goyer is good when he works with other people (ie. Blade 1 & 2 and Batman Begins & Dark Knight). It's when he's on his own where things fall apart (Blade 3, The Invisible).
11:09AM on 12/07/2010
Highlights from the JJ Abrams script:

Krypton was never destroyed, it was just a planet at war with itself.

Superman was sent to earth because of the war. The prophecy says that he will end the great war, and so the only way to keep baby Superman safe until then was to send him to Earth.

Lex Luther was an FBI agent. And then he was later revealed to be Kryptonian as well, and has all the same powers as Superman.

In fact there are a lot of Kryptonians on earth that Superman
Highlights from the JJ Abrams script:

Krypton was never destroyed, it was just a planet at war with itself.

Superman was sent to earth because of the war. The prophecy says that he will end the great war, and so the only way to keep baby Superman safe until then was to send him to Earth.

Lex Luther was an FBI agent. And then he was later revealed to be Kryptonian as well, and has all the same powers as Superman.

In fact there are a lot of Kryptonians on earth that Superman Battles.

Superman knows and uses Kung Fu to fight (very Matrix like)

Superman's suit is a kind of living material that springs out of a can. Clark carries the can with him at all times so he can turn into Superman.

The story ends with Superman taking off to Krypton, so he can fulfill the prophecy and stop the war.
12:57PM on 12/07/2010
@Silverload:
That just sounds incredibly painful. Good riddance.
@Silverload:
That just sounds incredibly painful. Good riddance.
2:28PM on 12/07/2010
JJ's script was 20% off and 80% on. I suggest you read it for yourself. I used to trash it before I read it and after reading it, I realized it was 50 times better than Superman Returns.
Read the script before giving a review Silverload. It looks like you copy and pasted that off another site.
JJ's script was 20% off and 80% on. I suggest you read it for yourself. I used to trash it before I read it and after reading it, I realized it was 50 times better than Superman Returns.
Read the script before giving a review Silverload. It looks like you copy and pasted that off another site.
6:05PM on 12/07/2010
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yeah, that's my point. He's doing Superman solo, hence why I'm worried.

@Silverload and Housecoat man

Silverload's points are pretty worrying (Krypton should be destroyed and Luthor shouldn't be Kryptonian) but I guess if 80% is "on", I'll just give it a read.
@minderthr33
yeah, that's my point. He's doing Superman solo, hence why I'm worried.

@Silverload and Housecoat man

Silverload's points are pretty worrying (Krypton should be destroyed and Luthor shouldn't be Kryptonian) but I guess if 80% is "on", I'll just give it a read.
5:47AM on 12/07/2010

Meh

Those designs suck. Especially doomsday.
I'm not a snyder Fan at all but I think Superman could be the right movie for him. I'm curious how it will turn out.
Those designs suck. Especially doomsday.
I'm not a snyder Fan at all but I think Superman could be the right movie for him. I'm curious how it will turn out.
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5:42AM on 12/07/2010
I'm really bummed out that we won't be getting a sequel to Superman Returns. Old news I know but I think it would have been brilliant. Singer's Supes was never given a fair chance. This one will likely have all kinds of actions and therefore be praised.
Blah. Sketches are fun for Superman but they just don't make sense. What's with that 'belt'?
I'm really bummed out that we won't be getting a sequel to Superman Returns. Old news I know but I think it would have been brilliant. Singer's Supes was never given a fair chance. This one will likely have all kinds of actions and therefore be praised.
Blah. Sketches are fun for Superman but they just don't make sense. What's with that 'belt'?
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5:19AM on 12/07/2010

Snyder is overrated and

I'm not looking forward to the new Superman at all. Wake me when DC finally stops being lazy and makes a Justice League movie.
I'm not looking forward to the new Superman at all. Wake me when DC finally stops being lazy and makes a Justice League movie.
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5:03AM on 12/07/2010
We almost had a Luthor-free Superman film. What chance would he have against Doomsday when ordinary human Lex is always giving him so many problems? Movie Superman is a pussy.
We almost had a Luthor-free Superman film. What chance would he have against Doomsday when ordinary human Lex is always giving him so many problems? Movie Superman is a pussy.
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4:27AM on 12/07/2010
That suit looks good, Doomsday also; the original Doomsday-look is kind of silly.
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That suit looks good, Doomsday also; the original Doomsday-look is kind of silly.
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10:21AM on 12/07/2010
Umm First off, that's not the original Doomsday look. That's from the Smallville version which, looked decent only shown in shadow and quick cuts. But the suit is atrocious.

I agree that the Doomsday sketch looks good though. Looks like Doomsday to me..
Umm First off, that's not the original Doomsday look. That's from the Smallville version which, looked decent only shown in shadow and quick cuts. But the suit is atrocious.

I agree that the Doomsday sketch looks good though. Looks like Doomsday to me..
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